SPACES e-news July 2019

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.

And twice on the  main stage was Professor Stephen Heppell CEO Limited and Felipe Segovia Chair in Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid.

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:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

  • 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.

Followed by informal dinner, drinks and networking at Wygstons House sponsored by Concertus.


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.

For more information and to enter see our website. Nominations must be made by 9th August 2019. You can download the application form here.

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.

You can download the 2018 copy of the yearbook from our website.


Yearbook Advertising

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.


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


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



Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

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,