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Wood for Good – Timber construction to be showcased in month long Sheffield festival

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WoodFest comes to Sheffield throughout February with a focus on health and wellbeing; low carbon; circular economy; building performance; offsite construction; and modular design.

The month-long event will feature wood in design and construction in Sheffield and Yorkshire and the programme includes an exciting line-up of events, seminars, exhibitions and challenges celebrating the versatility and sustainability of building with wood, organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said:

“WoodFest Sheffield promises to offer a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the built environment to explore what can be achieved when we work together. Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture, particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.”

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber and Leeds Beckett University are pleased to support this event along with several other high profile partners including Arnold Laver; Sheffield University; Paul Testa Architecture; PEFC UK and TRADA.

WoodFest will kick off on 7th February with Small Project / Big Challenge, an evening seminar with sustainable Sheffield architects Paul Testa Architecture, Jon Carr Structural Design and Sheffield University, discussing design and structural challenges with examples including the multi-award-winning Hen House.

On 8th and 9th February TRADA will run its annual student challenge at Sheffield University for students of engineering, architecture, architectural technology, quantity surveying and landscape architecture. Judged by high profile engineers, architects and quantity surveyors, multi-disciplinary teams will compete in an intense 48-hour challenge to design an exemplary student accommodation predominantly from timber.

Later in the month, there will be a behind-the-scenes tour with Sheffield timber merchant Arnold Laver. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the workings of a thriving timber merchant and will be given the chance to learn about the hundreds of hardwoods, softwoods, treatments and modifications that form part of this important industry.

Forests are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. Only by maintaining and managing them in a sustainable way can we we can preserve them for the future. Sustainable forest management not only helps to mitigate against climate change, but also preserves the many valuable plant and animal species, as well as the way of life for the people who depend on them. The PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) will deliver a lunchtime CPD to teach delegates about procuring both sustainable timber and timber from sustainably managed forests.

Adding to the line-up will be factory tours, offering the chance to see first-hand how our timber construction products are made, from the rough sawn timber arriving on-site through to the finished product leaving for distribution. Visitors will have the opportunity to see how technology is changing the way we design and produce timber products.

There will also be the chance to visit striking examples of great architecture and design, focussing on sustainability and wellbeing within the Sheffield region.

If you work in the built environment within the Sheffield and surrounding areas and you’d like to be involved or add your own event to the WoodFest Sheffield programme, please contact Wood for Good campaign director, Christiane Lellig, at christiane.lellig@woodforgood.com

Book your place for the WoodFest Sheffield events here:

https://woodforgood.com/training-and-development/events-conferences-awards/woodfest-sheffield

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber 2019 – Invitation to the official launch

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When? Thursday 24th January 2019 | 18:00 to 19:30 (registration from 17:30)

Where? Addleshaw Goddard | 3 Sovereign Square | Sovereign Street | Leeds | LS1 4ER

Who? Anyone interested in submitting an entry or being involved in the 2019 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards. Whether you are an awards pro or a first time entrant, this event is your opportunity to speak to a selection of our judges as well as the organising team – ask anything you like!

About

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) awards are back!

Please join us for our official launch event where we will be outlining key changes for the 2019 awards followed by a question and answer session with a selection of our judges and networking.

The judges will be there to give tips and advice on what they look for in a winning entry as well as tips and tricks for ensuring your submission stands out!

The CEYH 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.

Booking (free to attend)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE via Eventbrite

Further info

Further info about our awards, including links to the forms to download can be found on our awards page here

With thanks to our sponsors

 

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2019

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ARE YOU READY TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD?

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) are delighted to announce the return of our annual awards spectacular! Organised by the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University, the CEYH awards focus attention on some of the most important issues in the construction sector. They recognise the very best companies, collaborations and projects sharing best practice and inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

All types of organisations enter our awards each year; private and public sector, micro, SME and large contractors, designers, consultants, clients and suppliers – in fact anyone and everyone that is part of construction’s extended family.

From all those entrants our judges select the very best projects, schemes and teams to go forward to represent the Yorkshire and Humber region at the national Constructing Excellence Awards in November.

KEY DATES

Launch Event: Thursday 24th January 2019
Closing Date: Thursday 18th April 2019
Shortlist Announced: Monday 20th May 2019
Gala Awards Dinner: Thursday 11th July 2019 (Leeds)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS YEAR’S ENTRY & SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE

or visit the dedicated CEYH Awards page for the latest @ http://ckegroup.org/cexcellenceyh/ceyh-awards-2019/

ENTRY FORMS

Please ensure you have downloaded and read the 2019 Entry/Sponsorship brochure (in particular the Entry Guidelines section) as these will help you to understand what is required in terms of an entry.

Building Project of the Year 2019

Civils Project of the Year 2019

Client of the Year 2019

Digital Construction 2019

Health, Safety and Wellbeing 2019

Innovation 2019

Integration & Collaborative Working 2019

Offsite Award 2019

People Development 2019

Preservation & Rejuvenation 2019

SME of the Year 2019

Sustainability 2019

Value 2019

Best of the Best: the judges will award out of all the individual category winners, the submission they feel best represents excellence in construction making reference to the new mission statement; “Positively disrupting the industry delivery processes to transform performance.”

HEADLINE SPONSOR

Many thanks to Galliford Try for being our headline sponsor again for the 2019 awards! If you are interested in being one of our category sponsors, please contact us for more info!

Disrupting Construction – an evening of dynamic presentations with drinks, networking and lively discussion

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Addleshaw Goddard,  Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4ER

Wednesday 10th October 2018 | 17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 20:00

Drinks and nibbles provided throughout the evening!

It has been a turbulent 12 months in construction with systematic failures at all levels forcing the industry to take a long hard look at how it operates. As a response, Constructing Excellence has launched its new mission statement, “Positively disrupting the industry delivery processes to transform performance”.

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber are pleased to bring you our first event along this theme, an evening networking event exploring some of the key drivers for change; including offsite, lean, digital and much more!

FORMAT

8-12 quick fire presentations (no more than 5 minutes each) interspersed with networking, discussion and refreshments.

SCHEDULE

1730    Reception/Networking

1800    Welcome and first set of Presentations (5 talks followed by 15 minute Q and A)

1845    20 min, Networking Break

1905    Second set of Presentations (5 talks followed by 15 minute Q and A)

1945    Networking

2000    End

PRESENTATIONS

Currently confirmed to present are as follows;

Andrew Dodsworth, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK – Andy will present on Process Digitisation at the heart of business transformation, what has been achieved at Balfour Beatty and the underlying principles to make the transformation sustainable. The talk will also cover what process digitisation does for a business and the intelligence that can be derived.

Michael Belcher, Projects Director, TSP Projects Ltd Mick will share how a change in leadership is required to raise performance of our projects.

Josie Rothera, Leeds Beckett University and Steer Group – Josie will talk about the importance of mentoring in supporting the next generation as they transition from study to the workplace.

Emma Hooper, Digital Information Specialist, Bond Bryan Architects  – Insurance Backed Alliancing, such as the Integrated Project Insurance model has the potential to provide a project framework which will allow new ideas to thrive and drive real change in the industry. Emma will give a brief introduction to these collaborative procurement models and how they can improve productivity.

Aaron Penwill, Head of Performance, MSP-Leadership LtdAaron will share a practice of Short Interval Control. The practice involves routines and actions that drive interactions. They will share the human benefits this practice enables and how this connects to project success.

Caroline Key, G4C National Co-Chair – Caroline will present on G4C (Generation for Change) on their new strategy to recruit young professionals to the industry via the #77campaign.

Marc Jordan, Constructing Excellence Director, Balfour Beatty, Construction Services UK  – Marc will discuss how a structured Lean Daily Management process can give rise to confidence and collaborative mind-sets. He will draw from experience and share how this concept can be applied to any project and what the many benefits are of doing so.

Rob Wolfe, Managing Director at CHY Consultancy  – Rob will present on  “CSR is dead?”

Steph Brady, Director, Innovation Fire Engineering – Steph will discuss innovative approaches to creating a culture of work-life balance and the benefits for business.

Professor Mohammed Dulaimi, Leeds Beckett University – Mohammed will talk about the need to accelerate innovation in construction through effective diffusion of new ideas and capability building.

BOOKING

£25 per person*

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*FREE to Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club members. Please email Carole at  yhceclub@gmail.com  to secure your place.

Making neighbourhood planning work for the inner city and disadvantaged areas: Leeds Planning Network Conference 2018

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Saturday 9th June 2018

The Rose Bowl, Leeds (513 as the main meeting room and 515 & 525 – please go to the 5th Floor on arrival for registration)

10:00 to 14:30

Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and the Royal Town Planning Institute are pleased to present our joint neighbourhood planning  for inner-city and disadvantaged communities conference.

The event is aimed at well-established groups across the country as well as those who have had problems in getting started or are considering whether Neighbourhood planning could be for them. Local authority officers, councillors and others who work in neighbourhood planning will also find the event useful with workshops focusing on their needs too.

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Central Square Tour and Presentation with DLA Design

Wednesday 29th November 2017

DLA Design, No.55, St Pauls Street, LEEDS. LS1 2TE

17:00 onwards for registration, 17:30 – 19:30 for the presentation and tour**

**Please note the event will commence at DLA Design offices in St Paul’s Street after which there will be a five minute walk to the Central Square facility for the tour**

Central Square is a landmark new office led mixed use complex located in Leeds City Centre developed by M&G Real Estate and designed by DLA Design. The scheme provides high quality sustainable office accommodation at the upper levels above restaurants and shops at ground floor wrapped around an new “Winter Garden” and atrium space providing a a stunning new public realm and improved pedestrian connections (almost 80% of the site is publically accessible).

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Finalists announced for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017

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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.

 

with thanks to our sponsors

CEYH returns to Hull for a Construction Act Update with Gosschalks Solicitors

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Join us in Hull for our first breakfast seminar for the rejuvinated Constructing Excellence Humber sub-region

12th November 2015, 08:00-09:30

For our first breakfast event in the Humber region we are pleased to have partnered with Gosschalks solicitors to bring you this FREE update on the Construction Act.

Led by an experienced team of contentious and non-contentious lawyers, this event will focus on a number of significant and recent case law developments which affect payment under the Construction Act and will provide you with useful tips to follow in order to avoid some of the most common and costly pitfalls.

Attendees will gain an overview of the current legislation on payments, entitlements under interim applications and tactical tips on drafting contract ammendments to protect your position.

If the prospect of free legal advice isn’t mouth-watering enough, those kind folks at Gosschalks are also providing breakfast butties (with a choice of sauces!) to help kick-start your day.

Click here to book

Gosschalks Solicitors, Queens Gardens, Dock Street, Hull

East Yorkshire, HU1 3DZ

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Why the Construction Excellence Awards are important – they let out Yorkshire’s best kept secrets!

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Simon Owen

Guest Blog Post by Simon Owen, Vice-Chairman of CIBSE Yorkshire

I don’t know about you, but while I knew Yorkshire is a big county, and that we have a lot of building and construction work centred within the area, I didn’t know just how good we are at it. That changed on Friday…

At the Construction Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards people from all branches of the construction and engineering family came together to talk about what they do and celebrate what they have achieved over the last year. I was the guest of Tekla and it wasn’t until I was chatting with Marian Thomasson and Jill Willoughby that I realised Yorkshire’s history of innovation goes beyond the building as a whole, but also to the local manufacturers; Hepworth Building Products were at the front end of developing push fit plumbing fittings while NavisWorks is a development of a package created in Sheffield.

Kicking off the evening, Chris Gorse, Director and Professor of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Centre for the Built Environment at Leeds Beckett University discussed with pride and passion the developments that they have been involved with as part of his opening speech, from the students graduating, the establishment of ThinkBIM, GreenVision, Construction Knowledge Exchange while he neglected to mention the launch of BIM4SME’s being held in the region or that the University acts as the central hub for the UK Living Building Challenge team. He made up for it though by talking about the close relationship that they have with industry and the shared enthusiasm for carrying out research to find a better way of doing what we do.

The thing I’ve admired about all of the groups Chris mentioned is that they are accessible; there is an “everybody welcome” approach so that no matter what your base level of knowledge you will enjoy the event and won’t feel daft being there. The other thing that is special about them is that they are all shared via through social media, web casts and tweets – possibly not a secret, but worth knowing if you have an interest in the subject but were a bit nervous about coming along.

 

Amy Garcia and Tom Oulton

CEYH Chair, Tom Oulton, and host, BBC Look North’s Amy Garcia, taking selfies

The presentations themselves were inspirational; for instance Alison Watson of Class of Your Own introduced three of her students who had been working with Cundall, Mott MacDonald and Laing O’Rourke. They talked about their course, their plans for the future and how they have been supported by the companies that they worked with. There was a huge applause for the Alison as she is well known and recognised for being a trail blazer, but this was almost dwarfed by the one after students had presented; all 350 people in the room could sense their enthusiasm for what they have learned and could see how the “Design Engineer Construct!” programme has the potential to change how we bring people in to the industry.

 

Luke, Brad and Daniel of A Class of Your Own presenting

There was main contractors, sub contractors, design consultants and industry specialists all rubbing shoulders with client organisations such as East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Northern Rail and Yorkshire Water; it is hard to imagine a more diverse group of people gathering, talking and celebrating. Speaking with Mark Randerson of SH Structures, he told me that the awards are a crucial part of marketing their business; they design, install and manufacture steel structures, but not the standard stuff, they do the work where you look and wonder “just how on earth did they do that”. When they try to get on the supplier list for main contractors they struggle as procurement departments say “we have 6 people on the list, we don’t need anyone else”. When as Mark said, “all I want is for people to remember us when they need to deliver the out of the ordinary”, the awards help as people know that they are the company that won this award, was nominated for that award or completed projects that change local landscapes such as The Kelpies. Procurement may have six people on their list, but there probably aren’t six companies in the country that can deliver projects of the nature that specialists such as SH can.

Above all it changed perceptions and proved that every project being delivered by every organisation has scope to do something amazing and break new ground. Lovell won the award for Health and Safety on their Hull re-roofs project demonstrating that glamour is not required. The Heritage award was won by East Riding of Yorkshire Council for their Sewerby Hall Access Project showing that a high profile and international brand is not essential while the Integration and Collaborative Working award went to Kier and the York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, marking how the focus of the property team remains on delivering the best facilities they can in the midst of the various wrangling’s and politics.

 

The Lovell team collecting their award

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council team collecting their award

It would be great to see more public bodies, housing schemes (low energy new builds perhaps?) and what some would say left field works represented next year and really spread the word of just what is being achieved behind so many office doors and site entrances.

For me, one thing is for sure and that our host for the evening, Amy Garcia, summed it up well when she said that “the future of the industry is in safe hands” after hearing Luke, Brad and Daniel of Class of Your Own speak. She’s right, especially if the news is as good in other regions as it is in this one…

Simon Owen

 

 

“Spaghetti and Marshmallows” Youth Excellence Seminar

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Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humberside started the New Years’ series with its Youth Excellence event yesterday at the Rose Bowl at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Caroline Key chaired the first event of 2014, Caroline is regional coordinator for G4C, Generation for Change part of Constructing Excellence, driving the change agenda and ensuring best practice for the next generation of construction professionals.

Caroline introduced the effervescent and inspirational Alison Watson who has gained wide respect among not only her peers but also influential decision makers in Government,  for raising the profile  of (if not introducing to some!) the concept of the construction professional as a fantastic career prospect as a healthy alternative to the overplayed ‘Bob the Builder’ message.

Alison has established Class of your Own  (COYO), a social business , focused on bringing the message of  what the industry has to offer to children of school age – a “constructive education for young people”

Alison’s presentation was not just a ‘pitch’ but a sharing of her voyage of discovery since she realised that the industry’s future health is dependent on targeting and nurturing the talent in schools. Her vision includes the need to inspire the thousands of boys and girls to think about the prospects of working in the industry, using their minds and intelligence to overcoming challenges and providing solutions. All too often the industry is portrayed dumbed down, and adding insult to injury those that have least ‘apparent’ academic ability only being channelled into the trades.  This is completely against Alison’s version of reality based on entering the industry with a love for maths and for Land Surveying! Examples of PhD students taking an age to solve simple application of Pythagoras versus the inherent ability of a bricklayer to do this intuitively brought home the message that all too often we allow the industry to be browbeaten down by the voices in other sectors;  many times down to the lack of awareness and knowledge in the schools themselves. So part of her journey is to equip the teachers with the passion she shares that can be passed on to the kids.

As a result Alison has worked tirelessly on developing these themes and was able to demonstrate the many and significant examples of the great achievements of schoolchildren from all around the country, some of which from backgrounds that are not conducive to such levels of attainment and which have led on to these children presenting their work at the highest level within industry and across continents – even meeting Prince Andrew!

Her work now is based on providing the formal context and developing a curriculum for teaching the principles for and encouraging the problem solving abilities that are required in our industry, this based largely on interactive and project based work. For more see www.designengineerconstruct.com

Before we leave Alison we need to reflect on the hard work that has been involved and still goes on to ensure that this approach is fully integrated into the schools’ operations – the alignment with all the policies and procedures that exist (KS4 etc), and the effort needed to ensure there is a clear legacy in place.

After such a dynamic presentation from Alison all eyes were on Rob Wolfe, and of course Rob rose to the high standard with a clear articulation of the achievements (and challenges) on delivering key social outcomes through his work with Construction and Housing Yorkshire (CHY) and in particular its  intervention on BAM’s Leeds Arena project.

Rob made it clear that whilst it was great to work with the council, the contractor and the supply chain, it is also very necessary to have the contractual ‘bite’ to ensure that the desired outcomes are met and achieved.

Rob started off  by taking us through his own journey from ‘call centre’ operator to looking to make the difference. Why do we bother?  For CHY it is about making sure that everybody can reach their aspirations. We need to create the right environment that can support people to achieve their aspirations.

On this basis the engagement started from ‘open door’ awareness sessions bringing in the local community to see the opportunities for work on the site (initially only a handful showed up) to the thousands of weeks of experience, and hundreds of job opportunities that exist in the city – even now.

Rob shared the initial plan for, the learning and the outcomes from the Arena, and apportioned a lot of the success down to the planning with the council and BAM, and also the engagement with the whole supply chain right through to the suppliers and manufacturers that were involved with the project.

But the challenges are still there. From a recent opportunity to fill 15 places for apprenticeships only 8 were taken.

A lively Q&A followed, reflecting on the effort it must take from all involved to make progress no matter how small and to keep building the picture that we need to set in the minds of young people.

Don’t encourage them to be a footballer , encourage them to look at engineering stadiums and say its lighting – how that relates to it being shown on Sky, or a DJ get them interested in the engineering and design behind the superficiality of the initial appeal of these roles.

Close to home Alison shared the thought of her daughter ‘If only maths could be more spaghetti and marshmallows ‘ i.e. Applied learning … That’s how we learn … and suggested that we should be thinking about “Let’s do maths … Big maths !” (not just the big Data being talked about now)

So………………..passionate and inspiring views … Still face mountains to climb … how do we clone  the Alisons , Robs and Carolines?

Please note: the next Constructing Excellence Event will be held on Wednesday 26th February and will focus on regulation excellence (further details here http://ckehub.org/events/116)

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