IHBC welcomes new professional and training support staff: Ramona Usher and Sarah Cheng

personThe IHBC is delighted to welcome two new consultants to assist in the development of our CPD and accreditation and training support programmes – which include our celebrated MATE (Membership Application Training Event) sessions:

  • Dr Ramona Usher will lead on delivering the accreditation support, extending their reach to Branches and HESPR members old and new, and

  • Sarah Cheng will help develop learning and training frameworks for the institute and its members.

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Extended and updated: IHBC free CPD benefits at The Listed Property Show South West – now with unlimited free places for members, and opportunities to volunteer too: Bristol, 21/09

The IHBC has enhanced its CPD partnership with the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) now with free places for all members at The Listed Property Show South West, in Bristol on 21 September, alongside limited complimentary tickets for members and partners – so members can introduce partners and colleagues to the event – as well as free CPD volunteer opportunities to support our information and outreach stand.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £20M+ of opportunities this week: Pallant House seeks Multi Disciplinary Design Team, closing 13/09, valued £400K

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 this week features a call from Pallant House Gallery for a multi-disciplinary Design Team to help ‘improve the visitor experience…  as well as, repair, conserve and extend both the existing building and the Coach House’, closing 13/09, valued £400,000.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Famous Bowie Bandstand in Bromley wins listed status

websiteKnown to almost everyone as the Bowie Bandstand, The Bromley Times applauds its recent listing as ‘it should be protected forever’.

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IHBC’s ‘CPD boost’, out of Context and from ‘Building Services’: Lighting standards, World Heritage, and Bath

lantern and buildingThe city of Bath is well known for its stunning architecture and beautiful stone, but few might consider the everyday details like lighting, and the skills taken to maintain and restore such features, so Rhys Brookes invites us to examine these details in the article on ‘Historic Lighting in Bath’s public realm’ from our recent themed Context on Building Services, considering in particular the lanterns and overthrows of Great Pultney Street.

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Company fined £20,000 for unauthorised work on listed building

websiteA property company has been ordered to pay £25,000 following unauthorised work on a listed building following a prosecution by Cotswold District Council.

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PAS – Scotland’s planning advisory and citizenship service – asks for ‘Help to make a ‘zine’ about place!’, revised closing: 30/09

graphicPAS – Scotland’s planning advisory and citizenship service – seeks submissions to ‘Help to make a ‘zine’ about place!’, with a revised closing date of 30/09.

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£10m boost from CITB to get people of diverse backgrounds into construction, with its ‘Pathways Into Construction’ programme

The Construction Industry Training board (CITB) will be targeting more than 11,800 people to attract them into construction careers, as part of the Pathways Into Construction programme.

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Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap

Elizabeth Tower - parliament UK imageParliament reports that MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ to local authorities by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services.

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AHRC calls for nominations to the Peer Review College 2019

logoThe Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is seeking nominations for new members to be appointed to its Peer Review College (PRC).

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New scoping study on ‘interactions’ between UK HE institutions and the heritage sector out, with supporting survey!

graphicThe Heritage 2020 ‘Discovery, Understanding and Identification’ working group has published the findings of a study into collaborative working between heritage organisations and higher education institutions – ‘Mapping collaborative interactions between Higher Education [HE] Institutions in the UK and the Heritage Sector’ – with a linked online survey also helping the sector explore the issues.

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National Development Framework sets out 20 year land use framework for Wales

Wales Gov welsh dragonThe Welsh Planning Directorate is working on the production of a National Development Framework (NDF), which will set out a 20-year land use framework for Wales and will replace the current Wales Spatial Plan.

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Scottish Landscape Character Types – map and descriptions facility from SNH

websiteScottish Natural Heritage (SNH) offers users a national digital map-based facility to help explore Scotland’s Landscape Character Types to assis in Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) – the process of identifying and describing variation in character of the landscape.

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IHBC welcomes new RIBA report, recognition of LA roles and conservation accreditation: ‘Design Matters’

publication coverThe IHBC has welcomed conclusions in the new RIBA publication ‘showcasing the contribution of architects to the evolution of our built environment’, including ‘Encouraging the use of accredited conservation professionals as advisers and practitioners’ and ‘Ensuring that local authorities [LAs] have the skills and capacity to properly understand, manage and enhance the value of their historic buildings.’

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Next IHBC NI Branch CPD session: ‘Glenarm Castle and Walled Garden’ morning, 20 September

buildingThe IHBC’s Northern Ireland (NI) Branch has organised its next Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event at Glenarm Castle, with a morning dedicated to ‘conservation, diversification and sustainability’, including practical insights and onsite demonstrations from the estate manager, stonemasons and lime experts, concluding at 1pm with a networking lunch.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Landmark Newcastle GI church to reopen after a decade

websiteA landmark Grade I (GI) listed church, All Saints in Newcastle, will be brought back into use after a decade of standing empty, a fact warmly welcome by many locals, including The Northern Echo.

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IHBC’s ‘CPD boost’, out of Context: Creative thinking in neighbourhood planning – Dorchester on Thames

buildingIf you work with development plans, or get involved in community projects, the article in a recent Context, by Prof. Malcolm Airs. is essential reading: a case study of planning for heritage in Oxfordshire from the point of view of a community, taken from our themed Context on Building Services.

image: Context 159, p37 by Malcolm Airs

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Looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 with an ‘IMHO’ signpost from Reuters and Nashville: As U.S. ‘superstar’ cities thrive, weaker ones get left behind

In the depths of the financial crisis, when the world was shunning debt and battening down for the worst, city officials in Nashville zagged in what seemed a preposterous direction and spent $600 million on a new convention centre.

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CCT’s ‘Great National Steeple Chase’ an ‘epic success!’

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) Chief Executive Peter Aiers successfully undertook an epic challenge to visit 50 CCT churches in 50 hours on 25–27 July in a challenge named ‘The Great National Steeple Chase’, celebrating 50 years of the Trust while also fundraising to fight the problem of heritage crime.

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RIBA announces Great British Buildings programme for 2019

websiteThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday 1 August announced the programme for Great British Buildings 2019, which gives members of the public a rare chance to look around some of this year’s RIBA award-winning buildings.

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Bath Stone joins Portland and Cambrian Welsh slate as a ‘Global Heritage Stone Resource’

building with doorBath Stone, one of England’s famous limestones, and marble from Makrana in Rajasthan used to build the Taj Mahal are among the latest seven stones to be designated as Global Heritage Stone Resources (GHSRs) by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).

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New research highlights threats facing Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

websiteNew research published by Edinburgh World Heritage concerning the authenticity of the Royal Mile reveals the threats and opportunities facing the historic thoroughfare in the heart of the Old Town.

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DCMS Committee: Create a ‘UK Garden City’ initiative to boost untapped potential of garden tourism to UK economy

formal gardenA new report by Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Commons Select Committee concludes that garden tourism has much more economic potential, yet to be exploited, and that gardens should be formally recognised as part of the UK’s creative sector.

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John Betjeman Award 2019 winner announced by SPAB

church towerRepairs to the tower at St Oswald, Grasmere in Cumbria won this year’s John Betjeman Award award.

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‘Local government Brexit preparedness’ out from England’s MHCLG

Parliament website Brexit image 031117Guidance from government to assist local authority ‘preparedness for exiting’ the European Union (EU) has been issued by England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

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