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Outcomes from CIC Strategic Review 2016-20

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has released the outcomes of the year-long Strategic Review of the organization, including an agreed strapline – ‘Built Environment professions together’ – and a new mission: ‘To improve the UK construction industry by collectively representing … Continue reading

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GII* theatre renovation scoops prestigious award

The project to restore the front of Eastbourne’s Grade II* listed Congress Theatre has scooped an Excellence Award for design and innovation, winning the refurbishment category of the Schueco Excellence Awards 2016, which is run in conjunction with the Journal … Continue reading

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DfT launches £60 million competition to support sustainable travel

Councils in England are invited by the Department for Transport (DfT) to apply for a share of £60 million of new funding to support sustainable travel, with a closing date of 9 September. The DfT writes: Walking and cycling in … Continue reading

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Gumtree Oxfordshire land sale scam warning

West Oxfordshire District Council has warned prospective purchasers of land advertised for sale on the popular classifieds website Gumtree that it has very limited development potential while part lies within a Conservation Area (CA). The Council writes: The Council were … Continue reading

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IHBC 2016 Yearbook’s Rypkema on ‘Heritage incentives’: now also on IHBC’s Conservation Wiki

The IHBC Yearbook article by the renowned American authority on heritage finances, Donovan Rypkema, entitled ‘Incentives for the protection, restoration and maintenance of historic buildings’, has been re-published on the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki site, helping extend the reach of heritage-related … Continue reading

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IHBC Members with benefits: HCA offers 10% discount to IHBC members on ‘Lime’ courses

The Heritage Crafts Alliance (HCA), IHBC’s newest recognised CPD provider, offers IHBC members 10% discount on forthcoming short courses in ‘Lime’ at its Bedale centre, in North Yorkshire, in August and September coming. The courses cover Lime Pointing (17 September) … Continue reading

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IHBC ‘reminder’: NW Conference on housing today – ‘Home is where the heart is!’, 6 October, Liverpool

Members are reminded that places can now be booked at the ever popular IHBC North West Conference – this year looking at the home and taking place on Liverpool on 6 October. IHBC’s NW Branch writes: Houses form the highest … Continue reading

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IHBC HSE Theatres Trust update on ‘inspecting suspended plaster ceilings’

The Theatres Trust has written to the IHBC to update our members on their discussions with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to note especially that the requirement for suspended plaster ceiling inspection is applicable to any building open to … Continue reading

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New government axes DECC

The government has axed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) in a major departmental shake-up. The BBC writes The brief will be folded into an expanded Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under Greg Clark. Ed Miliband, … Continue reading

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IHBC perspective: 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist – 2 of final 6 ‘designated’

The successful shortlist of 6 in the prestigious 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building has been announced, and includes two projects for designated buildings, Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall and the Grade II listed Giles Gilbert … Continue reading

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Launch of Great British High Street competition 2016

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones called on communities across the country to enter their villages, towns and cities into the Great British High Street competition 2016, with prizes of up to £10000 and a deadline for entries of Friday, 9 … Continue reading

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BRE Trust reports on latest built environment research

BRE Trust has published its annual review of some of the latest built environment research online, as the report outlines research projects and activities across areas ranging from infrastructure sustainability and resilience to occupant wellbeing and energy. BRE Trust writes: … Continue reading

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Future of public parks parliamentary inquiry launched

The Parliamentary Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee launches an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat, with an online survey, … Continue reading

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SAVE makes Legal bid to save Grimsby port buildings

Campaigners are continuing a legal bid to save a row of undesignated port buildings that are set to be torn down, as SAVE Britain’s Heritage says North East Lincolnshire Council’s decision to approve the demolition of Grimsby’s Cosalt Buildings is … Continue reading

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Nominations for A&B Scotland 30th Annual Awards open till 30 September

Arts & Business (A&B) Scotland is inviting nominations for its 30th Annual Awards, to celebrate outstanding collaborations between the business and cultural sectors, with a deadline for submitting nominations of midnight, Friday 30 September 2016. The categories: People Placemaking Innovation … Continue reading

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IHBC Local Authority Jobs survey update: 2016 first half out-turn and objectives

IHBC’s research co-ordinator Bob Kindred MBE has offered an interim update on his regular research into the Local Authority conservation jobs market in England, noting that ‘Numbers are holding up well-enough but at this rate may under-hit last year’s total’, … Continue reading

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