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The Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humberside seminar series continued today with its follow up event to the inaugural presentation on design held last month with RIBA with Design Management. The Centre for Knowledge Exchange team at Leeds Metropolitan University were delighted to welcome John Eynon, CIOB Ambassador and Author of “The Design Manager’s Handbook”, alongside Dr Andrew Platten Associate Dean at Leeds Met covering a CIOB themed and supported presentation.

Delegates packed the room at DLA Architectures’ office in Leeds centre and were treated to two presentations chaired by Cliff Jones, Senior Policy and Performance Manager  for Procure21+ at the Department of Health in Leeds.

Andrew who had kindly stepped in to cover the duties of Eddie Tuttle who was unable to attend did a sterling job of the presenting the CIOB’s current main initiative ‘Talk Construction’ which is to be held In London on 25/26th November He asked the seminar group to consider not only attending the event but also to provide a context for its legacy here in the region and in particular the questions being posed by CIOB:

  • What are the biggest issues affecting your business?
  • What do you think about Construction 2025?
  • Results of this research will form part of extensive regional survey to members and results announced at the conference

Andrew invites all involved to either contact the CIOB through the website above or via

John’s presentation focused on the principles of the Design Management which includes the management of all project related design activities, people, processes, and resources and which enables the effective flow and production of design information. Using a  “Four step process” John noted that failure to properly address the project needs and brief fully before contract award would have a major impact on the management of risk throughout the build and handover stages.

The next event on  27th November sees an infrastructure themed event supported by ICE and focusing on best practice project management with keynote speaker Denise Bower of Leeds University and member of the Construction Industry Strategy Advisory Council, Yorkshire Water. For further details and booking information please visit the Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) website here

About the Constructing Excellence Seminar series

Developed by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange, part of Leeds Metropolitan University, this exciting new programme aims to provide a regular focus 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. Each of our events will seek to bring in support from the various Institutions and professional bodies involved in the sector.