At our recent conference in collaboration with RTPI Yorkshire we welcomed six fantastic speakers to discuss the latest developments in Neighbourhood planning. Opening the conference was Steve Hoey, Head of Neighbourhood Planning & Housing at Locality, who delivered a national overview of local planning uptake, what neighbourhood plans can achieve on the ground and why people should get involved.
Next up was Robert Pritchard, Principal Associate at Eversheds Sutherland who spoke about neighbourhood planning and the courts covering the hugely important issues of legislation and policy. Grete Smith of Fishwick & St Matthews Neighbourhood Forum then talked about life in Inner East Preston and how they are now two years after the brexit referendum asking the question “was it all worth it”. Our final speaker of the morning was Ian Mackay, Neighbourhood Planning Manager at Leeds City Council who presented on the key lessons for planners, five years on from the introduction of the Localism Act 2011 which mandated neighbourhood planning and gave greater powers to communities to have a say in area development which affected them. The session concluded with a question & answer session.
Our final speaker of the day was John Curtin from the village of Clifford who spoke about the Clifford Neighbourhood Plan which is now a legally binding planning document, “made” by Leeds City Council in March earlier this year (Details here). It was very interesting to hear about their journey to this point and how they envisage the plan working for all going forward.
Overall a very interesting and informative day was had by all with great feedback from our delegates. We look forward to hosting another session with RTPI Yorkshire as part of their conference series very soon! Details about the RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series and upcoming events can be found on their website at the following link.
In the meantime, all the slides from the 21st September event as well as the live social media stream can be viewed and downloaded as follows…
RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series @ Leeds Beckett University. Thursday 21st September 2017. Slideshow.
Not what anyone wanted: Observations on regulations, standards, quality and experience in the wake of Grenfell
Christopher Gorse and John Sturges: Construction Research and Innovation, Issue 3
While many factors will have contributed to the catastrophe at Grenfell Tower, it is clear that the structure itself behaved in a way that no one could possibly have intended. In this article the authors sample the bewildering and sometimes apparently contradictory directions provided by building regulations, and review how fire safety precautions, while seeming adequate on paper, can be undermined on contact with observed on-site practice.
The standards and regulations of the UK construction industry are highly regarded internationally but the Grenfell Tower fire has called into question the industry’s procedures, their enforcement and the quality of UK construction. The events of 14 June 2017 led to an unprecedented loss of life. Without second guessing the enquiry, there are some obvious problems: the external facing materials including the cladding combusted too easily, the fire spread rapidly both vertically, laterally and through the building, there was little resistance to the spread of fire and it was difficult to extinguish. Almost every aspect of the industry’s safeguarding regulations and procedures appear compromised or overlooked. With hundreds of buildings considered to be at risk and the many cladding systems now condemned, it is evident that the industry is either unaware of the regulations and standards that apply or is neglecting responsibility for fire safety. Questions must be answered and the tragedy of Grenfell must be acknowledged to restore confidence in industry standards and processes.
Close up of Grenfell Tower on 16 June 2017 (credit: ChiralJon/Wikimedia Commons).
The full paper can be viewed at the following link
The winners of Leeds Beckett University’s annual RISE Awards, that celebrate research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise have been announced by the School of Built Environment and Engineering.
The RISE awards (#RISE2017 for the social media savvy!), organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today. Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer, eighteen awards were handed out in front of an audience of over one hundred and twenty individuals at the Marriott hotel in Leeds last Thursday night. Winners came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds with accolades awarded for best research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training amongst others. All entrants, highly commended and winners displayed the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for twenty-first century living.
The awards were a fitting grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. Chaired by Professor Chris Gorse, this international conference, now in its third year, explores how buildings and spaces can be designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to readdress the balance between the built and the natural environment.
The event included a rousing keynote from Jonathan Wilson and Kevin Gillespie (pictured) from CITU UK.
“The RISE and SEEDS events bought together industry and academia to engage in research and celebrate achievements though industrial impact. Industry innovation showcased at the RISE awards was of the highest quality and the SEEDS presentations delivered by professors and scholars, from across the globe, were thought provoking, leading edge and held the potential to shape our world for the better. This two day event represents everything that is good about Yorkshire, the conference brought out the best in people, working together to achieve significant and positive impact. It is an absolute pleasure to be hosting such prestigious events.”
Colin Jones (pictured), who entertained our guests throughout the evening with his fantastic swing and jazz repertoire
If you are interested in being involved in RISE awards or SEEDS going forward please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing from you!
All the social media tweets and images from the RISE awards can be found at the following link
All the images can be found at the link below along with a list of winners
We are pleased to announce that following on from 2016’s highly successful event, the RISE awards are back for another year highlighting and rewarding the most pioneering initiatives in Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. Hosted by Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University we are inviting applications now for new and innovative products, technologies, processes, projects and schemes. If it challenges the status quo, we want to hear about it!
Completely FREE to enter, submissions are encouraged across 14 different categories. With awards for industry leaders in energy efficiency, new technologies social value, research and more up for grabs we are sure there is a category for you! Previous winners have come from a vast array of environments, specialisms, companies and backgrounds – what matters to us is that entrants display the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing our industry forward and driving up standards.
The winners will be revealed on 14th September at our prestigious RISE business dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.
The evening itself will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your initiative amongst your peers, maximising your exposure and bringing your expertise to a new audience. Our vision is that as well as celebrating achievement, the RISE awards will be a breeding ground for future successful industry, academic and third sector collaborations. There will be plenty of opportunities for entrants to have ongoing engagement with Leeds Sustainability Institute and the wider University community both at and beyond the awards.
All ticket prices include a networking reception with welcome drink, a three course dinner, our awards presentation and entertainment.
Last Friday saw the culmination of six months of meticulous planning by the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber team based at Leeds Beckett University to bring you this year’s #CEYH2017 awards and what an incredible night it was! Held at the Queen’s Hotel in central Leeds, we welcomed over 350 of the region’s construction and property professionals to our 10th Anniversary celebration of the best examples of industry achievement in the last twelve months.
Sponsored by Galliford Try and once again hosted by Danni Hewson, BBC Look North’s business correspondent and industry champion, attendees were treated to networking drinks and a three course summer themed meal, set against our spectacular Yorkshire and Humber AV backdrop of Burnsall Village. We also welcomed Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull City of Culture as our keynote speaker for the evening who gave a captivating presentation on everything Hull has been up to this year so far and a taster of what is still to come. Rosie’s speech definitely went down a storm with our Humber contingent who are rightly proud of their home city! Continuing the Yorkshire theme was our awards playlist featuring only bands from the region; Def Leppard, the Cult and Chumbawumba to name a few; and our Yorkshire coast themed fun photobooth where attendees posed with hats, ice creams and even an inflatable seagull against a picture of Scarborough.
Our host for the evening, Danni Hewson from BBC Look North with an opening address on security
However the real regional stars were the outstanding projects, schemes and organisations who made up the CEYH2017 finalists. Fourteen awards were handed out in total covering the key best practice themes of Constructing Excellence as well as the much coveted and fiercely contested “Selfie of the night”. A special Chair’s award was also handed out posthumously to Dr Andrew Platten, former Associate Dean of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University who was tragically killed in a cycling incident last July. In honour of Andrew, this year’s chosen charity was Brake and the team were thrilled to raise over £2500 through donations and raffle entries. Many thanks to Keelham Farm Shop, Queen’s Hotel, Snap Recipe Box and East 59th for their generous prize donations.
(Left: Lisa Kendall from Brake UK collecting their cheque, Right: Our lit up bike in tribute to Dr Andrew Platten who sadly passed away in a cycle incident in July 2016)
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 collaboratively to achieve mutual cross sector benefit. So all we have left to do is extend a huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, supporters, entrants, judges and participants. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
If you are interested in being involved in #CEYH2018 (sponsoring, entering or assisting) please contact Liz or Donna on 0113 812 1902 or via email to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
SOCIAL MEDIA FEED
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED
Client of the Year (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)
Winner – Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Nominated by Interserve Construction
Highly Commended: The University of Sheffield, Nominated by Faithful+Gould
Digital Construction (Sponsored by Shulmans LLP)
Winner – National College for High Speed Rail – Rail Training Academy, Willmott Dixon Construction
Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Sponsored by SES Engineering Services)
Mark Stogell of PCSG will present on how Sainsbury’s has developed its digital portfolio as well as appropriate BIM processes for their assets.
Paul Thomas from Turner and Townsend, the author of the British Institute of Facilities Management BIM Guide, will give an overview of how BIFM are adopting digital data in their own processes and from design and construction teams.
A hospital helipad, several flood protection schemes and a former nightclub redevelopment are amongst the diverse and creative schemes that have made the final at this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards (#CEYH2017).
Organised by Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University, the awards are now in their 10th year. They aim to recognise and reward the groundbreaking teams, projects and organisations in the region that are driving innovation and elevating standards in the construction industry.
From L-R, (1) Edward Boyle Library redevelopment (2) Yorkshire water (3) Gatecrasher Appartments (4) Helipad on Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, (5) Scarborough Market
Sponsored by Galliford Try, awards are available in 12 different categories, each representing one of the core themes of the government industry improvement agenda. These include: collaboration, people development, value and digital construction. For the first time, in 2017, there are also prizes for both Building Project of the Year and Civils Project of the Year, in recognition of the differing challenges (and opportunities) they present for those involved. All the category finalists can be viewed here. Professor Akin Akintoye, Dean of the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett, said
“Our awards are the perfect platform to celebrate the contribution the built environment makes to our region’s prosperity, from forward thinking clients and considerate contractors to educational institutions who support the next generation of industry professionals. We wish all the finalists the best of luck!”
The winners will be revealed at a gala presentation evening on Friday 7 July at the Queen’s hotel in Leeds. This year, the CEYH team will be paying homage to all that is great about the region, from innovative art and architecture and vibrant communities to picture postcard scenery and cutting edge music! There will be a keynote speech from Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull City of Culture 2017, alongside food, entertainment and the presentation of the awards, with more than 300 industry decision-makers in attendance. Tables and individual places at the event can be booked here or by phoning 0113 812 1902.
At a recent Constructing Excellence breakfast event we held, we were particularly struck by a statistic from a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study which proposed that in terms of digitisation, the construction industry lags dramatically behind those in other classically undigitalised sectors and in fact ranks only above farming and agriculture. Having been heavily involved in promoting digital construction across the region and beyond we felt that in light of this statistic it was important to explore our impression of where the industry is and specifically where Yorkshire and Humber currently places in order to meet the demands of the future.
Screen shot from MyConsole presentation at Constructing Excellence breakfast event on 26th April 2017.
We at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the Leeds Beckett University School of Built Environment and Engineering have been running digitally focussed events through our thinkBIM network for over five years now and have overseen a massive growth in digital uptake across the region. Originally set up as a network to promote the advancement of BIM (Building Information Modelling) our remit has broadened to highlight new technologies and digital processes and their current and future uses.
When we started, the events were definitely for the innovators and early adopters, particularly in larger companies with SMEs being a little unsure of dipping their toe in the water; early problems being the choices of software available, balancing the cost of adoption with business needs and lack of clarity in contractual BIM requirements – all issues which we have had to address through events and targeted 1:1 support. As the network has expanded though, so has the industry’s understanding of the benefits of digital adoption, and this along with the publishing of the Digital Built Britain strategy in 2015 has helped to demystify some of the processes and improved knowledge and uptake of digital tools and processes across the region.
Even in these early days of digital adoption we saw how local organisations were at the cutting edge of the technological innovation that was unfolding. Not always on the large and prestigious projects but on smaller schemes like the laser scanning of the Orangery in Wakefield by DLA Design which showed what was possible already. We also witnessed the great work done by BAM at First Direct Arena working with their designers, structural steelworkers and precast concrete manufacturers who collaborated together using coordinated models form each organisation to resolve issues with the design, create and more effective design and improve the outcomes for the site team. By working together the team delivered an innovative and award winning venue for the city of Leeds.
Federated model image submitted by A1L2B, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture, as part of their winning entry in CEYH Awards 2015.
The region has also seen the digitisation of infrastructure schemes too. The award winning A1 Improvement scheme from Leeming to Barton, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture demonstrated many new and innovative ways to use digital data to assist with stakeholder engagement as well as collecting real time digital quality records during the course of the works too. Over at Immingham, Costain used the combined, federated, model of their scheme to accurately and successfully plan a 76 hour possession over Christmas 2015 where the team jacked a 5000 tonne bridge into place under the busiest freight railway line in the UK. All this was achieved by creating a digital programme that was meticulously planned, checked and reviewed by the project team, Highways England and Network Rail.
Solius Group virtual reality demonstration at thinkBIM conference in April 2017
More recently the thinkBIM network has been able to lift the lid on the future with demonstrations of Augmented Realities and Virtual Realities. These technologies are actually starting to become widespread too as more and more businesses start to see ways to use gaming technology for customer engagement, construction rehearsals and health and safety briefings as well as for operations teams to better understand the assets that they are maintaining with a level of efficiency previously unheard of. #itsBIMupNorth not just a hashtag but proof that Yorkshire really is a centre of excellence for the digital delivery of projects.
But the key thing here is not the technology, but the people behind it. As Steve Jobs once said “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them”. From a niche group of technically minded people the thinkBIM network has grown to reflect and support a much wider community focussed on working more efficiently and who adopt a whole lifecycle approach not just procuring data for the physical asset alone. And here-in lies the challenge going forward, ensuring the industry is constantly recruiting and upskilling the individuals and teams who are able to exploit the opportunity technology offers.
Let us know your thoughts of where the industry is and where it needs to be and where you see the future of digital technologies for construction.
Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber are pleased to support this initiative taking place in Harrogate on 1st June to help businesses embed and promote health and safety standards in the logistics community. The project is being run by Derek Rees, Chief Executive of SECBE, the regional Constructing Excellence partner for London and the South East.
CLOCS Seminar at Tip-ex Thursday 1 June 2017 at Harrogate Convention Centre
Registration & networking from 13:30. Seminar 14:00 – 16:00
Construction clients, contractors and fleet operators across the UK are adopting the National Standard for Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) – to ensure and demonstrate that they are taking all reasonable actions to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
Why? Because over 500 people every year across the UK are killed or seriously injured in incidents involving HGVs when actions by planners, clients, contractors, and fleet operators can help prevent injury, protect drivers and witnesses from emotional trauma, protect business reputation, reduce insurance premiums and meet pre-qual requirements for tenders/contracts.
Join us at the CLOCS Seminar to hear from a range of speakers who will set out why and how they have adopted the CLOCS National Standard.
Introduction to CLOCS – Derek Rees, CLOCS UK Project Director
How local authorities are requiring CLOCS through planning and procurement conditions – Davey Robertson, Northumberland County Council
How clients require CLOCS through procurement – Neil Cox, HS2
How contractors provide the right site conditions and check compliance of fleet operators – Mace
National site conditions assessment & directory – Glen Davies, AtoH
Update on the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)
The School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University would like to invite you to attend presentations by Leeds Beckett University final year construction students and project management students at:
The event will begin at 10.00 with tea/coffee/registration concluding over a free buffet lunch to enjoy networking with the students and academic staff.
This year, we have around 40 final year Construction Management and Project Management students, who have been asked to organise themselves into the Management Team of a Construction Company, each seeking to obtain a Design and Build contract for a Phase 2 development of our Rose Bowl Building.
Their presentations will consider aspects such as building design, construction technology, site layout, building services and project management.