Constructing Excellence Newsletter October 2020

Constructing Excellence


Hello and welcome to the October edition of our newsletter.  We’ve been incredibly busy this month and as I get the opportunity virtually join regional and club meetings and events, I think we can reflect on how well the Constructing Excellence movement has adapted to this new way of working.  I also reflect that at the core messages of Constructing Excellence, focussing on long-term value and collaboration, have never been more relevant.

The level of support and engagement we’ve received from across the CE movement and wider industry groups on market enablers for the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit is demonstrating a clear appetite to change, embrace collaboration and new delivery models.  The team are half-way through their first round of engagement workshops and we are seeing a genuine desire to move forward, do things differently and deliver better value and outcomes.  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

Market Enablers for the Value Toolkit Workshops. Series 1 – Ongoing

Thanks to all who joined our recent workshops for the Construction Innovation Hub’s the Value Toolkit.  We have some spaces left in next week’s workshops where we will be engaging with industry associations and supply chains to raise awareness of the value-based approach and give industry a voice to ensure that the #ValueToolkit works for all.  If you or colleagues haven’t had a chance to join us yet, it’s not too late to book onto one of next week’s sessions:

Tue, 3 November 2020, 10:00 – 12:00

Tue, 3 November 2020, 14:00 – 16:00

Wed, 4 November 2020, 10:00 – 12:00

Wed, 4 November 2020, 13:00 – 15:00

Thu, 5 November 2020, 10:00 – 12:00

Thu, 5 November 2020, 14:00 – 16:00

Fri, 6 November 2020, 10:00 – 12:00

Collaboration Case Studies

New Case Studies Demonstrate the Long-Term Value of Collaborative Delivery Models

The Constructing Excellence Procurement Group, in collaboration with Andreea Vihistencu, Researcher Skills & Training at the Construction Innovation Hub, have been looking at the key outcomes and lessons learnt from some of the trailblazing projects and programmes that have used collaborative procurement, considering how the benefits have been realised across the project and its operational performance.

Read more and get the links to the recent Case Studies HERE

Find full collection of Case Studies on our CE Resources

New Members

New Member on Deck – Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd Joins Constructing Excellence

It is our great pleasure to welcome our newest member Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd on board, or better to say on deck of Constructing Excellence.

Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd is a subsidiary of Babcock Plc and support the Royal Navy by providing a range of services to the submarine and warships programmes. Over the next years the company has committed to a significant project programme to upgrade their primary and secondary facilities.

Read more HERE

News & Insights

Emerging Technologies – Summary of Digital Drop-In October

In our October Digital Drop In we were led by Duncan Reed, Digital Construction Process Manager at Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd, sharing his insights into emerging technologies including Underground Scanning Mobile Phones, HoloLens and Bio-Inspired Robot-Dogs

This sparked a healthy debate – click HERE to find out what we learned.

How to Measure Collaboration – Performance Measurement Forum

The Constructing Excellence Performance Measurement Forum took place on 14 October 2020. Chaired by John McGovern from Northumbrian Water Group, we focused on measuring collaboration with valuable input from Paul Greenwood from Greenwood Associates which stimulated some great discussions.  Antonio Hernandez from BRE provided a demonstration of the SmartSite Products and SmartSite KPI tool

Read more HERE

Join us for our next Performance Measurement Forum on 4 December 2020 and bring your vision and suggestions how to increase collaboration, data exchange, licence solutions and historical data population of SmartSite.

How Much Carbon in a Tonne of Steel? – MMC, Circular Economy, Whole Lifecycle – CE Forum

On 8 October 2020 we held a productive discussion on MMC, Circular Economy, Whole Lifecycle with input from clients, manufacturers, researchers, consultants, innovators and contractors.

Find out the key point of the discussion HERE

Join our next session on 9 December 2020

From ECI – European Construction Institute

Don’t Waste the Silver Lining

John Fotherby, Chair of the European Construction Institute, in his recent article on the current situation and development prospects in Engineering Construction, takes us through specifics of AWP Practice, Collaboration Toolkit and Industry Digitalisation.

Read more HERE

Towards Net Zero – Decarbonising the Industrial and Energy Sectors

In order to move to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 we will need to deploy a range of technologies, including carbon capture and hydrogen, to decarbonise the industrial and energy sectors. The engineering construction industry will be responsible for designing, installing and maintaining much of the infrastructure required.

Join ECI Towards Net Zero Meeting on 25 November 2020 to find out more about this significant opportunity.

G4C – Generation4Change – Digital Drop In

G4C – Generation for Change is a great movement of young professionals in the UK built environment industry across 10 regions to connect, challenge and help shape the future of our industry. It is important that young people get the opportunity to meet one another, influence decision-makers and develop their careers.

Upcoming G4C Events

G4C hold regular Digital Drop-In sessions on the last Wednesday of the month.

Monthly G4C Drop-In

Wednesday 28 October 2020 @ 16:00 pm – 17:00 pm


G4C “Spooky Social”

Friday 30 October 2020 @ 16:30 pm – 17:30 pm





Market Enablers for the Value Toolkit Workshops. G4C -Generation for Change

Tuesday 3 November 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join G4C Value Toolkit Workshop to find out how new generation of construction professionals & future leaders perceive value-based decision-making approach and what obstacles they see as crucial to the cause

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.

Digital Drop In November

20 November @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am BST, Online

Towards Net Zero – decarbonising the industrial and energy sectors

25 November @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am GMT(!), Online

CE Procurement Group – December 2020

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

Performance Measurement Forum – December 2020

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

MMC, Circular Economy and Whole Investment Lifecycle

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

Collaborative Working Mentors

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

Digital Drop In December

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

From Our Regions

CE North East Award Winners 2020

The winners of the CE North East Awards 2020 were announced during our online ceremony held on Friday 9 October 2020. Congratulations to all our CENE Winners and highly commended!

CE Yorkshire & Humber Award Winners 2020

The winners of the CE Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2020 were announced during our online ceremony held on Thursday 22 October 2020. Congratulations to all our winners and highly commended!

Click Here to View CEYH Award 2020 Winners

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