Thursday 19th May 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Thursday evening Leanne and Lauren attended Jacksons Law Firm 140th Anniversary event at their offices in Newcastle and raised a glass to them on such a momentous occasion. We would like to wish all at Jacksons Law all the best for the future. In the meantime, I was guest of ICE North East at their Annual Dinner and Robert Stephenson Awards at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park. I would like congratulate all the winners of the Robert Stephenson Awards and thank Graham Yates, Chair of ICE North East and Penny Marshall, Regional Director for their very kind hospitality and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

On Friday evening I was a guest of the Built Environment Hub at the Constructing Excellence West Midlands ‘Celebrating Construction’ Awards at the ICC in Birmingham. Congratulations go to all the winners on the evening and we look forward to seeing them again at the Constructing Excellence National Awards in November along with our regional winners.

Tuesday morning was the CECA and Watson Burton briefing seminar at Durham County Cricket Club with Construction Partner, Sarah Wilson. Sarah presented on the common disputes that arise in a NEC contract, how to avoid them and what to do. This was their last seminar in this year’s schedule and we understand they will resume once again in September.

Unfortunately, the G4C ‘Getting your Contracts Right’ seminar with Stephen McLellan of DAC Beachcroft had to be postponed yesterday evening due to Stephen being unwell. We would like to wish Stephen a speedy recovery and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The rescheduled seminar is being arranged and the new date will be advised shortly.

This morning was the ‘Delay and Liquidated Damages’ event in association with Roddy Gordon of DAC Beachcroft at their offices in Newcastle. Roddy discussed time for completion, addressing the need for extensions and consequences of failing to complete on time. The presentation was excellent and the next in the series is being held on 5
th July with further details to be announced shortly.

This afternoon Leanne is attending the Dynamo Build North East event at Crowne Plaza Hotel with guest panellists Rob Charlton, Space Group, John Lorimer, Chair of BIM Academy and more. Leanne is looking forward to the presentations and will update you next week.

Tomorrow evening Leanne and Lauren will be attending the RICS Matrics Summer Ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle with a few of the G4C North East committee members and they are looking forward to catching up with everyone.

I, on the other hand, will be attending the Constructing Excellence South West Conference and Awards tomorrow in Bristol with some of my colleagues from Constructing Excellence. I wish all those shortlisted the best of luck!

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.
- Presentation of the Best Turned out Horse and winner’s presentations on your sponsored race. A Champagne reception will follow the race presentations.
- Association with the Foundation of Light and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation .
- Foundation of Light website news story to announce Sponsorship and associated PR and social media coverage.
- Follow up story in SAFC matchday programme, distributed to approximately 20,000 people.
- Table of 10 in Premium position within the Gosforth Park Suite.

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. 

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

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.

** Not many places remain, contact us to book your tickets ASAP**

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!

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: Free for members, £8.50 for non-members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

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 Leanne on 0191 5007880 or  

Asset Management

Date: 23rd June 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.30am
Venue: TBC, 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. LCMB is leading the project, and partners include Argent, King’s College London and EMCOR UK who will trial the innovations in their buildings, Oxford Brookes University who are the academic partner, and the British Council for Offices, who along with Constructing Excellence are the dissemination partners. 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 Shooting

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
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
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