On R U OK? Day, let’s come together as a community and take a step towards a more connected, compassionate, and supportive society. 🌏READ MORE
At MCE, we are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace and community that not only respects but deeply values the vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures that have thrived on this land for over 60,000 years. Our journey towards reconciliation is guided by our Company Reconciliation Action Plan, which serves as a roadmap for actively engaging in reconciliation efforts.READ MORE
The Australian British Chamber of Commerce kicked off the anticipation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup with a spectacular Sports Lunch on August 31st. Held in the elegant Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, the event was a true celebration of the sport and its camaraderie.
Our MCE directors, Matt Colton, Stephen Pascall and Jonathan Richardson, specialist team, Brian Keating, Cameron Ritchie and Phil Barkman and esteemed guests from Richard Crookes Construction joined the vibrant gathering. The atmosphere was convivial as legends of the game took the stage to recount historic battles and share insights about the upcoming tournament.
We were honoured to have exceptional guest speakers: David Kirk, the All Black RWC Winning Captain; Ben Evans, the Wales International; Dan Parks, the Scottish International; Al Baxter, the Wallaby great; Sera Naiqama, the current Australian Wallaroo player; and Matt Mostyn, the Irish-Australian. Special guests included Sean Maloney from Stan Sports, Ken Averre MBE, President of Sydney Convicts, and Jim Williams, former Wallaby International.
Beyond the excitement of the event, we were proud to contribute to a noble cause. The Chamber supported Hearts in Rugby Union, a charity dedicated to aiding players who’ve faced severe spinal injuries while playing rugby.
Amidst lively conversations, beverages, and entertainment, the three-hour lunch united industry peers and rugby enthusiasts alike. As we set the stage for the Rugby World Cup, this event was more than just a warm-up—it was an inspiring journey through the heart of the sport of rugby.
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, our ACT Regional Director attended the ACT Major Projects Conference 2023 in Canberra.
The event was hosted by Expotrade and provided details of the circa $7Bn pipeline of projects that the Territory will be undertaking over the next few years. Not only was it a good opportunity to network with our peers and clients but to also learn about some of the ground breaking approaches the Territory are taking to re-think, plan and design for Gender Sensitive Urban Design in their places and projects (if you want to learn more look at Steve Pascall’s LinkedIn post, the approach between wellbeing and infrastructure, building more sustainable and efficient homes and decarbonisation across the built environment.
A great event and excellent investment in time!
#BuildbetterMCE #ACTmajorprojects #gendersensitiveurbandesign #infrastructure #wellbeing #sustainablehomes #decarbonisation
Last week marked a significant milestone for MCE as we proudly commemorated 9 years of growth, innovation, and collaboration. What began as a humble vision around a kitchen table has evolved into a thrilling journey, navigating the peaks and valleys of the industry landscape.
Our journey thus far has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, fuelled by the dedication and expertise of an extraordinary team of industry professionals. As we look back on these 9 years, we are filled with immense pride in the remarkable accomplishments we’ve achieved together. We’ve had the privilege of crafting game-changing infrastructure across the vibrant landscapes of Sydney, Victoria, and Queensland.
A heartfelt thank you extends to our valued partners and clients who have entrusted us with their visions. Together, we’ve brought to life an array of transformative projects – from schools and airports to utilities, renewables, railways, and cutting-edge metro and light rail systems spanning Australia.
None of this would have been possible without the unwavering commitment of our exceptional team. Their tireless dedication, innovation, and willingness to go above and beyond have been the driving force behind our success. Every project we undertake is not merely a construction endeavour, but a step towards advancing society’s growth in a secure, efficient, and sustainable manner.
As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we recommit ourselves to our core values of excellence, collaboration, and progress. Here’s to the incredible journey behind us and the boundless opportunities that lie ahead.
#BuildbetterMCE #People #Teamworkisdreamwork #anniversary
Thank you for being a part of our journey.
MCE values the health and wellbeing of all our Team Members and is excited to announce as of today, Monday 10 July, access to exclusive discounts at leading fitness and wellbeing brands for our Team to help them perform at their best. With over 2,000 unique offers at up to 50% off, there is something for everyone!READ MORE
Matt Colton is a Trustee for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and wrote the following article for New Civil Engineer magazine. In the article he articulates how the ICE and the engineering profession use Continuous Professional Development to reassure the public. Noting that as a professional engineers recognise the need for greater professional accountability. How do engineers assure society so that postnominal professional qualifications are current, credible and competent? There are different views about how best to satisfy that need, but the engineering profession needs to continually improve.
For those who have access to New Civil Engineer Magazine the article is :
The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 was a notable modern disaster. Fire spread the height of the building rapidly, claiming the lives of many and impacting many more. With 72 deaths, this was the largest domestic loss of life since the Second World War.
The fallout from this disaster continues to reverberate today. There have been many questions asked since – how did it happen? Could it have been prevented? How do we ensure nothing like that happens again?
In 2022, the government introduced the Building Safety Act, setting out statutory standards for some engineers working in high risk buildings. The ICE felt that assuring society that all its engineers are competent was an important step. Through ensuring greater accountability, we hope to provide a sense of safety within society. Using prescribed continuing professional development (CPD) is the method to achieve this.
Moving towards prescribing CPD is a significant change. The profession has moved from compulsory CPD through mandated recording to recommending prescribed CPD for professionally qualified members in just five years. This speed of change could be unsettling for some who recognise the need for greater professional accountability but have different views about how best to satisfy that need. That is why the Institution is undertaking a member-led consultation.
How is the Institution best able to assure society that postnominal professional qualifications are current, credible and competent?
The Trustees want members to engage and share their thoughts. How is the Institution best able to assure society that postnominal professional qualifications are current, credible and competent? We will not present the solution but will ask you for your thoughts to help us reach a programme of real utility. It is imperative that any change to CPD policy is promoted, discussed, considered and adjusted accordingly. The Institution’s role is to provide members with what they need, not want. Our strength is in harnessing the profound, impartial wisdom and intellect of our 95,000 members.
We know our members conduct regular and in depth CPD but that does not mean that we have minimised the risk of catastrophic failure. If we cannot clearly demonstrate this, we risk having the competence of the Institution and those holding its qualifications called into question.
Longer term, Trustees will consider why, if other professionals such as doctors conduct periodic career reviews, engineers do not. There are several options: we could keep the status quo; impose regular professional reviews; or there might be a halfway house.
The prescribed-CPD consultation begins with an exploratory phase in April. There will be a range of webinars, regional events and online debates. I encourage you to promote the importance of professional qualifications and associated through life professional commitment to CPD. It is through focused CPD that practising engineers can demonstrate the competence that in turn assures society that we are fit to provide the infrastructure on which the world depends.
- Matt Colton is the ICE’s Trustee for membership
MCE is awarded ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 45001 (OH&S) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) accreditation
We are excited to announce that MCE has been reapproved for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) by an independent third-party assessor. Additionally, we have been newly awarded the ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) certification, reflecting our continued commitment to sustainable business practices.READ MORE
MCE would like to congratulate NAWIC on reaching the milestone of 10,000 members.
We are a proud corporate member of NAWIC and share NAWIC’s vision of an equitable construction industry where women fully participate.
MCE’s commitment to gender diversity and inclusion includes:
- Hiring practices aimed at attracting and promoting more women.
- Continuing our culture to support initiatives that allow women the opportunity to thrive in our business. This includes flexible working, hybrid working from home, internal mentoring programs and training and investing in continuing professional development.
Our Business Development Lead, Clare Fenwick, is Co-Chair of NAWIC NSW Connections Committee, which is focused on supporting members to build meaningful connections and to prioritise health and wellbeing – another priority of MCE! Clare and Business Manager, Nicky Fell, recently attended NAWIC’s first Health & Wellbeing Event, sponsored by Adco, where 50 attendees were treated to a Yoga class, oral hygiene talk and delicious meal whilst networking.
We hope that by providing free membership of NAWIC to all our team and encouraging them to take advantage of the wide range of events and support available, we help nurture and sustain a healthy, vibrant, diverse team and industry.