Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber

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

Month: April 2016

Planning and the Future of Retail

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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?

 

Chair: 

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

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#CEYH2016 Awards: Proud to be different!

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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

Heritage

Innovation

Integration & Collaborative Working

Leadership & People Development

Project of the Year

SME of the Year

Sustainability

Value

Young Achiever of the Year

We look forward to reading your entries!

With thanks to our sponsors

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

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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.

Programme

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
ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
0113 812 1902

Neil Brown
International Trade Adviser
UKTI Yorkshire and Humber
neil.brown@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
T: +44 (0)786 075 3085

Sabine Kauer
Senior Trade Adviser
UKTI Sweden
sabine.kauer@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
T: +46 (0)8 671 3046

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Turning neighbourhood visions into reality

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

 

Chair: 

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

 

Panel:

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

 

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

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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

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BOOKING INFORMATION

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