Study Day 2019
This year’s Study Day was held on Thursday 20th June at De Montfort University, Leicester on the theme of Education.
On the main stage we had two speakers
Our Keynote was David Laws Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister.
Shortly we are hoping to have videos of these three presentations.
As the Study Day is very much a ‘nuts-and-bolts, hands-on’ event with the emphasis on real experiences and lessons learned, the day was interspersed with workshops and case studies on the following topics:
- Climate-Based Daylight Modelling: Blue-Skies Research to Real-World Application John Mardaljevic, Professor of Building Daylight Modelling, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University
- Digital Twin technology – example use cases – improvement of school operational performance, portfolio energy/BMS data management and creating a university campus Living Lab Part 1 and Part 2 Eric Roberts, Business Development Manager, ICL
- Special Educational Needs Design Workshop Mark Pratt, Strategic SEN Design Advisor DfE
- Using the DfE’s Building Bulletins 103 and 104 to Make Best Use of the Existing School Estate Alex Wakefield, Regional Director, Faithful+Gould and Rob Tozer, Managing Director, 1st Planner
- Working with Local Authorities in the development of School Programmes Dr Jose Hernandez, Director Sustainability and Energy, Pick Everard
- Development of user friendly BMS Interface for Primary Schools. Winner of the Innovation Award at the SPACES Awards 2018 Steve Rufus, Service Manager for Engineering Services, Dorset Council.
- DfE Output Specification (OS) for School Buildings & Grounds Jennifer Coldrick, Architect/ Design Advisor DfE
- Fire Safety Design in Education Premises David Thompson, Fire Safety Engineer, Atkins
- Wellbeing in Education Environments Richard Williams, Velux
- Climate Change Adaptation Hershil Patel, Head of Energy, DfE and Dr Tim Taylor, Consultant, DfE
- Innovative Learning Spaces & Teacher Change (ILETC)’ Research from AUS & NZ + Pencoed School, Wales Shane Cryer, Concept Developer – Education, Saint-Gobain Ecophon
- Learning from schools – knowledge share Ann Bodkin, Head of Design Intelligence DfE
- Wear your own shoes, walk in someone else’s Sarah Lambshead, National Education Sector Manager at Willmott Dixon
NB More presentations to follow. SPACES hold no responsibility for the accuracy of these slides.
The day was sponsored by
In the afternoon of Wednesday 19th June there were two visits.
George Davies Building, University of Leicester. Designed to minimise environmental impact while providing a pleasant space in which to teach, learn and work, the George Davies Centre is the largest non-residential building in the UK to meet the exacting ‘Passivhaus’ standard.
Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University. Designed to be an energy-efficient, cost-effective building solution, making the most of renewable energy. The brief was to create a comfortable, inspiring environment for students and staff, achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and comply with Leicester City Council’s planning requirements for sustainability.
Young Visionary Awards
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.
The Award will be presented at our Awards and President’s Dinner being held on Thursday 17th October 2019 at the Pentahotel, Reading.
Awards and President’s Dinner
The SPACES Awards and President’s Dinner will be held on Thursday 17th October at the Pentahotel Reading.
The evening commences at 6.45pm with a pre-dinner drinks reception, and the three course dinner is at 7.30pm. Following dinner the winners of the SPACES Awards 2019, including the Civic Building of the Year, will be announced and the 2019 SPACES Yearbook will be unveiled.
Tickets are from £75+VAT for members, £100+VAT for non-members and £750+VAT for a table of 8. For more information and information on booking your place, please see our website.
Awards and Yearbook
Following over 100 submissions, the shortlisting panel have confirmed which projects have been shortlisted for the yearbook and the SPACES Awards and Civic Building. You can see the complete list on our Awards page. Our congratulations go to them all.
The awards will be presented and the yearbook will published at the Annual Awards and President’s Dinner being held on Thursday 17th October in Reading.
We are now looking for advertisers for this year’s Yearbook. A copy of the yearbook goes to all applicants, SPACES members, Local Authority and other key government departments.
The cost of advertising in the SPACES yearbook is:
- Quarter Page £500+VAT
- Half Page £850+VAT
- Whole Page £1500+VAT
- Whole Page and Table for 8 at President’s Dinner & Awards Ceremony £2100+VAT
The FINAL deadline is Friday 6th September 2019. For further information see our website.
From the 1st April 2019, SPACES membership rates are
|Membership Type||Cost (exc VAT)|
|Central or Local Government (ie with a ‘.gov.uk 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|
The SPACES website is currently being updated to allow those with free membership to sign up. Please bear with us whilst this is happening.
Upcoming SPACES Meetings
Midlands Hub Meeting – Friday 12th July – CANCELLED
Upcoming dates for your diaries
Thursday 3rd October – AGM and Technical Meeting, Autodesk, Birmingham
Thursday 17th October – Awards and President’s Dinner, Reading
Tuesday 3rd December – Winter Technical Meeting, London. There will be a presentation by Hywel Davis, Technical Director at CIBSE on Part L and potential updates
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government are seeking views on proposals for a radically new building and fire safety system which puts residents’ safety at its heart.
The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 31 July 2019.
See the Government Consultation website for more info.
Items of interest
The 2019 national benchmarking study that analyses the capital cost of building new school places across the country has been published by EBDOG. See their website.
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,