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CGL’s Harrogate: breakfast briefing on ‘Local Authority Requirements for the Verification of Contaminated Land’ on Wednesday 8th February at 7:30am.

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CGL‘s next breakfast seminar, Local Authority Requirements for the Verification of Contaminated Land will be on Wednesday 8th February.

Inconsistencies between different local planning authorities in their respective verification requirements for contaminated land can often lead to confusion, conflict and costly delays for developers. In order to ease this process, the Yorkshire and Humber Pollution Advisory Council (YAHPAC) – a group of council bodies stretching from Northumberland to South Lincolnshire – has issued guidance on their collective expectations to ensure consistency for developers working across the different regulatory areas.

  • Jonathan Shaw and Mark Stringer will take a closer look at YAHPAC guidance and how it can be applied to streamline the contaminated land verification process.
  • Drawing on examples of both good and bad practice, Jonathan and Mark will take a particular focus on the verification of cover systems and gas protection measures.

This event will be of particular benefit to developers, contractors and related professionals.

The event is held at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate (HG1 2RZ) View Map.

Doors will open at 7.30am to allow networking before the main presentation with bacon baps, pastries and refreshments served. The presentation will be at 8.15 – 9.00 with time afterwards for questions/discussion.

Register yourself directly for free or find more information at


If you have any queries please email Katie Hatchley at: or call 01423 276000. Website



“I think therefore I BREE-AM”

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Join us at our breakfast event on 25th January 2017

Multi BREEAM award winning and two time BREEAM Assessor of the Year – Barry Rankin, director of Leeds based GWP Project Services will review the benefits (and challenges!) of BREEAM to those tasked with delivering, operating and owning BREEAM assessed buildings. Barry will draw on best practice examples from current and previous projects of how BREEAM has been approached and achieved on an economically justifiable basis and has effected substantial change to the approach to sustainability within the industry.  He will also look at the range of BREEAM versions applicable to multiple building types, alternatives within the marketplace and give an insight to where BREEAM may head in the future.

Why build sustainably: A review of UK research, governance and industry activity

Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, and Dr David Glew, previously seconded from Leeds Beckett University to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, reflect on their research, the position of the government and industrial activity in the UK.  While over recent years the government have seemingly taken a back step with its environmental agenda, insights are provided into some of the research being undertaken, the benefits of sustainable building and what the future might hold.  The impact of certification schemes such as BREEAM will be explored as will the benefits of understanding energy use and building performance.

To get involved join us at:-

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4ER (New venue)

Wednesday 25th January 2017 08:00-09:30

Click here to book your place!

Land value is key to building more affordable homes, Leeds Planning Network hears

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Planning and housing practitioners discussed the urgent challenge of how to build more affordable housing at Leeds Planning Network’s Master Class on Innovation in Housing Supply on November 17th.

The event was organised by Leeds Planning Network, Leeds Beckett’s School of the Built Environment’s planning research cluster, and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and was chaired by Martyn Broadest, Director of Home at Connect Housing.

The Planning Master Class was attended by nearly 50 practitioners, and featured presentations from Rob Greenland, of Leeds Community Housing, and Vicky Payne, from Urbed – Urban Environmental Design – the Manchester-based planning co-operative.

Quintin Bradley, from Leeds Planning Network said: “This year only 32,110 affordable homes were built in England. That’s 52% lower than the previous year. There is an urgent need to change the way we deliver housing in this country and this Master Class look at innovative ways to tackle the problems.”

Leeds Community Homes are developing a community land trust to ensure homes stay affordable in perpetuity and any increase in house values goes back to the community. Meanwhile Urbed are working on designs for new garden cities where increases in land values are captured for the long-term benefit of residents.

The key issue for both presenters was the need to purchase land at its existing use value so that the increase in price that follows planning permission can be channelled to provide affordable housing, and to invest in infrastructure and community services. In the current planning system, this uplift in value goes to the landowner and developer only.

Urbed’s garden city vision won the Wolfson Economics Prize in 2014 and they are currently working on master plans for potential settlements in Sheffield and near Birmingham. Leeds Community Homes have launched a community share offer to raise £360,000 to create 16 permanently-affordable homes in Leeds.

For more information go to


Please see link here for the Presentation Slides from The Master Class.  leeds-master-class-slides-final




Never Mind the Bollards… … Here’s the real impact of security on the built environment – CIC Yorkshire Annual Conference

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CIC Yorkshire Annual Conference

Wednesday 2nd November 2016






The aim of this day is to explore the ways in which our built environment has developed and continues to develop strategies that respond to safety and security risks, and how we, as construction professionals, can work together to create safe yet welcoming spaces. What this conference is not about is bomb blast bollards and barriers, but rather an interrogation of new threats, what we can learn from past threats and what we can do to defend the future.

  • Security in the UK: the impact of defence on place making.  Many of our historic cities developed because of their defensive position, but changes in threats have made these urban areas look less like refuges and more like the targets. How has modern day urban planning responded and is there a way that we can bring sanctuary back to our cities?
  • Teenage Kicks? In defence of public space. Is it possible to design urban spaces that are all embracing and inclusive to the wider society in which we live, yet remain safe and welcoming?
  • Complete Control: Intelligent buildings and digital security. The development of the concept of intelligent buildings is leading to significant shifts in the way buildings are designed,
    operated and used. But could this reliance on digital technology backfire?
  • Military Sounds in the Suburbs: Military innovation for civilian problems. Can we utilise the armed forces incredible skills in design and engineering for emergency situations to overcome peacetime problems?
  • Manchester Calling: Building a resilient city. Reflecting on the 1996 IRA attack in Manchester and its influence on the masterplanning of the city.


Please register your attendance via eventbrite at the link below 



And we are not just referring to the impact of contemporary terrorism on our built environment – it is also about safety.  Creating places that feel safe at all times of the day is crucial to the success of a neighbourhood, resulting in reduced crime and increased business.  It can attract investment, people and culture.  Indeed a little anarchy can be a good thing for an area, cultivating alternative thinking, artistic endeavours and literary inspiration.  A counter-culture can be good for business – just look at New York’s Meat Packing district or Brixton.  Unfortunately safe places = terrorist targets.  Boston, for example, is consistently voted as being one of the safest cities in the US, although this illusion was shattered during the Boston Marathon, giving rise to the question as to whether a balance can be struck between ‘safety’ and ‘security’.  It would seem this shift in the balance is only temporary.  Cities are amazingly resilient – largely due to its people who rebelliously will not hide, but also the buildings, infrastructure and public spaces that continue to endure.

Many of our cities developed because of their defensive position.  Whether a small city like York or a metropolis like London, the very existence of these conurbations is due to their foundations as fortifications.  The quaintness of Yorkshire market towns like Richmond or Knaresborough belive the once strategic importance of their associated castles, but these fortifications influenced how our cities developed and in turn shaped our society, becoming places of safety in turbulent times.  How things have changed.  From the blitz, the threat of nuclear war and alternative tactics from terrorist organisations have made these urban areas look less like refuges and more like targets.  How has modern day urban planning responded to these new challenges and is there a way that we can learn from past defensive design to bring sanctuary back to the city?

There is a great deal of research on how the creation of spaces that give residents and users a feeling of sanctuary, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.  However it would seem that this theory is taken to the extreme; that rather than creating urban design that engages people,  some local authorities and developers are keen to ‘design out’ certain activities, and ipso facto, certain people.  Whether it is the anti-loitering “Mosquito” device, anti-skateboarding studs or benches that prevent any other use other than the act of sitting, urban spaces are becoming less about inclusive design and more about defending our cities from the homeless, ‘anti-social’ youths and feral pigeons.    What are the consequences of such design?  How can we design urban spaces that are all embracing to the wider society in which we live, yet remain safe and welcoming?

Is the Internet of Things possibly the future of the industry, and the development of the concept of intelligent buildings is leading to significant shifts in the way buildings are designed, operated and used.  From the designers, constructors and users, everyone stands to benefit from the optimisation of space, energy efficiency and connectivity, whether a workplace or home, changing demographics come with increasing user expectations of modern and flexible space design, improved comfort, productivity, and pervasive connectivity.  Sounds great, but the downside is that the greater the reliance on digital technology, the greater the chance of the building – or elements of – being hacked.  Can terrorists turn out the lights out of a city, can a burglar hack into your security alarm, can your kettle turn against you?  Is this the future or will there be a revolution against the digital age?

Maybe the armed forces can help solve some of the challenges.  The armed forces have incredible skills in design and engineering; skills used to overcome some extraordinary circumstances in places of extreme danger.  These skills, developed in response to defending security, can be used to overcome peacetime problems.  Whether in the aftermath of earthquakes or, as the Boxing Day floods demonstrated, the army’s skills in design were indispensable in keeping communities together and society functioning.  However, can these skills be used for more than emergency situations, when all other options have failed?  Are there innovative solutions that the industry can use as a matter of course?

I realise that I have introduced more questions than answers, but that, I think, is because there is no single answer in creating safe and welcoming spaces.   Indeed it is questioning what has been done and how we can work together in the future that is the basis of the Construction Industry Council’s sixth annual Yorkshire & Humber conference.

The aim of this day is to explore the ways in which our built environment has developed and continues to develop strategies that respond to safety and security risks, and questions how we, as construction professionals, can work together to create safe yet welcoming spaces.  What this conference is not about is bomb blast bollards, barriers and anti-parking paving, but rather an interrogation of new threats, what we can learn from past threats and what we can do to defend the future.

For further information on the conference please click here


Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) to exhibit at CHY Supply Chain School event in October

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 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) are supporting Construction Housing Yorkshire with their supply chain school event on Thursday 12th October (8:30 to 18:00) at the Park Plaza Hotel in Leeds


CHY are working with Supply Chain School to host a supplier day with a difference.  On the day we’ll hear from main contractors operating within our region including BAM, Balfour Beatty, Bardsley Construction, Carillion, ISG, Kier Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Wilmott Dixon and Wates.  CHY will present a transparent matrix outlining what is required and expected from each main contractor supply chains and, more importantly, what support is available from CHY, the Supply Chain School, the contractors and local partners to support your business realise its potential.

There is a real desire for main contractors to open their supply chains driven by the social agenda.  The event is only open to those currently outside of main contractors supply chains.  At CHY we want to make a local difference to construction employment, skills and SME engagement; and we want you to be part of it.


Visit our stand in the exhibition area to find out more about what we do and how we support businesses in the region to deliver on their potential.


To book the morning session, click here.

To book the afternoon session, click here.

Managing Risk: Prevention is Better than Cure

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Wednesday 28th September 2016

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Leeds


Constructing Excellence breakfasts are back! And we will be kicking off our new ‘term’ of breakfast seminars with Addleshaw Goddard LLP construction team who will be talking about their Managing Risk Service and the difference careful risk management can make to project delivery. They will also be providing practical tips on dispute avoidance and the opportunity to hear about two real case studies.

Whilst not all disputes can be avoided, a proactive approach to risk management helps to avoid disputes and reduce the risk and complexity of formal disputes if they do arise, saving both time and cost and proving that prevention really is better than cure.

To get involved join us 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)

28th September 2016 08:00-09:30

Click here to book your place


Can you spare some time to help Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund?

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This year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber Charity, Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising activities. Can you spare a few hours a week to help?


Can you help arrange and/or support 1-3 fundraising events a year to support our charity?

Why Volunteer?

  • Meet new people (we are a friendly and enthusiastic bunch!)
  • Gain valuable skills
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem


Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund | Mill 2 | St Peg’s Mill | Thornhill Becks Lane | Brighouse | HD6 4AH |




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

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