Thursday 10th March 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday afternoon Leanne and I attended First Friday Club which is run in conjunction with Watson at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle. There was a marvellous turnout and it was great to see so many of you and also lovely to meet up with lots of new people this time too. There are a few sponsorship opportunities available for later this year so if you are interested in this please let Leanne or me know. The next one is being held on April 1st and details of this will be available soon.

After the First Friday Club Leanne and I then headed off to Leeds for the Generation4Change Yorkshire & Humber Awards at the Leeds Armouries. Caroline Key, G4C Y&H Chair organised such an inspiring event and we now can’t wait for ours on April 1st at the Hilton. We would like to congratulate all the winners on Friday evening and wish them all the best for their future in the industry.

We still have a few tickets remaining for the G4C NE Awards on April 1st at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead so if you are planning on booking places or a table please contact Leanne.

On Monday we had a discussion on our forthcoming Charity Raceday in association with the Foundation of Light and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. It will be a fun packed afternoon with not only the racing to look forward to but appearances of former players and Total Sport will also be broadcasting from the event later in the afternoon too! We will be announcing the details very soon but if you are interested in sponsoring a race or just attending please let us know and don’t forget to make a date in your diary for Friday 12th August.

Yesterday morning was the Working Well Together meeting to discuss their upcoming programme of events for 2016. Their next event is being held on April 19th looking at Temporary Works and details will be made available shortly.

This morning we have held the CIC North East Wonder Town Challenge Discovery Day with presentations from George F White, CK21 Consultants, Howarth Litchfield, GentooTolent, Robertson and r-evolution. The presentations covered sustainability factors within the industry along with also providing the students with a presentation skills and marketing briefing. We would like to thank all the speakers for their thoroughly enjoyable and interesting presentations. We would also like to thank New College Durham for hosting the event and the use of their facilities.

Tomorrow we are supporting the NCBF, CECA, NFB and FMB with the Construction Alliance Northeast (CAN) launch at Ramside Hall and we will look forward to seeing many of you there.

Next week, we have two events taking place. On the Tuesday we have ‘I’ll see you in court’ seminar with Kevin Anderson, Sintons Law at their offices in Newcastle. Then on Thursday is the return of the bi-monthly Tees Valley Construction Networking and we would very much like to thank Muckle LLP as who have kindly sponsored this month’s event. If you would like to register for either of these or any of our other events please see below for further details or contact Leanne.

Best wishes


Enter the 2016 National Health & Safety APS Awards!

The 9th edition of the APS National CDM Awards is set to be bigger and more exciting than ever.
Judged by leading industry figures and the Health and Safety Executive, the awards are a demonstration of excellence in Design and Construction Health and Safety Risk Management.
The awards take place on 27 October 2016 at Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London. The categories are:
  • Health and Safety Award
  • Project of the Year  
  • Principal Designer of the Year
  • Client of the Year
  • Principal Contractor of the year
  • BIM project – Integrating H&S design risk management with BIM
  • Consultancy of the Year
  • Health and Safety Innovation Award
Judges Awards – judges will assess all entries and will possibly award the two awards noted below
  • Health Award
  • Cooperation Award
If you have entered the forthcoming Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards we encourage you to put forward your entry for the APS Awards and further details can be found by following the link.
“I’ll See You In Court” – Understanding the Litigation Process
Date: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.45am  
Venue: Offices of Sintons Law, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4DB
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Sintons Law’s Kevin Anderson (Construction & Engineering Team) will discuss what happens during a construction court case (known as litigation). The discussion will provide an understanding of the entire litigation process. 
With this introductory guide to the litigation process, you will at least be armed to understand what the process shall entail should you ever find yourself involved in a court case, be that as Claimant, Defendant or any other interested party. Kevin will also outline his experiences of situations that have tested the boundaries of normal court procedures.

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 500 7880 or
Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley  

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: The Brasserie, Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce March’s sponsor is Muckle LLP. This relaxed and informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with built environment professionals from the Tees Valley area. 

About our sponsor:
Muckle LLP is now the biggest commercial law firm that is based solely in, and intently focused on, the North East. Our stated aim is to be the number one law firm in the North East for business.
Legal 500 states that we have ‘few peers in the region' and clients are able to ‘rely upon its advice without question.' Muckle Construction continues to go from strength to strength by looking after clients and delivering in ways that suits them. Everything we do is geared towards ensuring that our clients genuinely enjoy working with us.

If you would like to register please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or
Current Demands of the Industry

Date: 22nd March 2016
Time: 8.30am – 12.00noon
Venue: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT G4C Members, £20+VAT CENE Members, £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Generation4Change North East are delighted to invite you along to their next CPD event which will discuss the current demands of the industry such as BIM within your business, Your role in relation to BIM, Case study examples of BIM in housing and more, advantages and disadvantages as well as advice on supporting other organisations.

We so far have the following organisations presenting:
- Nick Craggs, Space Group will share his experiences regarding Space's journey towards Level 2 BIM compotency
-Michael Pittuck, Esh Group will share with us ‘Where we are with BIM – from an Esh perspective’
- Peter Watson, Atlas Cloud will look at BIM in the cloud, System integration, Supplychain and the future and Federated BIM
- Laura Brown, Bowmer & Kirkland will discuss BIM in Practice and the reality of delivery
- Natacha Redon, Identity Consult presents on the whole facilities management side of things and its limitations which will include the client
- Dave Monswhite, Turner & Townsend 

If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or 
G4C North East 2016 Awards

Date: Friday 1st April 2016
Time: 7.00pm – 12.30am
Venue: Hilton NewcastleGateshead, Bottle Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £45+VAT

** Already sold over 240 tickets** 

For the first time in the region Generation for Change North East will be holding an Awards to celebrate the outstanding examples of excellence and best practice within our sector and the region. The Awards evening will look to award individuals/organisations from six categories which and this will take place at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead on Friday 1st April 2016.

G4C is passionate about focusing on young people and showcasing the young talent in the industry. We are looking to celebrate achievements of this young talent and the organisations supporting and shaping the future leaders of our industry. We know that the construction industry in this area is of a high standard so let’s prove it!

To book your tickets please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Money Claims and Causation

Date: 5th April 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am 
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: : £15+VAT CENE Members / £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

DAC Beachcroft in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East will be offering a series of Breakfast Seminars during 2016. The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office and this one is entitled ‘Money Claims and Causation’.

Roddy Gordon, Partner of Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will take a look at the following: 
- The principles on which damages area awarded
- Consequential loss
- Mitigation
- Recovery of loss of profits and goodwill and wasted expenditure
- Interest
- Increased prelims
- 'Hudson formula'
- Global claims
- Defective work
- Inconvenience, discomfort and distress
- "But for" test
- Burden of proof
- Concurrent causes

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Construction Clients Group 
Date: 6th April 2016
Time: 8.30 – 11.00
Venue: e.volve Business Centre, Cygnet Way,
Rainton Bridge South Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5QY

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be launching the region’s own Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) and would be delighted if you would attend the launch event on Wednesday 6th April at the e.volve business centre at Rainton Bridge.

The Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) is at the heart of Constructing Excellence as the body for all public and private sector clients’ to improve the value for money they get. It is the only dedicated client body combining public and private sector clients promoting best practice and industry improvements.

Speakers for the launch include
- Clive Johnson, Chair of CE CCG National and Group Head of Health & Safety for Head of Land Securities
- Gren Tipper, CEO for CCG
- John McGovern, Chair of CENE and Head of Asset Delivery for Northumbrian Water Group.
The aim of the CCG is to
·         Enable clients to get better value from construction procurement
·         Provide a learning and sharing network for clients
·         Promote best practice and industry improvement
·         Influence government policy and forthcoming legislation
·         Provide a collective client voice in key representative groups for private and public sector clients and client representatives
·         To increase client competence in the procurement of built assets

To register a place please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or email
Getting paid in the Construction Industry – Key Issues and
Is It Easy Money? – The rise of the Smash & Grab Adjudication

Date: 13th April 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson, St Ann’s Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: FREE to CENE Members, £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Bond Dickinson are delighted to bring you this morning briefing on the rise of the ‘Smash and Grab Adjudications’.

The seminar will cover:  
  • Tales from the Battlefield – An Adjudicator’s perspective on payment notice obligations, presenting your case to the Adjudicator.
  • Payment Notice Opportunities and Pitfalls - Review of rights to interim payment and protecting your position on overstated applications
  • Latest Smash & Grab adjudication case law – Where are we now?
  • What to watch out for - Practical advice on prompt payment, payment notices, pay less notices and applications 
Andrew Clough FCIArb, Managing Associate, Bond Dickinson LLP
Len Bunton FRICS FCIArb, Consultant, Hardies DRSS

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
BIM – The Legal Aspects
Date: 20th April 2016
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson LLP, St Ann’s Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)
Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with Bond Dickinson’s Construction department will provide a practical overview of BIM from a legal perspective.

Simon Lewis, Partner at Bond Dickinson in Newcastle has been involved with the development of BIM and related topics for a number of years and has written and lectured extensively on BIM issues will discuss:
-What is BIM?
-Why bother?
-Level 2 and Level 3
-The contractual framework
-What happens next?  

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
CENE Conference 

Date: 10th May 2016 
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm 
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel 

Further details about this half day conference will be available shortly! 
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 350 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 

Further details will be available shortly! 
RIBA Newcastle CPD Roadshow

Date: 14 July 2016
Time: 09:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Venue: Jury's Inn, St James Gate, Scotswood Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4AD

Booking is now open for the RIBA Newcastle CPD Roadshow. The event will be held on Thursday 14 July at the Jury's Inn, St James Gate, Scotswood Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4AD from 9.30am – 4.00pm.
  • Attendance is free
  • Book up to five one-hour sessions
  • CPD presentations are RIBA-approved
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided
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