SPACES Awards 2019

The SPACES Annual Awards Ceremony 2019 which also incorporates the 17th Civic Building of the Year and President’s Dinner was held on the 17th October at the Pentahotel, Reading. These are the only awards in the industry that are solely dedicated to rewarding excellence, collaboration and innovation in construction projects delivered within the Public Sector.

This year we have continued to widen the awards to reflect and recognise the multi-disciplinary nature of both SPACES as a society, but also the collaborative nature in which public sector projects are being delivered to their communities, along with the contribution of key project members. The submissions received continue to show the breadth of schemes that are delivered each year with the aid of public funding and SPACES will further develop this in the coming years.

From over 100 schemes, 80 submissions were chosen for the yearbook and 33 were short listed for the awards.

The awards are not purely about design. They recognise the importance of team play in delivering a project that aims to achieve the ‘golden triangle’ in terms of meeting the brief, delivering on time and to a set budget. Given the ever strained economic climate we are working within and the scrutiny of public funding, achieving value for money continues to be a key objective. This challenge insists on innovative solutions being created to enable the client’s brief to be met in the best way possible.

With regards to the judging process, each shortlisted project is visited and reviewed by the combined efforts of the SPACES awards panel along with members of the society located in the area of the project. All areas of the construction industry are represented as part of this group. The broad topics of Design, Impact, Concept, Functionality, Complexity, Sustainability and Build Quality are considered as part of the assessment. The visits help to validate the findings of the panel but also enable the team to experience first-hand the impact the project has on the community it serves.

Civic Building of the Year Award

  • Winner – Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford. Application Willmott Dixon
  • Runner up – Battle of Britain Bunker & Visitor Centre, London. Application Faithful+Gould


  • Winner – Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, Romford. Application Willmott Dixon
  • Runner up – The Spaces In Between – Waltham Forest. Application by NPS Group
  • Highly Commended – Chesil Lodge – Winchester. Application Design Engine
  • Highly Commended – Partick Bus Station Redevelopment, Glasgow. Application. Austin-Smith: Lord
  • Highly Commended – Proto – The Emerging Technology Centre, Gateshead. Application Gateshead Council

Education New Build 

  • Winner – Chichester Free School. Application Education & Skills Funding Agency
  • Joint runner up – Littleport Co-Located School, Cambridgeshire. Application by Atkins, Faithful & Gould, Morgan Sindall
    Joint runner up – Springwell, Leeds – Social Emotional & Mental Health Schools. Application Atkins
  • Highly Commended – Bobby Moore Academy, Stratford. Application Penoyre & Prasad
  • Highly Commended – Edison Primary School, Hounslow. Application Pick Everard
  • Highly Commended – John Keats Primary School, Southwark. Application Department for Education
  • Highly Commended – Khalsa Academy, Wolverhampton. Application Morgan Sindall
  • Highly Commended – Riverbrae School, Renfrewshire. Application Renfrewshire Council
  • Highly Commended – The Pines Primary School, Bury St Edmunds. Application Concertus Design and Property Management
  • Highly Commended – Three Rivers Academy, Walton on Thames. Application Scott Brownrigg and Space Zero

Education Refurbishment 

  • Winner – The Belham Primary School, London. Application. Application Haverstock
  • Highly Commended – Kingsgate Primary School, London. Application Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Highly Commended – Robert Mays School, Hampshire. Application Hampshire County Council Property Services

Heritage Conservation 

  • Winner – Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire. Application Hampshire County Council Property Services
  • Joint runner up – Kew Gardens Great Pagoda, London. Application Austin Smith Lord
  • Joint runner up – Mackintosh at The Willow, Glasgow. Application Clark Contracts
  • Highly Commended – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Barking Town Hall Refurbishment. Application Barnes Construction
  • Highly Commended – Middlesbrough Town Hall. Application Atkins


  • Winner – Loddiswell Primary School, Devon. Application NPS Group


  • Winner – The team who delivered London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Barking Town Hall Refurbishment. Application Barnes Construction

Small Building

  • Winner – Battle of Britain Bunker & Visitor Centre, London. Application Faithful+Gould
  • Runner up – The Lookout at Lepe Country Park in Southampton. Application Hampshire County Council Property Services
  • Runner up – RHS Garden Hyde Hall Hilltop Complex, Chelmsford. Application Concertus Design and Property Services
  • Highly Commended – Galashiels Academy SEN Provision in the Scottish Borders. Application Scottish Borders Council


  • Winner – National College of High Speed Rail, Doncaster. Application Bond Bryan
  • Highly commended – The Academic Centre – University of Buckingham, Milton Keynes. Application Pick Everard
  • Highly commended – Weymouth House, Dorset. Application Atkins

Young Visionary of the Year 

  • Contractor Winner – Wayne Fleet – Barnes Construction
  • Consultancy Winner – Matthew Smith from Concertus
  • Consultancy Runner Up – Ali Ratcliffe from Pick Everard
  • Highly Commended – Adelina Bran from Concertus
  • Highly Commended – Guy Schmidt from Pick Everard

Thank you to all those that entered and congratulations to those shortlisted and winners. A copy of the yearbook can be downloaded here.

During the evening there was a raffle in support of the President’s Charity Parkinson’s UK. We are pleased to announce that £840 was raised. You can find out more about Parkinson’s here.

You can download copies of the photos, the delegate list, and table name history.

Information on previous awards can be found here, and information on next year’s Yearbook and Awards can be found here.