Constructing Excellence Newsletter January 2021

Constructing Excellence


Hello and welcome to the January edition of our Constructing Excellence newsletter. Its certainly been an interesting start to 2021 with many opportunities emerging to drive positive change in the construction sector. This month we are focusing on our awards, a true celebration of what our industry can achieve. This Friday we will be bringing together all of our finalists to showcase the very best of the construction industry. We hope you will be able to join us to end the week, and indeed the month, on a positive note!

I want to say a huge thank you to all those who have entered our awards for their hard work and determination, our judges who have had an unenviable task to decide the winners, our sponsors without whom we cannot put on the awards and our regional partners who have responded so brilliantly to the challenges of running awards in 2020. A special thanks to Catriona, Leanne and the team at Constructing Excellence North East for the great job they do managing our National Awards. You will see below that many of our 2021 regional awards are now open or opening soon, so please get involved!

So tune in on Friday and help us celebrate that innovation and collaboration can deliver! #CEAwards


Head of Constructing Excellence

We are delighted to invite you to the Constructing Excellence National Awards 2020 virtually on 29 January 2021. Now in their 14th year, these prestigious Constructing Excellence National Awards 2020 are seen as one of the highlights of the industry’s calendar and will be attended by over 500 built environment professionals from across the UK.

This special online event will bring together over 100 finalists in 14 different categories as well as a panel of expert judges with significant experience in driving and implementing innovation and positive change across the sector.

The CE Awards play an important role to recognise and inspire high performance in the industry. They paint an impressive picture of excellence and continued improvement in the UK Construction.

Register for the event now to find out who are the National Awards WINNERS 2020!

We are delighted to announce our Headline Sponsor Swegon Group AB, along with categories sponsors Construction Innovation Hub, National Association of Construction Frameworks, BRE Academy and Big Purple Productions as our Media Sponsor.


Awards Ceremony


Constructing Excellence National Awards 2020 – finalists, sponsors & Awards programme

For those of you joining us on 29th January for our CE National Awards – download the Awards Brochure below or on our website blog Finalists, Sponsors & Awards Programme, so you can follow along with all the action on the day!

News & insights


Research shows project bank accounts making inroads into construction payment abuse

Research carried out by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group and Constructing Excellence has revealed that PBAs are gaining traction across the whole of UK construction. With the publication of the Government’s Construction Playbook – which will be the best practice manual for public sector construction – both organisations believe that this amounts to a significant booster to improving supply chain performance and promoting building safety. PBA Report will be published shortly on the CE website share d with you in the next CE Newsletter issue in February.


Digital drop-in December – event report

In December we were joined by Dan Rossiter MCIAT, Sector Lead at BSI Group, taking us through the established practices as well as some of the lesser-known standards which support productivity improvements and the wider digitalisation of organisational processes in construction.

Download presentation follow to the event report


Performance measurement forum & SmatrSite KPIs tool workshop – event report

At our first Performance measurement forum & SmartSite KPIs tool workshop on 20 January 2021, we looked closely at the SmartSite KPIs tool as well as specific performance measures, such as collaboration, Digital and MMC.

Download SmartSite KPIs Guidance/Tutorial in the event report.


Digital drop-in January – Cyber security & protection of national infrastructure in construction sector – event report

At our Digital drop-in January we focused on cyber security in the construction sector.   As the sector increases its use of digital technologies the issues surrounding cyber security in the sector are becoming ever-more apparent.

We were joined by Derrick Madir, Managing Director of Coubari, and Oliver T., Civil Engineering, Architecture & Construction Engagement Lead from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

From our members


The UK BIM Alliance – State of the nation annual survey

The UK BIM Alliance are looking to measure the understanding and adoption of information management using Building Information Modelling (BIM)* across the UK built environment, to get a reliable indication of the progression to a business as usual state for project delivery and asset management using the standards, tools and guidance provided under the UK BIM Framework. Find out more and complete the survey.



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 January 2021

27 January, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Google Meet

Monthly G4C drop-in February 2021

24 February, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Google Meet


The ‘Next Generation’ Construction Podcast

Jack Cook, Demi McCoid and Lydia McGuinness all from G4C, bring to you a podcast where the next generation of the construction and built environment talk about all things construction and talk about their stories within the industry so far.

Listen The ‘Next Generation’ Construction Podcast on Sportify

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 here.

Constructing Excellence Awards 2020

29 January 2021 @ 18:30 pm – 23:30 pm GMT, Online

Digital drop-in February – AI in Construction Industry

19 February @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am BST, Online

CE Procurement Group – February 2021

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

Collaborative working mentors Q1

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

Offsite Manufacturing & Technology Group– March 2021

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

Performance measurement forum – March 2021

31 March 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am BST, Online

Interested in becoming a national member of Constructing Excellence?

Get in touch with us on [email protected] and find out more.