SPACES e-news – November 2019

Upcoming SPACES Meetings

Winter Technical Meeting – Tuesday 3rd December 2019

There will be an Technical Meeting jointly held with CIBSE HCNE at The Counting House on Tuesday 3rd December 2019, followed by Christmas Lunch.

In the morning there will be a presentation on Potential Changes and updates to the Building Regulations, specifically Part L by Hywel Davies, Technical Manager at CIBSE. You can download a draft copy of the agenda.

As this is the Christmas meeting, the meeting will be followed by a two course Christmas Lunch. NB Due to pre-ordering Christmas Lunch is only available to order up to Thursday 21st November. You can see a copy of the menu and choose your options here

Attendance at the meeting is free but if you want to stay for lunch there is a charge (non-refundable).

  • Free for full SPACES members and CIBSE HCNE members.
  • £20 (inc VAT) for individual, retired, and honorary SPACES members, ACES, SCQS and ACA members
  • £30 (inc VAT) for non-members.

If you would like a third course, there will be an additional charge of £5 (inc VAT) for all attendees.

Please book your ticket on our website.

SPACES AGM and Ratified By-Laws

The minutes of the SPACES AGM and the ratified by-laws can be downloaded from our website.


Following on from the SPACES Annual Awards Ceremony 2019 which also incorporated the 17th Civic Building of the Year and President’s Dinner which was held on the 17th October at the Pentahotel, Reading, we are pleased to announce the winners of the award categories.

  • Civic Building of the Year Award – Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford.
  • Community – Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford.
  • Education New Build – Chichester Free School.
  • Education Refurbishment – The Belham Primary School, London.
  • Heritage Conservation – Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire.
  • Innovation – Loddiswell Primary School, Devon.
  • President’s – The team who delivered London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Barking Town Hall Refurbishment.
  • Small Building  – Battle of Britain Bunker & Visitor Centre, London.
  • Vocational – National College of High Speed Rail, Doncaster.

And for the Young Visionary category

Further information, a copy of our yearbook, and to view who were runners up and highly commended can be found on our website.

SPACES website

The SPACES website has been updated. Those that have ‘free’ membership will get an email explaining how they can access their account. Those whose membership has expired will get an email explaining how they can reinstate their membership. All members will be able to indicate their preferences regarding events that they would like to know about – ie by region hub or by discipline. As we move across to the new system emails will be automated and sent by mail chimp, though there will still be a monthly update consolidating everything that has been circulated.

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

Technical Information

Following on from the Eastern Environmental Hub meeting, there are two presentations that might be of interest.

Les Thomas of Fagerhult giving details of how best to light various types of education space.

Nicola Booth of Concertus Design & Property Consultants about the effects of climate change and how to reduce its impact.

Members enquiries

School Condition Surveys

David Dangerfield, Somerset County Council asks

I am interested to know from other members if their organisations operate a directly employed property maintenance delivery team  comprising of gas engineers, electricians, carpenters etc  who are engaged to carry out the physical repairs and maintenance tasks.

I know that some District and Borough Council with housing stock have directly employed teams but I’m not aware of any local authorities who operate purely corporate / education buildings who have a retained direct labour resource for R&M services.

At Somerset CC, we have undertaken an initiative to insource elements of  the R&M delivery service. We have nearly completed our first year of operation and the savings are quite remarkable ( 30% ) when compared to the comparable services provided under the previous outsourced model. We have also seen a range of non cashable benefits such as improved recycling, greater flexibility in service delivery and expanding  our services into new areas….all positive news which I thought I’d share.

Just wondered the scale of “insourcing” R&M services amongst other LA’s please.

If you have any thoughts please email David Dangerfield.

Thank you to all those that respond to enquiries.

New ways of working

Are you or do you know some-one who could be involved more with running SPACES? We are reviewing the way we run the society, organise events and keep in touch with members and need support from a wider range of people.

If you have any skills in the following areas and would be willing to contribute then please get in touch:

  • Events management
  • Web-site updating
  • Financial planning (overview)
  • Financial management (day to day)
  • Communication and networking with members

It could just be a few hours a week or month and some roles could offer remuneration.

If you are interested then please e-mail Andrew Rowe, President or Telephone 01473 316 590,

Social Media

You can find up to date news on SPACES and its events at the following locations:

This is also where Fiona will put notifications of consultations etc that may be of use to members (and then they will be summarised in the monthly e-newsletter – and won’t clog up your inbox ).  

Fiona’s Office Availability

Typical office availability Monday mornings, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Fiona will be unavailable on the following dates 14th and 15th November, 28th November, 3rd December and 13th December. Also, the SPACES Office will close from 18th December to the 6th January 2020.

ACA Meetings and news

Information on ACA events can be found on the website or email , please email Shona Broughton.