Thursday 26th May Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday I attended the Constructing Excellence South West Construction Summit followed by their Awards in Bristol. The Summit was excellent and had some great speakers. Congratulations go to all the winners from the South West Awards and we will look forward to seeing them at the National Awards later on this year along with all the regions finalists. I would like to thank my colleague from CESW, Andrew Carpenter, and his team for their wonderful hospitality.

Meanwhile back in the North East Leanne and Lauren attended the RICS North East Matrics Ball at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle with some of our G4C committee. They all had a great evening and enjoyed catching up with many of you there.

On Saturday I was guest of Elliott Associates at the Gus Robinson Foundation Ball at Hardwick Hall. I would like to thank everyone for a fabulous evening and many congratulations to the ball committee who managed to raise a magnificent £12,000.00 for the Foundation.

This week Leanne and I have been in London on Constructing Excellence business to discuss the 2017 Awards for the UK and Wales. The Awards will be slightly amended in terms of the categories, application form and how to enter so please keep an eye out for further details coming out in the autumn.

Yesterday Leanne and I were at Stockton Riverside College’s ‘Building your Construction Career’ with support from G4C, RICS Matrics, CIOB, NAWIC and Keepmoat. The event was a great way for school pupils between years 9 and 10 to hear about the different types of professions within the industry. We would like to thank John Cartwright for organising the event and our special thanks go to Kate Lloyd, Emma Graham, Esh Group and Puneet Vedhera for their fantastic contribution to our sessions.

Next week we will be busy preparing the finishing touches for the CENE 2016 Awards and we are getting very excited for the ceremony! If you haven’t yet sent in your guest names or received your tickets then please contact Leanne immediately.

We also have three events taking place, on Thursday is the Wildlife in Construction in association with NAWIC North East at Hardwick Hall then on the evening is the G4C North East Managing Construction Contracts with DAC Beachcroft and then finally to end the week is First Friday Club. All of these events have a few places remaining so please contact us to book.

We hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend, that the sunshines and any of you attending the magnificent international sporting events going on in the region both at the Stadium of Light and Emirates Riverside have an enjoyable time.

Best wishes


Foundation's Charity Race Day

Constructing Excellence in the North East have teamed up with Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to bring you a Charity race day on Friday 12th August at Newcastle Racecourse and are offering sponsorship opportunities for the Raceday.

This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to raise their profile at a flagship Charity event and previous race days have attracted businesses from the construction industry right across the North East region, providing an excellent opportunity for networking. 

The fantastic sponsorship benefits include:
- Branding opportunities in the Gosforth Park Suite and in the main Lounge at Newcastle Racecourse.
- Opportunities to place banner branding around Newcastle Racecourse.
- Naming rights to one race on the Day (which appears in all local and national press relating to the day).
 - Acknowledgment in event programme as Race Day Sponsor, with full page advert in the race card next to named race.
- Table of 10 in Premium position within the Gosforth Park Suite

- And more.....

The cost to sponsor a race is £1,500+VAT and if you are interested in this package please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or

The details on how to book tickets for the race day can be found further down in today's newsletter. 

Local firm Planarch Design have successfully been nominate for three categories at the forthcoming LABC Awards taking place in Newcastle on July 8th. The categories which they are shortlisted for are  
Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion, Best Individual New Home and Best Refurbishment or Extension of a Listed Building.

We would like to wish Neil and his team all the very best for the upcoming Awards ceremony and look forward to hearing the results!
Wildlife in Construction: The Implications and Issues 

Date: 2nd June 2016 
Time: 8.30am - 10.00am 
Venue: Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield 
Cost: £10 (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)
NAWIC North East are delighted to bring you this morning breakfast seminar looking at Wildlife in construction, the implications and how to overcome the difficulties when on a project.

The speakers will include:
• Tony Martin, Director E3 Ecology - discussing “European sites and the Habitats Regulations - implications for development”
• Jonathan Pounder - Surveyor, Durham Bat Group - How we should manage protected species within the construction industry and how they carry out their surveys.
• Terry Coult - Principal Ecologist, Durham County Council - “An overview of recent developments and legislation, with a practical case study of work between the Council and a developer to incorporate and overcome practical difficulties of wildlife conservation in new development”

To register for this event please go to  or for further details please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

First Friday Club

Date: Friday 3rd June 2016
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Cost: Free

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to invite you First Friday Club on Friday 3rd June 2016. 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 book for this event please go to

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

** please forward this invite onto your young professionals**

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

This 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

ICE North East graduate and student and G4C debate 2016
Date: 14 June, 2016
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
Cost: £8.50 for ICE non-members

ICE North East G&S and G4C have teamed up to deliver a debate for 2016.
This year's question is;
 "Does the UK construction industry have, and implement, the policies to best achieve diversity?"
The panel will include representatives from across the North East civil engineering industry as well as guests from outside the industry who will share their opinions on the topic.
The evening will also give the attendees the opportunity to meet ICE Vice President Tim Broyd and network with professionals from across the region. The event will start at 18:30 with refreshments and networking from 18:00.

To book please go to  
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 Lauren on 0191 5007880 or 

Asset Management

Date: 23rd June 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: Free to CENE Club Members, £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East Club are delighted to be working with our Constructing Excellence Asset Management Group in delivering you this half day seminar surrounding Asset and Facilities Management on a construction project.

Some say the single most damaging mistake in industry today is the common practice of overlooking asset management concepts during the design, construction and start-up of major new facilities. The global cost of this poor management practice is truly astronomical. New facilities experience excessive unplanned downtime, resulting in excessive costs and loss of critical production due to quality and quantity issues. These losses can be avoided by implementing proper business processes and good operational planning prior to facility start-up.

But, where do we start? Operating practices? Maintenance practices? Design?

At this seminar we will hear from:
- Tom Cudmore of the Constructing Excellence Asset Management Group. In February Constructing Excellence joined Whole Life Plus (WLP+), a project which has secured Innovate UK and EPSRC funding to research how building performance can be improved to enhance worker productivity and well-being to create happier, healthier and more productive workplaces. Tom Cudmore from LCMB will talk about the details of the WLP+ project and share the initial research findings from the first quarter, which has looked at the impact of different environmental changes on workplace performance

- Michael Anderson of Esh Facilities
- Richard Farrey of Silverstone Building Consultancy

If you wish to register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Date: 13th July 2016
Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm
Venue: Bywell Grange Shooting Ground
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members, £100+VAT Non Members
(Cancellation Policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East for a third year running is delighted to be working once again with Forum for the Built Environment North East for their Annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Day on Wednesday 13th July 2016.

We will meet at the clubhouse at 9:30am for tea/biscuits followed by individual instruction, practice sessions in groups of 6 then a coffee break followed by a light-hearted ‘competition’ with prizes… you don’t get to keep the pigeon!

Lunch will be at the close by, ‘Northumberland Arms’ in the village of Felton. Cost is inclusive of instruction, guns and cartridges, tea/coffee/biscuits and an excellent mouth watering buffet lunch (drinks extra), and the opportunity to meet colleagues in the construction industry.

The event is for both beginners and those who have shot before, ladies and gentlemen… with low recoil guns where appropriate (to avoid any sore shoulders the next day).

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Getting your Contract Right – Understanding the Basics
Date: 14th July 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 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.
This event will be held at DAC Beachcroft LLP's offices in Wellbar Central, 36 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4TD.  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
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

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
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 Leanne McAngus 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
Unforeseen Ground Conditions on NEC3 and JCT Contracts

Date: Tuesday 28th June 2016
Time: 8am – 9:30am
Venue: Sintons Law, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 6DB
Cost: Free

Kevin Anderson an Associate in Sintons’ Construction & Engineering Department will present on the different approaches to ground conditions taken by the NEC3 and JCT contracts and will discuss common problem areas including entitlement to additional payment when circumstances change. Bacon rolls, tea and coffee will be available from 8:00am.

To sign up for this event please follow this link  
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