Constructing Excellence Monthly Newsletter February 2021

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Hello and welcome to the February edition of our newsletter. We’ve got lots to update you on from revealing the brilliant projects and organisations that won at last months Awards through to our event reports and upcoming activities.

Our work with the Value Toolkit continues at pace. The next round of supply chain workshops in collaboration with the Supply Chain School are now open for registration and provide an opportunity to delve into what the Toolkit could mean for your business. We have just finished the first round of workshops with our regional centres, where we mapped regional policy drivers against Value Definition Framework to identify regional strategic drivers. These are now being refined and the next stage will be to prioritise these in advance of producing a set of regional value profiles later this year.  A huge thanks to our regional partners for making these workshops so worthwhile!

We’ve got some brilliant meetings and workshops taking place in March, ranging from insights into our award winners with the Offsite Group, Collaborative Working Mentors exploring collaboration in the engineering construction sector, ECI looking at Advanced Work Packaging, Digital looking at Artificial Intelligence and the Performance Measurement Forum looking at digital collaboration. Make sure you get involved and make the most out of your involvement with Constructing Excellence!

Alison Nicholl

Head of Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence National Awards 2020 – winners revealed

Thank you everyone who joined us for the final CE National Awards ceremony in January. We received an overwhelming response from our members and supporters.

After an uneasy year for the industry, the 14th National Constructing Excellence Awards provided a very special showcase of excellence in the built environment across England and Wales, bringing together the 8 regional winners in each of 14 categories to celebrate the very best of the best.

Congratulations to all of the Constructing Excellence AWARDS WINNERS, HIGHLY COMMENDED & COMMENDED 2020!



National Awards ceremony – recorded event

If you missed the Awards Ceremony or would like to enjoy watching it again and re-live the glory of the outstanding achievements and national recognition, watch the recorded event with Alison Nicholl, Head of Constructing Excellence and hostess of the Ceremony.

2020 Awards sponsors

Thank you to our CE National Awards sponsors for your continued support of the Awards programme – Swegon Group AB, Construction Innovation Hub, National Association of Construction Frameworks and BRE Academy.

News & insights

Market Enablers – responding to the Value Toolkit

Join us to find out the latest around the development of the Value Toolkit, explore the next steps in the development of the Toolkit and, crucially, find out more about how your organisation can prepare for its launch. We hope you and your supply chain partners will be able to join us on one of the following dates:

Offsite manufacturing & technology group – implementing MMC – event report

At the January group meeting we looked at business models, quality and supply chains. There were presentations from Tim Carey, Chief Product Director at Collida, Shivam Chauhan, Technical Lead for BRE at the Construction Innovation Hub and Cy Keogh, Senior Advisor at MTC and Willmott Dixon’s approach to MMC. Event report.

For our next meeting 23 March 2021 we will be featuring our Awards winners and runners up that demonstrate how MMC is being applied on leading edge projects including HMP 5 Wells and Lymington Fields School

From our partners

Advanced Work Packaging – the European perspective, March 2021

Join in the Engineering Construction Institute (ECI) & Group ASI meeting on 19 March 2021 @ 3:00 – 4:30 pm to discuss Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) from European perspective and the launch of the European AWP Centre of Excellence.

Industry mega-poll to track impact of PI insurance crisis – survey

Companies from across the industry are being asked to take part in the biggest ever review of the construction’s growing professional indemnity insurance crisis. Construction Leadership Council (CLC) is developing a robust evidence base, identifying in detail the areas where the industry is facing the most significant difficulties and asking for companies from across the industry to take part in their survey.

Complex project leadership survey

The ECITB Oil and Gas Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG) are exploring the topic of Complex Project Leadership.  The Work Group is keen to hear your views on the subject and to understand what would be useful to your professional development.  As such, we invite you to take the OPMSG’s Complex Project Leadership questionnaire.  

From our members

The UK BIM Alliance – State of the nation annual survey

Take part in the UK BIM Alliance & UK BIM Framework – State of Nation Annual Survey to help identify trends and support understanding & adoption of project delivery and asset management using Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the UK built environment. Complete survey

Monthly G4C drop-in February 2021

24 February, 2021 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Google Meet

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 March 2021

31 March, 2021 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Google Meet

G4C – the ‘Next Generation’ construction podcast

Listen on Spotify – the ‘Next Generation’ Construction Podcast, Ep5 – All Things Architectural. A new episode involves Demi McCoid and her special guest Andreea-Ioana Vihristencu talking about all things architectural.

Leaders Meets & G4C webinar – Constructing the future

Join in the Leaders Meets & G4C webinar – Constructing the Future 26 February 2021 @ 12:00 – 13:00 to gain an insight on the industry, what has been happening and how it has stayed so resilient in these challenging times.

How to curate a high street fit for a post pandemic world

2020 is likely to go down in history as the year that changed the face of high street retail forever. With 2,500 and 130 units respectively, the absence of these high street retail giants could leave a significant area of vacant space in town and city centres across the UK.

In the Blog “How to curate a high street fit for a post pandemic world” Jack Strickland, Building Refurbishment Management at UKAEA and Chair of G4C Oxford, is talking about inevitable changes in the high street retailers’ operations and implementation of the redevelopment schemes for the town centres.

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.

CE procurement group – February 2021

23 February @ 14:00 – 16:00 BST, Online

Collaborative working mentors Q1 – project collaboration toolkit

19 March @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

Advanced work packaging – the European perspective

19 March @ 15:00 – 16:30 BST, Online

Offsite manufacturing & technology group – March 2021

23 March @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

Digital drop-in March

26 March @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am GMT, Online

Performance measurement forum – BIM & digital maturity – March 2021

31 March @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am BST, Online

From our regions

2021 Awards programme launched

Each year the Constructing Excellence Awards are a celebration of everything the UK’s Built Environment has to be proud of. Winners are selected through our regional awards programme to go forward to our national finals held in the end of the year.

The best teams and organisations from all over the the country apply every year to get a chance to become one of the 100 Awards Finalists to represent their Region in the National Finals and make to the very top of only 14 National Winners! Are you one of them?

Regional Awards entries are open

We are pleased to announce the opening entry process for the Constructing Excellence Awards 2021 programme has started across the country. We will be happy to welcome you on board of the Awards Programme with your outstanding projects. Please follow the links to download the regional entry forms for your chosen categories:

One Voice, North East England construction summit 2021

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to bring you One Voice, North East England Construction Summit 2 March 2021 @ 09:00 – 17:30 GMT. It is an ongoing campaign to unite the industry and deliver our future together.

Join in the Construction Summit 2021 for discussions around value & cost, climate emergency, people development and economic outlook with speakers from Construction Leadership Council and Institution of Civil Engineers.

Leaders Meets webinar – managing insurable risks in the construction industry

Join in the Leaders Meets webinar 5 March 2021 @ 12:00 – 13:00 for a discussion around risk management & insurance solutions with Marcus Sanders and Greg Spiteri from Gallagher UK to understand comprehensive professional indemnity insurance & challenges facing the industry from insurance perspective.

Leaders Meets webinar – opportunities in Birmingham & the Black Country

Join in the Leaders Meets webinar on 3 March 2021 @ 12:30 – 14:00, following the relaunch of the CE Midlands Birmingham & Black Country Club. Speakers Simon Delahubty and Paul Hampton will outline the exciting construction and property opportunities for better sustainability and social value outcomes in the region.

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