SPACES – e-news January 2020

Yearbook and Award Submissions

Yearbook and Awards 2020 – Submissions process open

We are now looking for submissions for the SPACES Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2020.

You are invited to submit any project which has received an element of public funding and have been completed and be operational between 1st October 2018 and 31st October 2019. It is free to submit a project, but there is a limit of three projects for non-member organisations.

A shortlist of projects for the yearbook and awards will be produced during March 2020.

Deadline for submissions are Friday 14th February 2020. For further information and to make your submissions, please see our website.

Study Day 2020

Study Day 2020 – Save the date

This year’s Study Day is being held on Thursday 18th June at De Montfort University, Leicester on the theme of Zero Carbon and the Climate Emergency.

Further information can be found here, and updates will also be made on LinkedIn and Twitter.

SPACES Membership

From the 1st April 2019, SPACES membership rates are

Membership Type Cost (exc VAT)
Central or Local Government (ie with a ‘ suffix’ email address) Free
For one member (Sole traders and those with employees less than 20) £100
For up to 10 members £500
For up to 25 members £1000
Retired fully and Honorary members Free

SPACES membership has become automated, and you will only be able to renew/update your membership via the website

For the majority of existing Central and Local Government (ie with a ‘ suffix’ email address), retired and honorary membership, and those whose membership has not expired, please follow the process here. If your email address has changed you will need to reregister here.

If your membership has expired, you can renew your membership here.


  1. With group membership, you will be able to be able to nominate a group administrator who will manage the membership process and will receive automated reminders for renewal. The group administrator will be able to add the members names and emails addresses and the members will receive an automated email which will allow them to add their region, profession and communication options.
  2. If you want to hear from SPACES please check the marketing box – please don’t think this means you will be inundated with emails – you will only receive the monthly email of all updates, national events, and events/information that is specific to your hub and/or profession and technical enquiries.
  3. Please update your membership by Friday 14th February 2020. After this date we will be working to send information out on the new database.

Other Societies’ Meetings/Conferences

LPS Forum, LGA

There is a second Large Panel Systems Forum organised by MHCLG and the LGA, to be held in Birmingham on 22 January 2020, from 10AM – 4PM.

There was a similar event in late 2018 and we feel it is important to continue to share information and best practice amongst building owners and create a network of expertise and support to manage issues related to Large Panel System buildings.

The event will cover LPS blocks – history and challenges, retaining and remediating blocks, supporting residents. Speakers include LGA, BRE, Southwark and Islington

Please contact if you wish to attend. The final agenda for the day will be published in due course.

Members enquiries

Pivot Hinge Doors

Max, Hants CC has had 3 incidents involving pivot hinge doors coming off and falling, thankfully no serious injuries. Have any SPACES members had similar issues?

The doors with problems are the original SAPA ST stormframe and the newer SAPA STII doors.

If you have had any similar issues or  you want further information on what happened, please contact Max direct.

Thank you to all those that respond to enquiries.

Useful Member information

Future Homes Standard, Grenfell and Climate Change Presentation by Dr Hywel Davies

On Tuesday 3rd December, SPACES and CIBSE HCNE were pleased to welcome Dr Hywel Davies, CIBSE Technical Manager to our Winter Technical Meeting.

Hywel covered a number of topics including:

  • Future Homes Standard,
  • Building Regulations Parts L and F,
  • Grenfell and the Hackett Review,
  • Climate Change, and
  • Digitalisation and BIM.

You can download a copy of Hywel’s presentation here.

Local Government Association – RAAC roofs

The LGA  are advising members that they need to establish whether they have any RAAC roofs as a matter of urgency (in particular in schools) and are keen to get this message out as widely as possible. Any questions, please contact Charles Loft.

All useful member information is also circulated via the SPACES LinkedIn and Twitter pages when it is known about.

SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety) Updates

Structural Safety of Glass n Balustrades

Failure Of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) Planks

All SCOSS information is also circulated via the SPACES LinkedIn and Twitter pages when it is known about.

New ways of working

Are you or do you know some-one who could be involved more with running SPACES? We are reviewing the way we run the society, organise events and keep in touch with members and need support from a wider range of people.

If you have any skills in the following areas and would be willing to contribute then please get in touch:

  • Events management
  • Web-site updating
  • Financial planning (overview)
  • Financial management (day to day)
  • Communication and networking with members

It could just be a few hours a week or month and some roles could offer remuneration.If you are interested then please e-mail Andrew Rowe, President or Telephone 01473 316 590,

Social Media

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

This is also where Fiona will put notifications of SCOSS, consultations, useful information etc that may be of use to members (and then they will be summarised in the monthly e-newsletter – and won’t clog up your inbox ).