SPACES e-news October 2019

SPACES AGM and Technical Meeting

The next SPACES Technical Meeting (and AGM) is on the 3rd October Autodesk Small Heath Business Park, Talbot Way, Birmingham, B10 0HJ. There will be a tour of their 3D printing facility as we as a presentation on the ‘Future of making’ and industry trends. There will also be the chance to network with colleagues.

The draft agenda for the day is:
10:00 – 10:30 – Arrival and refreshments
10:30 – 10:45 – Welcome and get ready for the tours
10:45 – 11:45 – Factory Tour
11:45 – 12:30 – AGM
12:30 – 13:15 – Lunch and networking
13:15 – 14:30 – ‘Future of making’ and industry trends
14:30 – 15:00 – Close

You can reserve your place or send your apologies online. Papers for the meeting can be found on our website, including how to vote by proxy.


Young Visionary Shortlist

Our congratulations go to the shortlist for this year’s Young Visionary Award:

Thank you to all those that nominated or were nominated for the SPACES Young Visionary Award. There were many talented rising stars brought to our attention this year and the competition was therefore very tough.

The Young Visionary Awards will be presented on the 17th October at the Awards and President’s Dinner in Reading.


Awards and President’s Dinner

The SPACES Awards and President’s Dinner will be held on Thursday 17th October at the Pentahotel Reading.

The evening commences at 6.45pm with a pre-dinner drinks reception, and the three course dinner is at 7.30pm. Following dinner the winners of the SPACES Awards 2019, including the Civic Building of the Year, will be announced and the 2019 SPACES Yearbook will be unveiled.

Tickets are from £75+VAT for members, £100+VAT for non-members and £750+VAT for a table of 8. For more information and information on booking your place, please see our website. NB We are now sold out!


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


AGM and Technical Meeting – Thursday 3rd October 2019

The SPACES AGM and Technical Meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at Autodesk in Birmingham. The calling notice will be circulated to all members shortly.

You can book your place on our website (members only).


Winter Technical Meeting – Tuesday 3rd December 2019

This meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 in London. There will be a presentation by Hywel Davis, Technical Director at CIBSE on Part L and potential updates. Details are still being finalised but to indicate your interest, please book on the website.


Other Societies’ Conferences


ACA Conference ‘Collaborating to manage risk and delivery’

The ACA (Association of Consultant Architects) conference will take place on the 1st November at Greenwich, London.


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