SPACES e-news July 2021

Virtual Conference

It’s finished, but you can still watch the videos
Monday 7th to Friday 18th June 2021

Following our virtual conference, links to the Virtual Delegates’ Pack has been sent to all members and delegates. Alternatively, members can by log into their account and go to the information suite.. The delegates’ pack contains links to the slides, videos and other information from the event.

To support our members in their roles, we need to ensure that we are focusing on the right areas when planning for conferences, webinars etc. So please just take 2 minutes to complete this questionnaire. It’s as important for us to understand why members didn’t attend as well as feedback from those who did. Thank you for supporting SPACES. 

Thank you to our sponsors, AtkinsFaithful+GouldIES NPS and Willmott Dixon.

Previous webinars have been videoed and the links are available to members by logging into their account and going to the information suite.

Technical Meeting

Tuesday 29th June @1:00pm
There will be an online Engineering Technical Meeting. The chair for the meeting is Steve Rufus, Vice-President, SPACES and Head of Profession – Engineering.

This meeting is open to all SPACES members, but will be of particular interest to engineers. Please let Fiona know if there is a technical matter that you wish to add to the agenda. The meeting will predominately be focussed around issues raised at the SPACES Virtual Conference.

Please see our website to book your place. 

Technical meetings are free and only for SPACES members. For more information and to book your place see our events calendar or follow this link. NB To receive the invite you must register through the SPACES website. Joining instructions, including the zoom link will be sent the day before. 

NB Technical Meetings will not be videoed. Minutes from the previous meeting are available to members by logging into their account and going to the information suite.

Yearbook and Awards 2021

SPACES are pleased to announce the shortlist for the SPACES yearbook and Awards (incorporating the Civic Building of the Year Award).

Due to the number of submissions over the last two years and due to the ongoing effects of the Pandemic, we had to make difficult decisions on how we could run the awards. The judging panel have decided to combine all the applications and judged both years’ together on their merit.

You can see the full list here.

Our congratulations go to them all.

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

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. We have had one technical enquiry this month on what others are doing about lathe and plaster ceilings in their estate? Do you have a monitoring programme in place and if so what information do you record?

Useful Information

BB100 Consultation 

The DfE are seeking views on a revised version of the Building Bulletin 100 design guide for fire safety in schools.
This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 17 August 2021

See here for more information. 

What the School Rebuilding Programme means for architects

Crawford Wright of the Department for Education explains what it wants from the £1 billion programme, and outlines its new sustainability standards. 

See here for more information. 

Government responds to consultation on amendments to the Architects Act

A new recognition system to acknowledge architecture qualifications from around the world will be implemented as part of the Professional Qualifications Bill.

See here for more information. 


Asbestos: legal requirements and best practice for property professionals and clients 

RICS have circulated a guidance note on Asbestos – legal requirements and best practice (4th edition, May 2021, Effective from 6 August 2021).
See here for more information. 


CIC launches a Carbon Zero climate action plan for Professional Institutions

On 17th June, the CIC Launched ‘Carbon Zero: the professional institutions’ climate action plan’ which was spearheaded by CIC’s Climate Change Panel which is chaired by CIC’s Deputy Chairman Stephen Hodder MBE. The CIC Climate Change Panel coordinates the efforts of the professional institutes in the built environments in meeting the UK government 2050 net zero emissions targets.

A week earlier, SPACES had a preview at the Virtual Conference. 

See here for more information. 


Tinkle – Toilets Innovation and New Knowledge Exchange

New toilet network has been launched.

TINKLE is a place to talk about public toilet provision with various experts and interested people. It is free to view, See here for more information. 


A guide to the emergency insourcing of leisure services

Following the temporary closure of gyms and leisure centres last March, the LGA launched a new guide to help councils who are in an emergency position to mobilise their leisure service.

See here for more information.