SPACES – e-news March 2019

Office Availability

Fiona will be having further surgery 29th March, and will have limited access to emails until 23rd April. In the meantime, Alan Knibb will be remotely checking emails and forwarding urgent emails to the relevant people.

If your enquiry is about:

Membership Subscriptions – You can produce an invoice on our website which can be paid be paid online by Credit/Debit/Company card, or pay by BACS or cheque, or request an invoice by email (but these won’t be responded to from 27th March to 23rd April).

Yearbook and Awards – Email SPACES Yearbook and Awards

Study Day – Email Greg Keeling. Please see below for booking tickets

Meetings and Trainings – see the events page on our website

To add things to the website that can’t wait until after Easter – Alan Knibb


Awards and Yearbook

Submission date: Friday 8th March 2019

We are now looking for submissions for the SPACES Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2019.

You are invited to submit any project which has received an element of public funding. Submissions are invited nationally and can include:

  • New building and refurbishment projects across the public sector
  • Buildings that add value to the communities they serve
  • Buildings from all sectors of public construction
  • Projects that demonstrate collaboration
  • Projects that demonstrate Engineering excellence/ingenuity
  • Surveying projects that renew embedded value
  • Examples of construction team excellence
  • Articles of interest on public sector buildings

Anyone can make a submission whether you are the client, architect, contractor, engineer, surveyor or project manager who feels there is merit in a particular building or project.

You can make your submission here. Further information can be found here. For enquiries please email SPACES Yearbook and Awards.

From these a shortlist will be made of those projects that are eligible to enter the Civic Building of the Year Awards.

You can download the 2018 copy from our website.


Study Day 2019

This year’s Study Day will be held on Thursday 20th June at De Montfort University, Leicester on the theme of Education.

Planning of the day has already taken place, and we already have two main stage speakers:

  • David Laws Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister.
  • Professor Stephen Heppell described by MacMillan Education as a “renowned expert in education, media, technology and learning environments and by Microsoft as “Europe’s leading online education expert”.

The Study Day is very much a ‘nuts-and-bolts, hands-on’ event with the emphasis on real experiences and lessons learned, so the day is interspersed with workshops and case studies related to the design and management of the education estate for example School Design and Building Bulletins from the Department for Education, Post Occupancy Evaluations, CBDM, Lighting Innovations and Modular Design (this list is not confirmed or exhaustive). In short, it will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and information and to learn best practice from around the country and make new networks.

The previous day (Wednesday 19th June) there will be a visit to a local building as well as an informal dinner followed by drinks in the bar, where there will be an opportunity to network with those staying the night before.

So far the following have agreed to sponsor the day, AtkinsFaithful+GouldVelux and Willmott Dixon, and the evening before is being sponsored by Concertus. If your company is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please see the attached.

Tickets for those who have paid their membership will be available from 11th March, non-members tickets will be available from 8th April. We are expecting a high demand, as the topic of education has proved very popular in the past. NB Due to Fiona being unavailable and the limited number of tickets available you will only be able to book/reserve your tickets on the website (and so to avoid disappointment book now).

Ticket Type        Cost (exc VAT)
Study Day (20th June 2019 @8.30am to 4.30pm)
Central or Local Government (ie with a ‘ suffix’ email address) £75
Members (paid) £100
Non-members £150
Retired £50
Building visit (19th June 2019 @2.00pm) foc
Dinner and Networking Event (19th June 2019 @7.30pm)
Central or Local Government (ie with a ‘ suffix’ email address) £25
Members  £30
Non-members  £35


Please see our WebsiteLinkedIn and Twitter for further updates.


SPACES Membership

Up until the 31st March, the membership rates are as below.

Membership Type Cost (exc VAT)
Organisation membership (for 1 nominated person) £99
Organisation membership (for up to 3 nominated people)1 £150
Organisation membership (for up to 6 nominated people)1 £200
Additional Nominated people (in addition to 6 nominated people)1 £15– £17
Organisation membership (multiple offices) up to 3 nominated people in 4 offices £450
Corporate (unlimited number of members)5 £3,000
Retired fully23 £10
Honorary24 Free


  1. This is for members in the same office
  2. These rates are subject to an additional delegate’s fee for meetings
  3. This rate is only available on request to the SPACES Manager
  4. Honorary Membership will continue for existing Honorary Members of all societies.
  5. Please contact us for more information.

You can produce an invoice on our website which can be paid online by Credit/Debit/Company card, or pay by BACS or cheque, or request an invoice by email.

If you wish to pay via BACs or cheque and require an invoice to be emailed to you the majority of accounts departments require a Purchase Order number on the invoice, so please make sure that you include the purchase order number or confirmation that one is not required, otherwise we will be unable to process your request. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SPACES. Further information can be found here.


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


Upcoming SPACES Meetings

Eastern Region –  Thursday 16th May

This meeting is being held in Chelmsford on Modern Methods of Construction, further information available on the website. Any questions, please contact Neil Smith.

You can book your place on the website and is open to all members.