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MPs seek to cut £3.5bn bill for Houses of Parliament repairs

The Treasury select committee has queried the cost of building work and is investigating if a temporary shutdown can be avoided. Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

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Belfast Victorian baths become hi-tech co-working space

The BBC reports that the listed Ormeau Baths building in Belfast is to become a co-working space for freelancers and small businesses. 

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IHBC handed ‘Keys to…Historic Buildings’: Somerset House, 3 May – CIOB and NT

Courtesy of the organisers the IHBC will host a stand at the joint National Trust (NT) and CIOB event entitled ‘Keys to the successful operation of historic buildings’, to take place on 3 May in Somerset House.

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IHBC’s bursary bounty: ‘Money’s not the barrier’ to the IHBC’s 2017 School on ‘Transport Infrastructure’ – £5000+ available for practitioners & learners…

The IHBC reminds anyone with an interest in heritage that the IHBC is here to help those in need of support for learning, so if you need help to attend the IHBC’s 2017 School in Manchester in June be sure … Continue reading

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Southwark Council Article 4 on all pubs offers protection from PD rights

An Article 4 direction from Southwark Council means that any changes to pubs in the areas will have to go through the planning process rather than benefit from Permitted Development (PD) rights, so the council – as well as the … Continue reading

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CV: Donald Insall Associates on ‘50 years of Conservation Areas’

Civic Voice (CV) reports that Tony Barton, chair of Donald Insall Associates, has written an article on 50 years of Conservation Areas for the Architects Journal.

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Judge refuses bid for review of permission for block of flats in historic area

A crowdfunded attempt to take Plymouth City Council to judicial review over a planning application has been thrown out on the papers as ‘wholly unarguable’.

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Big Lottery funding for new Galston community hub

Plans to turn a former hotel and Grade B listed building into a thriving community hub for the people of Galston, East Ayrshire are more likely now thanks to a Big Lottery Fund award of £328,579, to Galston Community Development … Continue reading

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Company to fight plans for Heritage Centre at quarry

The boss of a firm hoping to build a flats complex on the edge of Rubislaw Quarry has vowed to fight to prevent a granite heritage centre being built at the site.

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Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act receives Royal Assent: 23 February

The passing of this legislation is seen by many as bringing to an end the failure of successive UK governments to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

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New app reveals secrets of London’s ‘ghost signs’ of past commerce (wiki)

The BBC has featured a phone app has been created to give users a guided tour of some of London’s best ‘ghost signs’, faded branding and advertising markings found on the sides of buildings across the capital.

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IHBC-STBA update to Bonfield: Make ‘Each Home Count’ with ‘Different but Complementary’ approach to traditional fabric

In a well-received and incisive presentation to an audience that included Peter Bonfield, John Preston, IHBC’s Green Panel Chair and Heritage Chair of the STBA, called for traditional buildings to be given a ‘Different but Complementary’ approach in Bonfield’s ‘Each … Continue reading

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New cases and updates on IHBC’s LB Prosecutions Database

A recent update of the IHBC’s Listed Building (LB) prosecutions database has resulted in nearly 10 new cases being added to the listing, as well as an overhaul of the contents.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR pick’: Historic England on Suffolk’s WW1 memorials –closing 14/03

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

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Tutbury villagers win row over poppy wreath holders display honouring war dead

Villagers have won a row about honouring their war dead, as a Church judge ruled they can use a wreath holder to display poppies all year round.

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Cash-strapped Guildford Cathedral under threat as ‘not too big to fail’, Archbishop of Canterbury warns

The future of the Guildford Cathedral, built in 1961, is now under threat after plans for a housing development on surplus land that would have raised a £10m endowment were rejected by the council.

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UK Digital Strategy out

The Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport, Karen Bradley, has launched the Government’s ‘UK Digital Strategy’ to help ‘build on our success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.’

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Tree protester evicted from A-listed hotel site in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket

A person protesting against a £65m hotel development in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket – which includes the 19th Century A-listed India Buildings – has left a tree he has been living in after a sheriff granted an eviction notice to developers.

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Dispute over adequacy of reasons in AONB planning case heads to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has given Dover District Council and developer China Gateway International permission to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that quashed permission for a 521-dwelling development in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) following the conclusion that … Continue reading

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HMHS Anglia recognised as an official war grave

HMHS Anglia, a hospital ship sunk during the First World War, was recently given war grave status, recognizing the remains of the more than 160 soldiers and sailors who lost their lives aboard her.

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New IHBC Research Note: LA Conservation Specialists Jobs Market 2016, as 71% specify IHBC, up from 65% in 2016

The IHBC’s Toolbox now holds our most recent Research Note, which offers market intelligence on the ‘Local Authority Conservation Specialists Jobs Market’ for 2016, and confirms a 6% rise in posts specifying IHBC.

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IHBC Marsh Award for Retired Members Reminder

IHBC Branches: Celebrate your retired members with a nomination for IHBC’s Marsh Award before 31 March: £500 and a Full School place for those contributing to the community

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IHBC CPD boost from USA: ‘The Heritage Film Set: A UK Perspective on Caring for Historic Filming Locations’

The risks of filming at historic sites and maintaining the physical integrity of heritage sites are some of the issues explored in a Blog by University of Edinburgh’s Clare Flynn, based on her dissertation, which comes to IHBC via America’s … Continue reading

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IHBC Context CPD boost: Playing for extra time – How to recapture Britain’s sporting history

The heritage of sport is being appreciated as one dimension of the historic environment and, in the case of football, it is a keenly distinctive aspect of place, memory and meaning, says Jason Wood in his recent article in IHBC’s … Continue reading

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Peers vote to close planning loophole threatening England’s pubs

Lords voted by a clear majority to support an amendment tabled by Lord Kennedy of Southwark to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which sought to remove ‘permitted development rights’ from pubs, which would have been vulnerable to demolition or conversion to a … Continue reading

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