Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber

Regional partner to Constructing Excellence, the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction

Skills Excellence: Closing the Gap – join us on 25th May 2016 for our next CEYH breakfast event

Building Futures Sponsored by Wates

The skills shortage in construction has been widely reported by much of our media and with good reason. It has been predicted that the industry will create around 190,000 new jobs by the end of 2018 but there is a growing fear that there will not be the talent within the country to fill them. The construction industry is one of leading pillars of the UK economy and therefore lack of required skills could have a huge impact on our economic recovery.

At our breakfast event at the end of May we will hear from Futureworks Yorkshire, one of the organisations who are trying to tackle this deficit. Julie Deeley, Operations Manager, will be giving examples of how they work with construction companies, local organisations and communities across Yorkshire to offer increased apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

We will also hear from Angie Eardley, Regional Community Investment Advisor and Richard Vause, Project Manager both from Wates Group who will give practical examples of the positive steps Wates are taking on their projects/sites to encourage new entrants into our industry.

Find out how you and your organisation can do more at this FREE breakfast event. Booking via the link below.


To get involved join us at Gosschalks Solicitors

Queens Gardens, Dock Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3DZ

09:30-10:30 (registration from 09:00)

Click here to book your FREE place!


Planning and the Future of Retail


Thursday 12th May 2016, 17:30 to 19:30, Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS2 9EN


Where is the retail market going now, in location, development and acquisition, what market trends are identified for new developments or retail opportunities, what is the impact on the high street, and the future for the independent retailer?



Cathy Barnes –  Director and Professor of Retail Innovation, The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University
Gerald Jennings –  President Leeds Chamber and York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, formerly Portfolio Director, Land Securities (North & Scotland)
New Speaker:-
Will Smith - Vice President of Property and Market Development, Asda Walmart
Julian Dobson -  Director Urban Pollinators Ltd, author of ‘How to Save Our Town Centres: a radical agenda for the future of High Streets’ published by Policy Press 2015
Followed by Q & A with the Panel


#CEYH2016 Awards: Proud to be different!

As I write this post we are now just under five days to go until we close for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber awards and we are very excited to see what you have all been up to in the last 12 months. We are really heartened by the response of local companies so far and can’t wait to get stuck into the judging process and organising the rest of the evening. There is still time to get your entries in – follow the links below or visit our dedicated awards page here

Not just your average awards ceremony

Here at the CKE, we take the responsibility of providing the best possible platform to showcase your projects, organisations and individuals extremely seriously, which is why you will never see us run the same event twice! Just like our entrants we aim for our awards ceremony to represent the common themes of our awards in being innovative, collaborative and dynamic.

For instance, at last year’s awards we were the only region to run a selfie competition, which was so successful that it was adopted at the nationals. Not just an excuse to take silly pictures (although that is always welcome), the selfie competition helped to raise the profile of the awards across social media giving extra coverage to the companies involved. We will be running it again this year so don’t forget to bring those phones and snap away!

If you are still undecided, here are just three more reasons why our awards are different and how your business will benefit from being involved,

  • Our dynamic team are all from construction/engineering backgrounds. With over twenty years combined industry experience, we know how to sell what the industry does best
  • Our awards are an experience as well as a ceremony. Every year the team try to do something different on the night itself to ensure the event is memorable for all the right reasons and is a real reward for the individuals and teams who take part. With this year’s Swinging from the Rooftops theme, this year is no exception! We have a number of surprises planned for you on the night – we can’t wait for you to see them!
  • Our added value with our relationships to the National Constructing Excellence network, Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Sustainability Institute and our thinkBIM, Green Vision networks. Going forward there will be plenty of opportunities for our entrants to showcase their work at our breakfast and twilight seminars, our half day conferences and through site visits.

How to enter

Fully inclusive and completely free to enter, we welcome submissions from any organisations, companies &/or project teams involved in delivering building & civil engineering projects in our region over the last 12 months. With 13 categories to choose from we are sure there is one for you! The closing date for entries is 29th April 2016 and all the forms can be downloaded from the links below.

Achiever of the Year

BIM Project of the Year

Client of the Year

Health and Safety



Integration & Collaborative Working

Leadership & People Development

Project of the Year

SME of the Year



Young Achiever of the Year

We look forward to reading your entries!

With thanks to our sponsors


“Look North” – Construction and Infrastructure Opportunities on your doorstep




UKTI Yorkshire and Humber and Leeds Beckett University invite you to a morning seminar on Friday 20th May to examine construction and infrastructure opportunities in Sweden.

Over the next 10 years there will be major infrastructure and construction opportunities in Sweden as a result of the £150bn investment in the combined Gothenburg and Stockholm expansion projects. This includes major investments in public transport systems and railways, including Sweden’s first high-speed rail lines. We want to share with you export opportunities for Civil Engineering companies, Construction companies, Property Developers, Modular Building Companies, Architects, specialist construction service providers such as engineering design companies, programme management, project management, cost management and other specialist consultants.

At the event you will meet David Cairns, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden who will outline the opportunities for UK companies in this important export market.
There will also be a chance to hear from representatives from Gothenburg city, Stockholm city and Trafikverket the Swedish Transport Administration, as well as UKTI commercial officers to learn more.


09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 Welcome by David Cairns, British Ambassador to Sweden
09:45 Presentations from Trafikverket the Swedish Transport Administration, and the Gothenburg and Stockholm City regions
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 1-2-1 meetings
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:00 1-2-1 meetings
14:00 Event closure

Booking Details

Friday 20th May 2016

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9EN

09:00 to 14:00

Click here to book your FREE place

Contact Details

Centre for Knowledge Exchange
Leeds Beckett University
0113 812 1902

Neil Brown
International Trade Adviser
UKTI Yorkshire and Humber
T: +44 (0)786 075 3085

Sabine Kauer
Senior Trade Adviser
UKTI Sweden
T: +46 (0)8 671 3046


Turning neighbourhood visions into reality


Planning lecturers and students from Leeds Beckett’s School of the Built Environment and Engineering helped communities come up with imaginative solutions to local problems at another successful neighbourhood planning workshop on Saturday 16 April.

Thirty people from communities around Leeds took part in the workshop on writing planning policy with specialist groups focused on the issues of student housing, what support is available for neighbourhood planning, and how plans can shape development in the local area.


Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing said: “This was our third workshop for neighbourhood planning groups and the feedback says it was our best yet.  This was a chance for groups to share their experiences, identify common problems, devise joint solutions, and get some ideas down on paper with the help of planning experts”.

With over 60 neighbourhood planning groups in the city, Leeds Beckett’s Planning Network is providing much needed support to local groups. A key principle for the workshops is the importance of dialogue and learning from experience. Speakers provide examples of effective neighbourhood plan-writing and then small groups work on specific issues to bring local ideas into reality.


The final event in the current neighbourhood planning programme will be held on 11 June and will feature a presentation from Inner East Preston, the first northern inner city area to make a neighbourhood plan, reflecting on the impact on their community.

All the presentations from Saturday’s event can be viewed at the link below along with our storify of the best tweets from the event. You can follow these events on the hashtag #lpnleeds.


Planning and the Future of Retail – Leeds Planning Network Masterclass



Where is the retail market going now, in location, development and acquisition, what market trends are identified for new developments or retail opportunities, what is the impact on the high street, and the future for the independent retailer?



Cathy Barnes – Director and Professor of Retail Innovation, The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University



Gerald Jennings – President Leeds Chamber and York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, formerly Portfolio Director, Land Securities (North & Scotland)

Julian Dobson - director Urban Pollinators Ltd, author of ‘How to Save Our Town Centres: a radical agenda for the future of High Streets’ published by Policy Press 2015

Followed by Q & A with the Panel



Getting Paid in the Construction Industry – key issues and is it easy money? – YHCE Club/Bond Dickinson Event

The rise of the smash and grab adjudication

YHCE Club would like to invite you to a seminar regarding payment issues within the construction industry and, in particular, payment and pay less notice regimes. We will be holding this seminar in Leeds on Thursday 14 April.

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 iterim payment and protecting your position on overstated applications
  • Latest smash and grab adjudication case law – where are we now?
  • What to watch out for – practical advice on prompt payment, payment notice, pay less notices and applications

The seminar will run from 8.30am to 10.00am. Please click here for the full invitation.

Leeds Seminar

Thursday 14 April 2016

08.30 – 10.00 (08.00 for 08.30 start)

Bond Dickinson Leeds Office

(click here for map)



Writing Neighbourhood Planning Policy – Next Leeds Planning Network event

Saturday 16th April 2016

10:00 to 12:30

Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane

Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS2 9EN

This third neighbourhood planning workshop aims to give community groups the tools they need to tackle the tough issues. There will be short presentations and plenty of time for discussion and networking. Planning experts from Leeds Beckett University’s planning school will be on hand to provide advice and support.


Holbeck neighbourhood plan -a presentation by Dennis Kitchen & Tony Ray, Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum (TBC)

Planning policy that works for neighbourhoods – presentation by Quintin Bradley, planning lecturer from Leeds Beckett University

Discussion groups with planning advisors:

  • Planning and housing issues
  • Policy writing workshop
  • Training and support

Free and open to all members of neighbourhood planning groups!

With support from the CHOBE Small Grants Scheme 2016


Debating the Future for Affordable Homes

Students, housing practitioners and tenants engaged in a hard-hitting analysis of the housing crisis at Leeds Planning Network’s Master Class on the Future of Affordable Homes on 17 March.

Speakers from leading housing organisations in the region provided an inside track on the government’s housing proposals and the impact of recent housing benefit changes. An audience of over 40 practitioners, students and community representatives discussed the prospects for housing futures, with the supply of homes dwindling and prices through the roof.


This was the fourth Master Class organised by Leeds Planning Network, one of the go-ahead research clusters in the School of the Built Environment and Engineering. Leading this project, senior housing and planning lecturer Quintin Bradley, said:

“This Master Class was a chance to assess the future for affordable housing with the key developers of not-for-profit and public housing. A perfect storm of policies threaten the existence of the affordable rented sector and this event gave practitioners, tenants and students an opportunity to get to grips with the likely impact”.


President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Geraldine Howley, who is also chief executive of Incommunities, Bradford’s biggest affordable housing provider kicked off the event with an incisive analysis of the threats. Reductions in housing benefit for people aged under 35 have meant increasing rent arrears and have led Incommunities to dispose of many affordable single household homes.

Harrogate borough council’s development manager, Jenny Wood warned that the forced sale of council housing promised in the Housing Bill would deprive the town – which has the highest market rents in the north – of almost all its one bed affordable flats.


Martyn Broadest, development manager from Connect Housing, a West Yorkshire community housing association, reminded the audience of the social purpose of affordable housing, and warned of a resurgence of slum-living and a huge increase in homelessness.

The Master Class was ably chaired by Jane Kettle, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and former head of school at Leeds Beckett University. Questions from community land trusts, commercial builders, tenants, and housing activists made for a lively debate. Slides from the presentations can be viewed at the ISSU link below. Tweets and images from the event itself can be viewed at the storify slideshow below the presentations.

The next Leeds Planning Network Master Class will be on Thursday 12 May on the Future of Retail Planning and will be chaired by Leeds Beckett Professor Cathy Barnes.

Martyn Broadest Presentation (Via Prezi)

‘Shouting from the Rooftops’ – help us showcase the very best our regional construction sector has to offer

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There are just under two months to go until we close for submissions for this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH) awards and whilst we know that the deadline may seem a long way off, we also know how quickly these dates can creep up on you. So here is our (gentle) reminder to start those entries for our “Swinging from the Rooftops” themed awards presentation on 1st July.

The 2016 CEYH awards, organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University, celebrate and reward the most innovative organisations, developments & initiatives in the built environment over the past 12 months.

The awards are fully inclusive, open to any organisations, companies and project teams involved in delivering “excellence” in construction, building and civil engineering across 13 different categories, each one representing the core themes underpinning the Constructing Excellence movement & improvement agenda.

As Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Dean & Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, explained: “Innovation in construction is essential to the industry’s continued success and as a University, we provide a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as continuous development opportunities and consultancy to businesses to effectively equip the workforce.

“Once again we are excited about celebrating the breadth and range of talent across our region through these awards and look forward to welcoming entries across all of the categories.”

The winners of each category will be revealed at a gala dinner held at New Dock Hall in Leeds on 1st July. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Swinging from the rooftops’ where following the awards presentations, guests will be entertained by cocktails, dancing and live music from our four piece swing band.  The winners then go on to compete at the National Construction Excellence Awards held in London in the autumn. Last year the Yorkshire and Humber region won accolades in both Value (Interserve) and BIM project of the Year (Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture) and with the fantastic projects going on the region at the moment, this can be bettered in 2016!

Organised by a dynamic and forward thinking team, the CEYH awards have grown to be the showpiece event of the regional construction awards calendar with over 350 professionals, representing a broad cross section of the construction industry, coming together to celebrate the projects, companies and organisations that are truly pushing our sector forward.

Pete Watson, CEO of the headline sponsors Atlas Cloud (pictured), added: “We are delighted to sponsor the Construction Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2016 for the 2nd consecutive year. We have seen a huge shift in technology enhancement in the regions with mobile teams working on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country such as HS2, MAG, Crossrail 2 and Hinkley Point. This region has superb talent and is working on some of the best projects and we really need to be shouting about it.”

The closing date for submissions for this year’s awards is Friday 29 April.  For full details about the awards categories please visit .

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CKE team on 0113 812 1902 or via

We look forward to reading your entries!

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