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,
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.
We look forward to reading your entries!
With thanks to our sponsors
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.
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
Friday 20th May 2016
Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9EN
09:00 to 14:00
Centre for Knowledge Exchange
Leeds Beckett University
0113 812 1902
International Trade Adviser
UKTI Yorkshire and Humber
T: +44 (0)786 075 3085
Senior Trade Adviser
T: +46 (0)8 671 3046
More than fifty volunteers from Leeds communities took part in an upbeat and enthusiastic neighbourhood planning workshop organised by Leeds Beckett University’ School of the Built Environment & Engineering on 30 January. They worked together to shape a vision for their communities helped by practical tips on plan-making and design from the university’s planning and housing lecturers. This was the second event in a programme of activities in which Leeds Beckett puts the skills and knowledge of its staff at the service of neighbourhoods in Leeds. Feedback from the workshop was unanimously positive and delegates went away with fresh ideas on how to deal with the thorny issues they face in the community.
Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Sixty communities in Leeds, and many others across Yorkshire, are setting out a vision for how their local community will develop. They need technical assistance and expert advice to do this neighbourhood plan. Leeds Beckett is making sure they get the help they need.” The workshop was organised by Leeds Planning Network, one the new research clusters set up by the School of the Built Environment and Engineering supported by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange.
Delegates heard from Jeff Newton and John Steel, community volunteers in Boston Spa who are in the final stages of their neighbourhood plan. They talked about their innovative new designs for the high street and plans for a renewable energy scheme. Jeff and John stressed that plan-making was hard work but they were enthusiastic about the future and the improvements they wanted for their village (see their presentation below).
Detailed guidance on the legal aspects of plan-making was given by Bob Pritchard, specialist planning lawyer and guest lecturer at Leeds Beckett. He spelled out what a neighbourhood plan could achieve and what should go in it. This was vital information for delegates learning to write planning policy that will guide development in their community over the next twenty years (see his presentation below).
Following this, there were three discussion groups each focusing on themes requested by delegates at the previous workshop. Will Sparling, PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett gave help to inner-city communities working together on common problems. Planning lecturer, Harvey Pritchard gave advice on planning for infrastructure, while Jenny Fisher, principle urban designer for Leeds City Council helped delegates work on improving the look and feel of their neighbourhoods. Delegates were full of praise for the Leeds Beckett event and gave the organisers many more ideas for future workshops.
Copy of Leeds City Council “Neighbourhood Planning & Design Issues” Document to download
The next neighbourhood planning workshop is 16 April 2016 but in the mean time Leeds Planning Network will be holding two planning masterclass events on Tuesday 1st March (Details here) and Thursday 17th March (Details here)
Saturday 30th January 2016
10:00 to 13:00
Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS2 9EN
This second workshop gives neighbourhood planning groups in Leeds a chance to meet and work together to tackle the big issues. There will be short presentations and plenty of time for discussion and networking. Planning experts from Leeds Beckett University’s planning school will be on hand to provide advice and support
Boston Spa Neighbourhood Plan
a presentation by Jeff Newton & John Steel
What can and what can’t go in a neighbourhood plan’
advice from Bob Pritchard, planning solicitor from Eversheds
Discussion groups with planning advisors:
Free and open to all members of neighbourhood planning groups!
The Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humberside seminar series completed its first series with a deep insight into the IUK Infrastructure Routemap and some great case studies of strategic project management in action.
Addleshaw Goodard kindly hosted the event which was attended by 35 professionals from the sector and again attracted interest from both East and South Yorkshire. Facilitated by TCC, the presentations from Professor Denise Bowyer of Leeds University, Neil Yates from Yorkshire Water and Jon Oldridge of Tata provided the delegates with a thorough understanding of the way in which projects are able to use the Infrastructure Routemap as a way of creating alignment and dealing with complexity in projects, and noting that half of project failures are down to cultural and corporate differences and lack of trust. Denise presented on the use of the tools in associated with the routemap to drive understanding across delivery teams, and establish any gaps.
Neil explained that the AMP5 programme had recognised early on the need for strategic planning and how in the Capital Out Performance group, setting joint strategic objectives, producing a clear commercial strategy, and collaboration facilitated by co location had all led to much improved and more effective decision making.
John Oldridge had observed on their key rail projects how collaboration and co location had also enabled cultural change leading to a focus on ‘one goal’ allowing such things as ‘designing safety in’ and noting that the ‘prize is in delivery’
About Constructing Excellence Events
Each of our events seeks to bring in support from the various Institutions and professional bodies involved in the sector, please contact us if you have ideas for the programme or would like to get involved. We have been working on the next series which will commence on the last Wendesday in January with ‘Youth Excellence’ including presentations from Alison Watson of Class of Your Own and Rob Wolfe, Construction and Housing Yorkshire, taking us from classroom to apprenticeships and thereby shaping the future of the Industry. ‘Regulation Excellence’ in February will feature update in both planning and building regulations, finishing in March with a presentation fully supported by RICS Yorkshire and featuring an insight into the QS approach in Australia.
Developed by Centre for Knowledge Exchange part of the Leeds Metropolitan University this exciting new programme aims to provide a regular 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.