SPACES E-news July 2022

Study Day 2022

Net Zero Carbon – Building Resilience

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Despite of all the challenges we were delighted to return to De Montfort University this year, You can read a note from Greg Keeling, Events Director summarising the day here

We have a virtual delegate pack, which contains information about the day, slides (where permitted), summer/autumn programme of webinars and other information. NB This will be updated. Videos will be made available on YouTube during August. 

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Once again thank you to our sponsors  AtkinsBauder RoofingFaithful+GouldNorse ConsultingPick Everard and Willmott Dixon, our exhibitors IESEcophon and Innovare Systems, and Concertus Design and Property Consultants who sponsored the networking evening before. 

Watch Webinars in your own home or office

SPACES Study Day Webinar – Schools and Ventilation

1:00pm – Wednesday 20th July 2022
As part of our ongoing series of webinars related to our Study Day, Net Zero Carbon – Building Resilience Hershil Patel, DfE and Henry Burridge, Imperial College will be presenting on Schools and Ventilation.

The webinar is hosted on webinarjam and you must register to attend event here. For further information see our Calendar

This session will be hosted by Steve Rufus, Vice-President and Head of Profession, Engineering, SPACES.

Integration of heat pumps in existing buildings

Hosted by Steve Rufus, Vice-President and Head of Profession, Engineering, SPACES, Beata Blachut and Jonathon Hunter-Hill, SAV Systems presented on Integration of heat pumps in existing buildings on Friday 10th June. 
You can watch a recording on our YouTube Channel

Have you been involved with a public building or project that has made a difference to a community?

Yearbook and Awards 2022

SPACES are pleased to announce the projects that have been successfully shortlisted for the Civic Building of the Year (CBOY) and SPACES Awards and will be in the yearbook.

You can view the list on our website, and also download the information on the project teams.  

Our congratulations go to them all.

The winner of the Civic Building of the Year, and other awards will be announced at our Annual Awards and President’s Dinner, being held in early November.

The yearbook will also be published on this date. We are looking for advertisers for the yearbook – if you are interested, please see our website.

We are getting involved

UK Metals Expo

14th to 15th September, NEC Birmingham


23rd to 24th November 2022, Excel, London

You can register for free!

Catch up
YouTube Channel

 You can watch recordings of the Virtual Conference and Awards on our YouTube Channel. 
Technical Webinars will be available in the members only area of the SPACES website and will be publicly available on our YouTube Channel after 6 months (depending on permissions of the presenter). 

Have you got a question?

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

Summary of what’s been happening

Useful Information

(Follow us on LinkedIn for updates)
Fire safety guidance strengthened for new high-rise homes

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have published new regulations and updated guidance on the provision of fire safety measures in residential buildings on 1st June 2022. 

See here for more information. 

HSE’s Planning Gateway One (PGO) process

HSE’s Planning Gateway One (PGO) process is encouraging industry to raise design standards for tall buildings in England, paving the way for the introduction of a much more stringent building safety regime.

Developers and designers should consider fire safety needs such as site layout, safe escape routes and safe access for firefighters, so that buildings are designed to be safer.

See here for more information. 

Community Ownership Fund

On the 11th June the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities launched round 2 of Community Ownership Fund. Community groups across the UK can bid for levelling up funding to take back control of pubs, music venues, sports facilities, and historic buildings for the benefit of the public.

See here for more information. 

How schools can adapt to climate change

Recirculated has been guidance on how London Schools and Early Years Settings can Adapt to Climate Change

See here for more information. 

Infection Resilient Environments

Published two weeks ago is the second major report from CIBSE, the National Engineering Policy Centre and Royal Academy of Engineering on Infection Resilient Environments – now available for free download.  

See here for more information. 

Net Zero Innovation Programme

The Net Zero Innovation Programme develops partnerships of researchers and climate change officers from councils across all English regions and supports them in tackling the climate emergency. It is now open for expressions of interest. 

See here for more information. 

Design Code Pathfinders Support Grant Programme

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities are creating a Design Code Pathfinders Support Grant Programme.
Up to £450K programme will be made available to organisations to offer support and expertise to local planning authorities across England, helping them produce design codes so communities can shape the design of their neighbourhoods.
25 local areas will be supported through the grant to set standards around design.

See here for more information. 

LGA Decarbonisation Study: Call for Case Studies

The team at DG Cities are working with the Local Government Association to explore what works when designing and delivering hyper-local projects to decarbonise neighbourhoods. They are keen to learn from local authorities and their partners from across the UK and around the world.

We’re keen to speak to experts in housing, transport & mobility, sustainability, community outreach, education and innovation!

To find out more contact Edward Houghton. 

Reforming Fire Safety

In May, the Home Secretary announced comprehensive plans to reform fire safety in England, a major consultation on the future of fire and rescue services, and new regulations putting the provisions of the Fire Safety Act 2021 into effect. Hywel Davies outlines the package

See here for more information. 

Net Capacity Assessment (NCA)

FYI, an email on Net Capacity Assessment (NCA) was sent to SPACES members only on 8th June 2022. We do receive information that is only for our members – one of the benefits of SPACES membership.