Thursday 14th April 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday evening Leanne and I attended the RICS North East Renaissance Awards at Newcastle Civic Centre and it was great to see over 400 of you there to cheer on your projects. Many congratulations to all the winners and to all those who were also shortlisted. We had a great night and it was lovely to catch up with so many of you.

On Tuesday morning G4C North East started on their ‘Inspiring Change to Lead Programme’ in conjunction with Dave Stitt at DSA Building Performance. The programme is to look at change in the industry and their findings will be presented at the G4C North East Awards next year.

Yesterday morning we held ‘BIM: The Legal Right’ in association with the construction team at Bond Dickinson. Simon Lewis, Partner in Construction and Engineering, explained BIM and what the benefits are to the construction industry. He went on to talk about Level 2 and 3 BIM and how they are progressing and then the contractual agreement between the organisations involved in projects. It was a great overview and very interesting to see how this pans out in the future. We would like to thank Simon and his team for the great presentation and their hospitality.

Then in the afternoon we had a meeting with the Foundation of Light and Newcastle Racecourse to discuss our forthcoming Charity Raceday which is raising funds for Foundation of Light and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The Raceday will be held on Friday 12
August at Newcastle Racecourse, it will be attended by former players from both Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC. BBC Radio Newcastle will present their 'Total Sport ' show from the event that evening too. If you are interested in sponsorship please contact us for further details as their is limited availability. Details of how to purchase tickets are below.

Tomorrow evening, I am attending the RIBA North East Awards at As You Like It and would like to wish all those shortlisted the best of luck.

Next week is slightly quieter so the CENE team will be looking at our schedule of events for the forthcoming months so if you have any suggestions on what you would like us to cover please contact Leanne with your ideas.

We are delighted to welcome to the North East Club Story Homes and we will look forward to seeing them at one of our events soon.

Best wishes


First Friday Club

Date: Friday 6th May 2016  
Time: 12.30 – 2.00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to invite you First Friday Club on Friday 6th May. The leading networking event for construction, architectural and built environment professionals in the North East, First Friday Club gives you the opportunity to catch up in an informal environment with others in the industry.

The event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA.The event will take place in the restaurant area and light refreshments will be provided.
Watson Burton is sponsoring this First Friday Club. Partner David Spires will be welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

To register please go to
Getting your Contract right – Understanding the Basics
Date: 18th May 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT

** Please forward to your Young Professionals within your organisations**

We are pleased to offer a series of seminars for G4C on conjunction with international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP.
This first seminar will look at getting contracts right at the very start of a project.  Many projects find themselves destined for problems from the outset, due to gaps or inadequacies in the contractual set-up.  This seminar will provide useful guidance on how to approach contract negotiations and will explain the basic requirements for a successful and workable contract.
The seminar will be presented by Stephen McLellan, who is an Associate in DAC Beachcroft LLP's very successful Construction and Engineering Team.
To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
Delay & Liquidated Damages

Date: 19th May 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members, £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

DAC Beachcroft in association with Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to bring you the next in the series of talks entitled ‘Delay & Liquidated Damages’. Roddy Gordon, Partner in the Construction & Engineering department of DAC Beachcroft will cover the three key aspects to a building or engineering contract in connection with the timing of that project, namely:

  1. The date for completion
  2. The mechanism for changing (extending) the date for completion
  3. The consequences for the parties of a failure to meet the date for completion

The subjects being addressed therefore will be:

Time for Completion, Prevention Principle, Extensions of Time, Conditions Precedent, Concurrent Delay, Consequences of failing to complete on time – liquidated damages
To register for this event please contact Lauren on 0191 5007880 or

Managing Construction Contracts – A Lawyer’s Guide

Date: 2nd June 2016
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Cost: £10 + VAT

We are pleased to offer a series of seminars for G4C on conjunction with international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP.

This second seminar will consider the management of projects from a practical perspective. In particular, it will look at the successful operation of the contract including the issuing of notices and the general implementation if its formalities. The seminar will also consider the importance of record keeping in the context of successfully pursuing or defending a claimed entitlement – aimed at avoiding disputes or otherwise best positioning your company if a dispute does arise.

The seminar will be presented by Stephen McLellan, who is an Associate in DAC Beachcroft LLP’s very successful Construction and Engineering Team.

This event will be held at DAC Beachcroft LLP’s offices. Upon arrival, please make your way to the 9th Floor where refreshments will be provided.

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

CENE Twenty Sixteen Awards  
Date: Friday 10th June 2016  
Time: 6.45pm – 1.00am
Venue: Newcastle Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel  
Cost: £100+VAT CENE Members / £120+VAT Non Members, tables of 10/12 are available upon request.

** Please reserve or book your table now to avoid disappointment as we have already sold over 450 tickets**

The Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards is a celebration of everything the North East Built Environment has to be proud of and we are delighted to be celebrating our twelfth annual ceremony.  
Winners are selected across various categories including Innovation, Integration & Collaborative Working, Value and Sustainability and BIM Project of the Year. We anticipate that the awards will be the biggest and most exciting yet!

For a fifth consecutive year we are delighted to announce Corepeople Recruitment are headline sponsor. Ian Storer, Director Corepeople Recruitment said:
“The Constructing Excellence Awards have built a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North East construction sector. It is a fantastic event for celebrating what is good about our industry, and we are delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”
To avoid disappointment please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or to book your tickets now!
Summer Networking & Canapes
Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016 
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue:The Balcony, Sintons Law, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne 

You're invited to!!

Sintons’ Construction team in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to invite you to their beginning of summer networking and drinks event.
This informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with professionals from the Built Environment.
Our Construction and Engineering team provides advice on all aspect of construction and engineering law, both contentious and non-contentious.

The event will be held at our office and a light buffet with refreshments will be provided.
If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or  
Foundation's Charity Race Day

Date: 12th August 2016
Time: 12:00 noon onwards
Venue: Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth
Cost: £85 + VAT per individual ticket 

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation are delighted to host a charity Raceday at Newcastle Racecourse. The 2016 Race Day takes place at Newcastle Racecourse on Friday 12th August 2016

Foundation of Light/CENE are offering sponsor opportunities for the 2016 Race Day, an excellent opportunity for businesses to raise their profile at a flagship Foundation of Light and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation event. Previous Race Days have attracted businesses from the construction industry right across the North East region, providing an excellent opportunity for networking. 

The day is also a flagship fundraising event for both Foundations and funds raised on the day go directly to supporting the valuable activity undertaken by both organisations in the North East. The day includes a fabulous 3 course meal, Race Card, and Premier admission to the Gosforth Park Suite.
We are also joined by our expert tipster Roger Hart. Guests will enjoy a full afternoon of top class racing as part of the annual Foundation of Light and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Race day. 

BBC Radio Newcastle have also supported the event and are hosting a live show from the Gosforth Park Suite with Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC legends and pundits giving their thoughts ahead of the Premier League kick off. 

To book tickets please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
Or if you are interested in sponsorship please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or
Dynamo Build – Property and Construction Tech

Date: Thursday 19th May 2016
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3SA
Cost – £36

Property and Construction technology is going through a revolution and the North East is leading it. ‘Dynamo Build’ will promote and challenge these traditional industries.

Join us on Thursday 19 May to understand more about what many are calling “the next Industrial Revolution”. We’ll be getting to grips with property and construction in the North East, what’s currently going on, who’s investing in this technology and what the future holds.

The event will include a technology showcase covering the whole digital property lifecycle from agency to acquisition, design through to construction, operation and disposal – beyond BIM! A panel discussion; 'Construction Reboot: Tech Revolution in the North East' with the leading game-changers will introduce “non-property angles and lessons learned by other” leading tech organisations to show us how tech is being used elsewhere and what it’s achieving to help other industries evolve. 

The event will be of interest to Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Property Managers, Contractors, Facilities Managers, Property Investors, Owners and Operators.

To book your place for this event click on the link below;
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