IHBC welcomes final data sets for Heritage Counts 2016: Featuring heritage branding

The IHBC has welcomed the release of England’s new suite of heritage indicators by heritagecounts2016Historic England, the final part of its Heritage Counts programme for 2016, with the theme for this year focussing on heritage branding of places.

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IHBC consultation response: Managing Heritage Assets – A Guide for Local Government

ihbc_consultation_response_image2Historic England consulted on this document with a selected group of stakeholders, including the IHBC, with the IHBC Consultation Panel findings including that the document should refer to BS 7913: 2013 and better reflect the English Heritage advice on Disposal of Heritage Assets: Guidance note for government departments and non-departmental public bodies.

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IHBC Context CPD boost: Keeping up the falling down – on Wimpole and how to conserve a structure designed as a ruin

context 146 front coverThe construction of Wimpole Gothic Tower was overseen by James Essex and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, but its restoration raised the question of how to conserve a structure designed as a ruin, says Karen Teideman-Barrett in her recent article in IHBC’s Context No 146.

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Are you ‘wiki-interested’ in the best cinema architecture in the UK? Let IHBC know… and DBW too!

Designing Buildings wiki Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), the IHBC’s open platform for our Conservation Wiki, has highlighted some of the best examples of cinema architecture in the UK, but do any others deserve to be on the list?

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Empty Homes: Government should place greater priority on tackling empty homes

The Empty Homes charity has found that 83% of British adults believe the Government should place a higher priority on tackling empty homes, an increase from 78% from two years ago.

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CLG Committee: Park management and funding models examined

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has examined innovative management and funding models for parks.

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Consultation: Amending the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) – closing 27 Jan.

A government consultation proposes changes to how Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) assesses the energy performance of homes (closing date 27 January 2017).

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Building retrofit is only part of a low carbon solution

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) says improving thermal efficiency is important, but not as much as decarbonising the supply of energy to buildings.

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HHA: Repair costs may close 70 stately homes

Up to 70 of Britain’s stately homes could be closed to the public in the next five years because of escalating repair costs the Historic Houses Association (HHA) says, according to the Telegraph.

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Sir Robert McAlpine to revamp Big Ben

The Special Projects Division of Sir Robert McAlpine has secured a £3.5m contract for essential works to conserve the iconic Big Ben bell, clock and Elizabeth Tower in London, according to The New Civil Engineer.

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IHBC Jobs etc – the service that helps careers, employers and heritage: from ‘property heads’ to ‘facilities managers’, with £6,127,878 salaries (stated, max, to date) and 69% citing ‘IHBC’

IHBC Jobs etc 600x171The IHBC has just released some internal employment data from our sector-wide IHBC Jobs etc service, which to date this year has advertised posts with a combined maximum of more than £6million of stated salaries, for posts from property heads to facilities managers, and with 69% postings recommending IHBC membership or more. 

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Latest Context now out– Protecting memory

Context 147 coverThe latest edition of Context is themed on protecting memory and managing change – looking at the practices, processes and laws that ensure the historic environment can be preserved.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: Landscape Character Assessment and Impact Assessment Course, Defra, closing 12/12

cotswolds_aonb_pb2016The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly HESPR Bulletins that bring tender opportunities together into one handy resource, and the Director’s top pick for IHBC members this week features a call from Defra for Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and Landscape and Visual Impact training course, with the bid closing on 12 December and value not stated.

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IHBC Context CPD boost: Charging for certainty – Progress with Historic England’s charged-for listing services

Historic England York Listed BuildingsHistoric England is offering a series of charged-for services that give owners more opportunities to pursue listing certainty and pre-application planning conversations, says Emily Gee.

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IHBC CPD boost: HES new refurbishment case studies – Blair Castle and Georgian terraced house

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published two new case studies that describe the repair and upgrade of traditionally constructed buildings and components.

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Jodrell Bank objection stops homes plan

The Communities Secretary has found that a proposed residential development would interfere with sensors at the nearby Jodrell Bank Observatory, according to Place North West.

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Planning Policy Wales updated: Includes Chapter 6 on the Historic Environment

Edition 9 of Planning Policy Wales, which contains an updated chapter 6 on the historic environment, has been published.

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HES publishes climate change advice for traditional buildings

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published a ‘Short Guide on Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings’, which focuses on how to make traditional buildings more resilient to the changing climate and details best practice for preparing a building for wetter, stormier winters and hotter, drier summers.

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C20 society fears BHS closure threatens historic murals

The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has expressed concern about the future of three significant post-war murals on British Home Store (BHS) buildings in Hull and Stockport.

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Birmingham’s Roundhouse proposals win approval

The Canal & River Trust and National Trust have had their plans approved to restore the Grade II* listed Roundhouse in Birmingham and transform it into an activity and enterprise hub.

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Make planners statutory consultees in Scottish strategic local decisions, say the RTPI

Strategic decisions by local authorities need to change as they are often taken in isolation from planning departments, The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has told the Scottish Government.

The RTPI writes:

Ahead of the Scottish Government’s Planning White Paper, RTPI Scotland has today written to every Cabinet Secretary making the case for the planning function in each authority to be given statutory powers to be consulted in strategic decision-making processes.

The letter highlights how a statutory Chief Planning Officer will ensure building and development plays a central part in driving economic growth and tackling environmental and social challenges in each area of the country, helping ministers achieve their ambitions for a successful and sustainable Scotland.

This idea is among 14 ‘gamechangers’ that RTPI Scotland has suggested to the Scottish Government for inclusion in the White Paper and is part of its ‘Repositioning Planning: Building a Successful and Sustainable Scotland’ report. 

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England’s ‘Heritage 2020’ Consultation: Closing 20 December

The consultation on the Heritage 2020 framework is looking for contributions to the initial Heritage 2020 priorities for collaboration (closes 20 December 2016).

The 2016 Heritage 2020 consultation is asking for contributions to the priority themes for short-term action by its five working groups – Capacity building; Constructive conservation and sustainable management; Discovery, identification and understanding; Helping things happen; and Public engagement.

Initial priorities include: examples of research needs, thoughts on the new Apprenticeships, guidance to support the transfer of publicly owned heritage assets, what is needed to make it easier for small organisations to improve diversity in public engagement, and how Heritage 2020 can support you in making the case for the value of heritage.

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Original plans for Manchester Town Hall rediscovered

Original working drawings of Manchester Town Hall have been rediscovered as part of Heritage Management Plan work by Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture.

The drawings by Alfred Waterhouse were found in the building’s basement by Kirsten McKnight, of Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture. She has been assessing and cataloguing the building’s contents as part of her work on the Heritage Management Plan.

The working drawings are now being kept in specialist climate-controlled conditions at the Archives+ Centre, Central Library. They reveal the impact that the construction work made to the area in the 1870s, including details such as how much the Manchester Corporation had to pay to compulsorily purchase the land.

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IHBC practice challenge: Are we ‘building our way to hell’ through gentrification? Now you too can contribute to the debate using our NewsBlog comments…

general people imageHeritage-led regeneration – which often includes swathes of new build – and gentrification together form acontentious pairing, and one that can’t be ignored as it is happening all around the world, as reported recently also in the Guardian.

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘As skilled practitioners working with historic buildings and areas, IHBC members are well placed to distinguish between the economic and social issues that underpin gentrification, and conservation that rejuvenates the intrinsic potential of historic places.  But are we looking at these issues with a suitably critical eye, or in enough detail?’

‘Now is your chance to join the conversation using our NewsBlogs feedback comments service.’

The Guardian writes:

From community displacement in Mexico City to tourism-triggered evictions in Lisbon and crazy rent hikes in Silicon Valley, our readers shared stories of gentrification happening in their cities – and the initiatives trying to tackle it.

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You can find see more about these and many other local and global conservation-related matters on the IHBC Director’s informal Flipboard magazine: Conservation: Global and Local

  • Feel free to add your thoughts to the NewsBlogs using our new feedback comments fields

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IHBC’s Toolbox update: Links to Standards; 22 practice ‘Notes’; Conservation Wiki, SelfStarters, Consultations, Publications and many more tools of the conservation trade… so check it out again, and tell your colleagues

Toolbox Homepage imageThe IHBC is delighted to be able to remind our newer members that our toolbox can offers anyone easy access to the essential tools in conservation practice, including now 22 practice ‘Notes’ and a host of other accessible practitioner resources and links.

IHBC Chair James Caird said: ‘The IHBC does encourage members to use the on-line Toolbox. It’s so easy to use and offers direct access to key IHBC operations such as guidance and research notes, consultations and the conservation wiki. It is linked from the IHBC home page with a quick link icon at the top of the page next to the social media buttons.” 

IHBC Director IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The Toolbox has been developing its content over the 18 months since we launched the Home Page, and now with 22 Notes on Research and Guidance, alongside links to standards and our SelfStarter, it’s a great way to access key resources fast.’

‘We will continue to shape the Toolbox as a core member service that, in turn, is shaped by members’ needs, so do be sure to offer your thoughts on this and other aspects of our work through the feedback link.’

‘Also, be sure to let your colleagues know about this, as it offers an accessible introduction to the many levels on which conservation has to operate.’

For background on the development of our Toolbox see the NewsBlogs

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