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Reminder on HE’s 50th anniversary ‘Conservation Areas Survey’ for IHBC members: Closing 4 December

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Conservation Area legislation in England, the IHBC is working with Historic England on a survey to help the sector better manage Conservation Areas, so for those members who have not already filled out the … Continue reading

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Heritage thinking outside the box – applying a heritage focus to Brazilian projects

UK businesses can apply for a share of £2.4m to work with Brazilian partners on innovative urban development solutions in Brazil. Could you apply your heritage expertise on the projects? (Competition registration deadline 26 April 2017, applications by 3 May … Continue reading

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IHBC supports members in crisis: 1 year IHBC fee-free and fuss-free, if you’ve lost your job or face serious sudden troubles!

Lost your job and problems finding new work?  Or are you facing a crisis that seriously affects your conservation career or income?  IHBC is here to help, with our ‘fee-free year’ supporting you in your time of need. Just let us … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the IHBC’s NewsBlog posts? We’ve opened our NewsBlogs to comments, so you can post them direct to us!

The IHBC has now opened its celebrated NewsBlog service to user comments, so members and users can open, join and extend the discussions around our news items. IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘In line with our wider plans to engage … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: Fenland DC archaeology, investigation, survey and community engagement, closing 15 December, £31,000

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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IHBC’s Context CPD tale of two traumas: The importance of conservation expertise

In helping people to discover, access and safeguard their heritage, the role of conservation professionals as experts is needed more than ever, but on different and non-elitist terms, says Nigel Walter. In his Context article titled Conservation as action and … Continue reading

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IHBC consultation responses: PAS 2030 and 2031

The BSI consulted on two Publicly Available Specifications, PAS 2030 (Specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures (EEM) in existing buildings) and 2031 (Certification of energy efficiency measure (EEM) installation in existing buildings). The IHBC Consultation Panel findings include … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill – Committee Stage amendments

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016-17 was amended during its Committee stage in the House of Commons, and a number of Government new clauses were added in relation to local plan making. The House of Commons Library states: A number of … Continue reading

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Wentworth Woodhouse to receive £7.6m for repairs

As part of more than £10m provided to support culture and heritage projects across the UK, the Chancellor has allocated £7.6m to cover ‘urgent and essential repairs’ to the house in South Yorkshire, a longstanding focus of the energetic heritage … Continue reading

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Historic Environment Scotland asks: What’s your heritage?

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced a national campaign to find out what heritage means to the people of Scotland as part of the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The campaign aims to find places, buildings and monuments … Continue reading

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HLF awards £3.45m to Chartwell Anniversary appeal

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has donated funds towards the National Trust’s appeal to acquire many of Winston Churchill’s personal objects at his family home, Chartwell. The Churchill’s Chartwell appeal has now reached £5.5m and the money will go towards … Continue reading

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Heating- and energy-related reports for retro-fit projects

The UK government has published a range of heating- and energy-related reports that may be of interest to members working on retro-fit issues for historic buildings and the problems that can exist when inappropriate methods and theologies are used on … Continue reading

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The untimely demise of Birmingham’s iconic Central Library

Filmmaker Andy Howlett is raising funds to turn his research into a film about the library, which was demolished in early 2016. He has collected footage, interviews with a range of ‘experts and eccentrics’, and filled several notebooks with theories, … Continue reading

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London council creates regeneration company

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council establishes Be First to boost economic growth and meet ambitious targets for new homes, better infrastructure and jobs. The move was recommended in the recent Borough’s Growth Commission’s report. This included 109 recommendations … Continue reading

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US Embassy scheme receives conditional planning permission

Qatari-backed hotel scheme for the Grade II listed building in Mayfair will include 137 bedrooms, additional restaurants, retail and events space The project in Grosvenor Square, London received conditional planning permission that includes the removal of the security fences, security … Continue reading

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Wrexham’s Groves High School listing decision squashed

The BBC reports that a derelict former school, handed a reprieve after it was given protection to prevent it being demolished, could be under threat again. The BBC writes: The Welsh Government gave Wrexham’s Groves High School Grade II-listed status … Continue reading

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Feature: The pros and cons of crowdfunding architectural projects

A CLAD magazine feature discusses how crowdfunding can help get projects started and allow architects to be proactive. The article gives advice on choosing the right crowdsourcing platform, raising the full amount needed and reaching out to the right audience. … Continue reading

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Hidden paintings found at Stratford’s Guild Chapel

Previously undocumented wall paintings dating back more than 500 years have been uncovered within Stratford’s Guild Chapel – leading conservators to conclude it is one of the few places in Europe to have an almost complete medieval decorative scheme still … Continue reading

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Historic brick reservoir image wins award

Image of a covered reservoir has won the best architecture photograph of the year at the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016. The picture by Matt Emmett of the East London Water Works Company covered reservoir in London’s Finsbury Park … Continue reading

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Scottish Civic Trust calls for entries to My Place Awards

Community groups have been asked to nominate favourite new buildings, conservation projects and people in its annual awards (closing date 31 January 2017). The Scottish Civic Trust is calling for nominations from local civic trusts, amenity societies, community councils and … Continue reading

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The Design Museum – regenerating a 1960’s architectural icon

Museums + Heritage says that after almost five years of restoration and refurbishment, the Grade II* Design Museum has been transformed into a modern multi-purpose space. Museums + Heritage writes: The first thing to appreciate when you make your way … Continue reading

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BDP wins Northern Estate programme

Firm is awarded architectural and lead design services for the creative adaptation and conservation of a number of historic buildings for the House of Commons. The Northern Estate consists of a series of significant Grade I, II* and II listed … Continue reading

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Westminster City Council’s ‘Special Policy Areas’ gain approval

The London Council’s plans are given the go-ahead to management development in five unique specialist clusters. The five areas – Savile Row, Mayfair, Harley Street, St James’ and Portland Street – are deemed historically and culturally significant enough to received … Continue reading

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Churchill Barriers to be listed

Images courtesy of Fiona Newton Second World War structures at Scapa Flow have been recognised as being of national importance by Historic Environment Scotland. The barriers were constructed during World War Two as a defensive measure to prevent enemy ships … Continue reading

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Natural and cultural heritage sites help shape communities

Symposium on ‘Future Places: Using Heritage to Build Resilient Communities’ in County Down, Northern Ireland provided an opportunity to consider how heritage can contribute to the current Programme for Government and the Local Development Plans being drawn up by the … Continue reading

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