SPACES e-news October 2021

Celebrate Great Public Spaces

Wednesday 10th November 2021

We will be holding our 2021 Awards Ceremony, including Civic Building of the Year at the Counting House, London.

Due to the ongoing effects of the Pandemic, we had to make difficult decisions on how we could run the awards. This year we will be running a lunchtime event to present the awards, with the option to view the award presentation online (via WebinarJam). 

The programme for the day is

10:30am    Arrival (Teas and Coffees available)
11:00am    President’s Welcome
11:15am    Presentation
12:00pm    Comfort Break
12:15pm    Presentation of Awards
1:00pm    Drinks (and photos)
1:30pm    Buffet Lunch and Networking

You can view a complete list of the projects shortlisted on our website.

Thank you to our sponsors
Bauder Roofing Education Category
Faithful+Gould Community Category and
Symetri Innovation Category.

During the day our online Yearbook will be published, showcasing the best of public architecture. If you would like to advertise in it please see our website.

Tickets for the event are now available:

SPACES members – £25+VAT
Non Members – £35+VAT
Online SPACES Members – £10+VAT
Online Non Members – £15+VAT

For more information and to book your tickets please see our website

Meet SPACES members face to face

Technical Meeting
Tuesday 7th December 2021

There will be a joint Technical Meeting with CIBSE HCNE at the Counting House, London on Tuesday 7th December, followed by a Christmas Buffet.

The  presenter will Hywel Davies, Technical Manager at CIBSE, and although the presentation is still tbc, it will be covering

Building Regulation Part L,
Building Safety Bill, and
the Golden Thread

As this is the Christmas meeting, the meeting will be followed by a Christmas Buffet.  NB Due to pre-ordering Christmas Buffet is only available to order up to Friday 19th November 2021

Attendance at the meeting is free for SPACES members and CIBSE HCNE members, and £35+VAT for non-members (£5+VAT if not attending the buffet).

For more information and to book your tickets please see our website.

It’s finished, but you can still watch the videos

Virtual Conference
Monday 7th to Friday 18th June 2021

The Virtual Delegates Pack was made available to all members and delegates and includes links to videos, slides and items of interest (which is updated regularly). Alternatively, members can log into their account and go to the information suite for videos. You can check out the non-video version here.

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.

More webinars will commence shortly. For more information, please see our events calendar. If you do not receive information on our events and activities and would like to please log into your account and change your marketing options.

Get involved with SPACES

Annual General Meeting
Thursday 7th October @12:300pm

It is a requirement of the SPACES By-Laws that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each year.

This year the AGM will be held online (using TEAMS) on Thursday 7th October 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30pm (NB The AGM should not last longer than 30 minutes). You can download a copy of the agenda, including information on positions vacant here.

All members who are registered members on 20th August 2021 and at the AGM can attend, with private or public members entitled to vote.

If you wish to attend or send your apologies, please register on our website. NB Registration will close at midday on Wednesday 6th October 2021 to allow time to send the joining instructions out.
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

Summary of what’s been happening

Useful Information

Part M Research 

As part of MHCLG ongoing commitments in the National Disability Strategy we are undertaking research to further understand the barriers disabled people encounter in and around buildings.

See here for more information and to complete the survey.

Net Zero Innovation Programme 

The LGA’s Net Zero Innovation Programme brings together partnerships of researchers and climate change officers from councils across the country, and supports them in tackling the climate emergency.

See here for more information. The deadline for applications is 14 October.

Strategic Public Sector Property Asset Management, 3rd edition 

The RICS Strategic Public Sector Property Asset Management Publication has recently been published. 

See here for more information. 

Housing Advisers Programme

The LGA’s Housing Advisers Programme for 2021/22 is now open for applications.

The programme is designed to support councils by helping them meet their local housing need and provides funding for expert advice. It aims to be simple, flexible and locally led.

Deadline for applications is 15 November 2021. See here for more information. 

Code for Construction Product Information

The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), Code guidance and a manufacturer information pack have been launched to drive higher standards in the presentation of construction product information in the manufacturing industry.

The Code has been developed as a direct response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Code promotes urgent positive culture and behaviour change in the approach and management of product information by the construction product manufacturing industry.

See here for more information. 

Pass the planet 

In the run up to COP26, the LGA are showcasing best practice from councils across England and Wales through their Pass the Planet campaign.

See here for more information. 

The Future of Architecture 

Architects from across the UK are being given the opportunity to shape the future of the profession, as part of a wholesale review that will modernise regulation and improve accessibility and innovation in the sector.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 8th November 2021

See here for more information. 

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme 

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme provides grants for public sector bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures.

Phase 3 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will open for applications on at 2pm on 6 October. It will close at 2pm on 3rd November 2021.

Phases 1 and 2 are now closed to applications.

See here for more information.