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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: Blaenau Gwent County BC, Town Centres Strategy, closing 27 Jan

The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers its members weekly HESPR Bulletins that bring tender opportunities together into one handy resource, whle the Director’s top pick for IHBC members this … Continue reading

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IHBC CPD boost: The impact of Business Improvement Districts on urban regeneration

Peter Williams, CEO of Better Bankside in London, talks about how Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) can influence change on a local level and foster urban regeneration, reports Planning & Building Control Today.

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Scotland’s Conservation Crisis No 2: HES – 53% sites at risk

More than half of heritage sites and monuments managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are at risk, according to a recent report, as analysis of 352 historic sites and monuments found 89 per cent were exposed to ‘damaging’ environmental effects, … Continue reading

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Scoping for limited VAT review

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) will carry out a review of a range of aspects of VAT in order to consider whether the VAT system is ‘working appropriately in today’s economy and to identify simplification opportunities’, with an update … Continue reading

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HSE launches new Health and Work Strategy

The Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sets out how everyone who undertakes or influences workplace activities can contribute to the ambition of improving Great Britain’s health and safety record.

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Apps will allow European online heritage curation via Facebook-like platform

A new Facebook-like social platform and smartphone applications (apps) will be developed by a European consortium to enable people to document Europe’s cultural heritage.

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Lottery boosts coastal tourism with £33 million investment in parks

The National Lottery funds will revitalise 13 public parks across the UK, including five situated in coastal communities.

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Lord Prior appointed as new construction minister

Lord Prior of Brampton replaces Jesse Norman, who has become energy minister after just six months in the construction role.

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Two Scottish WWII heritage sites win HLF funding

A boat that saved the lives of 600 stranded Allied troops at Dunkirk and a former prisoner of war camp will receive more than £1m for restoration work from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the BBC reports.

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Scarborough Futurist Theatre demolition approved

Plans to demolish a 1920s theatre have been approved by councillors amid an angry protest by more than 100 campaigners, according to the BBC.

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IHBC welcomes launch of CIOB’s construction Academy

The IHBC has welcomed the launch of a new training academy by Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which is aimed at enhancing excellence and boosting productivity, noting especially that it includes a conservation remit.

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IHBC update: New voluntary Chair sought for Canal & River Trust’s Heritage Advisory Group, to succeed Sir Neil Cossons

The IHBC has been advised that Sir Neil Cossons, the present Chair of the Heritage Advisory Group of the Canal & River Trust, will be retiring this year and that the Trust is now looking for a new voluntary Chair … Continue reading

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Context CPD boost: Ruchill Hospital water tower – How to stabilise and repair a 10-story structure

The requirement to restore the severely decayed, Category A listed, hilltop Victorian water tower at the former Ruchill hospital in Glasgow, set a challenge to its structural engineers, says Ian Andrew.

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£480 million from private sources donated to England’s arts and culture

Arts Council England reports that private investment in arts and culture has grown over the last three years and appears to be becoming less reliant on public funding.

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AHF offered grants totalling £375k for UK projects

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has issued its 2015-16 annual report and highlights progress on its projects and its reform programme, which aims to reduce costs and strengthen its governance.

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DCMS: Sharing lessons from innovative cultural projects

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) report Countries of Culture: Funding and support for the arts outside London says that cultural projects support other policy areas and that best practice should be shared between local authorities.

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WSP – Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed to House of Commons’ Northern Estate Programme job

Professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded the programme, project and cost management role for Parliament’s Northern Estate Programme (NEP).

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Heritage opinion: Cities pay price of austerity by selling their heritage

Across the country, architectural gems are being bought by developers to help cash-strapped local authorities, according to the Guardian.

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NBS opens National BIM Survey 2017

The seventh annual BIM survey from the NBS, the construction specification organisation, allows respondents to comment on the introduction of the Government’s 2016 BIM mandate, while no closing date is stated.

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How English public libraries can prosper in the 21st century

New report from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport provides advice to help English libraries make better use of their buildings and create a sustainable sector.

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IHBC welcomes members to 2017, the 50th anniversary of Conservation Area legislation, with IHBC funds still available for local civic celebrations

The IHBC welcomes members to 2017, the 50th anniversary year of Conservation Area legislation, with a reminder that there are funds still available in our Conservation Area Anniversary allocation to help locals celebrate their Conservation Areas and help communities understand more about their value and potential.

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IHBC challenges low fine of £20k in un-supported and illegal GII demolition – makes ‘demolition a viable development option!’

A man who ‘off his own bat’ demolished his Grade II listed cottage – Nutter Cote Farm in Yorkshire – has been fined £17,500 (with some £3000 in costs), a fine so low that the IHBC considers it could make … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: Clare Castle Country Park, East Anglia: £20,000-£60,000

The 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 … Continue reading

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Context CPD boost: Works of art in public places – How should we protect memory through national designation

Historic Environment Scotland is consulting about how to demonstrate how works of art and other objects in the environment are valued, say Barbara Cummins and Elizabeth McCrone in their recent article in IHBC’s Context No 147 Image – Bruce’s Stone © … Continue reading

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IHBC CPD boost for Wales: Retrofit Roadshow on Traditional Buildings – BRE, Constructing Excellence Wales and Edwards Hart

Two of the UK’s leading experts in the retrofitting of traditional buildings will deliver a series of IHBC CPD-recognised morning seminars across Wales with Constructing Excellence Wales in January and February 2017.

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