Radical plans unveiled to pedestrianise Oxford Street

The Week 211117Radical plans to pedestrianise London’s Oxford Street have been unveiled in a move intended to address air quality concerns and lessen problems of overcrowding in London.

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ICOMOS shares Guidance Document on Post Trauma Recovery and Reconstruction for World Heritage Cultural Properties

ICOMOS website 211117ICOMOS is pleased to share the ‘ICOMOS Guidance on Post Trauma Recovery and Reconstruction for World Heritage Cultural Properties document.’

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Public sector risks in an era of austerity, from Zurich Municipal: ‘The danger is if councils lose their moral purpose.’

Zurich Report 211117The 2017 Senior Managers’ Risk Report from Zurich Municipal examines changing attitudes about the role of the public sector in an era of austerity and commercialization, and notes that many local authorities face a growing identity crisis as they try to balance responsibilities, with commentator noting that: ‘The danger is if councils lose their moral purpose’.

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Titanic Quarter developer in talks to join consortium behind £450m Ayrshire leisure and tourism complex at Loudoun Castle

The Scotsman website 211117The developer behind Belfast’s iconic Titanic Quarter is in advanced talks to take a major role in an ambitious £450 million leisure, tourism and residential development planned for south west Scotland which will potentially create over 1,000 new jobs in the region.

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New arrangements for National Amenity Society statutory consultations in England: IHBC’s ToolBox Guidance Note now out

The IHBC works hard to make sure regulators and stakeholders recognise that the National Amenity Societies (NASs) are ‘crucial to the delivery of good heritage management’, and if you are looking for insights on new NAS consultation arrangements in England, and related good practice more generally, our new Guidance Note – developed in consultation with NASs and available on the IHBC’s ToolBox resource – is the essential starting point.

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IHBC Scotland Branch AGM follows SCT’s IHBC-supported Conference on ‘Conservation Areas’: 27 November, Glasgow

SCT Conference 2017The IHBC Scotland Branch AGM will follow on from The Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) 2017 Annual Conference in Glasgow on 27 November – hosted in partnership with the IHBC – with reduced conference rates for IHBC members, while the AGM is free and open to all.

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IHBC members: Can you help? ‘Bats in Churches’ survey closes 30 Nov

Bats in Churches websiteThe HLF Bats in Churches (BiC) 2017 project partners – HLF, Natural England, Bat Conservation Trust, Historic England and Churches Conservation Trust – seek insights from anyone working or volunteering with historic buildings, including churches, who also has experience dealing with bats or natural heritage related issues, with the survey closing 30 November.

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IHBC HESPR’s weekly top weekly pick from c.£3.8M+ costed work: HE seeks research on ‘the Roman London Riverside Wall’, up to £9000, closing 30/11

The IHBC’s heritage business list, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers its members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with costed opportunities worth more than £3.8M this week, while the IHBC Director’s current top pick for NewsBlog readers features a call Historic England (HE) for ‘Research into the Roman London Riverside Wall’, closing 30 November and valued at up to £9,000.

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IHBC Rural Panel offers CPD boost on ‘Vulnerability Brown’: The Gardens Trust on Capability Brown landscapes at risk

Vulnerability Brown publicationThe IHBC’s Rural Panel of volunteers is a key player in advising public and private sector interests on rural policies and heritage landscapes, and here Panel Secretary, IHBC member Carole Ryan, offers thoughts on a new publication by the Gardens Trust: ‘Vulnerability Brown’.

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IHBC welcomes VAG bursaries for winter conference, closing 4 December: Theme ‘Vernacular survival’, 6-7 Jan, Leicester

VAG Winter Conference flyerThe Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) is offering three bursaries (closing 4 December) to assist registered students or professionals in the early years of their career to attend its 2018 Winter Conference – with no age limit, and both full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply – which will take place at the College Court Conference Centre, Leicester University on 6-7 January 2018 and take as its theme ‘Vernacular survival: the vernacular architecture of the ‘long eighteenth century’.’

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Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Special Notice: Hon Secretary Neil Baxter stands down

RIAS shield imageThe President of the RIAS, Stewart Henderson, has announced that its Secretary, Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS Hon FRIBA, is ‘standing down as of today.’

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A piece of Leeds heritage – Temple Mill in Holbeck – for (from) £1?

Yorkshire Evening Post webesite 171117One of Leeds’s oldest and most cherished heritage buildings – a Grade I listed former Flax Mill which is ‘in a state of disrepair’ – is to be auctioned next month, with a starting price of just £1.

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Irresponsible development razes GII Tudno Castle Hotel, Llandudno

Victorian Society website image Tudno Castle Hotel LlandudnoThe Victorian Society reports that the Grade II-listed Tudno Castle Hotel in Llandudno is set to be completely demolished after botched planning has left it structurally unstable.

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Derry/Londonderry historic core voted RTPI NI’s ‘Best Place’

RTPI website Derry imageDerry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s ‘second city’ known for its chequered past and magnificent 17th century city walls, has been crowned the winner of Northern Ireland’s (NI) ‘Best Places’ competition.

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Pressure mounts on Plymouth council to sort crumbling Palace Theatre

Plymouth Herald website 171117Plymouth Council says it is ‘actively investigating’ ways of improving look of Plymouth’s Palace Theatre as a campaigner has pleaded with council chiefs to force the owners of the Palace Theatre to carry out urgent repairs so it finally stops blighting Union Street.

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Nuclear shelter vent turned into R2D2 from Star Wars

A group of unknown graffiti artists in Prague have transformed an unsightly air vent for a nuclear shelter into the Star Wars robot R2D2, it’s reported.

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IHBC welcomes DD Architects to our HESPR register: ‘Companies large and small gain from special HESPR’s service support and benefits’ 

HESPR websiteDD Architects, Conservation Architects, based in East Sussex, has become the latest company to be included under the IHBC’s conservation service HESPR listing (www.ihbc.org.uk/hespr), joining more than 30 heritage businesses in quality assurance, benefits and support services across the IHBC’s commercial conservation network.

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IHBC CPD boost on ‘IPR’ from Design council: What is Intellectual Property? – An expert’s introduction

Question markDesign Council Spark has published a post on Intellectual Property (IP) from brand and design expert John Coldham, a director at leading IP law firm Gowling WLG, who is part of the Design Council Spark Community.

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Liverpool takes back £7m parks deal from private firm 

PSE website 151117Liverpool City Council is set to award its wholly-owned company a major £7m contract for maintenance of parks and green spaces.

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Interactive map of construction activity across UK and Ireland launched

Considerate Construction mapConsiderate Constructors Scheme(CCScheme) has launched a pioneering construction map information to offer a single point of reference for construction activity across the UK and Ireland.

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DExEU releases a list of 58 sectors with written impact assessments relating to Brexit

House of Commons Library Blog imageIn response to a freedom of Information request, the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has released a list of the 58 sectors for which it has written impact assessments relating to Brexit, and while there are impact assessments looking at the impact of Brexit on Museums, galleries and libraries, and on Tourism, there is no impact assessment listed for the sector as a whole or for those parts of the sector not included in other assessments.

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THA: Heritage and Health Questionnaire for England

THA heritage debate 2017Following the positive reception of this year’s debate The Heritage Alliance (THA) is looking to produce a paper on how Heritage supports health. We’d welcome case studies from THA members and comments from debate attendees.

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£5m project to turn Wedgwood Institute into new enterprise centre 

Sentinel News website 151117Stoke-on-Trent City Council set to invest another £650,000 into the restoration project to turn Wedgwood Institute into new enterprise.

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Thousands of Rome’s historical images digitized

Stanford website imageResearchers digitized thousands of pieces from 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani’s collection to help scholars across the world study Rome’s transformation.

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Telegraph on England’s ‘at-risk churches’: Number grows as Historic England warns dwindling congregations are struggling

St Annes LimehouseThe Telegraph has alerted readers that churches are in danger of falling into disrepair as diminishing congregations mean they are increasingly being added to the ‘at-risk’ register.

website image – St Anne’s Limehouse, recently added to the ‘at-risk’ register

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