Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

FMB launches ‘Homes on our high streets’: revives ‘living over the shops’ (LOTS) strategy 

The Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) has launched its ‘Homes on our high streets’ report, which makes recommendations to Local Authorities and others to help bring back residential units above shops back into use, arguing that ‘Many of these buildings … Continue reading

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Old Street ‘Iconic Gateway’: Call for design ideas – closes 29 January

Together with the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council, Islington Council are issuing an ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ to create an iconic gateway at Old Street, with the entries closing on 29 January.

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Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Court of Appeal against plans to build 521 homes in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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Wales Historic Environment Inquiry update

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture, Welsh Language and Communications is conducting an inquiry on the historic environment.

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Inside the ex-council house in Essex: ‘Talliston House and gardens’, a 25 year project where time stands still

An ex-council house in Essex ‘Talliston House and gardens’ tells the story of different periods in history, incorporating nearly 2,000 objects, in a project that took 25 years to complete.

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Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications

The Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 is open for applications, with Civic Voice highlighting categories that include showing how ‘new development can enhance a conservation area’, and the ceremony to be held in The Leadenhall Building, the second tallest building … Continue reading

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Design Council study details value of design

Design Council has published Designing a Future Economy, a study that presents a powerful picture about the value of design, with headlines including issues such as that skills shortages and gaps amongst those already working in design-skilled occupations costs the … Continue reading

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Government funding for innovation in energy efficiency and heating technologies for the built environment

Across Government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expect to invest around £184 million in research and innovation in the built environment, and as part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy … Continue reading

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Parliamentary CLGC: Making current needs and funding assessments for councils simpler, more transparent

England’s Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Committee (CLGC) has published analysis – titled ‘Reforming local authority needs assessment’ – suggesting ways in which the current needs and funding assessments for councils could be made simpler and more transparent. Parliamentary copyright … Continue reading

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Government admits HS2 demolition comparisons between Meadowhall and M18 routes were incorrect

A comparison of housing demolition figures used to help justify changing the HS2 route through South Yorkshire was wrong by at least 40 per cent, the Government has admitted.

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Architectural Heritage Fund Annual Review 2016/17 out: with Impact Survey 

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has published its ‘Annual Review’ for 2016/17.

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Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China collaboration – from the BBC on England’s Heritage Statement

A ‘unique’ collaboration between Hadrian’s Wall, which spans the north of England, and the Great Wall of China has been featured by the BBC following announcements made by England’s Heritage Minister John Glen, as part of his new Heritage Statement.

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Taylor Review on ‘Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals’ out: Calls for more access to churches

An independent review, chaired by Bernard Taylor, into the sustainability of Church of England Church and Cathedral buildings, has been published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, which calls for churches to be opened up for new … Continue reading

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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 — Fact sheets on provisions etc 

Cadw notes that the greater part of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 (the 2016 Act) has been in force since May 2017 and three fact sheets have been prepared to describe important changes in the protection and management of … Continue reading

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How to design an infrastructure strategy for the UK? Let people shape the outcomes, says IoG on infrastructure decision-making in the UK

Government should create a new commission to involve local people in major infrastructure projects, according to the Institute for Government (IfG) in a report that identifies three challenges to be overcome to build an effective national strategy for infrastructure and … Continue reading

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BBC on new ‘Help to Buy’ homes uninhabitable after less than a year.

The BBC has produced an extensive report on how new homes bought through the Help to Buy scheme are becoming uninhabitable soon after purchase. 

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New Scottish Stone Group meets Minister

Scottish stone producers of the newly formed Scottish Stone Group were feeling confident after meeting with the country’s Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, in the Scottish Parliament on 22 November. image Stone Specialist website

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4th International SEAHA Conference: UCL, 4-6 June 2018 showcasing ‘collaboration with industry’

The 4th International SEAHA (Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology) Conference will be hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London (UCL), 4-6 June 2018 and showcase ‘collaboration with industry’. image SEAHA website

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Charity put in charge of Coventry’s historic assets

Coventry will hand the management of its heritage over to a charity the Historic Coventry Trust (HCT) in the first arrangement of its kind in a British city. image HCT website

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Clandon Park: Allies and Morrison chosen to rebuild the NT’s fire-hit mansion

Allies and Morrison architects has been selected to rebuild the National Trust’s (NT) Clandon Park, the 18th Century mansion destroyed by fire in 2015.

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Coventry to host UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry will host the prestigious title of UK City of Culture 2021, Arts Minister John Glen has announced. 

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BBC: Margam Country Park, Wales – Turbine restoration to power estate

A historical turbine house which was one of the first in the UK to power a home will be restored to once again provide electricity to Margam County Park estate, located between Swansea and Cardiff, reports the BBC. image Neath … Continue reading

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National Trust announces new Director-General Hilary McGrady, currently Chief Operating Officer 

Hilary McGrady will officially take over on 12 March, next year as Director General of the National trust (NT), succeeding Helen Ghosh who announced earlier this year that she was stepping down to take up a new position. image NT … Continue reading

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Giant box planned to save NTS’ ‘rotting’ Helensburgh’s Mackintosh Hill House

A plan to rescue Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece – The Hill House in Helensburgh – by enclosing it in a huge see-through structure has been unveiled by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

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DBW features Steven Robb on Geddes and ‘conservative surgery’ in Edinburgh: IHBC’s ‘Conservation and Urbanism’ Context

Recently featured on the Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) email alert – sent to nearly 8000 registered users – is Steven Robb’s article on ‘Conservative surgery in Edinburgh’, from IHBC’s Context special issue on ‘Conservation and urbanism’.

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