SPACES e-news October 2022

Celebrate – Presidents’ Dinner and Awards 2022

Steve Rufus, incoming President and Jackie Lowe, outgoing President of SPACES warmly invite you to the Presidents’ Dinner and Awards, incorporating the Civic Building of the Year sponsored by Faithful+Gould and Mike Britch Award for innovation sponsored by Norse Consulting on Thursday 3rd November 2022 at the Pentahotel, Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7RH.

The evening commences at 7:00pm with a pre-dinner drinks reception, with a three course dinner at 7.30pm. Following dinner the winners of the SPACES Awards 2022, including the Civic Building of the Year, will be announced and the 2022 SPACES Yearbook will be unveiled.

The dress code is formal (optional). So it means that Black Tie doesn’t have to be worn (many people use it as an excuse to dress up).

During the evening there will be a raffle in support of the Presidents’ Charity – Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Ticket prices are

£90 +VAT – members
£120 +VAT – non members

For more information and to book your tickets please see our website. NB Tickets are only available up to 17th October 2022

Upcoming events

The Construction Playbook

12 October – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Richard Davidson, Willmott Dixon will be presenting on The Construction Playbook: HMG response to improving built environment outcomes through smarter procurement..

The webinar is hosted on webinarjam and you must register to attend event here. For more information on what will be covered and Richard’s biography, please see our website

Edinburgh City’s continuing journey to Zero Carbon

18 October – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Patrick Brown, Head of Sustainable Construction Delivery, City of Edinburgh Council will be discussing Edinburgh City’s continuing journey to Zero Carbon.

The webinar is hosted on webinarjam and you must register to attend event here. For more information on what will be covered and Patrick’s biography, please see our website

Decarbonisation, net zero and funding sources

27 October – 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
David Gilbey, Associate Director at Faithful+Gould will be discussing decarbonisation, net zero and funding sources

The webinar is hosted on webinarjam and you must register to attend event here. More information about what will be covered and David’s biography, will be on our website shortly. 

Thank you to our sponsors  AtkinsBauder RoofingFaithful+GouldNorse ConsultingPick Everard and Willmott Dixon.

Webinar: EnergiRaven – Building Carbon Management Tool

On Thursday 8 September, Steve Rufus, Vice-President and Head of Profession, Engineering, SPACES, hosted Lars Fabricius and Jonathon Hunter-Hill from SAV Systems presentation on EnergiRaven – Building Carbon Management Tool.

Podcast: Mark Poppy, CIPFA talks to Alex Gee

As part of our ongoing programme of events around the Study Day, Mark Poppy, the Property Training Manager for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy talked to Alex Gee, Norse Consulting. 

Don’t forget to catch up with videos, podcasts and webinars on our YouTube channel/

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 20th October 2022

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 via Teams on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 1:00 to 2:00pm. You can download the papers from our website

SPACES are always looking for more volunteers! If you are interested, please let Jackie and Steve know. 

Please complete the form on the website to attend or send your apologies.


23rd to 24th November 2022, Excel, London

You can register for free!


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
(Follow SPACES on LinkedIn for updates)

LABC Technical Webinars

The LABC are running free Technical Seminars (also known as Technical Roadshows) where you will hear from industry experts, exchange ideas and have your questions answered by local building control teams and the LABC team.

See here for more information

Flood risk and coastal change

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities have produced guidance on how to take account of and address the risks associated with flooding and coastal change in the planning process.

See here for more information. 

Further Education Sustainable Estates Guidance

Department for Education has published Further Education Sustainable Estates Guidance. It gives advice for further education (FE) providers on how to define a sustainable FE estate and deliver sustainable capital investment see here for more information.

It has also been included to the guidance documents and tools to help with the design and construction of school and further education college buildings and grounds see here for more information. 

National Procurement Strategy for Local Government

The LGA have refreshed their National Procurement Strategy for Local Government – and its accompanying toolkit – to support local authorities of all types, sizes and geographies to maximise opportunities in their supply chains. The strategy places additional emphasis on adding value and social value and provides councils with an opportunity to continue measuring their improvement.

See here for more information. 

PAS 8671:2022 Built environment – Framework for competence of individual Principal Designers – Specification

As part of the drive to secure the safety of people in and about buildings and improve design work compliance, the Principal Designer Duty holder role was introduced.

The new standard – PAS 8671:2022 Built environment – Framework for competence of individual Principal Designers – Specification – specifies competence thresholds that individuals are expected to meet when delivering or managing the duty holder functions of the Principal Designer role under the Building Safety Act.

It will enable the assessment of skills, knowledge, experience and behaviour required by individual Principal Designers for the role.

You can learn more and get your free copy here 

LGA – Pass the Planet

The LGA are running a webinar ‘Pass the Planet: Showcasing local climate action on the COP27 goals’ on Tuesday 8 November 2022, 10.00am – 11.30am. 

See here for more information. 

Energy Bill Relief Scheme

The Government has outlined its plans to help cut energy bills for households, businesses and public sector organisations. 

See here for more information. 

Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the Built Environment
UKGBC have launched the Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, a common vision and agreed actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation and demolition of buildings and infrastructure

See here for more information.