IHBC’s new website for 2018: sharp design – improved access – enhanced security – familiar content! 

The IHBC has launched its new website, with a new look and enhanced interface to its 30,000+ pages, while asking users to let us know of any broken web links or if any support is needed.

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IHBC welcomes DBW’s mobile-friendly web designs: Making Conservation Wiki even more accessible 

The IHBC’s partner host of our celebrated Conservation Wiki service, Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – the construction industry knowledge base – has made its website more mobile friendly with the launch of its new adaptive site. 

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IHBC CPD in Context and on floorscapes: Rob Cowan examines the less familiar materials underfoot

Context 152 p18 imageIn the latest IHBC member journal, Context, Rob Cowan writes about less familiar materials in the issues floorscape – iron, glass and wood etc. – focussing on aspects from the decorative to the utilitarian, and from the photographed to the forgotten.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (Christian) doorstep’:  New funding to rescue deteriorating historic churches

Premier Christian Trust Historic churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland will benefit from £680,000 of rescue funding from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity, as reported by Premier Christian Media Trust.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Forces join to help revamp of Shewsbury Flaxmill

Friends of the Flax Mills Maltings websiteThe Shropshire Star has reported on how two bodies behind the renovation and regeneration of one of Shrewsbury’s most iconic landmarks – Historic England and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings – have formally recognised their desire to bring the building back to life.

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RTPI announces new Chief Executive

Victoria Mills RTPIThe Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE to the position of Chief Executive, who will take up the role from April 16th 2018.

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DBW’s top 5 interviews from 2017: Heritage and traditional build, if only in the background! 

DBW article on top interviews imageOver the course of 2017, Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) has interviewed numerous ‘champions of industry’ and other high-profile figures, and the top 5 most popular interviews of the year all reflect important aspects of heritage in the construction and development sector.

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Prime Minister launches 25 Year Environment Plan: Leaving places better

25 year environment planPrime Minister Theresa May has launched a 25 Year Environment Plan – A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment – setting out the government’s intention to leave our environment in a better state than found, and though focussed on plastics, explicitly listed as one of the plan’s 10 main goals are ‘Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment’.

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DHCLG Consultation outcome publication on ‘Basement developments and the Planning System’

DHCLG website imageDHCLG has published a ‘Summary of Responses from the Consultation outcome on Basement Developments and the Planning System Call for Evidence’.

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Government promotes housing with DCLG rebrand to DHCLG

PM May Jan 2018The Department of Communities and Local Government has been rebadged as the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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Scottish council considers knocking down all high-rise flats 

Tower Blocks North Lanarkshire CouncilScotland’s biggest social landlord North Lanarkshire Council could demolish all its tower blocks within 20 years which, if approved, could transform the skylines of towns including Motherwell, Coatbridge, Airdrie and Wishaw.

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IHBC’s 2017 NewsBlog review & your New Year resolution: Help us upskill your colleagues with our 6 months free NewsBlog offer! 

The IHBC welcomes 2018 by sharing some NewsBlog highlights from 2017 and, as we look ahead to a busy new year, why not make a resolution to help our work as well as yours: Get your colleagues access to the best free heritage CPD by encouraging them to subscribe to IHBC’s 6 month NewsBlog offer – just have them SIGN UP HERE

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More benefits for IHBC members – LPOC Property Show’s free IHBC CPD from Bob Kindred and more: drinks; networking; stands etc,  24-5 Feb, London (Book ASAP)

LPOC websiteThe IHBC will be joining in the Listed Property Owners Club’s (LPOC) Listed Property Show at London’s Olympia on 24-25 Feb, with IHBC members offered free entry, free CPD – including Bob Kindred’s dedicated IHBC CPD on ‘The Resources Behind Listed Building Prosecutions, and IHBC President David McDonald on heritage policy terms and heritage statements – with networking drinks, exhibition stands and more.

NB: Booking is essential to secure IHBC places and offers, so book first and fast; places limited and details below.

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IHBC HESPR’s weekly top weekly pick from c.£380,000+ costed work this week: Buxton… ‘Cultural Heritage Assets Review’, valued £60,000, closing 26/01

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 £225,000 this week, while the IHBC Director’s current top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features Buxton’s ‘Visitor Economy Strategy and Cultural Heritage Assets Review’, valued at £60,000 and closing 26 January.

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IHBC CPD in Context: ‘Traditional paving = Place experience’ 

Context 152 - Paving article imageRichard Guise, David Harrison and Robert Huxford explore Britain’s historic paving in the most recent issue of IHBC’s member journal Context, exhorting us to cherish fine streets and paving as much as our fine buildings: but we also need to understand the materials used, how they were laid and how to care for them.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Restoration plans for Morpeth pele tower submitted

Morpeth pele towerThe Morpeth Herald has reported on how an ambitious project to breathe new life into one of Northumberland’s most historic buildings has reached an important stage: lodging of a planning application by Cresswell Parish Council to carry out works to help re-open the ruined 15th century pele tower in the village.

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Huge blaze closes Nottingham’s recently restored GII listed railway station 

Nottingham StationA huge blaze has closed Nottingham’s recently restored GII listed railway station, a fire that quickly spread across the concourse and may have started in the toilets.

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Bristol University GII Fry fire accidental 

BBC Bristol imageA fire that broke out in the roof of Bristol University’s Grade II listed Fry Building on Saturday, started accidentally, investigators have found, the BBC has reported. 

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Wales: Owners etc. consultation on historic parks and gardens boundaries 

Historic Parks and Gardens CadwWales has had a non-statutory register of historic parks and gardens since 1994 and it will form the basis for the new statutory register established by the 2016 Act, while in advance Cadw will consult with owners and occupiers on boundaries before bringing the statutory register into force during 2018.

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Highways England’s Strategic Road Network Initial Report consultation: Closing 8 Feb

Strategic road Network report Dec 2017The Strategic Road Network Initial Report (SRNIR) sets out proposals and recommendations for Roads from 2020 to 2025, with consultation closing 8 February 2018.

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Hackitt report into ‘Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ post-Grenfell: Interim update – Calls for ‘universal shift in culture’

Hackitt Report Dec 2017Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of an independent review into building regulations and fire safety, has found that a ‘universal shift in culture’ is required to rebuild trust amongst residents of high-rise buildings and significantly improve the way that fire safety is assured.

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Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle January 2018

10 Downing St UK GovA cabinet reshuffle has taken place and the Prime Minister has announced new ministerial roles.

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Wellcome’s ‘architectural commission’ open call on health and places: Deadline 2 Feb

Wellcome website 120118Wellcome invites proposals from architects, engineers, designers and artists for the construction of a 1:1 architectural project that addresses a key issue in human health today: deadline 2 February and with successful applications receiving a £500 fee to develop proposals for presentation to be held w/c 19 February 2018. 

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IHBC President reminds on nominations for 2018 Marsh Awards – Closing 28 February

IHBC Marsh Awards websiteIHBC President David McDonald is encouraging members to consider nominations for the newly launched Marsh Awards for Successful Learning in Heritage Skills and for Community Contribution (Retired Member of the IHBC).

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Church slams Belfast’s £400m regen scheme due to ‘lack of attention to… preserving or enhancing character’ 

Belfast TelegraphThe Church of Ireland has come out against a £400m Belfast redevelopment scheme – a flagship project focused on a 12-acre site in the city centre, formerly known as Royal Exchange – with the Bishop of Connor objecting to the plans due to ‘the lack of attention… paid to preserving or enhancing the character of the area…’.

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