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- Local Authority conservation capacity in England: New research confirms continued decline for 10 years – 36% since 2006!
- IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: Orkney @ £20,000 to £30,000
- Reduced rates and 3 FREE IHBC Bursary places at BLF’s Hot-Mixed Lime Mortars seminar, Coventry, 20 Oct… act fast for a special ‘IHBC members with benefits’ offer!
- IHBC welcomes its first Vice President: Mike Brown IHBC
- Historic Building Protection Funding: Parliamentary questions to DCMS
- Waste not want not: Sweden pushes VAT breaks for repairs
- Last chance for 2017 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards: Closing 1 October
- HLF and RCAHMW: Commissioner and committee skills sought, closing 3 and 12 Oct
- Edinburgh University McEwan Hall Gates: Graduate outcry halts sale
- Diversity in heritage valuing, as sun sets at Rhyl Sun Centre site with demolition work starting
- IHBC South Branch conference and AGM: ‘Forms, Surveys and Reports…’ – Newbury, 7 Oct.
- WG introduce Land Transaction Tax: 1st Wales’ own in 800 years
- 1 in 10 home owners not happy with their builder’s work: So use the FMB’s ‘Keep away from the Cowboys’ checklist
- Poll finds Londoners support restrictions on tall buildings
- Where are the Global Cities of Opportunity? PWC US says London ranks highly
- Countries of Culture inquiry discusses funding for culture and arts
Monthly Archives: May 2012
Issue 20 of the ‘Public Service Review’, a key publication for the public policy sector, carries an article by IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly highlighting the environmental value of conservation, and how improving fiscal support for maintenance could help this ‘Conservation … Continue reading
Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage (EH), set out the organisation’s plans for the year ahead in a speech he gave on 22 May at Apsley House, London, including announcing EH’s proposed development of an indicator for Local Authorities. … Continue reading
Research shows that street furniture, barriers, parks, public spaces and neighbourhood architecture can stir up powerful emotions in local residents, and this should be taken into account in programmes designed to reduce tensions and foster community cohesion. Four cities – … Continue reading
Putting green infrastructure such as parks, gardens and trees at the heart of neighbourhoods can bring significant economic benefits, according to a Natural England study. The work showed that far from being an expensive luxury in difficult economic times, devoting … Continue reading
The Welsh Government has set out plans detailing a pipeline of capital projects worth £15bn over the next decade. Building Co UK Article: LINK
A new web survey by sustainability consultant Georgie James, into the extent that environmental assessment methods are appropriate for refurbishment of historic buildings, is now open for responses. Georgie James writes: My research is into the extent that current environmental … Continue reading
New Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) projects in the South West aim to bring Georgian pleasure gardens to life and explore the cemeteries of the future as projects explore groundbreaking ideas for new heritage experiences. AHRC writes: Six projects … Continue reading
A new industry-wide forum has been set up to improve the employment of women, minorities and the disabled within the construction industry. CITB-ConstructionSkills writes: The new Construction Industry Leadership Forum for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR), has been established on … Continue reading
The Association of Building Engineers (ABE) has launched the British Building Maintenance Awards for 2012, to recognise excellence, achievement and innovation in building maintenance management and estate services, including conservation. ABE writes: We like to welcome entries from both public … Continue reading
The Historic Chapels Trust has announced that Roland Jeffery will be its Director from 25 May. He takes over from Dr Jennifer Freeman, who retired at the end of March having been the Director from the Trust’s inception in 1993. … Continue reading
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has condemned the withdrawal of VAT relief for key heritage construction works, saying it will undermine the future improvement of many of the UK’s listed buildings while threatening much-needed growth, especially in construction … Continue reading
Letters to the press from members of the ‘Cut the VAT’ campaign and Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) have hit the papers, adding to the public campaign by heritage luminaries such as Loyd Grossman. See the letter from ‘Cut the … Continue reading
Parliamentary questions raised on behalf of Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), of which the IHBC is a member, confirm that the Scottish Government considers the move ‘deeply regrettable’, and ‘in the opposite direction from the approach that the Scottish Ministers … Continue reading
The Chancellor has agreed an extra £30 million to help resolve the damage to the future of listed places of worship by the budget’s recent heritage ‘VAT raid’, a subvention only confirming the high-level recognition of the damage caused by … Continue reading
‘New homes are too small, too noisy & need ‘period features’’, say buyers…‘and we don’t trust sellers’!
More storage space, better soundproofing and ‘period features’ such as good light are some of the key features that people need when choosing a home! A new Ipsos MORI research report for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has … Continue reading
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has decided not to intervene over Cornwall Council’s decision to allow the redevelopment of the derelict South Quay in Hayle which is part of a World Heritage Site. Both English Heritage and UNESCO’s consultants objected to … Continue reading