Constructing Excellence Newsletter November 2020

Constructing Excellence


Hello and welcome to the November edition of our newsletter. The construction industry has been right at the top of the political agenda this month. This week’s spending review has brought significant opportunities with a £1.7 billion National Home Building Fund on top of £12.2 billion Affordable Homes Programme, £4 billion for levelling up local areas and £100 billion capital investment in infrastructure.  On top of that the new National Infrastructure Strategy with a new UK Infrastructure Bank based in the North of England provides significant opportunity to unlock the potential of the sector to deliver better economic and societal outcomes. £200 million Net Zero Innovation Portfolio builds on last week’s announcement of a 10-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and this sector has a key role in underpinning that revolution.

The team remain busy with the Value Toolkit with another round of workshops planned for next month.  We will be launching our interim report next week and your input is vital to ensure that the toolkit delivers against it full potential to create a better industry delivering better outcomes and value. We are also planning our national awards that will look a little different this year, as you will see below.

Get in touch to find out more about how you can get involved on [email protected]

Alison Nicholl

Head of Constructing Excellence

The Value Toolkit workshops, series 2

Market enablers for the Value Toolkit workshops – development, series 2

Thanks to all who joined our recent workshops for the Construction Innovation Hub’s the Value Toolkit Introduction, series 1. We will shortly be launching are interim report and we have scheduled the follow-up workshops for the Constructing Excellence Movement and G4C. These workshops will take a deeper dive into the workings of the Value Toolkit and what it will potentially mean for you and your business.

Book one of the following December sessions:

CE Movement – Mon 7 Dec 2020 10 am–12 pm

CE Movement – Mon 7 Dec 2020 10 am–12 pm

CE Movement – Mon 7 Dec 2020 10 am–12 pm

CE Movement – Mon 14 Dec 2020 10 am–12 pm

Alison Nicholl – @AliNicholl1 –  writes about the progress of the ValueToolkit project to date in the Construction Innovation Hub’s Blog.

From our partners

The Leaders Breakfast series continue: Complexity

We continue the Leaders Breakfast series: Complexity – created in collaboration with The Advance Consultancy  and SCC UK Group

Simon Flint, the author and chairman of the Leaders Breakfast Meetings, shares his opinion on how to balance the different agendas of stakeholders, end users, interest groups, environmentalists, communities & businesses.

From our members

KIER’s new Modern Methods of Construction database launch

Embracing offsite manufacture and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is a strategic priority for the sector. We support our member KIER Group‘s new initiative in collaboration with Supply Chains School to bring responsible procurement and a value-led approach to the forefront of decision-making through the launch of a brand new MMC Database  developed specifically to provide a one-stop-shop for the offsite supply.

Waterloo Air Products plc. Don’t panic – poised and ready for the next phase Russell Shenton, Managing Director at Waterloo Air Products plc, is sharing his vision on the air movement and ventilation sector development during and after Covid-19 Pandemic.

From ECI – European Construction Institute

Webinar Towards Net Zero – decarbonising the industrial and energy sectors. Event report

The recent ECI – European Construction Institute Webinar on Net Zero was a great opportunity to discuss the very significant opportunities presented by the decarbonisation of the industrial and energy sectors. The  presentations  considered how new technologies can meet the established environmental targets and bring the UK to the forefront of the global movement against climate change and global warming in response to the latest Government 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Read event report.


From our regions

Constructing Excellence South West

Constructing Excellence South West explores an uneasy topic of Mental Health in Construction Industry in their how-to guide. Unlike mental health, there is no shortness of discussion about physical safety of workers in the construction workplace. However, three quarters of construction workers have expressed that their employers do not recognise the early signs of mental health decline..

Generation for Change: Why you don’t need a degree to be successful in construction industry?

Jack Cook – @jcook95 – is sharing his view on the current and future development of the construction industry with a deeper involvement of young generation without previous working experience or skills to build a successful professional career in the sector.

Upcoming G4C events

G4C 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 December 

December 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Google Meet

Monthly G4C drop-in January 2021 

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


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

CE Procurement Group – December 2020 

2 December @ 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm BST, Online

MMC, circular economy and whole investment lifecycle

9 December @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am BST, Online

Collaborative working mentors Q4  & digital theme group

11 December @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

Digital drop-in December

18 December @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am BST, Online

Performance measurement forum & SmartSite KPIs tool workshop – January 2021

20 January 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

Constructing Excellence Awards 2020 

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

Constructing Excellence National Awards 2020

The Show Must Go On!

Despite the challenges of 2020 we are delighted that we will be delivering the Constructing Excellence National Awards 2020 virtually on 29 January 2021. 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. We will be happy to welcome you as a sponsor of a category or the whole event! Find more about available sponsorship packages and benefits you will receive.

Entries for CE Awards 2021 Will Open Soon – Categories

  • Project of the Year Buildings
  • Integration & Collaborative Working
  • Project of the Year Civils
  • People Development
  • Client of the Year
  • Conservation & Regeneration
  • SME of the Year
  • Sustainability
  • Digital Construction
  • Value
  • G4C Future Leader
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing
  • Innovation
  • Offsite

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