IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School recap ‘in camera’ (and look ahead to Brighton 2020 and #IHBCBrighton2020): Catch 2020 School Spotlight preview on video, with IHBC SE Branch Chair

graphicOne of the three ‘IHBC Spotlight’ sessions at the 2019 Annual School in Nottingham was the  preview of the institute’s next School, Brighton 2020, on ‘Old towns : New futures’, presented by IHBC’s South East (SE) Branch Chair Duncan Philips.

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IHBC’s update on the politics and presumptions around heritage change and conservation: The Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill

The second reading of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill has taken place in the House of Lords, with the Government now committing to bring forward a heritage-linked amendment ‘that strikes a balance between the preservation and protection of the Palace’s heritage, while delivering the renovations and accessibility modifications that we all want to improve the functionality of the Palace’ – i.e. a conservation strategy – with the bill to go to the next committee stage on 22 July.

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IHBC’s 2019 Gus Astley Student Awards close 31 July: Last chance approaches… so submit heritage/HE/development coursework for possible £500 cash and free Brighton 2020 School

logoSimply submit your heritage, historic environment (HE) or related coursework (from history to design, development and beyond) for cash prizes and a free place at the IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School! Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £8.5M+ costed opportunities this week: Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy for Port Sunlight sought, closing 23/07, valued £30K

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) which seeks an Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy for the village, closing 23/07, valued at £30K.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Green light for 60 caravans near GII* listed Suffolk church due to coastal erosion threats

websiteA Suffolk holiday park has been given the go-ahead to build a large caravan site near a Grade II* (GII*) listed church, as the threat from coastal erosion meant that ‘a number of its static caravans and lodges were [otherwise] at risk of falling into the sea’.

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Theatres Trust welcomes Theatr Clwyd listing by Cadw at Grade II

Cadw has awarded Grade II listed status to Theatr Clwyd in recognition of its architectural interest as an important example of a post war civic arts and theatre complex, a decision welcomed by The Theatres Trust.

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Jodrell Bank added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Jodrell Bank website imageJodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire has been named as the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, becoming the UK’s 32nd site to be added to the prestigious list.

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New sentencing guidelines mean courts to take account of ‘full impact’ of crime…

fire imageNew sentencing guidelines that will see the courts take full account of the harm caused by offences such as arson attacks on historic buildings or criminal damage leading to severe disruption of public services were published today by the Sentencing Council.

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Deadline approaching – BEFS invitation to promote projects etc. as best practice case studies for OPIT – closing 26 July

BEFS logo on websiteBuilt Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has called for projects and initiatives worked during the last year to be submitted as best practice case studies and be linked to the Our Place in Time (OPiT) performance report 2019, closing Friday 26 July.

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MHCLG issues rallying call to action for historic counties celebrations: including 23 July!

flagThe Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has  published new guidance to help local authorities recognise historic counties as a way to boost community pride, which includes Historic County Flags Day, on 23 July 2019, ‘when the people of Great Britain celebrate the nation’s historic counties through the flying of flags.’

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Britain’s oldest building firm, R Durtnell and Sons, collapses

websiteBritain’s oldest building firm, R Durtnell and Sons – founded in 1591, and run by 13 generations of the same family – has ceased trading, putting more than 100 jobs at risk.

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Last chance: British Council & Heritage Alliance Travel Grant Scheme – 2nd round open till 22 July

logosThe Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the British Council, is offering a second round of travel grants for heritage professionals to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships for their organisations, and closes Monday 22nd July.

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RIBA announces National Award winners, with more than one third ‘creatively adapted existing buildings’

websiteThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 54 winners of 2019 RIBA National Awards for architecture, as RIBA President Ben Derbyshire ‘heartened’ that ‘more than one third (20 of 54) of our winners have creatively adapted existing buildings’.

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End of the line for pacer trains as communities to be asked for ideas on ‘renovation and reuse’

trainCommunity groups will be invited by Rail Minister to put forward ideas for renovation and reuse of old Pacer train carriages to serve communities.

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IHBC’s new Guidance Notes launched at Nottingham’s 2019 School Spotlights: on ‘Retrofitting’ and on climate change ‘Sources’… and now also on School video!

websiteThe IHBC has launched two new Guidance Notes, on Retrofitting of Traditional Buildings and Climate Change and Older Buildings – Key Sources, as one of the three ‘IHBC Spotlight’ sessions at the 2019 Annual School in Nottingham.

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BOOKING OPEN – IHBC North West Branch Day Conference: ‘Improving Accessibility – Overcoming the Barriers to Heritage’, 10th October 2019, Liverpool

The IHBC’s North West Branch has launched its Day Conference for 2019, on ‘Improving Accessibility – Overcoming the Barriers to Heritage’, which will include local tours of sites, and takes place on 10th October in the Liverpool Medical Institution.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Plan to protect Plymouth’s post-war buildings from developers

websitePlymouth’s post-war architecture could be protected from developers under moves to create a new conservation area in the city centre, in plans covered by Plymouth News.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Plans to build homes at Kersey Mill recommended for refusal by parish council

websiteRevised plans to build two houses and garages on a horse paddock at Kersey Mill have been opposed by the parish council, writes the Suffolk Free Press. Continue reading

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IHBC CPD boost from DBW: Invitation to Tender for construction contracts

DBW bannerDesigning Buildings Wiki (DBW) – IHBC’s partner in our Conservation Wiki  – has reviewed content of an Invitation to Tender for Construction Contracts.

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MJ Achievement Awards names Waltham Forest Local Authority of the Year 2019

websiteThe London borough of Waltham Forest was named the Local Authority of the Year 2019.

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HES online survey of ‘Our Place in Time’ (OPIT): Closes 2 August

logoHistoric Environment Scotland (HES) has commissioned an evaluation of ‘Our Place in Time – The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland’, with an online survey now open and closing 2 August.

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CIC appoints Stephen Hodder MBE as its new Chair

websiteThe Construction Industry Council (CIC) inaugurated Stephen Hodder MBE – former RIBA President – as its new Chair at its Council Meeting on 11 June 2019.

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New partnership for Orkney’s World Heritage Site

websiteAn ambitious new partnership to shape the future direction for Orkney’s World Heritage Site has been unveiled, as Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to conserve the Heart of Neolithic Orkney site and enhance the visitor experience for tourists and local people.

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NLA awards 2019 include Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery for Conservation & Retrofit

websiteWith sustainable community investment project, Agar Grove Phase 1a crowned Overall Winner of the New London Awards (NLA) 2019, the Conservation & Retrofit award has been won by Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, W5, by Jestico + Whiles and Julian Harrap Architects for LB Ealing and Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery.

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Race against devastation: How wartime photographers dodged Nazi bombing to record historic buildings

websiteA new exhibition chronicles the wartime work of the National Buildings Record – set up to capture a disappearing landscape -and of Margaret Tomlinson who was nothing if not dogged in pursuit of her task.

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