Month: July 2016

Professional Doctorate in Engineering starting Feb 2017

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In the coming academic year, the Leeds Sustainability Institute (Leeds Beckett University) is able to offer selected companies the opportunity to register eligible members of staff for a part time Professional Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.) degree, starting in February 2017. The benefits to companies include:

  • Development of staff to doctoral level
  • Enhancement of in-house research capability via staff training in research techniques
  • Development of research projects of specific company interest
  • Staff retention via investment in personal development
  • Low-cost student fees
  • Flexible learning taking account of other professional commitments

Minimum entry requirements are a 2:1 Honours degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent). Students on our part-time D.Eng program are expected to complete their doctoral study within 4-5 years. We are aware that professional doctoral candidates are able to draw on considerable professional expertise and experience, but may have grown out of touch with formal academic study, so the program seeks to offer substantial initial support in developing key academic skills.

The deadline for applications for a February start is end of September 2016 and early applications are advised. We are always happy to help with developing draft proposals for applications, especially in the areas of Built Environment, Energy or Sustainability.

For more information, or to discuss potential applications, please contact Dr Anne Stafford, .

Subject Benchmark Statements: consultation on the revised Statement for Land, Construction, Real Estate and Surveying

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Thank you for your support and investment in our many CKE activities including thinkBIM, CE and Greenvision.  As part of our work, we always engage with our students and try to ensure the best practices CKE gather can be integrated into teaching delivery.  The QAA benchmark statement acts as a template for all undergraduate awards in the built environment across the UK.  Recently, this statement has been revised.  Personally, I have asked to integrate aspects such as sustainability and BIM into the statement which ultimately shapes the skills set of graduates who enter our sector.  The statement itself in somewhat retrograde in my view and should be encouraged to be more in line with the changing practices in industry.

The document below is calling for consultation from particularly the industry sector.  To date nationally, this has only generated a small number of replies.    I am sure you will all have something to say.  Even if this is a one line comment, that comment will be of great value.

Link to CL-12-16

There is a link to the consultation survey in the actual document but for ease you can also link to the survey here

Many thanks for your time.


Tackling the Skills Gap at CEYH May Breakfast seminar

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 Julie Deeley, Futureworks Yorkshire

On 25th May we held the second of our Hull based Constructing Excellence breakfasts at Gosschalks Solicitors, this time tackling one of the most prevalent issues in the industry at the moment, the skills shortage. It has been predicted that the industry will create around 190,000 new jobs by the end of 2018 but the growing fear is that the talent will not be there to fill those posts. At our event we heard from Futureworks Yorkshire and Wates Group on how they are working to create apprenticeships and encourage new entrants to our industry in order to try and tackle this deificit.

Debbie Hall, Business Reporter at Hull Daily Mail has done a summary of the main points in her  article dated 31st May (link here). The article has also been reproduced below for ease.


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 L-R Angie Eardley (Wates), Janet Mulcrone (Leeds Beckett), Tom Oulton (CEYH), Liz Schofield (CEYH), Matthew Fletcher (Gosschalks)

Construction firms urged to help tackle impending shortage in talent

COMPANIES are being urged to help tackle the skills shortage in the construction industry. The issue was the focus of an “excellence breakfast” hosted by Hull law firm Gosschalks. The event, organised by Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH), was held amid growing fears there will not be sufficient talent within the country to fill the predicted 190,000 new jobs that will be created in construction by the end of 2018. The industry is seen as one of the leading pillars of the UK economy and the lack of required skills could have a huge impact on economic recovery, according to CEYH. The event saw more than 30 delegates from a range of contractors, councils, training groups and construction consultancies, in attendance.

Steve Savage, Development Director at Gosschalks, opened the proceedings and Tom Oulton, chairman of CEYH, gave an introduction in which he spoke about the Government’s Construction Strategy for 2016 to 2020, which sets out to increase productivity in government construction to deliver £1.7bn efficiencies and support 20,000 apprenticeships over the period.

One of the speakers was Julie Deeley, operations manager for Futureworks Yorkshire, one of the organisations working to tackle the skills deficit and nurture homegrown talent. She offered insight into how Futureworks is working with construction companies, local organisations and communities across Yorkshire to offer increased apprenticeships and work experience opportunities. Ms Deeley said: “It is not about providing all the answers today, it is about opening your mind to what your company can do about meeting this skills shortage.” Futureworks is based in Hull and Rotherham and delivers the award- winning YORfuture scheme across the Yorkshire and Humber region. It provides apprenticeships within the sector, including technical, trades, administration and manufacturing/distribution roles.

Ms Deeley told delegates that the YORfuture shared apprenticeship scheme provided a solution to apprenticeship recruitment when employers may not have the resources to take apprentices on a full-time basis. Asked about the difficulty of encouraging schools to see the opportunities that exist in the industry, Ms Deeley said: “What we need to do is get out there as much as possible and put out the word on construction and what a good career it is. We need, as a sector, to get the message out that there are many different careers you can have in construction, in particular for females. ”

Another speaker was Angie Eardley, community investment adviser at Wates Group, a family-owned construction company that is currently helping to create an £80m housing development in Hull for people with care needs. She spoke to the audience about the group’s community investment commitments and it’s supply chain and social enterprise engagement. The delegates heard the CITB, the national training organisation for construction in the UK, has reported that another 230,000 workers will be needed in the construction sector in the next five years – a figure that equates to 3,230 people each year in the Yorkshire and Humber region.


Julie and Angie’s presentations along with a storify of the best tweets/images from the morning can be viewed at the links below.

 Click below for full Presentations from 25th May 2016

Industry leaders crowned at the 2016 Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber Awards

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Well, what can we say but thank you for an an incredible night!

Last Friday saw the culmination of six months of meticulous planning by the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber team to bring you this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) awards 2016 (#ceyh2016) and what an amazing night it was.

Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, CEYH welcomed a record attendance of over 460 construction professionals representing the full spectrum of the industry to our spectacular “Swinging from the rooftops” themed awards evening to highlight, reward and promote the very best examples of constructing excellence and achievement the regional built environment have displayed in the last twelve months.

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Sponsored by Atlas Cloud and hosted by BBC Look North’s Business Correspondent, Danni Hewson, attendees were treated to a networking drinks reception (sponsored by Interserve), a gourmet three course meal, a fantastic “New York” themed sound and vision AV show and live swing music from our four piece jazz band, “Uptown Swing”. Fifteen different awards were handed out, each representing the core themes of the Constructing Excellence strategy. In addition, attendees were also encouraged to share images from their tables to social media with prizes being awarded for the best “selfie” of the night (something Danni was only too happy to join in with!)

Danni opened proceedings with an industry overview and delivered a positive message on the important of collaboration, building relationships and working together, particularly in the light of “Brexit” and what that might mean for the industry going forward. Other presentations were given by headline sponsor, Atlas Cloud, and Dr Andrew Mooney from inspiring local charity, Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund for whom the evening raised a magnificent £3242.

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Interserve secured the biggest prize haul of the night walking away with three awards for Integration and Collaborative Working, Achiever of the Year and the much coveted Project of the Year award for Factory 2050 ARMC at the University of Sheffield. Other winners included East Riding of Yorkshire Council, BAM Morgan Sindall and Ebsford Environmental. The winners now go on to compete at the National Constructing Excellence Awards in London in November this year. The full list of our regional winners & highly commended can be found below.

However the real winner on the evening was the industry itself. The sheer diversity of projects from local regeneration schemes to multi-million facilities demonstrates once again that the Yorkshire and Humber region is at the forefront of pushing boundaries, driving up standards and finding new ways to work innovatively for cross sector benefit. When it comes to construction, the only way is Yorkshire!

So all we have left to do is extend a huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, supporters, entrants and participants who have once again raised the bar to make this year’s #ceyh2016 the best one yet – we look forward to celebrating with you again in 2017!

If you are interested in being involved in CEYH 2017 (sponsoring, entering or assisting) please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to We look forward to hearing from you!




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Achiever of the Year (Sponsored by Lovell)

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Winner, John Gittins, Interserve

Highly Commended: Katherine Speyer, Balfour Beatty and Sam Mooney, Keepmoat




BIM Project of the Year (Sponsored by Trimble Tekla)

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Winner: East Riding Leisure Bridlington, submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended: A160 Port of Immingham Improvement Scheme, submitted by Costain


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Client of the Year (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

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Winner: TPP, Nominated by ISG

Winner: Doncaster Borough Council, Nominated by Willmott Dixon Construction



Health and Safety (sponsored by Turner & Townsend)

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Winner: bmJV M1 Jn 39-42 Smart Motorway, submitted by BAM Nuttall Morgan Sindall Joint Venture

Highly Commended: Factory 2050, submitted by Interserve Construction Limited

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Heritage (Sponsored by Leeds Sustainability Institute)

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Winner: The Half-moon Reservoir De-Silting works, submitted by Ebsford Environmental Ltd

Highly Commended: Oakwood Clock Restoration project, submitted by OTRA (Oakwood Trader’s Residents Association)


Innovation (Sponsored by Bay Construct)

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Winner: ARC T-Barrier, submitted by Arc Building Solutions

Highly Commended: Vickers Oils, Leeds, submitted by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff



Integration and Collaborative Working (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

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Winner: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, submitted by Interserve Construction

Highly Commended: The rebuilding of the Airedale International Air Conditioning factory, submitted by BAM Construction



Leadership and People Development (Sponsored by Kier Group)

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Winner: Costain – M1 Smart Motorway J28-31

Highly Commended: bmJV (BAM Morgan Sindall Joint Venture)


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This year we will be awarding two Project of the Year accolades. Both categories are sponsored by Gosschalks Solicitors.

Project of the Year – Infrastructure

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Winner: Great Yorkshire Way, submitted by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Highly Commended: Beverley Integrated Transport Plan, submitted by Balfour Beatty


Project of the Year – Building

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Winner:Factory 2050, submitted by Interserve Construction Limited

Highly Commended: Leeds Station Southern Entrance (LSSE), submitted by Mott MacDonald Ltd



Sustainability (Sponsored by Costain)

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Winner: Lovell Partnerships (organisational entry)

Highly Commended: A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement, submitted by Carillion Morgan Sindall JV



SME of the Year (Sponsored by YORhub)

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Winner: CGL (Card Geotechnics Limited) – Harrogate Office (organisational entry)

Highly Commended: McLeod + Aitken (organisational entry


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Value (Sponsored by Henry Boot Construction)

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Winner: National Major Projects Framework West Yorkshire Smart Motorways Team, submitted by Bam Morgan Sindall

Highly Commended: Dean Clough A & B Mills, Halifax submitted by WGL Stoneclean Ltd



Young Achiever of the Year (sponsored by A1L2B – a carillion morgan sindall joint venture)

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Winner: Ged Ayres, Arup

Highly Commended: Luke Groom, Carillion



Best of the Best (sponsored by Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club)

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“SELFIE” of the night

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