SPACES e-news – February 2022

Have you been involved with a public building or project that has made a difference to a community?

Yearbook and Awards 2022

Submission Deadline Friday 18th February 2022

We are now looking for submissions for the SPACES Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2022.
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.

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

Please note:

  • Schemes must have been completed and be operational between 1st October 2020 and 30th November 2021 (NB An extension to allow for COVID).
  • They must also have received an element of public funding to aid their delivery.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions per client/organisation who are members of SPACES, non members can submit up to three projects. To find out more about SPACES membership see our website.
  • Anyone involved in the scheme can submit an application.
  • In addition to completing the form, you must send up to 5 photographs (file name = project name) and any supporting documentation. 

You can submit your project here. Before submitting your project, please read the accompanying guidance (you can collate information using this editable data collection sheet).

A shortlist of projects for the yearbook and awards will be produced during March 2022. Subsequent information and access for visits may be required. If SPACES does not receive a response within 6 weeks we reserve the right to remove the project from the yearbook and/or awards process.
Submission Deadline Friday 18th February 2022

You can view a copy of the 2021 Yearbook and last year’s award winners.

For other ways to be involved with the awards and yearbook, please see our website.

Watch Webinars in your own home or office

Addressing Climate Change across education settings

Wednesday 26th January 2022 @2:00pm

Gemma Taylor MCIBSE IEng (BEng Hons), Energy, Environment, Engineering and Carbon Lead in the Design Team, DfE presented on Addressing Climate Change Across Education Settings on Wednesday 26th January 2022.
You can download a copy of the slides from our website.  A YouTube video is available and the link was sent to our members (you can also find the link when you sign into our website and go to the information suite. If you work in the public sector and have a address SPACES membership is free and if you work in the private sector membership starts from as little as £100 per annum. You can find out more about SPACES membership on our website (and when you register don’t forget to agree to receive our e-newsletter). 

Catch up

YouTube Channel

You can watch recordings of the Virtual Conference and Awards on our YouTube Channel. 

Technical Webinars will be available in the members only area of the SPACES website and will be publicly available on our YouTube Channel after 6 months (depending on permissions of the presenter). 

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

Save the date!

Study Day 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Following last year’s Virtual Conference this year we are planning on returning to a Study Day, being held on Thursday 23rd June 2022 at De Montfort University. 

The theme will continue with Zero Carbon and the Climate Emergency but will be focussed on the practicalities on how we are going to achieve zero carbon. 

If you are interested and have a project that you would like to showcase, please let Fiona know. 

Summary of what’s been happening

Useful Information

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Guidance on Collaborative Procurement for Design and Construction to Support Building Safety

Guidance on Collaborative Procurement for Design and Construction to Support Building Safety: An Overview from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities was published on 10th January. See the overview and main documents

See here for more information.   

Constructing the gold standard: An independent review of public sector construction frameworks.  

Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director of CIBSE reports on how The Construction Playbook triggered an independent review of public sector procurement that recommended adopting framework structures and features to deliver better, safer, faster and greener outcomes in the public sector. 

Fore more information read Hywel’s article and the report Constructing the gold standard: An independent review of public sector construction frameworks.   

Levelling Up the United Kingdom

The Policy Paper Levelling Up the United Kingdom, was launched on 2nd February 2022 by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. 

See here for more information. 

The Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill

The Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill, presented by Duncan Baker, MP, received its first reading in the House of Commons yesterday (2nd February) and is scheduled for second reading on Friday 18th March.

Baker’s 10-minute rule bill seeks to regulate embodied carbon in the building process. It will require the whole-life carbon emissions of buildings to be reported and for the first time require the construction sector to set a limit for embodied carbon.

See here for more information.   

New Approved Documents 

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have updated on the Building Regulations Approved Documents.
Part F – Ventilation
Part L – Conservation of Fuel and Power
Part O – Overheating (new)
Part S – Infrastructure for charging electric vehicles (new)

See here for more information. 

Consultation Response Parts F & L 

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published a summary and its response to the consultation on The Future Buildings Standard: 2021 – changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for non-domestic buildings and dwellings; and overheating in new residential buildings. 

See here for more information.