New IHBC Yearbook web resource launched: ‘Look back with pride (and perspective)… to IHBC 2007 and after’

websiteThe IHBC has extended its free web support for members and historic environment stakeholders with new online access to feature articles and officer updates from the IHBC’s annual report and reference, our celebrated Yearbook, so now anyone can look back on a decade and more of developments in and around the IHBC, and get a sense of how far we have come, and how much we have to do!

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Staff changes at the IHBC: Carla (Support@ihbc.org.uk) moves on now, Kate (LETS@ihbc.org.uk) after 2019 Nottingham School – backups and replacements planned

personThe IHBC is sad to announce that two key professional personstaff members are moving on to new posts and opportunities, as Carla Pianese moves on now, to a new job in the arts industry in London, and Kate Kendall will take up a more senior full-time post at Historic England after the IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School, while replacements are already being planned via our Jobs etc. service.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £2M+ costed opportunities this week: RSPB Cymru seeks team for the Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project, closing 3/06, valued at £1.2M

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 RSPB Cymru for a design and construction team for the Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project, closing 3 June and valued at £1.2M.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Lidl car park could wipe out nationally important historic monument in Carmarthen

websiteA nationally important historic monument, the Bulwarks in Carmarthen, has been dubbed one of the best preserved 17th century earthworks in the world, but could vanish under supermarket trolleys and cars according to a local Civic Society.

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IHBC’s ‘IMHO’ spotlight: Cliff Hague says ‘We risk losing Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens… forever’

websiteExploring recent development threats to central Edinburgh and its World Heritage Site – including ‘permission… to add two storeys to the top of the Waverley Market, despite the damage this will do to the dramatic views of North Bridge and beyond to the coast’ – Cliff Hague, Chair of the city’s civic trust, the Cockburn Association argues that the council must act now to protect Princes Street Gardens. 

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Planning Inspectorate announces search for recruit 20 senior inspectors: Closing 30 May

London suburbs panoramaThe Planning Inspectorate has initiated a recruitment campaign to strengthen the number of decision-makers and examiners at the inspectorate, as well as to improve service for customers.

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Westminster: Legislative plans for Olympics-style body to oversee restoration works

Houses of Parliament courtesy of UK GovMPs vote on proposals for Houses of Parliament refurbishment that include provision for an advisory body, as the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster reaches a major milestone with introduction of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill.

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Historic Environment Scotland surveys stakeholders about ‘role in the planning system’: 6 minute survey closes 6 June

logoHistoric Environment Scotland is surveying stakeholders to see how well they are performing their role in the planning system, with the survey to close on 6 June.

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Empty dwelling management orders hit all-time low

housesApplications to seize vacant properties using empty dwelling management orders (EDMOs) dropped to just six in 2018, modular smart homes provider Project Etopia has revealed.

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‘New-build homes not fire safe’, BBC investigation finds

websiteHouses developed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes have potentially dangerous fire safety issues, BBC Watchdog Live has found.

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Conservation joint research call for Analysis; Values; At Risk, and  ‘Layered conservation’ – Closing 3 September 2019

logoThe Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) has announced a series of new funding opportunity for transnational proposals – ‘The Conservation, Protection and Use’ call – to ‘support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage’, closing 3 September 2019, and with 4 main topic areas:

  • Analysing and modelling change
  • Sustainable protection and enhancement of values
  • Management of cultural heritage at risk
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Now you can get a degree in carving from City & Guilds of London Art School

websiteDiplomas in stone carving from the City & Guilds of London Art School have been held in the highest regard by the stone industry since the 19th century, and from October they become degrees – Batchelor of Arts (BA) and a Masters (MA).

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Ever wondered ‘How Venice Works’, with 124 Islands, 183 Canals & 438 Bridges

websiteThe free online resource Open Culture has featured the Venice Backstage  exploration of Venice and how, when the tourists leave the city, 60,000 year-round residents stay behind, continuing their daily lives, which requires navigating an archipelago made up of 124 islands, 183 canals and 438 bridges.

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IHBC’s Council+ on help from ‘MATEs’ and much more: from AGM previews to accreditation and CPD, support, scrutiny and certification

IHBC most recent Council+ (‘Council plus’) – the twice-yearly, UK-wide forum for leadership, engagement and scrutiny open to all IHBC member categories – was held in London on 2 May, offering a unique opportunity for the c.40 delegates to get more involved in the IHBC, shape our membership support, and advance their CPD or membership aspirations too as it focussed on our MATE programme (Membership Application Training Events) of free accreditation support sessions.

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Historic buildings on fire – Fisons Victorian factory near Ipswich destroyed, yet another sad prompt on the IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School

websiteThe former Fisons warehouse in Bramford, near Ipswich, was the victim on another fire affecting our heritage. Listed Grade II and dating back to 1858 the building was destroyed by a fire thought to be arson.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: 14 Coventry historical sites ‘at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism’, newest is Holy Trinity Church

websiteCoventry Live has reported on how fourteen of Coventry’s most treasured historical sites are at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism, according to the latest Historic England At Risk Register, with the newest being Holy Trinity Church in the city centre.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Plans submitted for demolition of meeting hall attached to GII Friends Meeting House

websiteThe Hertfordshire Mercury has reported on plans that have been submitted for the demolition of the meeting hall attached to the Grade II (GII) listed Friends Meeting House in Hoddesdon.

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IHBC’s ‘CPD Boost’ following the Stone Show, from The Stonespecialist: ‘Housebuilding and increasing the role of stone’

websiteLow carbon, low maintenance, sustainable stone has a lot to offer housing, and with the government committed to adding 300,000 homes a year to the UK’s housing stock by the mid-2020s, there are opportunities for many sectors of the stone industry in the housing market.

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MSPs urged to drop Planning Bill’s extra duties

websiteRTPI Scotland is warning MSPs that the Planning (Scotland) Bill may be unworkable as it stands, ahead of the Bill’s stage 3 debate, given the number of unfunded additional duties it currently contains.

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Civic Voice: Member survey stats show communities want conversation on building homes to move towards ‘collaboration’, away from current ‘confrontation’

house constructionIn response to Civic Voice’s own online Building Better survey, England’s link body for civic trusts and the like has argued that we need to move the conversation about building homes away from confrontation, into one of collaboration: 86% of Civic Voice respondents consider that the visual appeal (or beauty) of a new development matters, while 71% state that we are not building enough homes.

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Public Accounts Committee opens planning and housing inquiry

boardsThe Public Accounts Committee of the UK Parliament has opened an enquiry into planning and the broken housing market.

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Ecclesiastical launches £1m fund for charities

graphicSpecialist insurer Ecclesiastical has opened a £1m fund for charities called Movement for Good.

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Joint drive to combat heritage crime in Scotland

personA new partnership has been launched to tackle heritage crimes in Scotland.

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Debris drops on to street after scaffolding collapse near new police HQ site on Grosvenor Street, Everton

websiteParts of a building due to be cleared to make way for the new £45million Merseyside Police HQ collapsed into the street and scaffolding and debris from Grosvenor House, on Grosvenor Street behind St Anne Street Police Station, Everton, was fenced off after the collapse.

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Highways England pours £4 million into canal restoration scheme

road and canalA mile-long stretch of canal in Gloucestershire that disappeared more than half a century ago is a step closer to being restored, thanks to £4 million of funding from Highways England.

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