Author: Liz Schofield (page 1 of 16)

Launching our #CEYH2020 Charity Appeal for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

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Every year we use the evening of our Constructing Excellence awards dinner to raise funds for a regional charity. Unfortunately as we are now moving our ceremony online due to COVID19, we have lost the opportunity to collect much needed funds in the room.

We are therefore launching an online campaign with the hope of raising the same, if not more, for this year’s charity, Wheatfields Hospice.

Many charities are suffering at the moment having had their shops closed and traditional fundraising activities curtailed so it is now even more important to support them to keep going. Hospices have had a signficant role to play in the pandemic, providing dignity, care, compassion and bereavement support to families, all while working under some very challenging conditions.

We have our own personal reasons for choosing Wheatfields, please visit our page to hear our story.

To donate, just click on the button above or at the link below. Donations can be made anonymously if you would prefer. Please add gift aid as it doesn’t cost you anything more and will add to the charity’s overall total.

We know that giving to charity is very much a personal decision but if everyone who has ever attended our dinner donated what they would normally do on the evening then we know we could reach our target. Every year we are always blown away by our network’s generosity. We thank you in advance for your support.

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2020. An announcement from the team.

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We have been monitoring the situation around COVID19 for the last couple of months with a view to making a decision about our 2020 event. Please watch our video below which details our plans for #CEYH2020.

KEY POINTS

Closing date extended until Friday 31st July 2020

Ceremony is going virtual! Date/times and joining instructions to follow

THE CATEGORIES (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FORMS)

Building Project of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Innovation Fire)

Civil Engineering Project of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Gosschalks)

Client of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

Conservation & Regeneration 2020 **available to sponsor**

Digital Construction 2020 (Sponsored by Trimble Tekla)

Health, Safety & Wellbeing 2020 **available to sponsor**

Innovation 2020 (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

Integration & Collaborative Working 2020 (Sponsored by Turner & Townsend)

Offsite 2020 (Sponsored by Clarion Solicitors)

People Development 2020 (Sponsored by CIOB Yorkshire)

Sustainability 2020 (Sponsored by SFS)

SME of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by YORhub)

Value 2020 (Sponsored by Knights Plc)

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2020 & COVID-19

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We are sure that many of you are closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and are no doubt aware of government restrictions currently in place on gatherings and events.

The safety of our guests is paramount and we have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

The awards will now take place on the evening of Wednesday 7th October 2020 (put it in the diary folks!). The timings, venue, theme are all the same as before and all current bookings will be transferred over to the new date.

The CEYH team are absolutely committed to delivering these awards which we know are a highlight for many of our network and an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what our industry does well and reward our hard working teams for delivering these often critical build and infrastructure projects. We feel that by October we hope to be through the worst of the impact and will welcome the opportunity to bring our network together for a celebration of the built environment’s contribution.

If for any reason we are unable to deliver a physical ceremony on the 7th, we will still be doing a full judging process and allocating regional winners so please do keep those entries coming in . We have also decided to extend the entry period to give people sufficient time to complete a submission.

The new deadline for entries will be Tuesday 26th May 2020.

 

THE CATEGORIES (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FORMS)

Building Project of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Innovation Fire)

Civil Engineering Project of the Year 2020   (Sponsored by Gosschalks)

Client of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

Conservation & Regeneration 2020   **available to sponsor**

Digital Construction 2020   (Sponsored by Trimble Tekla)

Health, Safety & Wellbeing 2020   **available to sponsor**

Innovation 2020   (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

Integration & Collaborative Working 2020   (Sponsored by Turner & Townsend)

Offsite 2020   (Sponsored by Clarion Solicitors)

People Development 2020   (Sponsored by CIOB Yorkshire)

Sustainability 2020   (Sponsored by SFS)

SME of the Year 2020   (Sponsored by YORhub)

Value 2020   (Sponsored by Shulmans)

 

KEY DATES

Closing Date: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Shortlist Announced: w/c 22nd June 2020

Gala Awards Dinner:  Wednesday 7th October 2020, New Dock, Leeds

Visit our awards pages for further information or download our awards brochure

POSTPONED: The Good, The Clad and the Ugly: Join us for our fire safety/fire engineering seminar in March

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***Due to ongoing situation with COVID19 this seminar has been postponed – details of a new date in the Autumn will be shared soon***

Our next event will be looking at the incredibly important topic of fire safety and will make particular reference to both legal and contractual requirements relating to fire regulations and the proposed changes to these regulations with speakers from Turner and Townsend and Clarion Solicitors.

We will also cover the recommendations from the Hackitt Review and its wider implications on the industry. There will be particular reference to cladding and what contractors need to do with regard to mitigating fire risk (do’s and don’ts) as well as the responsibilities that the respective parties have in relation to cladding that doesn’t comply with the fire regulations.

We will also be hearing from a from Innovation Fire, a fire engineering consultancy, on the practical and technical aspects of planning, designing and delivering fire engineering solutions to meet the function requirements of the Building Regulations – Performance Based vs Prescriptive Approach. The presentation will include a case study of a fire engineered building.
SPEAKERS

Paul Lane, Director of Fire Consultancy Services, Turner & Townsend
Phil Morrison, Partner and Head of Construction, Clarion Solicitors
Ayyappa Mohan, Fire Engineer, Innovation Fire
BOOKINGS

Please note this event is chargeable at £15 to cover administrative and catering costs. If you are a Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club member you can attend this event for FREE.

Please book your place via the Leeds Beckett University Online Store

 

International Women’s Week Panel Discussion: Apprenticeship Pathways and Promoting Diversity

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Tuesday 10th March 2020

10:00 to 11:30 (registration from 09:30)

Gosschalks Solicitors, Hull | Queens Gardens, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3DZ

For International Women’s Week 2020, Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber have partnered with Efficiency North to bring you a discussion on how apprenticeship pathways are helping to close the diversity gap in construction. This particular debate will focus primarily on gender diversity however attendees are encouraged to come along and air their views on related topics.

 

ABOUT

We are delighted to have secured several apprenticeship students to talk about their particular journey into construction, including challenges faced, why they have chosen their careers, current experiences and their hopes and ambitions for the future.

We will also have an engineering company represented on the panel who will talk about the issue of diversity and apprenticeships from an employer’s perspective.

 

THE FORMAT

Each panel member will talk for around 5-10 minutes from their perspective including experiences, their particular journey, thoughts on diversity e.t.c. This will be followed by an open discussion and Q and A with the audience – so please do come armed with questions!

 

THE PANEL

Amelia Johnson-Lynch, Construction Management Apprentice, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

Daniel Roche, Roche Civil Engineering (Employer Perspective)

Anne Benson, Gas Supervisor, Mears

Tilly Priestley, Trade Apprentice, Mears

Emma Luckman, Degree Apprenticeship Student, Leeds Beckett University

 

CHAIR

Abigail Milner, Associate, Gosschalks Solicitors

 

TIMINGS

09:30 – registration and refreshments

10:00 to 11:30 – Intro, Discussion, Q and A

11:30 – close & networking until 12:00

 

BOOKING

Book my FREE ticket for Apprenticeship Pathways & Diversity Event in Hull

 

Many thanks to Gosschalks for their support;

 

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber 2020 Awards – Official Launch Event

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Get the inside scoop on what makes a great awards submission!

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 18:00 to 20:00 (registration from 17:30) | Addleshaw Goddard | 3 Sovereign Square | Sovereign Street | Leeds | LS1 4ER

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (#CEYH2020) awards are back for a new decade!

Please join us for our official launch event where we will be outlining some key changes for the 2020 awards followed by a question and answer session with a selection of our judges.

The judges will be there to give tips and advice on what they look for in a winning entry as well as providing hints, tips and tricks for ensuring a successful submission.

The awards organising team will also be on hand to answer any practical questions about the awards processes as well as provide details of the evening itself.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PLACE

 

THE 2020 CATEGORIES (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FORMS)

Building Project of the Year 2020

Civil Engineering 2020

Client of the Year 2020

Conservation & Regeneration 2020

Digital Construction 2020

Health, Safety & Wellbeing 2020

Innovation 2020

Integration & Collaborative Working 2020

Offsite 2020

People Development 2020

Sustainability 2020

SME of the Year 2020

Value 2020

 

KEY DATES

Closing Date:Friday 24th April 2020

Shortlist Announced:Tuesday 26th May 2020

Gala Awards Dinner: Thursday 9th July 2020, Royal Armouries, Leeds

DOWNLOAD THE 2020 ENTRY AND SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE

 

VISIT OUR AWARDS PAGE

 

£350 raised for Crash Charity at the CEYH Christmas Quiz!

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On Tuesday 10th December, Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber along with G4C Yorkshire, CIOB Yorkshire and thinkBIM hosted their inaugural festive quiz at the Head of Steam pub on Park Row in Leeds. There were thirteen teams in attendance who participated in eight rounds of quizzing with sections on Christmas movies, music, capital cities, Christmas-themed dingbats and a whole round dedicated to Die Hard (the greatest christmas movie of all time*). The quiz was eventually won by a team from Watson Batty Architects who took away the CEYH Quiz official trophy along with a bottle of prosecco and some drinks vouchers. A team representing CIOB Yorkshire were this year’s runners up.

Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, the event raised a fantastic £350 for Crash – the construction charity. Crash are a practical charity that assist homelessness and hospice charities with construction related projects, creating places that care for people. Their work is nationwide and you can find out more about their projects and activities on their website  http://www.crash.org.uk/.

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the event and congratulations to our winners!

Just for a bit of fun, here are the Christmas dingbats – answers to follow soon!

 

 

*according to  CEYH Chair, Tom Oulton.

Legal Takeaways – key points from our legal update seminar with Gosschalks

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On Thursday 21st November we partnered with Gosschalks Solicitors in Hull to provide a construction law update to over 60 sector professionals assembled. Many thanks to Gosschalks for giving us such an interesting overview of some key cases as well as covering the topics of Practical Completion, “Smash & grab”, Oral Modification and drafting strategies. Here are some key takeaways from the event;

  • Termination has a significant impact on Liquidated Damages – and you need to ensure your contact is carefully drafted with express wording to achieve the outcome you desire. Amendments to even the standard forms will often be necessary.
  • Make sure your contract is joined up when it comes to Practical Completion. Are any material requirements linked to Completion, and is that linked to Termination? Is PC linked to a third party, and do your requirements line up with those in any subcontracts?
  • Smash and Grab adjudication remains alive and kicking – make sure your payment provisions are carefully drafted, and your practices in order, to protect you from paying over the odds.

A PDF of the presentation can be download here

Thanks to everyone who attended and CEYH will be returning to Hull in the new year!

 

Let’s get Quizzical this Christmas!

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Date: Tuesday 10th December 2019
Time: 17:30 onwards
Venue: Head of Steam | Park Row, Leeds * *there are two Head of Steam pubs in Leeds, please make sure you come to the one which is situated on the corner of Park Row and Bond Street.

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber, thinkBIM, G4C Yorkshire, YHCE Club and CIOB Leeds have joined forces this December to bring you a special Christmas Quiz Extravaganza!

 

Come and test your knowledge at our festive quiz in Leeds which will feature general knowledge questions on anything and everything set by our very own Father Quizmas, Tom Oulton.

 

How it works

 

We are inviting organisations to bring teams of between 4-6 individuals at a cost of £20 per team, payable in cash on the night. We will have several rounds of quizzing with prizes being awarded throughout the night!

 

Festive attire is optional but definately encouraged!

 

Please note, there is no food and drink provided but these can all be purchased from the Head of Steam.

Crash a practical charity that assists homelessness and hospice charities with construction related projects, creating places that care for people.

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR TEAM

In order for us to keep an eye on numbers, please register your team using the eventbrite link below.

IMPORTANTYou only need to register the name of your team, not all the individual members. 1 TICKET = 1 TEAM

CLICK TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM

 

Kirkstall Forge Development Update Event with CEG

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On 18th September we partnered with developers, CEG, to deliver an update on progress at Kirkstall Forge, a £400 million, 57 acre mixed-use scheme that will eventually provide over 1000 homes and 400,000sq ft of high quality office, leisure and retail space.

Located on a former engineering site with an industrial heritage going back to the 12th Century, Kirkstall Forge is one of the most ambitious projects currently underway in northern England aiming to create not just physical spaces but an entire sustainable community with almost 10,000 people living and working on site within the next decade. CEG have already overseen £40million works in the area including flood defence works, decontamination of the site, infrastructure, office space and the first new railway station in West Yorkshire for decades, connecting the site to Leeds City Station in minutes.

We had two speakers at the event; Paul Richardson, Investment Manager at CEG and Gareth Chambers from Pierre Angulaire who provided overall project management services for the scheme. Gareth has been involved in the Kirkstall Forge project for over 10 years and his passion and ambitions for the area were plain to see. It is clear that there has been an emphasis on creating a community from the start with employees based at Number One Kirkstall Forge, the first commercial space in the scheme, benefitting from planned social activities, fitness initiatives such as yoga and running sessions, modern and light spaces to work and cycle schemes to name a few.

As well as creating a sustainable community, the scheme also creates jobs, training and apprenticeship opportunities throughout the build processes through their Forging Futures Campus programme in partnership with I Consult Yorkshire, Leeds College of Building, EN:Able Futures and Leeds City Council. The programme provides vocational training, site visits and work experience for local people, students and young people not in education, employment or training and has recently welcomed the first 11 recruits to a two year apprenticeship programme. More about the Forging Futures programme here.

As well as outlining challenges and successes to date, our speakers also gave an overview of developments yet to come including 2 Kirkstall Forge office block, a school, leisure facilities and prototype houses that the design team will live in temporarily to roadtest – a great idea! The presenters did make an interesting point about the need to balance the ambitions of the scheme with the need to attract businesses and residents to the area in the early stages; for instance allowing the first houses to have space for cars weighed up against the drive towards active and more sustainable travel options. However, as Gareth pointed out, these things are a step change and it is clear from the employees at Number One Kirkstall Forge, that they are already seeing positive changes in their working patterns and work life balance as a result.

CEG kindly provided us with some links to the videos that were shown at the event, please see below

We would like to thank Laura Kenny and Aisling Ramshaw from CEG for all their help in organising the event and we look forward to returning for another visit soon!

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