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Treasury updated guidance on IFRS 16

10th Jun 2019

Ian Carruthers of the DVS (Property Services arm of the VOA) gives a regular and informative update to the NW branch and at the recent meeting attended by the President he referred to updated Treasury guidance on IFRS 16 which will be of interest to members.

Click HERE for the link to the guidance.


2019 Summer Terrier

22nd May 2019

The deadline for the Summer edition of the Terrier is 1st July 2019 and the editor is looking forward to receiving the usual excellent and informative articles.

Click HERE for more infomation on how to submit your contributions

MHCLG Publish updated viability guidance

10th May 2019

MHCLG viability guidance has just been updated in line with the new National Planning Policy Framework published in July 2018.

This includes standardised inputs to viability assessments which will be of interest to members involved in this area of work.

The full details of the guidance can be found HERE

The Government’s land disposal strategy and programmes

05th May 2019

Report on a review by the NAO into the Government’s land disposal strategy and programmes

Members may be interested to see this report from the National Audit Office following a review of land disposal targets by central government.

Click HERE for the link

ACES Award for Excellence 2019

08th Apr 2019

The prestigious ACES Award for Excellence 2019 opens today.

The Senior Vice President, Peter Gregory, has launched the search for the ACES Award for Excellence 2019 and hopes that the level and standard of entries will match or supercede those of the very successful 2018 Award. The Award will once again be presented at the Annual Luncheon to be held this year in Glasgow on the 15th November 2019.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 30th August 2019. The entry should be sent to the ACES Secretary at

Peter Gregory says: 

"This is a prestigious Award and past recipients have been rightly proud and honoured to have their achievements recognised and promoted by the Association.

We all strive to provide excellent asset management supported by our professional staff and to use assets to further the aims of our respective authorities.

This is an opportunity for exemplary work to be recognised, whether by yourself, an individual within your office a team or indeed a team across organisations.

In the current challenging climate of budget pressures there has never been a more important time to share with colleagues our professional expertise and also to showcase to our leaders the excellence that exists in our teams. The ACES Award for Excellence is an ideal way to do this.

I have kept the assessment criteria broadly based so as to include good work with regard to any aspect of asset management or regeneration."

SPACES Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2019

21st Feb 2019

The deadline for submissions for the 2019 Yearbook and Awards has been extended until Friday 8th March 2019.

SPACES are now looking for submissions for the Yearbook and Civic Building of the Year Awards 2019.


You are invited to submit any project which has received an element of public funding. Submissions are invited nationally and can include:

  • New building and refurbishment projects across the public sector
  • Buildings that add value to the communities they serve
  • Buildings from all sectors of public construction
  • Projects that demonstrate collaboration
  • Projects that demonstrate Engineering excellence/ingenuity
  • Surveying projects that renew embedded value
  • Examples of construction team excellence
  • Articles of interest on public sector buildings


Anyone can make a submission whether you are the client, architect, contractor, engineer, surveyor or project manager who feels there is merit in a particular building or project.


You can make your submission here


From these a shortlist will be made of those projects that are eligible to enter the Civic Building of the Year Awards.