SPACES – e-news May 2019

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. So far we have seven confirmed workshops:

  • Ann Bodkin, DFE – POE & Free school conversions
  • Atkins – Fire and CIBSE Guide E
  • Hershil Patel and Richard Daniels, DFE – Climate Change Adaptation
  • Mark Pratt, DFE – SEND
  • Prof John Mardaljevic, Loughborough University – CBDM
  • Steve Rufus, Dorset Council – Development of user friendly BMS Interface for Primary Schools, and
  • Velux – Wellbeing in Education Environments
  • (SPACES holds no responsibility for changes to the workshop programme).  


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+GouldPick EverardVelux 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 are now available. 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.


Awards and Yearbook

Following over 100 submissions, the shortlisting panel have confirmed which projects have been shortlisted for the yearbook and the SPACES Awards and Civic Building. You can see the complete list on our website. Our congratulations go to them all.

The awards will be presented and the yearbook will published at the Annual Awards and President’s Dinner being held in October.

You can download the 2018 copy of the yearbook from our website.


SPACES Membership

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

The SPACES website is currently being updated to allow those with free membership to sign up. Please bear with us whilst this is happening.

Upcoming SPACES Meetings

Eastern Hub –  Thursday 16th May

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

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


Midlands Hub – Friday 24th May 2019

Details are still being finalised. Any questions, please contact Nick Jakes.



Review of Building Bulletin 100: design for fire safety in schools

Building Bulletin 100 is a design guide for fire safety in schools. The consultation seeks views from people with an interest in fire safety to help the Department for Education conduct a technical review of the guide.

They’re looking for views from:

  • school building designers
  • fire engineers and contractors
  • building control bodies
  • fire and rescue services
  • other fire safety officers

Head of Profession for Engineering, Steve Rufus is consolidating responses to send a representation from SPACES. If you would like to send you comments to Steve, please email Fiona by Thursday 23rd May, so we can meet the deadline of 31st May. Many thanks in advance.


Other organisation meetings

SCQS – 24th May 2019

Informal Discussion Session for the Scottish Region Meeting in Dundee on 24 May 2019, the Discussion topic will be Procurement. If you have any questions, please contact Alan Forsyth.