SPACES e-news September 2021

Celebrate Great Public Spaces – SPACES Awards

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 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 8th December 2021
There will be a joint Technical Meeting with CIBSE HCNE at the Counting House, London on Tuesday 8th 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,
  • 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.

Lloyd Evans at Southampton City Council  is trying to develop a series of standard templates for his team when they start getting involved in the design and delivery of projects for the local authority (typically schools at the moment). He would like to create templates for RIBA Stages 1 and 2 (Civil and Structural), the Basis of Structural Design and the Structural Sustainability Report.

Are there any members of SPACES who would be willing to share a template or a contents list for each of the documents above. The reports would only be produced to cover the civil and structural elements of a scheme.

Association of Senior Estate Surveyors and Property Managers – ACES National Conference

13th to 23rd September 2021

As the United Kingdom starts the process of  recovery, there is a substantial focus on better use of public sector assets – in supporting key agendas around regeneration, health, housing and the environment. Nationally and locally policy makers are looking at how we use land and buildings in this new and changing environment.

The  2021 conference will be a series of online hour long sessions across a fortnight, and free to everyone who works within the public sector! 

For more information and to book please see the ACES website


Summary of what’s been happening – Useful 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. 

Client Guide for Net Zero Carbon Buildings

LETI launched their LETI Client Guide for Net Zero Carbon Buildings last month.  

See here for more information. 

PAS 8673 – draft standard for building safety 

TPAS 8673 Built environment – Framework for competence of individual Building Safe ty Managers and nominated individual Building Safety Managers – is now available for comment. Deadline: 15th September.

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. 

CROSS-UK Newsletter 62

The CROSS-UK Newsletter is now available. It includes reports on:

  • Cross-laminated timber (CLT) in multi-storey buildings
  • Fire compartmentation detailing issues
  • Structural corrosion in a swimming pool building
  • Safety of structures in the climate emergency
  • Specification issue with steel hollow sections
  • Fire safety concern over green walls
  • Lightweight concrete roofs

See here for more information. 

Government School of Property

A new School of Government Property for all public sector workers employed in managing the government estate has been established.

The school will allow civil servants who work in the field of managing government property to gain industry recognised accreditations, through organisations such as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.

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.