SPACES e-news August 2019 update

Young Visionary Awards – deadline extended until 23rd August 2019

Nominations can now be made for the Young Visionary Award 2019.

This is your chance to celebrate the good work being carried out by younger construction professionals (aged 18-30) within the public sector built environment for both those working in or for the public sector.

For more information and to enter see our website. Nominations must be made by 23rd August 2019. You can download the application form here.

The Award will be presented at our Awards and President’s Dinner being held on Thursday 17th October 2019 at the Pentahotel, Reading.



Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government sought views on proposals for a radically new building and fire safety system which puts residents’ safety at its heart.

The consultation is closed but please see links to Institute responses.





Members’ enquiry

School Condition Surveys

David Dangerfield, Somerset County Council asks

At what frequency other LA’s carry out a full school condition survey please? There appears to be no guidance on frequency from the EFA that I can find.

We have historically worked on a 12 month period  but speaking with surveying firms there appears to be scope to extend frequencies….just interested in what others do please?

If you are able to help please email David Dangerfield.



Matthew Buswell, Leicestershire Council asks

As part of a feasibility to consider the refurbishment or replacement of a SCOLA Type 3 primary school building, I have been asked comment on the structures longevity and ease of change of layout, for its new use as a specialist school.

The building has a wood wool slab deck and walls are clad using concrete panels.

Has anyone carried out a similar exercise you are willing to share, or can comment on the “life expectancy”, and flexibility of the layout of this form of construction to suit its new use.

If you are able to help please email Matthew Buswell