IHBC welcomes CV’s ‘Big Conservation Conversation’: 50 years of Conservation Areas

Conservation_area_definedThe IHBC has welcomed Civic Voice’s initiative to engage the widest public interest in the 2017 celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Civic Amenities Act and its inauguration of Conservation Areas, with the IHBC already proposing a celebratory issue of its membership journal Context in addition to supporting other partnering initiatives.

IHBC Vice Chair Kathy Davies said: ‘We’re delighted so see the Civic Voice take the lead in these celebrations, and we look forward to supporting their initiatives across a range of activities.’

‘The work of Civic Voice is fully in line with IHBC’s encouragement of communities to engage in managing their own historic environment as a result of better understanding and enjoyment of their surroundings.’

Civic Voice writes:

The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and Scotland by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a private members bill led by Lord Duncan Sandys. Civic Voice now holds the annual Sandys Lecture in his name.

When conservation areas legislation was introduced there was widespread public concern over the pace of redevelopment in our historic towns and cities. Today there are over 10,000 conservation areas in the UK (approximately 9,300 in England, 500 in Wales, 650 in Scotland and 60 in Northern Ireland) reflecting the popularity of this legislative tool in identifying and protecting our most valued historic places.

Conservation area designation essentially controls the demolition of unlisted buildings over a certain size and works to protect trees, restricts permitted development rights on dwelling houses and tightens regulations on advertising. It also places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas while undertaking their planning duties.

In 2017 and with the support of Laura Sandys, the civic movement will be raising awareness of conservation areas and we want you to show your support. Sign up today to join our newsletter which will keep people updated on our activities. Sign up here.

Designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself: we live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished it needs to be positively managed. We want communities across the country to come together and say ‘My Conservation Area Matters’. Next year, Civic Day will be held on 17th June 2017 and we will be asking groups across the country to help use Civic Day as a focus to celebrate 50 years of conservation areas. We want the nation to come together to say ‘my conservation area matters’ and participate in local and national events to recognise how conservation areas have helped keep many of our towns distinctive.

See below some of the ways your civic society could celebrate 50 years of conservation areas for Civic Day.

  • Publish a leaflet on the history of the area
  • Organise a guided walk
  • Organise a street party
  • Erect a ‘conservation area plaque/sign’
  • Undertake local membership drive
  • ‘Clean your Conservation Area’: litter pick
  • Placecheck : ask what do we like and what don’t we like
  • Debate – the Big Conservation Conversation: future of conservation areas
  • Competitions – why ‘My Conservation Area Matters’
  • Campaign for greater resources
  • Create new groups to protect conservation areas

We look forward to seeing everyone’s Civic Day plans for next year. Sign up for more information here.

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IHBC welcomes HEF Consultation on ‘Heritage Protection Reform Proposals’

General PeopleThe IHBC has welcomed the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) consultation on ‘Heritage Protection Reform Proposals’ for England, which the institute has been contributing to for some time ‘without prejudice’, and with the consultation to close on 19 September.

Mike Brown, immediate past chair of the IHBC comments, ‘I have been closely involved in developing these proposals over the last two years on behalf of HEF, working with a wide range of sector interests and Historic England.  We have kept close contact with DCLG and DCMS so that the ideas developed are the ones with most potential within government.’

‘From the start our concern has been, ‘how can we address the resourcing shortfall in conservation capacity within Local Planning Authorities given that no new money is likely to be made available’ and ‘How can we best protect heritage in these straightened times?’.

‘I can’t say I agree 100% with every idea put forward, but much of it is common-sense.  The more radical ideas, perhaps reflect our times and the urgent need for a more imaginative approach.  Of course, those ideas will need detailing and careful monitoring to ensure they work and do not lead to unexpected outcomes.’

‘HEF ran two workshops on the outline ideas last October, one in London and one in Birmingham were they were well-received.  We have now developed them in more detail and want to test the water, this time with a broader base of heritage interests and individuals.  Given there is a new government there is, perhaps, a new opportunity to influence Ministers.  I encourage members to look at the proposals with an open mind and feed into the IHBC’s response your thoughts and any alternatives.’ 

The HEF writes:

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the high-level sectoral committee, has been concerned for many years by the continuing reduction in heritage and planning resourcing in local authorities.  In 2014 HEF set up a working group, the Historic Environment Protection Reform Group, to address these problems and devise solutions. HEF consulted key heritage stakeholders on 15 proposed reforms in October 2015. These proposals have now been worked up in more detail, and HEF is seeking further input from stakeholders in this summer 2016 consultation.

The Historic Environment Forum welcomes all responses to this consultation. Everyone is encouraged to answer the general question (Question 12), but HEF would particularly welcome responses on the more specific questions which precede it.

Responses should be sent to The Heritage Alliance acting as the Secretariat for HEF to kate.pugh@theheritagealliance.org.uk

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Protecting England’s cathedrals: £14.5m investment

Cathedral c. S McLeishThe Department for Culture, Media & Sport has announced that almost 40 cathedrals across England will benefit from government funding of £14.5 million for repairs to help secure their future.

DCMS writes:

Awarded from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, it will see 39 grants allocated to help safeguard cathedrals, including keeping buildings wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public.

The Chancellor announced the first £20 million phase of the fund in 2014, and allocated a further £20 million in the budget in March.

Decisions on funding allocations are taken by an expert panel which includes English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Church of England and the Catholic Church.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: ‘Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain’s shared history. They are important not only for their architecture and heritage, but also for the vital role they play in local communities.  I am delighted that the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will ensure that these wonderful cathedrals remain in a good state of repair and are preserved for future generations.’

The Church of England’s 42 cathedrals are estimated to contribute £220 million to the economy every year, and welcome more than 11 million visitors annually.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, said:  ‘Cathedrals which benefitted from the first phase of this fund have been repaired and refurbished, and staff and volunteers have time and resources to serve their cities and regions with renewed energy.  It is fantastic that more cathedrals are now able to benefit from this scheme. England’s cathedrals are a wonderfully diverse group, encompassing not only vast, world-famous medieval buildings such as Durham, Lincoln and Canterbury, but also smaller churches like Wakefield and Leicester.’

Thirty-two Church of England cathedrals will receive between £15,000 to £870,000. The largest grant of £870,000 goes to Coventry Cathedral for re-fixing the exterior slates of the Chapel of Unity, designed by Sir Basil Spence.

Other cathedrals to receive funding include Bradford, Liverpool, Salisbury, Gloucester and Newcastle. 

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New ministerial and government appointments: July 2016

The full list of all government appointments following Theresa May becoming Prime Minister has been published, as Sajid Javid replaces Clark as Communities Secretary and Gavin Barwell takes over from Lewis as planning and housing minister in the new Cabinet and ministerial team. 

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Heritage Open Days 2016 launch

Loyd Grossman The Heritage Alliance (THA) Chair, has launched what he calls, ‘the world’s greatest heritage festival’, rousing visitors to get out and about and ‘treasure your treasures’ during Heritage Open Days between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 September.

THA writes

[Loyd] was speaking to an audience of event organisers and stakeholder representatives from the cultural sector at the Heritage Open Days 2016 launch event at RIBA in London on Tuesday 12 July.

‘Treasure Your Treasures’ is the theme for this year’s festival, which calls on communities to champion their local heritage and show their support for cultural and historic assets on their doorsteps. The theme comes following the results of a straw poll, which showed that 95% of Heritage Open Days organisers had fears about the future of places like museums, galleries, archives, theatres, parks and historic sites in their own communities, which may be facing financial uncertainty. 225 local organisers responded to the survey about their treasures and their level of concern about the effects of funding cuts. They felt overwhelmingly that Heritage Open Days had an important role to play in supporting the future of their local treasures.

Loyd Grossman said the 5,000 free events held during the festival provided the ideal platform to stand up and shout about local treasures, engaging people in heritage as visitors and volunteers, and getting behind campaigns to retain access to places like museums, archives, libraries, galleries, theatres, parks and historic sites.

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HLF funding for Scotland’s Year of History etc.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Scotland has launched ‘Stories, Stones, and Bones’, a small grants programme to help people celebrate and create a legacy for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.

HLF writes:

Stories, Stones and Bones is all about making funding easily accessible to help communities celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.

Grants from £3,000 – £10,000, with a straightforward application form and short decision time, will be available to fund projects that introduce lots of new people to heritage in new and creative ways.

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Liverpool snubs UNESCO request over World Heritage site

Liverpool City Council has given the cold shoulder to a recommendation from UNESCO that there should be a moratorium on new development within the city’s world heritage site and the surrounding buffer zone as Mayor Joe Anderson has said he will write to the UN body rejecting its request.

A council spokesman said: ‘We work extremely hard to balance conservation with the development needs of a growing city, and UNESCO recognises we have made progress in addressing their concerns. The number of buildings in Liverpool on the at-risk register is at a 25 year low and Historic England says the city is an example of best practice nationally.  Liverpool remains open for business and all planning applications will continue to be determined in the usual way in line with national planning policies and guidance.  We can’t place developments in large parts of the city centre on hold as it would send out completely the wrong message to investors, cost jobs and leave us open to expensive legal challenges by developers.  We are working with the government, who make representations on behalf of World Heritage Sites at the UNESCO Committee, to look at how best to resolve the situation.’

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Albert Dock development

A joint venture between Patten Properties and Panacea Property Development has confirmed submission of plans for a major residential development overlooking Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

The joint venture proposes a stepped development rising to 19 storeys at its highest point. The proposals include the demolition of a four-storey office building, Strand House, and the creation of a new development of 395 residential units with private roof terraces at the upper levels and ground floor space for restaurants, bars and cafés.

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MP calls for adoption of EU environmental protection in UK law

On 13 July Geraint Davies MP introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Commons to make provision for the safeguarding of standards of environmental protection derived from European Union legislation after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The summary of the ‘UK Environmental Protection (Maintenance of EU Standards) Bill 2016-17’ expands upon those areas of environmental protection with respect to water, air, soil, flood protection, and climate change. The heritage community will be especially keen to know whether the PMB will include aspects of cultural heritage, as currently provided for in EU Directives on Environmental Impact Assessment.

The Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 28 October 2016

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HE: First national framework for historic built environment research – tenders invited

Historic England is working to improve co-ordination of research into the historic built environment. To this end, the organisation is inviting tenders for an 18-month project to develop a framework for research and to establish a research network to take this forward.

The project will produce the first national framework for historic built environment research.  It will be innovative, flexible and suitable for the needs of the historic built environment research sector, as well as being expandable to meet its changing needs. A research network is to be established which will support and sustain the framework in the future.

The main objectives of the framework will be to:

  • Strategically coordinate and prioritise research and develop collaborative partnerships.
  • Promote a better- coordinated and more inclusive research culture.
  • Support the assessment of the significance of individual buildings or areas
  • Support local decision making on individual historic buildings and places supporting the efficient functioning of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
  • Support work to ensure the full value of developer-led investigation is realised.

For more information on tendering for the project please visit Historic England

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IHBC’s latest Research Note: ‘Heritage cases on Enforcement Registers in England’ – IHBC Toolbox and Wiki

Toolbox Homepage imageIHBC’s newest Research Note (RN), entitled ‘Heritage Cases on Enforcement Registers in England’ (RN 2016/3) has been published on the IHBC’s Toolbox and on its new Conservation Wiki service.

Bob Kindred, IHBC Research co-ordinator and author of this Research Note, writes: ‘This Note concerns itself with the variable standards in the presentation and public access to the heritage content of planning enforcement registers. In many instances procedural arrangements appear to fall short of best practice.’

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘IHBC Research Notes are produced as part of an integrated programme of online support for conservation practitioners, the IHBC’s ‘Toolbox’

The Toolbox is being developed to help inform, advise and guide anyone with specialist interests in built and historic environment conservation.  Already it offers a wide range of basic resources – the ‘tools’ in the toolbox –  from primary research and guidance produced by or on behalf of the IHBC, to technical, academic and practice advice supported or endorsed by the institute.’

See RN 2016/3

Find out more about the IHBC’s Toolbox

See the full list of IHBC Research Notes

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Companies to pay two training levies in 2017

Firms with a wages bill of more than £3million will have to pay two training levies in 2017.

The Stone Specialist writes:

Training body CITB and the Government Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) have come to an agreement that will see qualifying firms paying two training levies next year.

A levy for the government’s new Trailblazer apprenticeships is due to start being collected in April next year, although some major companies are still fighting the proposal. It will kick in at 0.5% when a company’s payroll exceeds £3million. It is supposed to replace the CITB levy, but a lot of sectors want to continue with CITB?apprenticeships, many in the stone industry among them.

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Councils must treat planning applications for Green Belt ‘consistently’

Councils must apply planning rules properly when considering applications for building on the Green Belt, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) Dr Jane Martin has warned, following a ruling against St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council for allowing a five bedroom house to replace a dormer bungalow in Green Belt.

Dr Martin said councils must take account of all the dimensions of any proposals to make sure they are not ‘materially larger’ than what they might replace.

She told to apologise to the neighbours who complained and pay £250 each to recognise the time they had spent on it, their trouble and frustration and loss of confidence in the authority.

Dr Martin said that councils must apply their policies ‘consistently’ and that the fair treatment of all planning applicants was ‘fundamental to good administration.’ 

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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016: Legislation and policy update for July 2016

An update for July 2016 on the arrangements for historic environment legislation and policy in Wales has been issues by Cadw, covering among other items the 2016 Act, implementation and consultations.

Cadw writes:

  1. The Historic Environment (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent on 21 March 2016. The full text of the Act and the Explanatory Notes are available on the internet at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/
  2. Significant changes were made in two areas of the Act during Stage 3 consideration:

Historic Environment Records — The Assembly accepted amendments to transfer the duty for compiling and updating the historic environment records (HERs) from local planning authorities to the Welsh Ministers.  This will make it easier for the Welsh Ministers to maintain the current arrangements under which the four Welsh archaeological trusts successfully administer the HERs.  The Welsh Ministers must issue guidance on how certain public bodies — local authorities, National Park authorities and Natural Resources Wales — should use the HERs when carrying out their functions.

Listed buildings in disrepair — The Assembly unanimously supported a non-government amendment at Stage 3 that will give the Welsh Ministers powers to make regulations to allow local authorities to serve ‘preservation notices’ requiring specified works to listed buildings.  This provides a legislative framework within which detailed provisions can be developed.

Implementation

  1. The provisions in the act will be implemented in stages. The following provisions came into force on 21 May 2016, two months after the legislation received Royal Assent.
Act sections Provisions
6–9 Changes to the scheduled monument consent process
12–14 Scheduled monument enforcement and temporary stop notices
15–17 Control of works to scheduled monuments and damage to certain monuments
19–21 Power of entry to land believed to contain an ancient monument; monuments in territorial waters; and electronic service of documents.
22 Definition of a monument
27 Application conditions for certificates of immunity from listing
29 Temporary stop notices for listed buildings
30(1)–(5) Amendments to urgent works provisions.
32–33 Miscellaneous — electronic service of documents and supplementary provisions.
  1. Other provisions will not come into effect until the Welsh Ministers formally commence them by order. Some provisions will require supplementary secondary legislation, including:
Act sections Provisions
3 & 24 Reviews of decisions to designate
5 Simplified scheduled monument consent process
11 & 28 Heritage partnership agreements
30(6) Interest rates on costs of urgent works
31 Preservation notices and other steps for the preservation of listed buildings in disrepair
  1. Other provisions in the Act will need non-legislative preparations before they can be brought into force. These will involve:
Act sections Provisions
18 Statutory register of historic parks and gardens
34 Statutory list of historic place names
35-37 Formalisation of the statutory HER arrangements and preparation of the draft guidance on their use for consultation
38-39 Establishment of the Advisory Panel for the Welsh Historic Environment

Consultations

  1. Consultation on the revised historic environment chapter (chapter 6) of Planning Policy Wales closed on the 13 June 2016. Planning Division are currently analysing the consultation responses and considering what changes are needed to the text. The intention is to publish the chapter in the autumn of this year.
  2. Cadw is planning a series of consultations during 2016 and early 2017 on secondary legislation and best-practice documents intended to support the Act. The first twelve-week consultation will start during the week of the 11 July and cover:
  • Regulations to set the interest rate for costs from urgent works to listed buildings;
  • Procedures for compensation associated with temporary stop notices;
  • Requirement for a heritage impact statement as part of historic asset consent applications and associated guidance;
  • Simplification of the scheduled monument consent procedures;
  • Guidance — Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales;
  • Guidance — Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales;
  • Guidance — Managing Conservation Areas in Wales; and
  • Guidance — Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales.
  • Guidance — Setting of Historic Assets in Wales (how the setting of historic assets in Wales should be considered when assessing the potential impact of development or land management proposals).
  1. In addition, Planning Division’s consultation on ‘Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment’ will run in tandem with the Cadw consultation.

Other Best-practice Guidance Documents in preparation

  1. The guidance documents identified below are also in preparation with a view to issuing them for consultation during 2016 and 2017.
  • Managing Historic Character in Wales

This guidance will explain why it is important to recognise historic character in conservation, regeneration and planning work. . It will complement Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales.

  • Managing Change to Registered Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales

Aimed at owners, managers and planners, this guidance will explain the roles and responsibilities of all partners who have a role to play in the management of registered historic parks and gardens. This will assist implementation of the Act’s measure to introduce a statutory register.

  • Managing Historic Buildings at Risk

Aimed at local planning authorities, this will be a best-practice guide to using existing and new provisions for tackling historic buildings at risk.

  • Historic Environment Records in Wales — Statutory Guidance for Public Bodies

This will reflect the powers in the Act, which place a duty on the Welsh Ministers to compile and keep up to date a historic environment record (HER) for each local authority area in Wales. It will advise public bodies how to use HERs in Wales in the exercise of their functions. 

  • Managing Change to Scheduled Monuments in Wales

Aimed principally at owners and agents, this guidance will set out general principles to consider when making changes to scheduled monuments and explain how to apply for scheduled monument consent, including the roles and responsibilities of owners and Cadw.

  • Heritage Partnership Agreements in Wales

Heritage partnership agreements aim to bring owners, consenting authorities and other interested parties together to create long-term management plans for historic assets and their settings. The agreements will cover agreed work programs and incorporate scheduled monument and/or listed building consents. Intended for both both owners and decision-making authorities, this guidance will explain the benefits and practicalities of setting up heritage partnership agreements.

Preservation Notices

  1. Section 31 of the Act, Preservation of listed buildings in disrepair’ allows Welsh Ministers to make regulations setting out further steps that local authorities in Wales may take to secure the proper preservation of listed buildings that have fallen into disrepair. The Act allows the regulations to make provision for:
  • the service of preservation notice specifying the works that the owner of a listed building in disrepair must execute to secure the proper preservation of the building and a deadline for the completion of works;
  • a system of appeals against preservation notices;
  • offences for failure to comply with preservation notices; and
  • appeals in respect of such offences.

The Act also allows for civil sanctions for offences associated with preservation notices.

  1. Whilst the Act provides the basic legal framework for preservation notices, the details of the regulations remain to be worked out. He aim is to gather evidence, including perhaps commissioned research, to inform the development of options during the coming months. Once the proposals are developed, public consultation will take place before the secondary legislation is introduced into the National Assembly for Wales.

Law Commission scoping report on planning law in Wales

  1. The Law Commission launched a consultation on the 30 June 2016 on a scoping report to inform the Planning Law project they are undertaking for the Welsh Government. The aim is to consolidate and simplify planning legislation in Wales. The proposals — especially those in chapter 6 which propose to amalgamate the listed building and conservation area consent regimes with planning permission — will be of particular interest because of their potential impact on the management of the historic environment. This is not a Welsh Government consultation.
  1. The consultation will close on 30 September 2016 and the documents are available on the Law Commission’s website (http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/planning-law-in-wales/). 

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Towards a suburban renaissance: an agenda for our city suburbs

A new report by the Smith Institute calls on Ministers to set-up a Government-sponsored task force to decide a strategy to halt the decline of suburban areas which, its research says, are falling behind urban centres.

The Smith Institute writes:

It is 17 years since the Urban Task Force led by Lord Rogers reported its findings in Towards an Urban Renaissance. The highly influential report set the tone and agenda for the regeneration and revitalisation of many of our city centres. Quite literally on the edge of that urban renaissance debate has been the future of our suburbs.

While there have been some useful reports warning about the marginalisation of suburbia they have rarely had the prominence they deserve. Moreover, when suburbs have been discussed, the debate has focused on creating new suburbs rather than examining what existing areas might need.

This report aims to build on the Institute’s previous work by examining some of the drivers of change in suburbs in three major cities, not least in respect of population change, housing, the economy, the labour market and welfare reform. The aim was not only to place the spotlight on the problems facing the suburbs, but also to set out constructive ideas for renewal.

Ignoring the evidence of decline is consigning these places to future failure. Market forces alone are unlikely to halt decline or regenerate ailing suburbs. Instead, as the evidence presented in this report demonstrates, cross-sector collaboration is needed. Not just between public and private sector, but between local authorities and with voluntary and community groups. However, just as with the urban renaissance, realising any renewal of the suburbs demands that government takes a lead.

It is now over a decade and half on from the Urban Task Force and some of the issues are inevitably very different. Prices and values have changed and public finances are under serious stress. Furthermore, the move to greater devolution is changing the ways decision making in suburbs will take place. Nevertheless, as the report makes clear, there is a strong case for a suburban task force to set out an agenda and consensus for change, and for local, city and national government to act on the findings. 

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New Chairman for the National Heritage Training Group

The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) has announced the appointment of its new Chairman as Robert (Bob) Howard MBE, long associated with the Tile Association.

NHTG writes:

For the next stage in our development as a fully independent organisation taking responsibility for the future of the heritage sector of UK construction, we are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chairman.

Robert (Bob) Howard MBE will already be known to many as the voice of the Tile Association and says he is excited by the challenge of taking the NHTG forward at a time of increasing political and economic uncertainty.

‘Despite everything else that is going on around us, we must not lose focus on the challenges facing the heritage sector, not least the alarming shortages in our traditional crafts skills base’ he says.

‘Our architectural inheritance must be safeguarded for future generations and that can only be achieved through training and education. We must ensure vital skills, knowledge and experiences are passed on and I firmly believe it is the role and indeed the responsibility of the NHTG to oversee this transition.’

Bob also sees the work of the NHTG Project Management Board in delivering the new bursary programme (funded by HLF to provide heritage training in the workplace) as a great example of how the NHTG is shaping the future of the sector.

‘I hope my own extensive craft and industry experience, accumulated over the past 52 years will help NHTG in our promotion and delivery of heritage skills to a workforce which will be increasingly in demand.’

Born and educated in Manchester, Bob has been in the wall & floor tiling industry since leaving school. His career path took him from a five year bound indentured apprenticeship to become a Lecturer at the Manchester College of Building before moving south in 1978 to become Director and subsequently Managing Director of a London based Tiling Contractor.

He was the last Chairman of the National Association of Master Tile Fixers and one of the Founders of The Tile Association. As past Chairman and current board member of the TTA he chairs the Training Committee, represents the Technical Committee and carries out technical inspections on their behalf, but still finds time to run his own business as an independent Consultant for wall and floor tiling.

Bob also represents the TTA in Europe where he is President of the European Union of Tile Fixers, an umbrella organization that represents 11 European Trade Associations from its registered office in Brussels.

In 2012 in the Jubilee Honours List, Her Majesty the Queen presented Bob with the MBE for services to the British wall and floor tiling industry. He is also a Liveryman to The Worshipful Company of Tyler’s and Bricklayers.

The NHTG is delighted that such a passionate, influential and experienced individual will be leading the team forward in the next stages of its development as it continues to promote heritage skills as a priority for UK construction 

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