SPACES e-news – July 2018

Young Visionary Award – open for nominations

Nominations can now be made for the Young Visionary Award 2018.

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. Closing Date for Submissions Friday 6th July 2018.

For more information and to enter see our website.

The Award will be presented at our Annual President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony being held in Cambridge on the 11th October.

Study Day 2018 – Collaboration, Manchester

The SPACES Study Day was held at the Manchester School of Architecture on Friday 15th June 2018 and was hosted by Mike Shaw, President of SPACES and Professor Tom Jefferies, Head of MSA.

The Theme was ‘Collaboration in the Public Sector’. Throughout the day we explored the relevance and importance of ‘Collaborative Working’ and how it enables all parties involved on a project to efficiently and effectively deliver client outcomes, including value for money.

The Keynote presentation was given by Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive Calderdale Council on behalf of SOLACE Society of Local Authority Chief Executives.

With other main stage presentations from:

  • Cabinet Office Alex Lubbock, Head of Digital Construction, Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) on Collaboration and Infrastructure.
  • Bryden Wood Jaimie Johnston, Director and Head of Global Systems on How R&D impacts through platforms across building types

A debate on Learning from Schools – Why building performance matters, was hosted by the CIBSE School Design Group, led by Ann Bodkin, Head of Design Intelligence, Education and Skills Funding Agency, with a panel including Helen Taylor Director of Practice Scott Brownrigg and RIBA Council, Joe Jack Williams, Researcher, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and CIBSE School Design Group, Sarah Morris, Interim Director, Property, Commissioning, Communities and Policy, Derbyshire County Council and former President of SCALA and SPACES.

The day was interspersed by workshops:

The day was summed up by Andrew Rowe, Vice-President of SPACES.

The day before there was a visit to the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) followed by a networking and dinner at the Whitworth Gallery.

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Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2018

The shortlist for the Civic Building of the Year Awards 2018 has been announced. For a complete list including those that have been shortlisted for the yearbook, please our see website.

The yearbook goes to every local authority in the country. With prices from £500(+VAT) for a quarter page advert, if your company is interested in advertising, please contact SPACES Awards.

President’s Dinner and Awards

The SPACES President’s Dinner and Annual Awards will be held on Thursday 11th October 2018 at the Hilton Cambridge City Centre, 20 Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DT.

The evening commences at 6.45pm with a pre-dinner drinks reception, and the dinner is at 7.30pm. The dress code is formal (optional).

During the evening there will be a raffle in support of the President’s Charity.

Ticket prices

Members                         £75+VAT

Non Members              £100+VAT

Table (8)                        £750+VAT

To book your tickets please see the event page on our website (tickets will be available from the 16th April 2018).

Hotel accommodation is flexible. A special rate of 10% off the published price at the Hilton Cambridge City Centre, and rooms can be booked from our website.

Upcoming SPACES Meetings

AGM and Technical Meeting – Friday 14th September, London

Midlands Hub Meeting – Friday 2nd November, Birmingham. Topics to include Vince Jubb from the ESFA is joining giving an update on their Condition Survey programme, a presentation on the soon to be launched BB101, and PAGABO will be presenting on their Framework and some of the innovation therein. If you are interested in attending, please email Nick Jakes.

Technical Information

Good estate management for schools

The policies, processes and documents that schools, academies and multi-academy trusts should consider when managing their estates.

Managing your school estate well helps you to make the most of your resources.

Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report

The review’s final report which was commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire to make recommendations on the future regulatory system.

Office Availability

Typically someone will be available in the office Monday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. There will not be anyone available Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 24th July.