SPACES e-news June 2021

Virtual Conference
Monday 7th to Friday 18th June 2021

Experts from client side, design, construction, academia & the public sector will be discussing Zero Carbon, the Climate Emergency and why we must act now!

We have the following webinars:
Monday 7th June 2021 @9:00am
Keynote – Managing Ventilation in COVID Whilst Minimising Energy Use
Dr Shaun Fitzgerald FREng, Director, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge University

Monday 7th June @4:00pm
Addressing the Climate Crisis in Essex
Samantha Kennedy, Director, Environment & Climate Action, Essex County Council

Tuesday 08 June 2021 @9:00am
The rise of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in the real estate market and how digital twins help
Sadaf Askari ICL Partner Business Manager for IES

Tuesday 08 June 2021 @4:00pm
Climate Change Action Plan
Stephen R Hodder MBE PPRIBA, Principal Director Hodder + Partners, Chair Construction Industry Council, Professor Manchester School of Architecture

Wednesday 09 June 2021 @9:00am
The Challenge of Zero Carbon in the Housing Sector
Dr Laura Mansel Thomas CEng FCIBSE MEI, Senior Partner at Ingleton Wood LLP

Wednesday 09 June 2021 @4:00pm
Decarbonising Education 
Helen Groves, Director and John Ridgett, Associate Director, Atkins

Thursday 10 June 2021 @9:00am
Lifecycle of Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Alasdair Donn, Head of Building Performance Group Sustainability, Willmott Dixon

Thursday 10 June 2021 @4:00pm
Leicester City Particulate Study
Dr Jolanta Obszynska, Transport Development Officer – Air Quality , Leicester City Council

Friday 11 June 2021 @9:00am
LETI’s Climate Emergency design guide
Dr Joe Jack Williams, LETI and Associate Researcher, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Monday 14 June 2021 @9:00am
Keynote – Enabling the delivery of Net Zero Carbon
Prof Alan Jones, President, RIBA

Monday 14 June 2021 @4:00pm
What planning can do to achieve net zero carbon?
Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

Tuesday 15 June 2021 @9:00am
Dame Hackitt Review and Zero Carbon
Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE

Tuesday 15 June 2021 @4:00pm
Carbon Net Zero – where are we and what do we need to do
Alex Gee, Operations Director, NPS Property Consultants

Wednesday 16 June 2021 @9:00pm
Net Zero Carbon: what does it cost?

Wednesday 16 June 2021 @4:00am
Energy and emissions data drops for RIBA Plan for Use and Soft Landings projects
Dr Roderic Bunn, Building Performance Analyst, WMEboom

Thursday 17 June 2021 @9:00am
An introduction to FCBS CARBON for schools: Understanding carbon from the outset
Dr Joe Jack Williams, Associate Researcher, Feilden Clegg Bradley

Thursday 17 June 2021@4:00pm
Do Green Buildings Cost More?
Michael Cross, Head of Partnerships and Innovation Group Sustainability, Willmott Dixon

Friday 18 June 2021 @9:00am
Young Visionaries Closing Session
Matthew Smith Principal Building Surveyor/ BIM Manager at Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd
Alexandra Ratcliffe Associate Director – Sustainability, Pick Everard, and
Dr Guy Schmidt, Head of Compliance and Performance, Pick Everard

Free for SPACES members (and SPACES membership is free to the public sector) and for Non members £150+VAt per person for a two week pass. For more information and to register, please see our website

Thank you to our sponsors, AtkinsFaithful+GouldIESNPS 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.

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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. 

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.
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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.

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

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?

Summary of what’s been happening

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. 


Funding for Physical Education for SEND Pupils 

The DfE have opened the application window for organisations to bid for up to £300,000 to increase and improve physical education and school sport for pupils with SEND.

The funding will help more children and young people to be active and take part in sport, at a time when they need it most.

Interested organisations are invited to bid through an open competitive process.

More information about how to apply:

Contracts Finder – PE SEND Programme

Link for potential suppliers to register (click ‘Register to use Jaggaer’)