REMINDER – IHBC Student Awards update: Only 2 weeks left to win £500 and a free place in IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School! IHBC Gus Astley Student Award closes 31 July… so ‘please just send us your coursework, online and on time’!

The IHBC’s annual Gus Astley Student Award closes on 31 July, so if you have relevant coursework from any UK taught course – under-graduate or post-graduate, from 2017 OR 2108 – be sure to submit it online and on time to have a chance to receive their prizes at the IHBC’s Annual School in Nottingham in June 2019.

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IHBC welcomes Iceni Projects to the HESPR register as scheme heads towards 40 members, of all sizes

logoIceni Projects, an award-winning consultancy based in London, Manchester in Glasgow, has become the 39th company to be recognised on the IHBC’s conservation service listing scheme HESPR (Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition) scheme, as Iceni Projects records how membership can ‘demonstrate to both clients and stakeholders our approach, and the high standards we ascribe to as a team of historic environment professionals.’

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick this week from £11.4M+ costed work: Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) sought ‘international experts’ for Butrint WHS/National Park; Opportunity closed, ceiling $150,000

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week featuring the now closed call from the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) – created with the support of USAID – which sought ‘international experts’ for work that was to start with the Butrint World Heritage Site (WHS)/National Park, which had a ceiling of $150k.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Millions of trees to be planted along route of HS2 high speed railway

websiteBirmingham live reports on how millions of new trees and 33km of wildlife habitat were among the commitments made by HS2 chiefs in an attempt to minimise the environmental impact of the high speed railway line in the ‘green corridor’ that will run alongside the line between the West Midlands and London.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage across the doorstep’: On Purcell-led ‘Open Treasure’ project at Durham Cathedral winning 3 RIBA awards

building interiorThe Northern Echo has explored how the Open Treasure project at Durham Cathedral – managed by architectural design practice and IHBC HESPR scheme member Purcell – has won three awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recognition of its architectural excellence.

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IHBC ‘CPD boost’ from a Scottish Blog: Rediscovering the story of Bannockburn House, Stirling

buildingSimon Green of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) explains how he re-discovered the story of a hidden gem, Bannockburn House, close to the M9 on the edge of Stirling, and reveals techniques that can be used to research historic buildings.

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Guardian: Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art building will be rebuilt

buildingGlasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire last month, will be rebuilt, the school’s director, Tom Inns, has told the Guardian.

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Stronger powers for councils to tackle empty homes in England

housesCouncils across England will have powers to charge even greater Council Tax premiums on homes left empty for many years following an amendment to a government bill.

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Welsh Government consultation on subordinate legislation: Ends 28/09

Wales Gov welsh dragonThe Welsh Government has launched a consultation on proposals to amend and consolidate the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended)(UCO) and the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) (GPDO).

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Sellafield’s biggest chimney chopped down to size

buildingOne of the most daring demolition projects ever undertaken at Sellafield has reached a key point, Government reports.

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Boater accidentally drains Kennet and Avon Canal

websiteA boater has accidentally drained a stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal – The Kennet and Avon Canal is an 87-mile (140km) waterway linking the River Thames at Reading to the River Avon in Bath – after leaving all the lock gates open.

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IHBC 2018 Belfast School reflections: Spotlight on IHBC’s joint Conservation Professional Practice Principles update – Comments sought by September

At the 2018 Annual School ‘Spotlight’ session IHBC’s Communications and Outreach Chair Dave Chetwyn reported on progress with the joint IHBC, HTVF, Civic Voice conservation standard ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’, and called for any thoughts on the planned update to be emailed to the IHBC by September.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage IMHO’, from the Spectator: ‘The problem with British mosques’

websiteThe incongruent architecture, cultural baggage and gender inequality must go, argues Ed Husain in his Spectator review of Shahed Saleem’s ‘The British Mosque: An Architectural and Social History’, as he explains why these mosques need to adapt to the reality of the modern West.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Regeneration of Bristol’s iconic ‘Generator Building’ given go-ahead by Council

websiteBristol Live has reported on how the proposed conversion of one of the city’s most iconic buildings – its Grade II listed ‘Generator Building’ (1899), which had remained a derelict shell for decades after the Second World War – has been given the green light by Bristol City Council.

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Ten-year transformation of Scottish village wins top UK planning award

websiteA 10-year plan to regenerate a declining fishing village, Stromness, Okney, has won the top prize at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

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Planning Inspectorate publishes 2017/18 Annual Report

publication coverNoting strong performance, growing demand and putting customers at the heart of the business, the Planning Inspectorate has announced publication of its 2017/18 Annual Report.

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Expressions of interest from potential candidates sought for the role of BEFS Chair

BEFS logo on websiteThe current Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) Chair, Dr Graeme Purves, is stepping down at the next AGM in December, and BEFS is inviting expressions of interest from potential candidates for the role, with a deadline of 24 September 2018.

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Defra consults on ‘Environmental Principles and Governance Bill’: Closing 2 August

countrysideThe Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill.

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ICOMOS Annual Report for 2017 now published

publication coverThe 2017 Annual Report of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has been published online.

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Heatwave vital in discovery of a possible henge, or circular enclosure, at the Brú na Bóinne site

websiteThe discovery of a possible archaeological feature near the UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Newgrange in Co Meath has been described as ‘a very significant find’ by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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IHBC’s sixth NewsBlog Branches Update: Explore Branch CPD events across the UK

IHBC Branches OS MapSummertime is an ideal period for holidays and for planning future Autumn CPD events open to IHBC members and non-members, while our new NewsBlog resource means you can browse the wide range of Branch and partner CPD events on the IHBC Calendar and pass them on to your colleagues and networks.

Save the date for the next London branch AGM, drinks and talk by Conisbee Consulting Engineers in London and have a look at the next Yorkshire Branch ‘heritage pub’ meeting in Leeds and the forthcoming North West Annual Conference in Liverpool.

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IHBC’s latest ‘Jobs etc’ skills review: From private to public sector posts (and both)

logosTo help profile career opportunities across the conservation and heritage sectors, the IHBC now offers regular reviews of job openings and staff appointments featured in our IHBC Jobs etc. service, with many posts still open!

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IHBC welcomes RSK to HESPR, as IHBC’s unique interdisciplinary quality assurance service now nears 40

logoContinuing the remarkable run in new members of the IHBC’s conservation service quality assurance listing HESPR , multidisciplinary consultancy RSK has become the latest company to join the near 40 heritage businesses that now enjoy the benefits and support services of the IHBC’s commercial conservation network.

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IHBC HESPR’s top NewsBlog pick from £450K of costed work this week: Herefordshire Council seeks consultant for city design guide, closing 30/07, value £80k

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week featuring the call from Herefordshire Council for a consultant to prepare a Hereford city centre design guide, which closes on 30 July and is valued at £80,000.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: ‘Norwich deserves better’ – HE warns it will fight Anglia Square development

websiteThe Norwich Evening News highlights how Historic England (HE) has warned it will fight to see a Norwich City Council development at Anglia Square called in by the Secretary of State if approval looks likely.

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