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Legal Awareness Month – FREE seminar in Hull!

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8am registration & networking breakfast, 8.30am – 9.30am seminar
Gosschalks, Queens Gardens, Hull, HU1 3DZ*

*please note, similar sessions for Sheffield and York have now been cancelled. Any attendees booked on those sessions will have been contacted. Please contact ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you have any further questions. In the meantime booking for Hull is still open at the link below.

HOW TO WIN AN ADJUDICATION

Gosschalks construction law department presents a practical and commercial guide to maximising your prospects of achieving a successful outcome in an adjudication. Topics will include:

• Risk assessment
• Drafting notices & submissions
• Jurisdictional pitfalls
• Effective enforcement
• Negotiation strategies
• Making your contracts adjudication bombproof

This seminar is aimed at: employers, main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, public authorities, surveyors/consultants and anybody else who is involved in pursuing or defending adjudications.

BOOKING

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SPEAKERS


Matthew Fletcher, Head of Construction Litigation

Matthew specialises in resolving disputes in the construction
and property sectors. He is well known for his forceful and dynamic approach.
He acts for a number of the leading construction and development companies in the Yorkshire region and regularly deals with adjudications, arbitrations, TCC litigation, mediations and professional negligence claims.


William Buckenham, Partner, Construction Litigation

Will is an experienced contentious construction lawyer who specialises in adjudications where he has an excellent track record of
achieving successful outcomes for his clients. He also deals with TCC litigation and mediations and is a regular speaker at events advising on
construction law.

Abigail Milner, Associate, Construction

Abigail deals with both non-contentious and contentious construction instructions. Abigail specialises in reviewing,negotiating and drafting building contracts, appointments and collateral warranties. She is known for her excellent client communication skills and pragmatic approach.She also deals with resolving a broad range of construction disputes.

 

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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Community Housing – why it’s all kicking off? (Event)

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Programme

Chair: 

Nic BlissHead of Policy, Confederation of Cooperative Housing:  Nick will Chair the event as well as provide a brief overview of co-operative housing in England, setting out its core principles, distinctiveness and importance.

Speakers:

Steve Hoey, co-founder and Director of Leeds Community Homes: Steve will provide an update on Leeds Community Homes and the new hub, and give a brief overview of the movement in Leeds.

Bill Phelps, chair of ChaCo, Chapeltown Co-Housing: Bill will provide a briefing on ChaCo covering the origins, motivation, land identification and building plans.

Sarah May, Principal Regeneration Officer (Affordable & Specialist Housing) Leeds City Council’s Housing Growth Team: Sarah will describe the support and partnership working provided by LCC, and give an idea of the institutional support necessary for co-operative housing to flourish.

 

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Panel Debate: Learning the lessons from the collapse of Carillion

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Wednesday 25th April 2018, 08:00 for breakfast and registration, 08:30 to 10:00

Addleshaw Goddard, Leeds

The collapse of #Carillion earlier this year continues to send reverberations around the sector, prompting renewed calls for a fundamental shift in the way contracts are procured, planned and delivered. Yes – we’ve been hear before with Egan and Latham but how can we ensure this time things are different? Join our lively debate next week and have YOUR say on how the industry needs to change and crucially how do we go about it. This is sure to be a very lively and opinionated session so please do join us if you can!

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Heritage and Conservation dilemmas considered at Neighbourhood Planning Master Class

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On Thursday 16th Leeds Planning School’s masterclass on 16 November addressed the dilemmas for planners in making local character, heritage and sense of place central to their policies. The three speakers provided lots inspiration and ideas on heritage, design and articulating public concern to an audience of over 30 neighbourhood planning group members and built environment professionals.

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Postgraduate & Professional Courses 2018 – School of Built Environment and Engineering

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Are you thinking of upskilling and investing in your workforce over the next year? Or maybe you are looking for ways to develop your own career or possibly start a new one?

The School of Built Environment and Engineering is pleased to announce that our new 2018 Postgraduate & Professional Prospectus is now available to order from Leeds Beckett University website. The prospectus contains more details on the following selection of courses, including modules, hours, dates and study options.

**Flexible Study available

Many of our courses offer part-time or distance learning options allowing you the flexibility to fit around your working lives.

**Professionally Accredited

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies allowing you and your employees to develop the hands-on practical experience that is so valued by the industry. The quality of the experience and expertise of the staff in the School, along with the unique industry links and connections they facilitate, helps students to forge a meaningful understanding of how to plan, design, construct, protect and maintain the world around us.

**Order your prospectus

You can order your prospectus here (redirects to Leeds Beckett University website – Please select “Postgraduate Prospectus – Computing, Engineering & Built Environment”)

Latest Developments in Neighbourhood Planning – September’s RTPI Yorkshire and Leeds Beckett University Conference

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At our recent conference in collaboration with RTPI Yorkshire we welcomed six fantastic speakers to discuss the latest developments in Neighbourhood planning.   Opening the conference was Steve Hoey, Head of Neighbourhood Planning & Housing at Locality, who delivered a national overview of local planning uptake, what neighbourhood plans can achieve on the ground and why people should get involved.

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Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise leaders crowned at Leeds Sustainability Institute annual awards

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The winners of Leeds Beckett University’s annual RISE Awards, that celebrate research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise have been announced by the School of Built Environment and Engineering.

The RISE awards (#RISE2017 for the social media savvy!), organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today. Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer, eighteen awards were handed out in front of an audience of over one hundred and twenty individuals at the Marriott hotel in Leeds last Thursday night. Winners came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds with accolades awarded for best research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training amongst others. All entrants, highly commended and winners displayed the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for twenty-first century living.

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Dark and true and technological is the North: Digitising the region

At a recent Constructing Excellence breakfast event we held, we were particularly struck by a statistic from a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study which proposed that in terms of digitisation, the construction industry lags dramatically behind those in other classically undigitalised sectors and in fact ranks only above farming and agriculture. Having been heavily involved in promoting digital construction across the region and beyond we felt that in light of this statistic it was important to explore our impression of where the industry is and specifically where Yorkshire and Humber currently places in order to meet the demands of the future.

Screen shot from MyConsole presentation at Constructing Excellence breakfast event on 26th April 2017.

We at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the Leeds Beckett University School of Built Environment and Engineering have been running digitally focussed events through our thinkBIM network for over five years now and have overseen a massive growth in digital uptake across the region. Originally set up as a network to promote the advancement of BIM (Building Information Modelling) our remit has broadened to highlight new technologies and digital processes and their current and future uses.

When we started, the events were definitely for the innovators and early adopters, particularly in larger companies with SMEs being a little unsure of dipping their toe in the water; early problems being the choices of software available, balancing the cost of adoption with business needs and lack of clarity in contractual BIM requirements – all issues which we have had to address through events and targeted 1:1 support. As the network has expanded though, so has the industry’s understanding of the benefits of digital adoption, and this along with the publishing of the Digital Built Britain strategy in 2015 has helped to demystify some of the processes and improved knowledge and uptake of digital tools and processes across the region.

Even in these early days of digital adoption we saw how local organisations were at the cutting edge of the technological innovation that was unfolding. Not always on the large and prestigious projects but on smaller schemes like the laser scanning of the Orangery in Wakefield by DLA Design which showed what was possible already. We also witnessed the great work done by BAM at First Direct Arena working with their designers, structural steelworkers and precast concrete manufacturers who collaborated together using coordinated models form each organisation to resolve issues with the design, create and more effective design and improve the outcomes for the site team. By working together the team delivered an innovative and award winning venue for the city of Leeds.

Federated model image submitted by A1L2B, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture, as part of their winning entry in CEYH Awards 2015

The region has also seen the digitisation of infrastructure schemes too. The award winning A1 Improvement scheme from Leeming to Barton, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture demonstrated many new and innovative ways to use digital data to assist with stakeholder engagement as well as collecting real time digital quality records during the course of the works too. Over at Immingham, Costain used the combined, federated, model of their scheme to accurately and successfully plan a 76 hour possession over Christmas 2015 where the team jacked a 5000 tonne bridge into place under the busiest freight railway line in the UK. All this was achieved by creating a digital programme that was meticulously planned, checked and reviewed by the project team, Highways England and Network Rail.

Solius Group virtual reality demonstration at thinkBIM conference in April 2017

More recently the thinkBIM network has been able to lift the lid on the future with demonstrations of Augmented Realities and Virtual Realities. These technologies are actually starting to become widespread too as more and more businesses start to see ways to use gaming technology for customer engagement, construction rehearsals and health and safety briefings as well as for operations teams to better understand the assets that they are maintaining with a level of efficiency previously unheard of. #itsBIMupNorth not just a hashtag but proof that Yorkshire really is a centre of excellence for the digital delivery of projects.

But the key thing here is not the technology, but the people behind it. As Steve Jobs once said “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them”. From a niche group of technically minded people the thinkBIM network has grown to reflect and support a much wider community focussed on working more efficiently and who adopt a whole lifecycle approach not just procuring data for the physical asset alone. And here-in lies the challenge going forward, ensuring the industry is constantly recruiting and upskilling the individuals and teams who are able to exploit the opportunity technology offers.

Let us know your thoughts of where the industry is and where it needs to be and where you see the future of digital technologies for construction.

 

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