SPACES – e-news February 2019

Awards and Yearbook

Submission date: Friday 22nd February 2019

We are now looking for submissions for the SPACES Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2019.

You are invited to submit any project which has received an element of public funding. Submissions are invited nationally and can include:

  • New building and refurbishment projects across the public sector
  • Buildings that add value to the communities they serve
  • Buildings from all sectors of public construction
  • Projects that demonstrate collaboration
  • Projects that demonstrate Engineering excellence/ingenuity
  • Surveying projects that renew embedded value
  • Examples of construction team excellence
  • Articles of interest on public sector buildings

Anyone can make a submission whether you are the client, architect, contractor, engineer, surveyor or project manager who feels there is merit in a particular building or project.

You can make your submission here. Further information can be found here.

From these a shortlist will be made of those projects that are eligible to enter the Civic Building of the Year Awards.

You can download the 2018 copy from our website.


Study Day 2019

This year’s Study Day will be held on Thursday 20th June at De Montfort University, Leicester on the theme of Education.

Planning of the day has already taken place, and we already have two main stage speakers:

David Laws Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister.

Professor Stephen Heppell described by MacMillan Education as a “renowned expert in education, media, technology and learning environments and by Microsoft as “Europe’s leading online education expert”.

The Study Day is very much a ‘nuts-and-bolts, hands-on’ event with the emphasis on real experiences and lessons learned, so the day is interspersed with workshops and case studies related to the design and management of the education estate for example School Design and Building Bulletins from the Department for Education, Post Occupancy Evaluations, CBDM, Lighting Innovations and Modular Design (this list is not confirmed or exhaustive). In short, it will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and information and to learn best practice from around the country and make new networks.

The previous day (Wednesday 19th June) there will be a visit to a local building as well as an informal dinner followed by drinks in the bar, where there will be an opportunity to network with those staying the night before.

So far the following have agreed to sponsor the day, Faithful+GouldPick EverardVelux, and Willmott Dixon and the evening before is being sponsored by Concertus. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please see the attached. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please see the attached.

Tickets will be available in March. Please see our WebsiteLinkedIn and Twitter for further updates.


SPACES Membership

The majority of SPACES member’s membership is up for renewal. The rates are:

Membership Type Cost (exc VAT)
Organisation membership (for 1 nominated person) £99.00
Organisation membership (for up to 3 nominated people)1 £150.00
Organisation membership (for up to 6 nominated people)1 £200.00
Additional Nominated people (in addition to 6 nominated people)1 £15.00 – £17.00
Organisation membership (multiple offices) up to 3 nominated people in 4 offices £450.00
Corporate (unlimited number of members)5 £3,000
Retired fully23 £10.00
Honorary24 £0.00


  1. This is for members in the same office
  2. These rates are subject to an additional delegate’s fee for meetings
  3. This rate is only available on request to the SPACES Manager
  4. Honorary Membership will continue for existing Honorary Members of all societies.
  5. Please contact us for more information.

You can produce an invoice on our website which can be paid online by Credit/Debit/Company card, or pay by BACS or cheque, or request an invoice by email.

If you wish to pay via BACs or cheque and require an invoice to be emailed to you the majority of accounts departments require a Purchase Order number on the invoice, so please make sure that you include the purchase order number or confirmation that one is not required, otherwise we will be unable to process your request. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SPACES. Further information can be found here.


Upcoming SPACES Meetings

Eastern Environmental Hub Meeting – Wednesday 13th February

Meeting being held in Chelmsford. Other details TBC. Any questions, please contact Les Hicks.

You can book your place on the website and is open to all members.


Midlands Hub Meeting – Friday 1st March

The meeting will be held at Thorlux Lighting in Redditch and will include a  Factory, Application & Laboratory tour, further information is on the website. Any questions, please contact Nick Jakes.

You can book your place on the website and is open to all members.


Eastern Region –  Thursday 16th May

This meeting is being held in Chelmsford on Modern Methods of Construction, further information available on the website. Any questions, please contact Neil Smith.

You can book your place on the website and is open to all members.


Social Media

You can find up to date news on SPACES and its events at the following locations:

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ACA Meetings and news

  Information on ACA events can be found on the website or email , please email Shona Broughton.