Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club Events

On this page you can find out about upcoming and past Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club events.  For G4C events go to http://www.yorhub.com/constructing-excellence/g4c-events/

 

GOVERNMENT SOFT LANDINGS EVENT

26TH NOVEMBER 2013

Alongside the Yorkshire and Humber Construction Best Practice Club, YORhub were delighted to welcome over 80 representatives from the construction industry and local authorities to Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 26 November to the first event in the region to provide a clearer understanding of the Government Soft Landings policy and best practice for its successful delivery. YORhub recognised that many in the region’s construction industry still have little or no knowledge of GSL and what this means for them in practice, although Soft Landings is mandated in line with BIM (Building Information Modelling) and is recommended for all public sector organisations to ensure that asset delivery costs are reduced and performance improved to achieve value in the operational lifecycle.

The morning’s proceedings were hosted by YORhub Head of Operations for the North and East Regions, Steve Baker, Group Manager of Construction Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who welcomed key Central and Local Government and Construction Industry speakers.

YORhub’s newly appointed BIM Champion Tom Oulton, also Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber CIC BIM Hub, BIM Manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, on the ThinkBIM steering group, and involved with the BIM Task Group’s BIM4LG, began by refreshing delegates on the origins, drivers and key benefits of delivering BIM, and how this fits in with the Government Construction Strategy targets for achieving lower costs and faster delivery of projects.

Roy Evans from the Cabinet Office BIS BIM Task Group presented a thorough explanation of GSL and its application at key project stages, from inception through to handover and aftercare, to maintain a golden thread linking asset management decisions around asset purpose, design, delivery, operation and performance once a building is in use. Roy recognised the challenges and crucial importance of understanding exactly what a client wants.

Andy Ward and Derek Walker, Directors at YORbuild framework contractor Mansell / Balfour Beatty, presented the key principles and stages of their organisation’s approach to deliver a soft landing, in their terms ‘Perfect Landings’.

Steve Longhurst, National Framework Development Manager at YORbuild framework contractor GB Building Solutions gave an overview of how his organisation have been offering Soft Landings on projects in principle for many years by implementing their Total Solution approach.

GSL Event 26 November 2013 panel

Panel L to R: Steve Longhurst, Tom Oulton, Roy Evans, Derek Walker, Andy Ward, Steve Baker

 

CDM OVERVIEW – 27th JUNE 2013

The Presentation covered:

1 Overview of CDM2007

2 Statutory Documentation

3 Roles and Responsibilities

4 Risk Management Processes

5 Intervention measures

6 Proposed changes CDM 2014

Speaker: Russell Kelly is a Senior CDM Co-ordinator (CDMC) with Capita Group Plc and is responsible for the delivery of the CDMC role and general health and safety advice. Russell has extensive knowledge of the construction industry as a CDM Coordinator and has worked within a range of client and designer workplace environments as a CDMC/safety, health & environmental consultant which has gained him a breadth of knowledge and experience in how varied approaches to health and safety are perceived.

PRESENTATION BY ROOM 4 CONSULTING LIMITED “5 STEPS TO WINNING BIDS – PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP”

16TH MAY 2013

This workshop was aimed at anyone who contributes to, or is responsible for completing PQQs, ITTs or delivering bids in the built environment.  This includes Bid Managers, Administrators, and Business Development personnel, but also technical staff such as project/site managers and estimators.

The aim was to provide delegates with a short introduction to the Bid process, detailing the key stages of procurement and introducing five easy steps to a more successful approach to winning work including:

  • Developing a simple approach to bid management including the difficult Go/No Go decision;
  • The importance of understanding, and responding to your clients requirements;
  • How to generate a bank of evidence to add value to your bids;
  • The importance of innovation and standing out from the crowd; and
  • Avoiding the simple mistakes which impact your score.

 

CONSTRUCTION LAW & COMMERCIAL AWARENESS UPDATE

2ND MAY 2013

Presenter: Jonathan Hawkswell holds Membership of the Society of Construction Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Adjudication Society, the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (Panel Adjudicator), the Construction Plant-Hire Association (Panel Adjudicator).

His areas of expertise are construction and engineering disputes:  Adjudication, Arbitration, all forms of Mediation and Conciliation. Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court. Non-contentious advice on procurement and contract forms.

 

NEC3 PROGRAMMING MASTERCLASS

25TH APRIL 2013

The course allowed construction professionals to strengthen their understanding of the NEC requirements regarding the programme. The programme is often described as the ‘ beating heart’ of the NEC and is the key document regarding managing projects.

The event covered:

  • Reviewing the NEC3 clauses relating to the programme
  • Considering the relationship of the programme with other key areas of the contract
  • Looking at how the NEC3 programme should be used as a real management tool
  • Reviewing how to assess and use the programme
  • Considering what the contractor should submit in the way of programmes and how this information can and should be used in the management of the project
  • Looking at how to assess the programme
  • Reviewing what actions should be taken if regular programmes are not received

Presenter: Anne Chamberlain, Principal Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Leading a busy team of Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers, some of Anne’s most high profile projects have included the £40 million Affordable Housing Programme in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the award winning £20 million refurbishment of the Spa at Bridlington.

PRESENTATION BY ROOM 4 CONSULTING LIMITED “5 STEPS TO WINNING BIDS – PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP”

20TH MARCH 2013

This workshop was aimed at anyone who contributes to, or is responsible for completing PQQs, ITTs or delivering bids in the built environment.  This included Bid Managers, Administrators, and Business Development personnel, but also technical staff such as project/site managers and estimators.

The aim was to provide delegates with a short introduction to the Bid process, detailing the key stages of procurement and introducing five easy steps to a more successful approach to winning work including:

  • Developing a simple approach to bid management including the difficult Go/No Go decision;
  • The importance of understanding, and responding to your clients requirements;
  • How to generate a bank of evidence to add value to your bids;
  • The importance of innovation and standing out from the crowd; and
  • Avoiding the simple mistakes which impact your score.

A164 HUMBER BRIDGE TO BEVERLEY ROUTE IMPROVEMENTS TECHNICAL SITE VISIT & HCE CLUB AGM

27TH FEBRUARY 2013

The A164 Humber Bridge to Beverley Route £10m and 10 km long Improvement Scheme is a major route through the East Riding of Yorkshire, linking the Humber Bridge and Hessle with Beverley and is one of the busiest routes in the county, especially on the section between the Humber Bridge and Beverley.

The presentations will include the background and overview, procurement process, the key benefits including ECI, open book working and project construction.

Since the early 1990s the route has seen significant increases in traffic volumes and there are often major peak time queues on the approach to the roundabouts at Skidby, Castle Hill and Willerby.

The £10m Humber Bridge to Beverley Route Improvement scheme was designed to both increase capacity at the major roundabout junctions and also increase safety for both pedestrians and cyclists by providing new linear combined footpath and cycle ways between Castle Hill and Beverley and also provide improvements to off route cycle routes between Hessle, Anlaby, Willerby and Castle Hill.

 

PRESENTATION BY MOTT MACDONALD “SLICKER CITIES – RESPONDING TO THE PROBLEMS CITIES PRESENT TO CLIMATE CHANGE”

21ST FEBURARY 2013

According to a 2011 UN report, over half of the world’s population now live in cities. By 2050 up to 70% of us will live in urban environments, making them the frontline in the war on climate change. This session will explore where urban design is taking us in the fight against climate change and adaptation. The presentation looked at potential impacts of future planning legislation and how built environment design can influence the behaviour of urban dwellers to create ‘slicker’ cities.

Eddie Murphy, Director at Mott MacDonald, provided an overview of the problems cities present to climate change, looking at key case studies which effectively demonstrated where solutions may be found.

 

CHRISTMAS NETWORKING EVENT

11TH DECEMBER 2012

Addleshaw Goddard’s Construction Team in conjunction with the Yorkshire & Humber Construction Best Practice Club held a Christmas Networking Event, to celebrate the Festive Season!

INTRODUCTION TO SYPRO EVENT

5TH DECEMBER 2012

Sypro provides an easy to implement, simple to use and cost effective solution to the management of the NEC3 suite of contracts. As a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, Sypro can be operated on projects of all sizes and across separate geographic locations. Sypro is currently being used on schemes with values ranging from £15k Minor Work programmes to the construction of the £842m New Southern General Hospitals and Laboratory scheme in Glasgow.

The presentation showed how Sypro provides effective, transparent on-line NEC project management including:

  • Total compliance to the full suite of NEC3 contracts
  • project dashboard with immediate and live status reports on the project
  • Live and instantaneous reporting on projects impacts such as Time, Cost and Quality
  • Full visibility of the project risks via the Early Warning Risk Register
  • Transparency of contract alerts providing a robust audit trail of specific user actions and their status
  • Automated notification alerts by email and texts

Recent Humber Sypro projects include:

  • YORbuild projects including schools, leisure facilities and healthcare.
  • Hull Royal A&E refurbishment project
  • A164 Humber Bridge to Beverley scheme
  • East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A CONSULTANTS FRAMEWORK – A PRAGMATIC RESPONSE

13TH NOVEMBER 2012

Employment and Skills Plans (ESP) have been progressed with contractors for a number of years and as a result vastly improved their skills at all levels and the numbers of new employees to the industry. In the Yorkshire and Humber region East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and other local authorities engaged in the YORframeworks, have gained a wealth of experience in embedding and delivering ESPs in both procuring and managing the YORbuild contractors framework, but little has been done in the same way for consultants.

This has led to the development of an ESP process embedded in the procurement of YORconsult Consultants framework. The contractual requirements match regional commissions to regional skills needs and workforce development. In addition YORfuture, a regional shared apprenticeship service, will include higher level technical apprenticeships.

This briefing outlined and discussed the rational behind the YORconsult ESP arrangements, developments and achievements so far, along with reference to procurement strategy, other frameworks and current issues with respect to the industry skills requirements.

It also hoped to provide an insight into a skill building response connected to current regionally developed successful procurement solutions that can offer wider benefit to other organisations.

The briefing was split into three sections:

1) Procurement Strategy and Local need – Steve Baker – Construction Services Manager – ERYC

2) Skill shortages and Skills agenda – Mark Scott – Employment and Skills Coordinator – YORFrameworks

3) YORframeworks and YORconsult so far – Mark Scott – Employment and Skills Coordinator – YORFrameworks

RECORD KEEPING & DISPUTE AVOIDANCE – PRESENTED BY GOSSCHALKS SOLICITORS

25TH OCTOBER 2012

This event gave a guide to the proactive steps that you can take to minimise the risk of a dispute and how to maximise your prospects of a successful outcome should a dispute prove to be unavoidable.

Items included:

1. Key dispute avoidance clauses:

- Initial dispute procedure

- Adjudication rules

- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

2. “Friendly” contracts

3. Back to back contracting

4. Insuring the works

5. Packaging the contract

 

CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICE AWARDS DINNER YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER

12TH OCTOBER 2012

These awards were designed to showcase excellence and celebrate the achievements of organisations and projects from across the Yorkshire & Humber construction industry. With up to 200 people in attendance this was a fantastic opportunity to showcase your business and teams, and network with influential and key members of the Construction & Built Environment Industry.

 

PIE AND A PINT

7TH SEPTEMBER 2012

Addleshaw Goddard’s Construction Team in conjunction with Yorkshire & Humber Construction Best Practice Club held a networking lunch, which was a great opportunity to enjoy a pie and a pint (or tea/coffee) and a catch up with peers in the industry.

 

NEC3 PROGRAMMING MASTERCLASS

6TH AUGUST 2012

The course allowed construction professionals to strengthen their understanding of the NEC requirements regarding the programme. The programme is often described as the “beating heart” of the NEC and is the key document regarding managing projects.

The Objectives for the event were:

  • Reviewing the NEC3 clauses relating to the programme
  • Considering the relationship of the programme with other key areas of the contract
  • Looking at how the NEC3 programme should be used as a real management tool
  • Reviewing how to assess and use the programme
  • Considering what the contractor should submit in the way of programmes and how this information can and should be used in the management of the project
  • Looking at how to assess the programme
  • Reviewing what actions should be taken if regular programmes are not received.

Presenter: Anne Chamberlain, Principal Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Leading a busy team of Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers, some of Anne’s most high profile projects have included the £40 million Affordable Housing Programme in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the award winning £20 million refurbishment of the Spa at Bridlington.

 

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING

26TH JUNE 2012

This presentation gave an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and how it is used to deliver benefits during the construction process.

The use of Building Information Modelling goes beyond the design phase of a project and takes an important role during the construction phase of a project as well as the post construction phases and facility management.  The purpose of BIM is to make the construction process more efficient and eliminate as many uncertainties as possible before starting the construction process.  Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects despite tight budgets, limited manpower, accelerated schedules, and limited or conflicting information.  The concept of Building Information Modelling is to build a building virtually prior to building it physically, in order to work out problems, and simulate and analyse potential impacts.

 

BIM

JUNE 2012

The club organised a regional event on BIM, on behalf of The Yorkshire & Humber Practice Club. David Phillips, from the Cabinet Office, was the key note speaker for the event, which was attended by over 50 delegates.

 

INTRODUCTION TO LEAN CONSTRUCTION BREAKFAST SEMINAR

23RD MAY 2012

Lean construction is something which many people talk about, but few really understand. Big clients such as the Highways Agency are now building Lean into their contracts, so it’s becoming more and more important to understand what Lean is and why it’s relevant to the modern construction industry.

Louise Ebrey of Bridgewater Latitude gave an overview of what Lean is and facilitated a discussion on why it’s relevant to the construction industry at the moment.

Louise has worked in business improvement roles for Laing O’Rourke and GB Building Solutions for over 10 years.  She was part of the Lean teams on Heathrow Terminal 5 and North Staffs PFI Hospital and has implemented efficiency programmes on projects as diverse as social housing, schools, sports centres and mental health hospitals.  She now works as an independent consultant supporting in-house implementation teams.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION

24TH APRIL 2012

This event provided a legal update on health and safety, including enforcement and sentencing trends and practical advice on HSE investigation and enforcement. This presentation looked at some of the underlying psychological theories and discussed what organisational factors might influence the success of such approaches. The aim was improve delegate knowledge of behavioural modification approaches such that delegates become a more informed and intelligent customer.

Presenters: David Palferman is a Senior Psychologist working within the Behavioural and Social Science Unit of the HSE which he joined early in 2004. David presents behavioural modification programmes which are of increasing interest to employers.

 

NEW PROCUMENT PORTAL

MARCH 2012

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council presented their new procurement portal, explaining how to register and apply for contract opportunities. Also in March 2012, the club organised a joint event with Think Zero at Sewerby Hall to foster links within the supply chain and the main contractors on the YORbuild framework.

In connection with BAM and the YORbuild framework the Humber Constructing Excellence Best Practice club arranged a site visit to the new Humberside Police Head quarters in Hull.

 

TOWER WORKS SITE VISIT

25TH JANURARY 2012

This was a chance to see round the iconic Tower Works Construction site before works are completed.  The works comprised the restoration and conversion of a listed building, together with new build elements and the refurbishment of one of three listed chimneys.

Tower Works has stood for almost 160 years as a testament to the enlightened ambition and outlook of Leeds’ industrial pioneers and remains one of the most significant industrial heritage landmarks in the city.

The visit was conducted by Quarmby’s Site Manager, Mike Tomlinson

 

EMERGING PROSPECTS AS A RESULT OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES – LOW CARBON, BIM AND PROCUREMENT AND AGM YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER CONSTRUCTION BEST PRACTICE CLUBS

30TH NOVEMBER 2011

Speaker: Don Ward of Constructing Excellence. Don set the scene on the trends in the sector, considering the effects of the recession and discussing the emerging prospects as a result of Government policies including the low carbon economy, Building Information Modeling and Management, and procurement. He went on to describe Constructing Excellence’s response to these drivers, drawing on the ‘Never waste a good crisis’ report.

Don is the national Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence.  He specialises in industry change, supply chain integration and collaborative working.

 

BREAKFAST SEMINAR: CHANGES TO THE CONSTRUCTION ACT 1996 – THE ADDLESHAW GODDARD GUIDE

5TH OCTOBER 2011

Members of Addleshaw Goddard’s construction disputes team summarised the amendments to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, which took effect on 1 October 2011, discussed the key implications for businesses and explained how not to fall foul of the amended adjudication, payment, suspension and notice provisions.

 

‘TEAMWORK NOT PAPERWORK’ – THE COMMERCIAL CASE FOR CDM

14TH SEPTEMBER 2011

Speaker: Tony Putsman of CT Technologies. Most people see CDM as something to be complied with merely to satisfy Health & Safety regulations. In this seminar, they investigated sound management principles which underpin the legislation and benefit all members of the project team if done collaboratively.