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‘Working with Architects’ – Client Survey Excellence Event

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Leeds

08:00 for registration, 8:30-9:45 with networking until 10:00

Breakfast provided!

Join us on 24 May to hear the findings from the RIBA Client Liaison Group’s ground-breaking ‘Working with Architects’ survey and debate critical issues in the client-architect relationship.

What should clients do to get the most from their architects? In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, how can architects reassure clients? How should architects communicate the value they add? Is it important for architects to follow up post-completion? How should contractor-clients and architects work together?

Architect and client speakers will take quick-fire turns to sketch out what they need from each other and how they could improve their relationship for a better, more viable, sustainable, resilient, and fit-for-purpose built environment. Audience members will be invited to engage in the debate from the floor.

Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown Architects and Chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group said, “This entertaining format is designed to get you thinking about your work practices by putting yourself in others’ shoes. Ultimately, it is part of a bigger effort to improve effectiveness, collaboration, efficiency, productivity, and, of course, outcomes in the construction industry.”

The debate is a partnership with Constructing Excellence and organised by the RIBA Client Liaison Group, whose market intelligence research helps architects to adapt to construction clients’ changing needs.

SCHEDULE

8.00 Networking reception – drinks and breakfast

8.30 Welcome and presentation: John Orrell, Director at DLA Design, the chair, will summarize the ‘Working with Architects’ survey findings and then open the debate.

  • Architect voice: The architect representative Nick Moss of SixTwo Architects will describe what he needs from a client, and his idea of a bad architect.
  • Client voice: The client representative will explain what they need from an architect, and their idea of a bad client.

9.30 Question and answer session: John Orrell will invite questions or comments from the floor.

9.45 Final networking

To get involved join us at

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4ER

Wednesday 24th May 2017 08:00-10:00

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Skills Excellence: Closing the Gap – join us on 25th May 2016 for our next CEYH breakfast event

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Building Futures Sponsored by Wates

The skills shortage in construction has been widely reported by much of our media and with good reason. It has been predicted that the industry will create around 190,000 new jobs by the end of 2018 but there is a growing fear that there will not be the talent within the country to fill them. The construction industry is one of leading pillars of the UK economy and therefore lack of required skills could have a huge impact on our economic recovery.

At our breakfast event at the end of May we will hear from Futureworks Yorkshire, one of the organisations who are trying to tackle this deficit. Julie Deeley, Operations Manager, will be giving examples of how they work with construction companies, local organisations and communities across Yorkshire to offer increased apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

We will also hear from Angie Eardley, Regional Community Investment Advisor and Richard Vause, Project Manager both from Wates Group who will give practical examples of the positive steps Wates are taking on their projects/sites to encourage new entrants into our industry.

Find out how you and your organisation can do more at this FREE breakfast event. Booking via the link below.

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To get involved join us at Gosschalks Solicitors

Queens Gardens, Dock Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3DZ

09:30-10:30 (registration from 09:00)

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#CEYH2016 Awards: Proud to be different!

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As I write this post we are now just under five days to go until we close for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber awards and we are very excited to see what you have all been up to in the last 12 months. We are really heartened by the response of local companies so far and can’t wait to get stuck into the judging process and organising the rest of the evening. There is still time to get your entries in – follow the links below or visit our dedicated awards page here

Not just your average awards ceremony

Here at the CKE, we take the responsibility of providing the best possible platform to showcase your projects, organisations and individuals extremely seriously, which is why you will never see us run the same event twice! Just like our entrants we aim for our awards ceremony to represent the common themes of our awards in being innovative, collaborative and dynamic.

For instance, at last year’s awards we were the only region to run a selfie competition, which was so successful that it was adopted at the nationals. Not just an excuse to take silly pictures (although that is always welcome), the selfie competition helped to raise the profile of the awards across social media giving extra coverage to the companies involved. We will be running it again this year so don’t forget to bring those phones and snap away!

If you are still undecided, here are just three more reasons why our awards are different and how your business will benefit from being involved,

  • Our dynamic team are all from construction/engineering backgrounds. With over twenty years combined industry experience, we know how to sell what the industry does best
  • Our awards are an experience as well as a ceremony. Every year the team try to do something different on the night itself to ensure the event is memorable for all the right reasons and is a real reward for the individuals and teams who take part. With this year’s Swinging from the Rooftops theme, this year is no exception! We have a number of surprises planned for you on the night – we can’t wait for you to see them!
  • Our added value with our relationships to the National Constructing Excellence network, Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Sustainability Institute and our thinkBIM, Green Vision networks. Going forward there will be plenty of opportunities for our entrants to showcase their work at our breakfast and twilight seminars, our half day conferences and through site visits.

How to enter

Fully inclusive and completely free to enter, we welcome submissions from any organisations, companies &/or project teams involved in delivering building & civil engineering projects in our region over the last 12 months. With 13 categories to choose from we are sure there is one for you! The closing date for entries is 29th April 2016 and all the forms can be downloaded from the links below.

Achiever of the Year

BIM Project of the Year

Client of the Year

Health and Safety

Heritage

Innovation

Integration & Collaborative Working

Leadership & People Development

Project of the Year

SME of the Year

Sustainability

Value

Young Achiever of the Year

We look forward to reading your entries!

With thanks to our sponsors

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“Look North” – Construction and Infrastructure Opportunities on your doorstep

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UKTI Yorkshire and Humber and Leeds Beckett University invite you to a morning seminar on Friday 20th May to examine construction and infrastructure opportunities in Sweden.

Over the next 10 years there will be major infrastructure and construction opportunities in Sweden as a result of the £150bn investment in the combined Gothenburg and Stockholm expansion projects. This includes major investments in public transport systems and railways, including Sweden’s first high-speed rail lines. We want to share with you export opportunities for Civil Engineering companies, Construction companies, Property Developers, Modular Building Companies, Architects, specialist construction service providers such as engineering design companies, programme management, project management, cost management and other specialist consultants.

At the event you will meet David Cairns, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden who will outline the opportunities for UK companies in this important export market.
There will also be a chance to hear from representatives from Gothenburg city, Stockholm city and Trafikverket the Swedish Transport Administration, as well as UKTI commercial officers to learn more.

Programme

09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 Welcome by David Cairns, British Ambassador to Sweden
09:45 Presentations from Trafikverket the Swedish Transport Administration, and the Gothenburg and Stockholm City regions
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 1-2-1 meetings
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:00 1-2-1 meetings
14:00 Event closure

Booking Details

Friday 20th May 2016

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9EN

09:00 to 14:00

Click here to book your FREE place

Contact Details

Centre for Knowledge Exchange
Leeds Beckett University
ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
0113 812 1902

Neil Brown
International Trade Adviser
UKTI Yorkshire and Humber
neil.brown@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
T: +44 (0)786 075 3085

Sabine Kauer
Senior Trade Adviser
UKTI Sweden
sabine.kauer@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
T: +46 (0)8 671 3046

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Mental Health + the Construction Industry

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2015 Mental Health + The Construction Industry - FINAL

The Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humberside is  pleased to announce its first Health Leadership Briefing on Mental Health and The Construction Industry, which will take place on the evening of 9 June 2015 at Leeds Beckett University.

Health and safety is a major priority in the construction industry. The UK has one of the safest construction industries in the world thanks to industry regulations and the greater awareness of the importance of safety by the construction workforce. Having established good safety measures, the industry now needs to focus its attention on the health of its workforce.

This event is the first in a series of Health Leadership Briefings, in which the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humberside will raise awareness of a number of key health issues, starting with mental health and the construction industry.

Mental health is often seen as a taboo subject and it is one of the least talked about issues in the industry; perhaps this is because of its largely male workforce. Research carried out by the HSE in 2007 found that 88% of those working in construction experience some level of work-related stress and 5% describe themselves as suffering from depression or an anxiety related illness.

This briefing will address questions such as:  What do we mean by mental health? What can we do as an industry to promote a mentally healthier workforce? What are an employer’s legal obligations? Guest  speakers include:  Peter Crosland, CECA; Paul Croston, MIND; Natalie Saunders, Genus Law.

Stefanie Stead, Chair of the CIC Yorkshire and Humberside and Architect at Pearce Bottomley Architects had this to say:

“In these economically and environmentally challenging times, following a deep and protracted global downturn, during which construction shed a great many skilled jobs which it is now struggling to replace, we must be mindful of the pressures and strains on the workforce. Mental health is as important as physical health to the well-being of our industry. This event has been organised to raise awareness of mental health issues on the industry’s Health & Safety agenda.”

Booking details for this event are available here. The £10 ticket price includes a £5 donation to MIND.

New programme of Constructing Excellence in the region, kicking off with a look at Design

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Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber kicked off its new programme for its Autumn series today, attended by some 30 construction professionals from across the Leeds City Region.

Developed by Centre for Knowledge Exchange part of the Leeds Metropolitan University this exciting new programme aims to provide a focus and deliver on the most important and relevant aspects of the construction and property sector. Based on a breakfast seminar slot on the last Wednesday of each month, the series aims to bring construction leaders and practitioners together for networking and collaboration around a themed topic on each occasion.

The series was ably kicked off today with a Design themed seminar which included a presentation on RIBA’s new Plan of Work 2013 from John Orrell Group Director of DLA Design in Leeds (and part of the authoring RIBA review group for the Plan of Work) and from Rob Charlton, Chief Executive of _space Architects a look at the opportunities presented to maximise design value through Off Site Construction techniques. John noted that there had been no real change made to the RIBA Plan of Work since its creation in 1963, but with the changes brought in by the use and management of data in the construction process and the drivers noted in the Government Construction Strategy in 2011, updating has been necessary to ensure that the Plan of Work incorporates sustainable design principles, provides a structure to support and embed BIM, allows full team integration yet provides the necessary flexibility needed (particularly around planning and procurement).

Rob presentation noted how the tension between price/value and ‘good’ design, sometimes gets misinterpreted (to the point where some London Schools cost more than an Acute Hospital), and how standardisation in a fully thought through design can deliver huge savings and fantastic value for money. Much of the thinking in this respect relies on the latest approaches to design and construction processes as well as learning from other industries such as Automotive and Aerospace where there have been huge step changes in design and productivity.

Chaired by Don Ward, CEO of Constructing Excellent who made a great gesture by visiting Leeds for this event from London, the event marks the start of a much needed platform for discussion and views relating to the construction industry, which CE (Y&H) hopes to fulfil with its programme over the coming year.

Each event will seek to bring in support from the various Institutions and professional bodies involved in the sector. The next event on 30th October is themed around the CIOB with a presentation on their Talk Construction initiative from Eddie Tuttle at CIOB HQ and John Eynon CIOB Ambassador and Author of “The Design Manager’s Handbook”. 27th November sees an Civil Engineering themed event focusing on best practice project management with keynote speaker Denise Bower of Leeds University and member of the Construction Industry Strategy Advisory Council.

Procurement is a process – buying is an output

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HEA STEM: Procurement Frameworks; Learning and teaching issues and solutions for contemporary practice

Over thirty delegates from a cross section of academia, post graduate part time students, construction professionals and client organisations (NHS) were brought together at a HEA STEM funded workshop to explore the learning and teaching issues surrounding Procurement, with a focus on the importance of employer engagement and real life case study evidence leading to better engagement and enhanced student experience in Higher Education .

The seminar was focussed on Procurement Practice in the construction industry. The academic members of staff presented their real experiences of procurement practice from an SME perspective whilst leading professionals offered their contractor and client side perspectives on procurement practice with an excellent case study presentation of by the Olympic Delivery Authority as an exemplar case study of best practice procurement. 

The event started with an overview of the HEA and potential funding streams available and continued with the academic perspective of procurement practice within the construction sector with evidence from both cutting edge sme research and engagement to practitioner case study presentations from the Olympic Delivery Authority and the NHS Procure21

David Woolley acting as the chair for the seminar, guided delegates through a series of presentations encouraging and facilitating debate and discussion. 

The Procurement Conference  examined the issues in procurement and construction in particular and how this might better inform Higher Education’s approaches to supporting new graduates and post graduates in this ‘post Latham and Egan reports’ world. 

To do this practical research and exemplar case studies were presented to inform debate and discussion. Research included examining the actual experience of tier 2 & 3 suppliers in framework bidding and exemplar cases studies included the remarkable Olympic Park Construction Project presented by Head of Procurement on the programme Paul Dickinson from the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Cliff Jones demonstrated the principles he’d employed in the delivery of the NHS’s Procure21 approach.

What was clear is that the team working and supply chain integration proposed by Latham and Egan have enjoyed much support and variability in execution. A variance that sees world class examples like he Olympic programme and some efforts more reminiscent of what went before and inspired the White papers in the first instance. 

This discussion made the challenge and content required of Higher Education more clear. Partnering and supply chain perspectives it seems need to include the fundamental principles that lead to those contractual behaviours and not simply new (however clever) processes. 

Much was suggested around negotiation development and in particular the development of interest based negotiation (a problem solving approach) rather than positional bargaining which might be making the situation worse. 

Advantages accruing from integrated supply chain initiatives, so called “intelligent procurement” place great demands on disparate interacting teams to work collaboratively together and put in contract arrangements that facilitate that.  Clearly suggesting this becomes a consultative negotiation and not a “one person buys something” activity. 

Holding on to that idea in a testing project requires much understanding and a broader strategic perspective. It was agreed that the content of Higher Education courses in these professional areas needs to include: collaborative problem solving; interest based negotiation; strategic perspective; supply chain management principles. 

This learning from this HEA workshop will be taken forwards in the form of a collection of resources for both Academics and Student audiences which will be available to be accessed online This event formed part of a Higher Education Academy Special Interest Group which has been set up with specific outputs to deliver :

–       Develop practionner case studies of best practice on Frameworks/ Procurement Practice

–       Gather resources from the Procurement seminar and post online as resources for both lecturers and students (video footage Procurement Frameworks; Learning and teaching issues and solutions for contemporary practice  Video )

–       Create an online open Knowledge Exchange platform for the sharing of best practice and information (Via Linkedin and CKE Procure Blog  )

Outputs form this Special Interest group will be presented to the Higher Education Academy towards the end of July. We will look to continue the work of this Special Interest Group with continued support from academics and practionners across the UK , with regular thought pieces to be published online around the theme of Procurement Best Practice to be used as a resource for students , academic staff and construction professionals .