SPACES December 2021 E-newsletter

Celebrate Great Public Spaces – SPACES Awards

On Wednesday 10th November we held our 2021 Awards Ceremony, including Civic Building of the Year online only. 

We are pleased to announce the following results:
Civic Building of the Year
Winner – Harris Academy, nominated by Architype and Department for Education

Collaboration Category
Winner – North Range Student Services Centre, nominated by Kier Construction

Community Category sponsored by Faithful+Gould
Winner – The Hold, Nominated by Concertus Design and Property Consultants
Highly Commended – Guildford Crematorium, Nominated by Haverstock
Highly Commended – Riverside Leisure Centre, Nominated by Kier Construction and Pick Everard

Education Category sponsored by Bauder Roofing
Winner – IMPACT Building (Institute for Innovation, Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies), Nominated by Kier Construction
Runner-up – Wintringham Primary School, Nominated by Morgan Sindall
Highly Commended – Barton Farm Primary Academy, Nominated by Hampshire County Council
Highly Commended – Bournemouth Gateway Building, Nominated by Atkins
Highly Commended – Cotton End Forest School, Nominated by Lungfish Architects
Highly Commended – The Richmond Building, Nominated by Atkins

Health Category
Winner – Blossom Court, St Ann’s Hospital, Nominated by Medical Architecture

Heritage Category
Winner – The Box, Nominated by Atkins

Regeneration Category
Winner – Elms Field Regeneration, Nominated by Wokingham Borough Council
Runner-up – Dudley House, Nominated by Willmott Dixon

Small Project Category
Winner – Treadgolds, Nominated by Pritchard Architecture
Runner-up – Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, Nominated by Scottish Borders Council

Sustainability Category sponsored by Symetri
Winner – Harris Academy, Nominated by Architype and the Department for Education

Our congratulations go to them all. For more information and details on the projects see our website

Thank you to all those that entered, supported and sponsored. 

You can watch a video of the awards ceremony on YouTube
Read all about it

SPACES Yearbook

You can now view an online copy of our yearbook including construction projects delivered within the Public Sector, as well as information about our Year of Sustainability and watch videos of our webinars.

You can view a copy on our website
Meet SPACES members face to face

Technical Meeting – Tuesday 7th December 2021

There will be a joint Technical Meeting with CIBSE HCNE at the Counting House, London on Tuesday 7th December, followed by a Christmas Buffet.

The  presenter will be Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Manager at CIBSE. The presentation  will be covering

Building Regulation Part L,
Building Safety Bill, and
the Golden Thread

As this is the Christmas meeting, the meeting will be followed by a Christmas Buffet.  NB Due to pre-ordering Christmas Buffet is only available to order up to Friday 19th November 2021

Attendance at the meeting is free for SPACES members and CIBSE HCNE members, and £35+VAT for non-members (£5+VAT if not attending the buffet).

For more information and to book your tickets please see our website.
Have you got a question?

SPACES Technical Enquiries

We now have a LinkedIn group for our members to post questions. This is for members only. Please click on this link to join

1. Do not post anything that you wouldn’t want your Chief Exec or your Mother/Children to see. 
2. Respect other members of the Group
3. What happens in the Group chats stays in the group 
4. This group if for those signed up for SPACES membership only as per our records
5. The group and the posts are moderated by SPACES, we reserve the right to remove anything that goes against our By-Laws

Recently added by John is an enquiry regarding Electrical regulations MOCOMOCPA agreement. 

Summary of what’s been happening – Useful Information

(Follow us on LinkedIn for updates)

Schedule of accommodation tools for schools and colleges 

There has been an update to the Schedule of accommodation tools for schools and colleges.The main change is ‘a schedule of accommodation tool for FE colleges has been added.

The guidance is used by the DfE to identify the likely type and number of spaces in school and college projects. It can also be used to help with other education building projects. The guidance is also for school and college providers, local authorities, dioceses, and building professionals. 

See here for more information. 

Employer’s requirements for school projects Part A and Part B (Output Specs) 

The Department for Education has updated the Employer’s requirements for school projects Part A and Part B (Output Specs).

The Employer’s Requirements documents consist of:
Part A: General Conditions
Part B: Generic Design Brief
Part C School-specific Brief

These documents form the Employer’s Requirements for the DfE Construction Framework 2021 and the Offsite Schools Framework (incorporating Modular and MMC delivery)(MMC)).

Part B and Part C form the Output Specification for school projects.

For use by contractors, technical professionals, schools, academies, providers, local authorities and dioceses

See here for more information. 

Net Zero Estate Playbook 

On the 23rd November the Cabinet Office launched the Net Zero Estate Playbook. It sets out key policies and guidance for property teams to help in the transition of public buildings and estates to Net Zero.

See here for more information. 

Pass the planet 
In the run up to COP26, the LGA are showcasing best practice from councils across England and Wales through their Pass the Planet campaign.

See here for more information. 

Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener

BEIS have launched their policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet net zero target by 2050.

See here for more information. 

Plan to drive down the cost of clean heat 

BEIS have launched plans to incentivise people to install low-carbon heating systems in a simple, fair and cheap way as they replace their old boilers over the coming decade.

See here for more information. 

Future Homes: Electrical Safety in the Net Zero Home

Electrical Safety First have launched their report on what they believe are the challenges  and identified the key actors who have a role to play in ensuring electrical safety during the transition to net zero, and offers recommendations that will help to keep consumers safe from electrical risks.

See here for more information. 

Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide 

LETI have released the Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide! Discover the blueprint for adapting existing homes to meet UK NetZero climate targets.

See here for more information. 

UK Architects Declare: Practice Guide 2021 

UK Architects Declare has published its Practice Guide, which we’ve developed to help signatory architectural practices convert their declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency into meaningful action and build momentum within their practice. Co-written by members of the AD Steering Group and many volunteers and reviewed by leading industry experts, it features over 60 exemplar projects from a range of practices in the UK and abroad.

See here for more information.