Constructing Excellence June Newsletter | Creating an Innovation Culture

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Welcome to our June newsletter!

Welcome to our biweekly newsletter! With so much happening, we want to make sure we stay in touch more regularly. I’m delighted to welcome Cara EPS Limited on board; they are a shining example of the role that SMEs can play to embrace technology to tackle the significant challenges of Net Zero and Retrofit.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our session on Creating an Innovation Culture on the 16th of June. We will explore how we collaborate within CE and with the wider industry to create the conditions for innovation to thrive. Our Performance Measurement and Offsite Manufacturing Technology Groups will be having a joint meeting on the 23rd of June, where we will be looking at MMC metrics and having a sneak peek at the results of our metrics survey. Fill in our KPIs questionnaire!

Lots to get involved with! As ever, drop us a line if you want to talk through how we can bring to life your ideas!

Alison Nicholl, Head of Constructing Excellence

Join Us – Creating an Innovation Culture event

Join the Constructing Excellence Members Forum to explore how we create an innovation culture in the built environment. The event will be in a panel discussion format, touching on a primordial topic – innovation culture. With your help, we want to explore what is needed to achieve the innovation culture and how can it be nurtured. Moreover, we want to delve deeper into understanding where does great innovation come from?

Our panellists are:

Ben Fenwick @ Project Manager, Arcadis

Dr Steven Yeomans @ Head of Digital Construction, Construction Innovation Hub

Julie Barry @ Head of Business Development, RIFT Research & Development

Professor Chris Goodier @ Professor in Construction Engineering & Materials, Director of Centre for Innovative & Collaborative Construction Engineering, and Director of Doctoral Programmes, School of Architecture Loughborough University

Dr Oliver Jones @ Research Director, Ryder Architecture

The session will be chaired by Alison Nicholl @ Head of Constructing Excellence.

Get your tickets to the Creating an Innovation Culture event.

Performance Measurement KPIs Questionnaire

The questionnaire is available until the 25th of June, so don’t miss out!

The Constructing Excellence Performance Measurement Forum is carrying out this questionnaire to understand what is being measured and by whom across the industry. The Performance Measurement Forum aims to help measure, benchmark, understand and improve project performance. All answers will be anonymised and we will report back on our findings. To find out more about Constructing Excellence visit or email us @ [email protected].

Submit your answers to the questionnaire.

Cara Eps Joins Constructing Excellence Family

We are excited to welcome Cara Eps as our newest members!

Cara Eps is a shining example of the role that SMEs can play to embrace technology to tackle the significant challenges of Net Zero and Retrofit. They have been in the industry for over 25 years. The multi-disciplinary contractor provides for a range of specialist, in-house, service solutions; delivered as both standalone disciplines and through cost-effective, integrated packages of work.

Visit their website to find out more about what they bring to the table.

CLC’s Construct Zero Consultation

The Construction Leadership Council’s Net Zero workstream, CO2nstruct Zero is seeking views on how the industry should demonstrate progress on its collective Net Zero journey.

The consultation closes at 5 pm on Friday 11th of June, so don’t miss out!

Complete the form.

People of Constructing Excellence Share Their Stories

The latest on our #peopleofCE campaign are Jack Cook, Estimator at F. Parkinson and Committee member at G4C & Lydia McGuinness, Assistant Site Manager at Henry Boot Construction Limited and Co-Chair at G4C Yorkshire & Humber.

Read their full stories.

Government’s Procurement Policy Note

The UK Government amended the Climate Change Act 20081 in 2019 by introducing a target of at least a 100% reduction in the net UK carbon account by 2050. This is otherwise known as the ‘Net Zero’ target. This Procurement Policy Note (PPN) sets out how to take account of suppliers’ Net Zero Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major Government contracts.

Read more.

Meetings & events

These meetings are open to national members of Constructing Excellence and invited guests. Contact [email protected] for more detail. Please register your interest by using the links provided below or directly on our website.

Collaborative Working Mentors Q2 Meeting                     11 June @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

AWP – European Community of Practice Drop In                    11 June @ 12:00am – 13:30am BST, Online

Creating an Innovation Culture                                              16 June @ 10:00am – 11:30am BST, Online

Performance Measurement Forum – MMC Platforms        23 June @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

Conversations on Net Zero, July 2021                                  7 July @ 12:00pm – 13:00pm BST, Online

Join Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence is a platform from which to stimulate, debate and drive much-needed change in the Construction sector. Our thought-leading members from the entire supply chain – clients, industry and users – share a vision for change through innovation and collaboration.

Joining Constructing Excellence will expose you and your company to a collaborative and innovative culture that is leading the movement of creating a better-built environment. You will have access to a wide selection of events focusing on Net Zero, Procurement, Digital, Offsite Manufacturing & Technology, and Performance Measurement to the latest news and insight from the industry. There’s no better time to join than now!

To find out more, get in touch at [email protected]

From our partners

NBS Digital Construction and BIM Survey

The NBS is looking to know about your experience and views of cloud computing, offsite manufacture, virtual reality, digital twins and, of course, BIM and the potential, or otherwise, for these innovations to address the challenges we face – to create a better, safer and more sustainable built environment.

The survey is for designers, specifiers, manufacturers, contractors and others working in the built environment. Plus, for every completed response they receive, they’ll donate £1 to the charity Crash.

Take the NBS Digital Construction Survey.

C3 Alliance Limited Case Studies: Fawkham Manor, Kent

C3 Alliance provides a unique service by bringing together an exclusive supply chain alliance of over 200 leading manufacturers, suppliers and partners who through collaboration and early engagement provide the advantages of greater efficiency, improved margins, and increased opportunities to their client’s projects. Their case studies reflect the benefit of early engagement from ourselves and utilising the supply chain to drive efficiency.

The Fawkham Manor benefited from C3 Alliance’s early development management advice. This led to early viability being established leading the optimum development solution being obtained which led to an improved development profit.

Browse through C3 Alliance case studies.

From our partners

Contract Virtual Strategy Summit

The CII Contract Strategy Virtual Summit focuses on exploring traditional and collaborative contracting models for construction project owners, contractors, suppliers, service providers and consultants. Representatives from ECI will be sharing insights on the Project Collaboration Toolkit.

Register your interest to attend the summit.

Global collaboration on the adoption of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP)

ECI is collaborating with Group ASI to deliver an insight into Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) from a European Perspective. This is the first of a regular series of AWP Community of Practice Drop Ins.

We will be looking at:

    • How is AWP being applied on major projects across Europe.
    • De-mystifying AWP

This is an exciting opportunity to find out more about AWP and connect with leading practitioners so join us on the 11th of June to engage in this community!

Book your tickets.

Digital twins and how the Hub’s new interactive guide can help

A new Digital Twin Navigator – establishing a set of principles to ensure that digital technology and processes are considered at every stage of a built asset’s lifecycle – has been enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub. The Navigator supports our mission by driving the adoption of digital approaches to improve the delivery, resilience and performance of infrastructure. Client bodies – particularly those involved in producing business cases or procuring capital projects with digital twin considerations – can use the interactive guide as a framework to consider embedding digital twinning into an individual project. To find out more, catch this blog from David Philp in which he explains the new interactive guidance and framework in more detail.


Upcoming G4C events

G4C – Generation for Change – hold regular digital drop-in sessions on the last Wednesday of the month. For us it is important that all young people get the opportunity to meet one another, influence decision-makers and develop their careers in construction. So [email protected] now!

Monthly G4C drop-in June 2021  30 June, 2021 @ 16:00 pm – 17:00 pm BTS, Online                                                   

G4C Humber & Yorkshire yearly events calendar

As everything has now fully transitioned to the virtual realm, there are great opportunities to get involved in various webinars, so have a look at the yearly Yorkshire & Humber events calendar and choose what inspires you!

Visit the G4C website for more information.

Why Professional Membership is Important

Kat Seymour, Regional Manager (North) at CIOB, is unpicking why professional membership is important and how is that impacting your professional development.

“Working for a professional body, I am often asked if chartered membership is worth it. Becoming a chartered member of any worthwhile organisation requires dedication, professionalism and experience, as well as taking time and effort.”

Read Kat’s blog.

G4C – the ‘Next Generation’ construction podcast

The ‘Next Generation’ Construction Podcast EP8 – Jack Cook’s Reflection on the Last 12 Months. Jack Cook reflects on the last 12 months working in the construction industry through a pandemic. Jack’s talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of the last 12 months and his goals for the next year with G4C and working in the construction industry.

Listen on Spotify.

G4C South West Podcast

For the second episode of the G4CSW podcast series (part of Constructing Excellence South West), Lizzy Painter chats to Toby Child, a project geophysicist at TerraDat UK Ltd. Toby discusses the kind of work a geophysicist does in the construction industry, his own experience of getting to where he is today, and what he thinks the future of the construction industry holds.

Listen on audioboom.

From our regions

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber: How have you tackled the challenges of the last 12 months to deliver excellence in construction?

Just under 3 weeks to go to get your entries in for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2021

Organised by the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University, our awards focus attention on some of the most important issues in the construction sector, recognising the very best companies, collaborations and projects who are leading the way in adopting better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

All the details can be found on the CE Yorkshire & Humber website, or contact Liz or Donna via email.

Constructing Excellence Midlands: Housing Summit

The Housing Summit is taking place on the 23rd of June and is chaired by Richard Twinn of Cundall (ex UKGBC). He will be updating on the Future Homes Standards and how it will affect all those involved in the provision of housing going forward. Richard is an undoubted ‘expert’ in this field and will outline what we will all have to consider going forward. The list of speakers includes Simon Inkson of Welsh Government, Colette McCann, Head of Housing Development, Birmingham City Council, Oliver Novakovic of Barratt Developments and many more.

Register here.

Constructing Excellence Wales: Active Travel Training

Active travel – walking and riding a bicycle – is at the heart of Welsh Government policy to create a healthier Wales and connect our communities. It’s why Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act in 2013 and it’s why more funds have been allocated and new guidance provided. Welsh construction can make the policy a reality on the ground, so, designers, planners and policymakers really understand what is meant by Active Travel?

Learn more.


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