Month: December 2015

Getting our Construction Act together – First Humber region breakfast event of 2015/2016 hailed a success!

Share This:


The Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber seminar held in Hull on Thursday 12th November 2015 was hailed a success by attendees as they left Gosschalks’s offices with plenty to think about. Over 60 construction industry professionals from the region registered for a place at the seminar, which was presented by Gosschalks’s contentious and non-contentious construction law team. The seminar covered complex issues surrounding payment and Pay Less Notices, and the recent case law developments that affect payment under the Construction Act.

This sparked a lively Q&A discussion among the attendees about the requirements for effective notices, and was described afterwards by one delegate as “an eye opener!”

Matthew Fletcher, Partner and Head of Construction and Litigation at Gosschalks, said: “We were delighted to deliver this event with the Constructing Excellence team and play host to their first East Yorkshire event in a number of years, and we were thrilled by the positive feedback the event generated. Our aim was to get those who deal with payments under construction contracts thinking and to understand the potentially heavy financial implications if they fail to issue timely notices. We provided up an update on several key cases where it has been necessary for the Technology & Construction Court to interpret the revised payment procedures contained in the Construction Act. Construction companies really don’t want to be caught in the Act!”

Chris Groves, Partner and non-contentious and construction contracts expert at Gosschalks, commented:  “We addressed many of the consequences encountered when failing to issue time sensitive payment notices. This is a major issue for a lot of construction businesses and is something on which we are happy to share our expertise and advice. We’ve already been approached by a couple of individual companies who would like us to present this briefing at their premises.”

Liz Schofield, from  Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber added, “We are really pleased to be bringing events back to the Humber region for the first time in over a year and were delighted to see a sixty plus audience comprising of an impressive mix of key people from the construction industry based in and around Hull and East Yorkshire. We are very much looking forward to partnering with Gosschalks to hold more events in this region in the New Year”.

A summary of the tweets and images from the breakfast event can be found in our storify summary below. Our next Constructing Excellence event will be on 21st January in Leeds and will focus on RIBA Stage 2, Specifications and BIM in Manufacturing – details and Booking here. Any questions, contact Liz and the CEYH team on +44 (0)113 812 1902 or

For further information about Gosschalks events and services, please contact Claire Hill on +44(0)1482 590204 or

It’s time to let out Yorkshire’s best kept secrets… Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2016 now open for entries!

Share This:


It’s that time of year again! We are pleased to announce that we are now taking entries for the 2016 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards

Held every year in July our awards are a celebration of the very best the regional construction industry has to offer, recognising and rewarding the pioneering individuals, projects and organisations that are truly moving our sector forward.

Fully inclusive, entries are welcome from any organisations, companies &/or project teams involved in delivering “excellence in construction” across building & civil engineering projects in the Yorkshire & Humber region over the last 12 months. There are thirteen categories in total and you are free to enter as many projects and categories as you like, indeed multiple entries are encouraged! All category winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the National Constructing Excellence Awards held in Autumn. Last year our region walked away with two national accolades in the Value and BIM Project of the Year categories and we are striving to better this in 2016!

Entering our awards will bring enormous benefits to your business, rewarding your staff and raising your profile as a forward thinking organisation helping you to win more work. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to show off your achievements to over 400 of your professional peers.

The closing date for entries is Friday 29th April 2016 with the winners being revealed at our gala dinner which this year will be held on 1st July (venue t.b.c)

Following on from our spectacular 2015 ceremony at the National Railway Museum in York, we will be returning to Leeds for our gala presentation evening for the first time in three years and to celebrate we will be doing something very different on the evening itself. All will be revealed in the new year, however we can guarantee that attendees will be treated to our usual blend of excellent hosting, food, drink and hospitality interspersed with our professional & lively awards ceremony.

So now that we have sufficiently whet your appetite, get working on those entries!



We have a number of fantastic sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 awards.

Contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via to discuss how your business can benefit.

RIBA Stage 2: Starting to specify the specifics of your spec

Share This:

At our breakfast event on 21st January 2016 we will hear from Andy Stolworthy, BIM Manager at ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, the authority in true specification providing a simplified approach to opening solutions.  Andy will talk about ‘A Manufacturers Journey’ with a look back on ASSA ABLOY’s adoption of BIM with an honest view on what they may have done differently given what they know now.  Andy will also provide a view on the current BIM landscape and how they see manufacturer’s involvement growing.

We will also hear from Pete Foster, Technical Consultant for the Plant, Power and Process team in EMEA who joined Autodesk in July 2015.  Pete will talk about his experience in manufacturing and with building product manufacturers, ranging from his work and solutions for BIM in the offsite construction industry and examples of ROI.  He will also discuss his work with the MFG4BIM and PPP teams within Autodesk, including the work with connecting the Manufacturing and AEC communities using common tools and datasets.


To get involved join us on 21st January 2016 at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Sovereign House, Sovereign Street, Leeds, LS1 1HQ


(If you are using a satellite navigation, please use the following postcode: LS1 4BJ)