SPACES – e-news June 2020

SPACES Virtual Meetings and Webinars – BYO Sandwiches

Following on from the success of the online discussion and meeting, ‘When can staff safely recommence visiting sites?’ on Thursday 14th May, we are pleased to launch SPACES members only events.

Friday 12th June – Prof Stephen Heppell – Well, that was a surprise. Whatever next!?

Following on from last year’s SPACES Study Day on Education, where Prof Stephen Heppell presented for two hours on his research, Stephen is going to present his views following the COVID-19 pandemic. Please book your place through our website. NB This is a members only event.

Study Day 2020 2019

Keep an eye on your  inbox on Thursday 4th June, #ThrowbackThursday. For members only we will be sending you details on how you can access Prof Stephen Heppell’s presentations from last year’s Study Day.

Useful Member information – COVID-19

A summary of information related to COVID-19 can be found on our website. Recent additions include:

COVID-19 – Site safety checklists and forms

During the pandemic it is essential that the workforce is protected to minimise the risk of infection on construction sites.

The CITB have worked with the CLC and others to produce a comprehensive range of interactive checklists and forms to assist construction employers. The resources will ensure that those who are permitted and able to return to work have a clear understanding of how they can apply the CLC’s COVID-19 Site operating procedures guidance (Version 4, updated 19 May) in practice. Guidance on issues such as close working, cleaning and what employees should do if they become unwell is included.

CIBSE Emerging from Lockdown

As businesses start to consider bringing staff back into work premises, a number of issues need to be considered for the safety of everyone entering the building. Government guidelines should be followed.

This brief document is intended to give business owners, managers and employers an outline of the main areas that need to be considered concerning both safe working practices and the assessment of building services. It includes links to a new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website on minimising the risk of legionella.

MHCLG More flexible working hours on site

The Government will allow more flexible working hours on construction sites. This will support social distancing on sites.

CLC Site operating Procedures

Site Operating Procedures Version 4 published by CLC.

The COVID-19 Task Force has published practical guidance for all companies involved in the construction supply chain on how to minimise potential disputes

Prof Stephen Heppell – GOING BACK post Lockdown

What does science + common sense tell us?

Prof Stephen Heppell – working at home, working from home

Optimising the physical space to be your very best

Useful Member information

Fire safety: Approved Document B

There are amendments to Approved Document B, volume 1 and volume 2 (May 2020)

New £1 billion building safety fund to remove dangerous cladding from high rise buildings

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched a new fund to meet the cost for unsafe non-ACM cladding on residential buildings that are 18 metres and over and do not comply with building regulations.

Technical Enquiries for members

SPACES has set up a Closed LinkedIn Group for members for technical enquiries. This will only be open to registered members, who have agreed to our By-Laws (for multiple member memberships the member will have had to completed the signing in process). The groups rules are:

  1. Do not post anything that you wouldn’t want your Chief Exec or your Mother to see.
  2. Respect other members of the Group
  3. What happens in the Group conversation stays in the group conversation.
  4. This group if for those signed up for SPACES membership only as per our records

If you would like to be a member of this group, please follow Fiona as administrator, send her a message and she will send you an invite.

Other Societies’ Webinars and Online Trainings


RICS have announced to members of the profession that they will be making a range of digital resources & services available without charge.

Grow Your Knowledge

A new webinar series from CIBSE

Taking place every Thursday, at 11:00 (BST), this free webinar series is designed to support the CIBSE community in maintaining their CPD remotely.

  • 4th June – Routes to CIBSE Certification Registration
  • 11th June – Green recovery: how can buildings and cities help?
  • 18th June – Circular Economy Principles for Building Services
  • 25th June – Agar Grove

#Build2Perform Wednesday Webinars

Taking place every Wednesday, at 11:00 (BST), this free webinar series, supported by the CIBSE Education Training and Membership Committee, showcases some of the most popular sessions from the 2019 Build2Perform Live event. Each webinar will feature a 60-minute CPD accredited presentation recorded from last year’s event.

  • 3rd June – Delivery Models
  • 10th June – The Latest UK Climate Projections, UKCP18
  • 17th June – Resilience of Schools to Climate Change
  • 24th June – Urban Design

Study Day 2020

Study Day 2020 – Save the date

Due to COVID-19, the board have agreed that the Study Day will not be held in 2020, but moved to June 2021. We thank the support of our sponsors and speakers. 

Next year the theme will still be Zero Carbon and the Climate Emergency and we are in discussions with De Montfort University, Leicester about holding the event there.

Yearbook and Award Submissions

Yearbook and Awards 2020 – Shortlists announced

Thank you to all those that entered projects for the Yearbook and Awards. Following receipt of over 100 submissions earlier this year, we are pleased to announce 26 projects that are shortlisted for the SPACES Awards, incorporating Civic Building of the Year (CBOY), and a further 34 which will be included in the yearbook. For a list of the projects, and information on the teams, please see our website.

After discussion it has been agreed by the board that there will be a joint 2020 and 2021 Yearbook and Awards Evening next year.