Thursday 25th August Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

I hope you have all been enjoying your summer, as have I with a relaxing few days spent at home this week.

I am delighted to announce our recent charity race day in association with The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation & The Foundation of Light raised over £15,000 which will help continue the amazing work they do in the region. Thank you all very much for contributing and details of next year's race day will be available shortly. 

I am not sure if many of you saw the news last week but if you did miss it please note that Constructing Excellence has merged with the BRE Trust. Please be advised that this will not affect the Constructing Excellence Regions and Club network and the CE Brand will continue as a separate brand under the BRE Trust. However, working alongside BRE will provide more Membership benefits of which details will emerge in due course. 

It’s now less than 4 weeks to go until the North East Construction Summit on the 20th September and we are delighted to have confirmed further speakers this week including Tim Whitehill, Managing Director for Project Five Consulting and Darush Dodds, Community Engagement Manager at Esh Added Value. We will also be holding a question time panel Chaired by Mark Thompson of Ryder Architecture, the panellists include some of our up and coming professionals Natacha Redon, Identity Consult and winner of this year’s G4C Young Achiever Award and Bex Gill of Arup amongst others, who will discuss their views on the industry, collaborative working and skills. We have a few exhibition spaces available so if you are interested in taking this opportunity please contact us. For more details on how to book your place for the Summit see below.

This week the team has been busy preparing for the Constructing Excellence National Awards on November 4th at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. Over 300 tickets have already been sold and places are selling fast so to avoid disappointment make sure you book with Leanne now. We are delighted to announce DAC Beachcroft are sponsoring the Innovation category and would like to thank them for their support. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities still available and if you are interested in any of the packages available, please contact me or Leanne for details.

Following the summer break we are pleased to welcome back our networking event the first being First Friday Club with Watson Burton, which is a week later on September 9th and the Tees Valley Construction Networking on September 22nd kindly sponsored by Muckle LLP.

Ending the month on 29th September we have our annual Golf Day taking place at Rockliffe Hall in association with the Lighthouse Club. There are only a couple of teams remaining so don’t forget to book, whether it be an individual place or a four-ball. We hope to see many of you there to support the Construction Charity.

We are delighted to welcome to the North East Club Driver Group and look forward to seeing them at one of our events in the near future. 

Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

Constructing Excellence merges with BRE
Following extensive discussions with its members and stakeholders, the board of Constructing Excellence (CE) has confirmed the merger with BRE.  The move is designed to strengthen and grow the CE membership and its positive impact on the industry at a time of significant global challenge. 
Under the merger BRE will maintain the distinctive CE brands, develop the network and add critical capacity in developing digital tools, delivering training and events and growing the international reach.  It will also enable CE to achieve its long-term ambition of establishing a Constructing Excellence Foundation under the BRE Trust which would see trading profit channelled into research and education for the benefit of members. 
Murray Rowden, Global Head of Infrastructure, Turner and Townsend, and Chairman of Constructing Excellence said ‘CE has a strong vision for our industry and the merger with BRE provides us with the opportunity to strengthen our influence and realise our ambition of being the leading organisation driving improvement in construction and the build environment. It is a good move for our membership who gain additional benefits from BRE’s cutting edge research and global reach. We are all delighted by this development and look forward to sharing knowledge and best practice to benefit the industry.’

What does this mean for the North East?
The arrangement makes huge sense for both organisations, financially, operationally but more importantly, in terms of driving the ongoing change agenda in UK construction and pursuit of collaborative working and whole life vale in all of our projects.

However, it is important for you to be clear that CENE will not be affected in any way by this merger. CENE is a separate legal entity so we remain outside of this merger and we retain our brand.  This is also the case for all Constructing Excellence Regional Centres around the country as they too are separate legal entities.

The deal will allow Constructing Excellence to achieve a step-change in the level of investment in, and impact of, its activities on behalf of the membership. The merger secures the future of the brand, our mission and our movement of Constructing Excellence. It also achieves the long-term ambition of establishing a Constructing Excellence Foundation to raise and leverage funds and support research and education for the benefit of our members and the sector as a whole.

To read the full press release about the merger please go to
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Northumbria University’s excellent working relationship with businesses in the region is highlighted by the successful use of the UK government’s funding for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).  Academic staff work with the company to design and supervise in-depth projects, building capabilities in the company and enhancing the profitability of the business.
Northumbria University has an excellent track record of delivering KTPs, helping businesses through the application process and providing on-going project administration support. Previously the University has undertaken KTPs on a range of issues including building information management, software design, data analysis, product design, strategic marketing and building design.
By participating in a KTP, businesses and organisations can:
  • Access up to 67% grant
  • Access expertise and innovative solutions to help their business grow
  • Develop business for current and future markets
  • Aid with development of new and pioneering technologies
  • Improve the organisations operational efficiency
  • Increase profitability
For further information about KTPs please contact Barry Errington on 07825117389 or

GRADONARCHITECTURE to deliver Mongolia regeneration project

Designs by Gradon Architecture for a multi-million pound regeneration project in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, have been given the green light. The project, Galleria UB, will see the Ryton-based firm transform a disused former print works into a high end shopping centre, as the capital undergoes one of the most extensive regeneration periods in its history.

Situated in the heart of the city on the famous Chinggis Square and close to Mongolia’s Parliament Building, the former print works has been empty for a number of years, falling into disrepair. Regeneration work of this nature is uncommon in Mongolia, adding to the uniqueness of the project. Work is due to begin on site shortly and is expected to be completed by early 2018.

Gradon’s designs will see the exterior restored to its former glory, while the interior will be completely revamped to create a light and modern retail space. The architect’s plans include two floors of high-end retail space, with a number of retailers already expressing an interest.

Gradon made history last year when the practice became the first UK architect to set up in Mongolia, opening a design studio and initially taking on three local staff to add to its UK expertise and has since added to its talented team.

RICS Matrics Summer Drinks

Date: 31st August 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ
Cost: £12+VAT

RICS Matrics North East & G4C North East would like you to join them for their annual summer party at a fabulous new venue for drinks and delicious food.

The venue is the newly refurbished 30-barrel micro-brewery located at the Palace of Arts set in the grounds of Exhibition Park. Guests will have exclusive access to the bar and brewery with the opportunity to tour the brewery, bar and exhibition space.

Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival and enjoy a selection of canapes.
This fun, informal networking event is open to both members and non-members and is not to be missed!
To register for the event please click the link below or call 0207 695 1600.

First Friday Club 

Date: 9th September 2016
Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA 

Cost: Free

** Only 20 spaces available, book your place now to avoid disappointment**

Watson Burton, in association with Constructing Excellence in the North East, would like to welcome you to the First Friday Club. Our September event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in the restaurant area where light refreshments will be available.

Watson Burton will be sponsoring this month’s First Friday club with Bal Manak, Associate welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

For further information about September’s event or to discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities for 2016/17 please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 500 7880 or .

Spaces are limited so reserve your place now by completing our online booking form which can be found using this link;

Opportunities for the Young Professional – Brexit, what now?

Date: Monday 12th September 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Cooper Studios, 14-18 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NN
Cost: Free

**Only 10 spaces left, book now to avoid disappointment**

G4C North East in conjunction with Ryder Architecture welcome Ross Smith, Director of Policy at NECC to chair the third event in the series, featuring a question and answer panellist discussion including Senior International Trade Adviser, Simon Crosby.

Alongside a valuable networking opportunity and questions from the floor, this event aims to fully inform and engage young professionals in future opportunities and overcoming challenges following the EU Referendum vote on the 23rd June 2016.

Registration and welcome drinks will be available at 5:30pm followed by a Panel Discussion.

Places are limited, please register to avoid disappointment by using the following link;
Social Value in Construction

Date: Tuesday 13th September
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Thirteen Group, Hudson Quay, Windward Way, Middlesbrough, TS2 1QG
Cost: £20+VAT (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

NAWIC North East in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to invite you along to their next CPD seminar entitled ‘Social Value in Construction’. We are extremely pleased to have confirmed the following speakers all discussing their roles and responsibilities within their organisations on Social Value and the impacts throughout their businesses.

Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams - Director of Research HACT
Mary-Kathryn will give an overview of HACT (Social Value and Procurement: A toolkit for housing providers and contractors) in collaboration with Trowers & Hamlins LLP and echelon Consultancy Ltd a toolkit which was launched earlier this year at CIH.  Following the successful launch of the toolkit, HACT is now taking both the client and contractor perspectives on board in exploring these challenges.

Samantha Granger - Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Thirteen Housing Group
Samantha will be speaking about the Thirteen Housing Group's employability service "New Directions" and how they will be encouraging all of their contractors to help them achieve their Social Value requirements by supporting them in the future.  

Darush Dodds - Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value, Esh Group
Darush will be speaking about how the Esh Group incorporates the elements of Social Value within their wide range of projects demonstrating Corporate Social Responsibility, supporting employability in the region and also assisting smaller SME contractors to achieve social value principles.

To register for this event please follow the link or if you have any questions please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
Assignment, Novation and Termination

Date: 14th September 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. Each seminar will cover a subject or subjects as part of the overall theme of "Construction Law – key issues for commercial managers".

The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office and this one is entitled ‘Assignment, Novation and Termination’. Roddy Gordon, Partner of Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will cover the following topics:
- The nature of assignment / Types of assignment – statutory/legal and equitable
- What is an assignment subject to / Prohibition on assignment
- Assignment of right to litigate / Difference between assignment and novation
- Novation 'ab initio' / Warranties on novation
- Termination – how/ Performance
- Agreement and Breach

To register for this event please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
End of Summer BBQ

Date: Thursday 15th September 2016  
Time: 5.30pm – late
Venue: The Bridge Tavern, 7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3UF
Cost: £10+VAT per person

Back to work blues?

Generation4Change North East in conjunction with RTPI Young Planners for a second year running are holding an end of summer BBQ at The Bridge Tavern on Thursday 15th September to take away those blues whilst also networking with built environment professionals.

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 500 7880 or
**Please note payment is to be made prior to the event date and can be paid via Paypal**

Auckland Castle Site Visit

Date: 19th September 2016

Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NR

Cost: Admission Charge will be advised

Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with CIOB north East are delighted to invite you along to see how work is progressing on the Castle...

Simon Davis - Project Manager - Auckland Castle Trust, will provide this exciting visit.

A £2.5m Welcome Centre, featuring a 95ft (29m) tower, to be built in the centre of Bishop Auckland, has been backed by Durham County Council. It will be the gateway to a proposed £17m museum at Auckland Castle - home to the Bishops of Durham for 800 years. The modern and striking structure has been designed by the internationally renowned Niall McLaughlin Architects and is being funded by the Auckland Castle Trust.

It will be sited outside the castle walls on the edge of the Market Place and incorporate a timber framed building and the tower, with an observation platform 15m up offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The Welcome Building is part of a raft of ground breaking schemes that will breathe new life into Auckland Castle and the historic market town in which it stands.

This site visit is limited to 20, to book please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

North East Construction Summit

Date: 20th September 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm followed by drinks reception
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, NE3 5HN
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members / £100+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy within 48 hours’ notice)


Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be holding the North East’s Construction Summit on Tuesday 20th September focussing on the Governments Construction 2025 Strategy along with the recent review for 2016-2020.

The Construction 2025 strategy is at the heart of our vision at Constructing Excellence, and we seek to speed up the rate at which engaged players achieve the targets for improvement. Those targets of improvement include 33% lower costs, 50% lower emissions, 50% faster delivery and 50% improvement in exports. These particular targets will be headlined by five core themes for People, Smart, Sustainable, Growth and Leadership plus the additional ones in the 2016-2020 strategy; Client Capability, Skills and the Supply Chain and Whole-Life approaches. 

We are extremely pleased to announce our headline speakers for the day are Don Ward, Chief Executive at Constructing Excellence, Richard Waterhouse, CEO for National Building Specification and Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety at Land Securities who will all discuss their views on the strategy as well as state of the regions.

The session will conclude with a panel debate chaired by Mark Thompson, Managing Partner for Ryder Architecture discussing Skills, Collaborative Working and the industry as a whole. The angle of the debate will be from a Young Professionals perspective.  

**Just announced: Tim Whitehill, Managing Director for Project Five Consulting discussing Social and Whole Life Value and Darush Dodds, Community Engagement Manager at Esh Added Value.** 

Following the Summit we will be hosting a networking drinks reception.

Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available and if you are interested in those please email for details. 

To book your place at the Construction Summit please contact us on 0191 5007880 or

**National Constructing Excellence Members are entitled to 1 free place**
Health & Safety- Regulatory and Sentencing Update

Date: 21st September 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Co. Durham, DH1 1TD
Cost: £25+VAT CENE Members / £50+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Jacksons Law Firm and Constructing Excellence in the North East are hosting a seminar to update the construction sector on Health and Safety legislation. Topics will include key regulations which came into force on 1st February 2016, together with a general review of the last 12 months and recent developments on court sentencing.
Key Speakers

Simon Caterrall - A sharp and no nonsense advocate, Simon is regarded for his sound advice at the point of investigation and, where warranted, for his tenacious defence of HSE, Environment, Trading Standards, Food Safety and police prosecutions.
Mark Stouph has successfully implemented management systems certified to international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and is a qualified lead auditor. Mark developed his investigation skills as a police officer then worked as a regulator with the Environment Agency where he led one of the largest investigations undertaken by the organisation into the unlawful disposal of incinerator ash.
If you would like to register your place at this seminar, please contact Lauren Proctor at or call 0191 500 7880.
Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley  

Date: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: The Brasserie, Middlesbrough

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce this month’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.
The event will be held in Tees Valley with a light buffet and refreshments will be served.  

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 Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

If you would be interested to sponsor future Tees Valley networking events, please contact Leanne McAngus by emailing or the number above.
Staying Strong in Troubled Times
Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: Free to all business leaders, directors and senior management

Due to the shockwaves of the Brexit vote, confidence is at an all-time low. Whatever happens in the coming months, companies and organisations still have to deliver, and do whatever they can to make sure they emerge at the other side stronger and ready to grow.

Dave Stitt of DSA Building Performance will be running a free two hour workshop in Newcastle on September 28th entitled “Staying Strong in Troubled Times” which will be available to business and organisational leaders.

Dave will be sharing his system, developed over 20 years, of nurturing and protecting confidence in oneself and cultivating it outward in one’s team and organisation. His approach is completely practical and participants will leave with a number of helpful take-aways and the start of a personal confidence plan.

To register your interest please email
North East Lighthouse Club Charity Golf Day

Date: 29th September 2016
Time: 12.00noon – 7.00pm
Venue: Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth, Darlington
Cost: £90+VAT (4 balls are available)


Come along to this fantastic charity golf day being supported by Constructing Excellence in the North East along with the North East committee members of the Lighthouse Club for a second year running – a construction industry charity on September 29th to held raise fund.

There will be a Shot Gun start at 12noon with breakfast rolls, tea and coffee served on arrival. 18 Holes of championship Golf, Beat the pro, Nearest the pin, longest drive and other on course competitions will be held throughout the afternoon. Then following the competition, a BBQ in the Grassholme Suite located in the Clubhouse will be served along with prize presentation and raffle.

If you would like to book a team or take an individual place (we will team you up with others) then please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or 

Sponsorship opportunities are available so please enquire.
Discounted rooms available please call reservations on 01325 729999 and to reserve your golf buggy contact the golf house team on 01325 729980
Construction Mock Trial

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £20+VAT for CENE Members / £40+VAT for Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

The Sinton’s LLP Construction team, in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East, invite you to join them for a Construction mock trial.

The evening will begin with welcome drinks and canapes at 5:30pm followed by the Construction mock trial at 6:15pm. At 7:30pm there will be an opportunity for Q & A and networking.

To register your place please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 500 7880 or
Constructing Excellence National Awards
Date: Friday 4th November 2016     
Time: 7.00pm drinks reception, 7.30pm dinner, 12.00am Carriages

Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, London   
Cost: £185+VAT individual / £1110.00+VAT Table of 6 (tables of 12 can be requested)

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be supporting our National office for a fifth consecutive year preparing the Constructing Excellence National Awards. Now in their tenth year, these prestigious Awards seen as one of the highlights of the industry’s calendar will be attended by over 450 built environment professionals from across the UK.

These awards are part of a national programme of nine regional awards covering England and Wales. The 2016 winners at regional level go forward to the National final to be recognised as the CE champions of excellence for the year from categories such as Integration & Collaborative working, Sustainability, Young Achiever (G4C) and Health & Safety.

Following the Awards, those winners are invited to a special reception in the Houses of Parliament to showcase their achievement and to represent the best of our sector to MPs, members of the House of Lords, and movers and shakers in our industry.

This event is a great opportunity for companies that wish to be seen as proactively supporting and leading innovation within the Built Environment and information on sponsorship can be requested from Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) or on the National website.

To book your tickets please request a booking form from Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or (This year tickets will be sent electronically to ensure you/yours guests receive those prior to the Awards dinner.)

To view this year's shortlist please click here -  
Big Quiz Night……RETURNS!!

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016
Time: 6.45pm registration, 7.15pm start, 10.30pm Close
Venue: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £60+VAT per team of 5 (price includes a pie & peas supper)
Generation4Change North East with the support of RIBA North East and CIBSE Young Engineers Network are delighted to be holding their annual charity quiz night on Wednesday 9th November at The Centre for Life and we would be delighted if you were able to join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of themed rounds to test everyone’s ability.

We will be raising funds for Metro Radio's Cash for Kids a North East based Charity.

Cash for Kids is a local charity, and it is our mission to support local children who are disabled, disadvantaged, sick, or suffering from abuse or neglect, from the ages of 0-18. All the funds for the charity are raised locally, and redistributed locally, to individuals, families and other charities dedicated to improving the lives of young people.
We are proud to operate an 80% contribution across the UK, with clear visibility on where the money goes and who it is helping. However, at Metro Radio Cash For Kids, our last audit in 2015 showed that our contribution was much higher, with at least 90 pence in every pound donated going directly to the children we help to support.

A raffle will be held during the evening and would appreciate your support with donations. If you would like to donate a prize please email Leanne. (Your logo will be displayed on the quiz guest list on the evening)
There is no objection to entering more than one team so please encourage your clients and work colleagues to join in! **No more than 5 in a team**.
To book your team please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or  

Crook Hall Visitor Centre

Date: Monday 26th September 2016

Time: 11. 00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Crook Hall Visitor Centre, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, DH1 5SZ.

Cost: £5 Concessions/ £7.50 RIBA Members/ £10 Adults

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear more about this RIBA North East Award-winning building from the architects who designed it. As part of this series of events showcasing 2016's Award-winners, RIBA North East Small Project of the Year, Crook Hall Visitor Centre, will host a celebratory morning. Crook Hall Visitor Centre is a delightful place to begin a visit to the Grade-1 listed building and gardens.

Sitting proud on the perimeter of the gardens, the building forms an edge to the street. Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel’s house, the building showcases walls clad in cedar timber boards and shingles to the roof. It is a place of escape to a romantic setting, brought to life by this new addition, which replaces a previous tired shed.

The ground floor comprises the reception area, café and ancillary facilities. With the café opening up to a new sunny walled terrace, the building welcomes weddings and events on a regular basis. A private stair leads to a discrete apartment, available to rent on the upper level with a private generous balcony, overlooking the River Wear. 

To book visit or contact Kate Sankey on 0191 2617441 or for further details.

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