HS: New estate management qualifications for Scotland

New rural skills qualifications are to be launched in Scotland, which IHBC member David Mitchell (Historic Scotland’s Director of Conservation) has highlighted as vital for rural traditional building maintenance and repair.

The Scottish Government writes:
Brand new formal qualifications in rural skills are set to open for applications later this year, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.

Backed by Scottish Government funding, the SVQ Level 2 and Level 3 courses will offer up to 20 students per year work-based training in all aspects of estate maintenance and estate management, including gamekeeping, forestry and factoring as well as heritage conservation.

The qualifications, the first of their kind in Scotland, have been developed by Scottish Land & Estates together with Rural Skills Scotland and mark a significant step towards a Rural Skills Modern Apprenticeship for diverse land-based businesses.

Mr Lochhead said: ‘Having a skilled workforce is key to unlocking Scotland’s economic potential, and having more skilled jobs in rural areas will help these communities thrive by creating opportunities for our young people to stay and make a decent living.  I am extremely pleased to confirm Scottish Government support for these new qualifications, which are a great way for those seeking to start or develop a career in land management to learn the necessary skills for use on any type of estate – be it private, community-owned or third or public sector.’

The SVQs will be integral to the Rural Skills Learning Ladder developed by Scottish Land & Estates, which aims to support skills development, progressive and meaningful career paths in the rural sector, as well as providing resources to raise awareness of rural land issues for use by schools.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: ‘The qualifications were developed following feedback from employers and employees on the business needs of modern integrated estates along with difficulties faced by those in rural areas who wanted to undergo training and skills development. We are delighted to see the qualifications come to fruition. We hope that the programme will open up a number of opportunities for people to formalise their knowledge, progress in their careers or consider a new career path in the land based sector.  The qualifications are only one part of Scottish Land & Estates’ Rural Skills Learning Ladder and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government, Imbewu Scotland, Rural Skills Scotland, Historic Scotland, LANTRA and others to inspire young people to pursue rural careers and to ensure that we deliver career progression for those involved in the sector.’

Historic Scotland, Rural Skills Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the SVQ Level 2.

Stewart Christie, Chairman of Rural Skills Scotland, said:
‘Rural Skills Scotland Ltd. is delighted to be involved in today’s celebration event. Working in partnership with Scottish Land & Estates we have worked hard to develop the SVQ Level 2 Estate Maintenance and in doing so have produced a qualification which directly reflects the needs of rural employers.  Not only does it provide an opportunity for those already employed in the land-based sector to formalise their skills, but it also gives new entrants to the sector the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification that employers will value. The significant benefit of this qualification is that it is entirely work based and can be tailored to meet the needs of both the employer and the learner. The support and endorsement from both Scottish Land & Estates and Historic Scotland to date has been invaluable for us as an organisation and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them.’

David Mitchell, Historic Scotland’s Director of Conservation, said: ‘Historic Scotland is very aware of the vital role that estate and other rural workers play in conserving, repairing and maintaining Scotland’s rural built heritage. To that end I am delighted we are working with Scottish Land & Estates and Rural Skills Scotland to ensure that the vocational qualifications being developed in this area will equip people with right skills and knowledge to undertake these works, to ensure that traditional buildings continue to contribute to the sustainable economic growth of Scotland’s rural economy.’

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New President for POS: Stewart Murray

Stewart Murray, Assistant Director, Planning with the Greater London Authority has become the new President of the Planning Officers Society (POS).

POS writes:
Murray was elected at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held in Dorchester on Friday 19 June 2015. Murray is the 19th President of the Society since its formation in 1997.

At the AGM Stewart stated that ‘my aim for the year is to elevate public sector planning as a positive force for change and delivery and ensure the message is promoted and influences the new Government in the coming reform agenda.’

Stewart re-joined the GLA after the 2012 Olympic Games in 2012, from London Borough of Redbridge where he had spent just over a year delivering the Capital’s first CIL. Before that he had worked for the London Borough of Barnet for some 8 years as Director of Planning, Housing & Regeneration.

Stewart is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with some 30 years’ experience in local government in the Capital; he was formerly the Senior Vice President of the Planning Officers Society.  He is also a Trustee Director of the Planning Officers Society Board.

The Immediate Past President of the Society is West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland’s  Director of Planning & Environment, David Evans. The new Senior Vice-President is Anna Rose, Service Director for Planning and Transport at Milton Keynes Council. The new Junior Vice-President is Steve Ingram, Strategic Director Development and Growth at South Kesteven District Council.

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Museums Association appoints ‘transformers’

The Museums Association has announced details of the successful applicants to its ‘transformer’ programme which helps mid-career heritage professionals trial and develop new ideas in their museum, with 27 appointees across the UK. 

The Museums Association writes:
The Museums Association (MA) has announced the successful applicants to its Transformers 2015-16 programme designed to support people in mid-career develop fresh thinking and experimental ideas at their museum in England, Wales and Scotland.

Projects being pursued by successful applicants include taking an iconic museum brand to an airport setting, building a national network to better understand and support neurodiversity, and using collections to generate corporate partnerships and develop corporate volunteering.

Participants in 2015-16 range from exhibition officers to chief executives, and come from a range of different types of museum across England, Wales and Scotland.

Jess Turtle, the MA’s project coordinator, said: ‘We are really pleased that the programme has again attracted such a high level of applications in its second year. There are some very exciting themes emerging, from activism to radical philanthropy. It is wonderful to see that museum professionals continue to respond to current challenges with such creativity. We have a very broad spread of regions, disciplines and types of museums in the cohort, which will translate into an incredibly rich learning experience for participants, the lessons of which can then be shared with the sector.’

The cohort for 2015-16 will be:

  • Rachel Ball, Volunteer Manager, Royal Air Force Museum, London
  • Denise Bowler, Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator, The Whitworth
  • Kathy Cremin, Director of Co-operation, Bede’s World
  • Becky Cund, Director of HR and Administration, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Nicola Cunningham, Exhibitions Officer, National Museums Liverpool
  • Megan Dennis, Curator, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
  • Jody East, Creative Programme Curator, Royal Pavillion and Museum, Brighton
  • Shona Elliot, Lead Curator, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum
  • Nicola Euston, Museum Manager, The Atkinson
  • David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences, The Manchester Museum
  • Rebecca Holt, Chief Operating Officer, Battersea Arts Centre
  • Clare Hunt, Curatorial Manager, Southend Museum
  • Halima Khanom, National and International Learning & Engagement Coordinator, Imperial War Museum
  • Laura Lewis, Project Co-ordinator, Wardown Park Museum
  • Kylea Little, Keeper of History, Discovery Museum
  • Adrian Mason, Head of Marketing and Operations, Tullie House Museum
  • Liz McCaffry Payne, Corporate and Trusts Fundraiser, Bletchley Park Trust
  • Philip Miles, Museum Manager, Sheringham Museum
  • Becki Morris, Collections Assistant, Heritage and Culture Warwickshire
  • Diana Morton, Outreach and Access Manager, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
  • Mhairi Muncaster, Development Manager, William Morris Gallery
  • Alex Nicholson-Evans, Volunteer Development Manager, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Victoria Rogers, Museum Manager, Cardiff Story Museum
  • Pollie Shorthouse, Executive Director of NCCL, Galleries of Justice, The Egalitarian Trust
  • Caroline Storr, Heritage Development Manager, Salford Community Leisure
  • Katie Taylor, Individual Giving Executive, Royals Museums Greenwich
  • Caroline Worthington, Chief Executive, Bexley Heritage Trust

Transformers is funded by Arts Council England, Museums Galleries Scotland, The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales, and Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) 

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The ‘UK’s greenest historic building’ project progress

A building project undertaken by the University of Edinburgh’s new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), Scotland’s only low carbon innovation hub, in association with Edinburgh World Heritage, is deemed to be the UK’s greenest historic building, has moved a step closer to implementation, with environmental improvement work taking place on historic steps in conjunction with a local artist to re-open the once neglected route.

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation writes:
Edinburgh’s High School Yards steps, leading form the Cowgate to ECCI, have been reopened to the public after 12 years of closure and are now the focus of an installation by Edinburgh artist Callum Innes. 

The historic steps, which link the Cowgate and High School Yards, were closed in 2003 after reports of anti-social behaviour. Their restoration is the result of an 18 month partnership project to revive the route between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and The University of Edinburgh.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, who helped open the steps, said: ‘The incredible transformation of High School Yards steps is testament to the partnership working by all those involved in this project, including members of the local community.  The vast improvement to the area, featuring Callum Innes’ innovative artwork, will not only create a safer and more attractive atmosphere for those working, living and studying nearby, but will enhance this lesser-used end of the Cowgate.’

As well as significant conservation work, including the renewal of railings and the addition of gates to close the stairs off at night, the refurbished steps will feature a bespoke installation by Callum Innes.  Aiming to reclaim the area as a public space, the artwork uses an infrared camera to capture the movement of people as they climb the steps, projecting their silhouettes onto a large LED mesh screen above them, revealing a hidden section of the stairs.

Short clips of silhouetted movement, created by Innes in collaboration with young adults from the nearby Panmure St Ann’s Centre and artists Catherine Payton and Tom Nolan, also play on a loop when the stairs are empty.

Artist Callum Innes said: ‘By placing an infrared camera half-way up the steps we make a hidden part of the steps visible, relaying live footage of silhouetted figures to be superimposed onto the changing colours of the screen.   The installation directly engages both the architecture of the steps and the public for whom they serve. In conjunction with the development of the work, I wanted to involve local school children in creating recorded silhouettes that can run on the screen when the steps are closed, or at quieter times.’

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: ‘This exciting project demonstrates again how neglected areas of the World Heritage Site can be transformed to the benefit to the city, through an innovative mixture of heritage conservation and public art and collaborative working. Our funding has helped to conserve these Victorian steps to the highest standard, but Callum’s work fundamentally transforms our perceptions of this space, adding both enchantment and safety. The High School Yards Steps have now been reclaimed as useful public space, supporting an oft-overlooked area of the Old Town.’

The regeneration of the steps was an important aspect of the design of the University of Edinburgh’s new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) building at High School Yards, Scotland’s only low carbon innovation hub and the UK’s greenest historic building. ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr said: ‘The regeneration of the steps opens up routes that connect the newly renovated ECCI building and surrounding area to the Cowgate, Drummond St and other parts of the city at large. ECCI’s core aims are built around bringing people together to solve the complex problems associated with climate change, so it absolutely fitting to have improved the connectivity and sustainability of the building in this way, and in such an innovative and creative way.’

The renovation of High School Yards steps was first proposed in 2013, when the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation opened to students, many of whom would use the route to access the Old Town.  By improving the appearance of the steps and limiting night time entry – gates will be closed between 8pm and 9am – it is hoped that anti-social behaviour, littering and graffiti will be deterred.

The total cost of the work is £214,536 and is jointly funded by Edinburgh World Heritage, the University of Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council’s Neighbourhood Environment Projects budget, which offers local groups the opportunity to deliver projects.

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Vote for your favourite Lottery Good Cause

The National Lottery public vote for favourite lottery good cause is now open, from 24 June – 29 July everyone may vote for their favourite project across 7 categories, including heritage.

The nominees in the heritage category (in random order) are:

  • Mind the Gap – The Watercress Line (Hampshire)
  • Together We Won the War (The Race Equality Centre, Leicester and Leicestershire)
  • Newbridge Memo (South Wales)
  • First World War in the Air (Royal Air Force Museum)
  • Lincoln Castle Revealed
  • Áras St. Columba Heritage Centre (Derry-Londonderry)
  • Information Age (London Science Museum)

View more information on the heritage category nominees, and vote

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First Big Lottery Fund Scotland Land Fund grants announced

The first allocations of Scottish Land Fund grants worth £172,000 in three different areas have been announced by the Big Lottery. 

The Big Lottery Fund writes:
Three community land initiatives in the Scottish Borders, East Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire are today (12 JUNE) sharing in Scottish Land Fund grants worth £172,000.

Minister for Land Reform, Aileen McLeod said, ‘ ‘I am delighted to see the latest round of Scottish Land Fund awards which will help six communities in south Ayrshire, the Scottish Borders, Aberdeenshire and the Western Isles bring land into community ownership.

‘These communities have developed their own plans for their local land which ranges from estates to small key pieces of land that will help them to transform their communities and bring a host of benefits; economic, social and environmental. I am looking forward to watching them develop the land on which they live and work to realise their goals and ambitions, as the Scottish Government seeks to support community land ownership and bring more land into community ownership by 2020.’

Set within a small rural community of just 200 residents, the Tweedsmuir Community Company (TCC) receives £127,500 to purchase a 1.14 hectare piece of land adjoining the historic Crook Inn – a building previously brought into community ownership back in 2013. The land includes a semi-derelict coach-house, former Hotel owner’s house, and listed outbuildings, as well as part of the former railway line, which took workers to the Talla Reservoir during its construction. Thanks to today’s Scottish Land Fund award, TCC will now own and develop the site, which in turn enable it to develop the breadth of proposals for the Crook Inn Community Hub.

James Welch, TCC Director, said: ‘The TCC is delighted with this substantial award from the Scottish Land Fund as it will dramatically increase the scope to develop and sustain our rural and isolated community, by enhancing the long term viability of the Crook Inn Community Hub. It will provide opportunities for employment, learning and training, social and cultural life and in the support of local business. It also provides scope for innovative new developments at this historic site.’

The site of a former primary school in Crossroads, East Ayrshire will be brought into community ownership, thanks to a grant of £30,500. The Crossroads Community Hub Ltd will purchase the site from East Ayrshire Council and establish a new community hub encompassing a community-managed farm shop, cafe, craft gallery, multi-use community space and learning centre.

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Build to Rent: New Homes in London

1000 new homes to rent are now going to be available in London under the Build to Rent fund. 

DCLG writes:
Three multi-million pound deals will provide over 1,000 new homes specifically for private rent in London, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced yesterday (10 June 2015) at the London Real Estate Forum.  The homes will be built in some of the capital’s most sought-after locations – including the newest neighbourhood in Stratford’s Olympic Village site. 

Mr Lewis said the completion of these 3 deals will provide good quality rented homes for tenants ‘well into the future’.  The £1 billion Build to Rent fund is designed to help developers produce large scale, quality homes, specifically for the private rented sector.

Yesterday’s latest agreements will mean £252 million is invested in building 1,353 homes across key sites in London. These include:

  • 903 homes for rent at Stratford’s Olympic Village
  • 278 homes for rent at Newington Butts in Southwark
  • 172 homes for rent across sites in Hammersmith, Westminster and West Kensington

Work on the homes will start straight away, and be completed in 2017 and 2018.  Each site will include a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom properties, all located closely to underground stations.

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IHBC School 2015: Thanks to all on a huge success, to Branch volunteers, speakers, sponsors and Council+ too!

With plaudits and congratulations all offered to the Branch organisers, supporters, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors at the IHBC’s 2015 Norwich, and further details to come on its CPD success through analysis supported by Historic England, IHBC’s national officers offer resounding congratulations to all involved, and look forward to Worcester 2016!

IHBC President Trefor Thorpe said: ‘I was hugely impressed with the enthusiasm and interest coming from our delegates, organisers and the wide range of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors in Norwich this year.  All seemed most taken by the whole programme – from the chance to learn about the diversity of our heritage to the opportunities to network, and even to contribute to our presence on social media.  It is a sign of a living, vibrant, and rapidly evolving organisation, which is just what we need as we all confront what one speaker identified as the economic ‘cold winter’ coming in the support for heritage conservation.’

‘Our Branch volunteers and conference speakers and leaders, as well as all others along in Norwich, demonstrated well just how working together – imaginatively and with a positive attitude – is the best way to respond to any ‘cold winter’.’

‘Our new governance developments, progressing under the ‘IHBC+’ programme, were a further demonstration of that ‘IHBC attitude’, though for more updates on our new governance and the AGM, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for our forthcoming membership Eletter, as that will carry the full details.’

IHBC Chair Mike Brown said: ‘For the Chair of any organisation, there can be few things more satisfying than seeing its members and supporters pull together at critical moments – annual conferences, AGMs, challenging governance developments and the like.  Over last weekend the IHBC faced all three, and our staff, volunteers, members and supporters all responded with a dedication and spirit far above the call of duty – self-imposed, as is the case for volunteers, or otherwise.  I was hugely impressed by it all, but given my experience of the IHBC to date, not at all surprised.’

‘So I would like to echo the thanks and admiration of our President to all involved with our 2015 School and the associated programmes of AGM and our Council+ meeting on the Sunday.  In particular I would like to offer my warmest gratitude to the Branch as a whole, and to the organising committee and our own staff, for raising the bar yet again in showing how we deliver cost-effective, quality training to our members and their colleagues.’

IHBC Education Secretary David McDonald said: ‘As a regular visitor to the Annual School, my expectations are not only that there will be something new to learn, but also that I will be inspired. Norwich has fulfilled both these expectations admirably.  From Jonathan Foyle’s thought provoking words on cultural heritage to the ‘sharp end’ experience of Darren Baker in providing training in traditional construction skills there was much to learn.  The Day School, along with the tours on Thursday and Saturday gave the delegates an exemplary CPD experience.’

‘Informal feedback on the CPD value of the School programme has been very positive, so I’m really looking forward to hearing the detailed analysis to come from the online survey and the internal analysis of CPD values that Historic England is kind enough to support.’

‘So, for any there, please be sure to fill in the feedback survey as that’s the best way to help us make 2016, and Worcester, and match to 2015 and Norwich!’

Bob Kindred, Chair of the Gus Astley Student Award Trustees said: I was delighted see five of the nominees for the 8th annual Awards at the Norwich School. It was an honour to be able to introduce and showcase this year’s outstanding submissions and I am indebted to our guest judge Professor Jukka Jokilehto who had no easy task in selecting the winner, which was Sarah Hendricks of Cambridge University for her dissertation ‘Spaces for Secular Music Performance in Seventeenth-Century England’.  I was also pleased to see several past Award recipients at the School and it is greatly encouraging to learn that participation in the Awards has assisted them in furthering their careers.

The prestige of these Awards grows from year to year and I look forward to seeing the submissions for the 2015 Gus Astley Student Awards – the closing date for which is 31st July –  and promoting the results at the Annual School in Worcester next year.

For a reminder of the School programme, supporters such as Historic England, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors see our forthcoming School issue of Context, and Norwich2015

Gus Astley Award winners for this year

Background to Council+

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IHBC Annual School – the digital thanks

Twitter Stats CropThis year the annual school in Norwich included a great deal of digital discussion, with Tweets, videos, blogs, Facebook posts and photographs spreading the word of the annual school and the tours, topics and information discussed under the theme ‘cultural connections’.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘It’s great to be able to extend our reach into the wider membership and public with our own members and delegates taking advantage of our social media infrastructure to reach out and break down the barriers to heritage learning.  Of course with a School theme linked to diversity, it’s especially appropriate that support and encouragement from Historic England has helped us develop this dimension to our educational services’.

IHBC’s social media consultant Alison McCandlish said: ‘The hashtag #ihbcnorwich (adopted as the main keyword for the annual school) had 596 tweets and over the following weeks we will create ‘digital archives’ in the form of Storify summaries which show highlights of all the virtual posts, accessible to everyone as no accounts for these services are needed.’

‘The picture linked to the NewsBlog shows a visual representation of all the chats in the ‘twittersphere’; thank you to everyone who joined in here, on Facebook, LinkedIn and elsewhere (and of course, in person!).’

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IHBC launches Associate application forms: Evaluation, Management & Intervention

The IHBC has launched its new application forms specially designed to help those seeking to become Associates of the IHBC, our new membership category aimed at helping built and historic environment conservation practitioners progress more easily towards full accredited membership of the institute by offering recognition in conservation skills that reflect their own primary area of specialist practice.

IHBC Membership Secretary Paul Butler said: ‘Associate membership serves as a critical new ‘stepping stone’ to full membership of the IHBC, where multi-disciplinary conservation skills are tested, recognised and supported through CPD.’

‘To help cultivate a person’s multi-disciplinary competences in conservation, we offer Associate membership in three membership sub-categories: Evaluation, Management and Intervention. These correspond to generic areas of conservation practice – what we call the IHBC’s ‘Areas of Competence’ – that reflect and encompass more traditional disciplines involved in the understanding, care and enhancement of our valued places’.

‘With the launch of these new application forms – which we have tailored for applicants seeking particular sub-categories of Associate membership – the IHBC can offer another tier of career and learning support for practitioners.  And this new tier is captured in the Associate’s post-nominals, ‘AssocIHBC’.

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘Our new category of Associate membership reflects our response to a clear need in the sector, one adopted at our AGM back in 2013.  This new membership category extends our capacity to support practitioners from all backgrounds as they develop recognisable and specialist knowledge in conservation principles, practice and advice.  We all know that conservation is an interdisciplinary practice that depends on multi-disciplinary skills, and this new category responds to the reality that people typically develop multi-disciplinary skills on a foundation of experience wrought in a single discipline’.

Kate Kendall, IHBC’s LETS Liaison Officer responsible for member and volunteer support across the IHBC’s learning, education, training and standards operations, said: ‘The new Associate category provides Affiliate members with the opportunity of a new ‘stepping stone’ to full membership. For affiliates that feel the full membership application might be a step too far at the moment then this could be the approach for you.  Taking some of the pressure off is the fact that you are able to focus on the area of competence that best reflects your core practice and skills base, whether it corresponds to evaluation, management or intervention in the built and historic environment.’

‘On achieving accreditation as an Associate, your conservation credentials can be acknowledged by virtue of the ‘AssocIHBC’ post-nominals. You then have the opportunity to focus on the areas you need to reinforce your knowledge to attain full membership in the long term.’

The IHBC writes:
The three categories of Associate members are best described as follows:

Evaluation: Accreditation as an IHBC Associate in ‘Evaluation’ means that you should describe yourself as an ‘IHBC Associate, accredited in conservation practice that evaluates change in the built and historic environment’.

Management: Accreditation as an IHBC Associate in Management’ means that you may describe yourself as an ‘IHBC Associate, accredited in conservation practice that manages change in the built and historic environment’.

Intervention: Accreditation as an IHBC Associate in ‘Intervention’ means that you should describe yourself as an ‘IHBC Associate, accredited in conservation practice that generates change in the built and historic environment’.

Download the forms that reflect best your primary area of practice:

Evaluation: which typically represents skills sets associated with the activities of historians, archaeologists, historic buildings inspectors and advisers, some surveyors and others involved in determining the nature and cultural values of the built and historic environment

Management: which is typically for planners, conservation officers, some project managers and building preservation trust officers and heritage site and city managers, and others involved in managing change in the built and historic environment

Intervention: which reflects skills sets of architects, engineers, urban design and regeneration specialists, as well as some developers, crafts and trades people, contractors, project managers and building preservation trust officers, and others involved in work that generates change in the built and historic environment

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IHBC welcomes recognition for heritage and planning conservation interests in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The IHBC warmly welcomed the high percentage of heritage interests recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2015, including IHBC member Rosemarie MacQueen, who was awarded the MBE for services to ‘preservation in London’, Gillian Darley architectural writer formerly of the SPAB, and Dominic Cole Chair of the Garden History Society, who received OBE’s, and Prof. Marilyn Palmer (at Leicester Uni) awarded an MBE for services to industrial archaeology while Loyd Grossman rose from OBE to CBE. 

The Heritage Alliance bulletin produced a comprehensive list of heritage sector interests receiving awards, whilst the RTPI also celebrated the awards of planning professionals. 

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First 100 HLF grants: research and celebration

A study of the first 100 completed large grant aided HLF projects has been released which documents their aims and impacts, featuring case studies from throughout the UK where grants were over £5 million. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) writes:
In our latest research study, we focused on the impact of our largest grants – those of £5million or more. One hundred and seventy-three of these ‘Major Grants’ have now been made, and the first 100 of them are complete. Many have been finished for a decade or longer, giving us the opportunity to review the long-term, sustained benefits that have been achieved.

  • HLF has awarded £1billion to the 100 completed Major Grants. A further £2bn has been raised through partnership funding
  • 94 million visits are made each year as a result of these Major Grants – (a 130% rise). The biggest increases in visits were from families and young people
  • Local tourism businesses are receiving an extra £480m in revenue as a result of increased visits – creating an extra 9,600 new jobs
  • In addition, HLF funding created 2,536 new jobs within 46 of the funded organisations
  • 49 organisations extended their work with schools. as a result of their Major Grant, and 58 new education spaces – such as classrooms, lecture theatres and training rooms – have been created
  • 54 organisations increased the number of volunteers they work with

Through these 100 completed Major Grants HLF has funded:

  • 6 world heritage sites
  • 16 Grade I listed buildings in England and Wales
  • 5 Grade A buildings in Scotland
  • 14 Grade II* listed buildings in England and Wales
  • 10 Grade II listed buildings in England and Wales
  • 2 Grade B buildings in Scotland
  • 6 buildings that have been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register
  • 4 scheduled ancient monuments
  • 36 National Collections
  • 8 designated collections
  • 43 accredited museums
  • 2 accredited archives
  • 6 works of art now in public collections
  • 3 historic archives that would have been broken apart
  • 5 ships on the National Historic Register of Ships
  • 7 of the top 10 most popular visitor attractions in England: the British Museum, National Gallery, Southbank Centre, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, the V&A and Somerset House
  • 4 of the top 5 attractions in Scotland: National Museum Scotland, Scottish National Gallery, Kelvingrove and the Riverside Museum
  • 65 visitor attractions in total: 23 in London; six in Manchester; three in Liverpool; two in Edinburgh; two in Glasgow; two in Bristol and one each in, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Chichester, Exeter, Falmouth, Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Swansea and Worcester

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Buckingham Palace maintenance and repair

A BBC report examines the forthcoming repair works at Buckingham Palace, and the possibility that HM Queen may have to move out whilst £150 million of work is carries out.

View the news report and video on the BBC website

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National Women in Engineering Day + free online equality publications

This year National Women in Engineering Day was celebrated on 23 June, and to coincide with this the Institute of Civil Engineering is offering free online access to articles that address the issues of diversity in the built environment. 

The Institute of Civil Engineers writes:
The second annual National Women in Engineering Day is being held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and looks to highlight the opportunities available for women in engineering, to increase diversity and inclusion.

ICE Publishing is supporting this initiative by making previously published papers that focus on diversity and gender issues in civil engineering free to read until June 30.

Kate Cairns, an Independent Sustainability Advisor, discusses the issues covered in these publications. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of construction and sustainability, and in bringing the two together. Kate is a Director of CEEQUAL Ltd, the assessment and award scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering and the public realm.

She currently chairs the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East Sustainability Panel and is a member of the national ICE Sustainability Panel Executive Group, Cycle Working Group, and Fairness Integrity and Respect (FIR) group. 

Featured Articles:

  • Heading the drive for women in civil engineering: a personal perspective- Katie Brewin Proceedings of the ICE – Civil Engineering 2014, 167 (1) 147
  • The Equality and Diversity Panel, Institution of Civil Engineers Daniel Hooper- Proceedings of the ICE – Municipal Engineer, 165 (3) 125-126
  • Planning for sustainable urban areas or everyday life and inclusion- Clara Greed- Proceedings of the ICE – Urban Design and Planning 2011, 164 (2) 107-119
  • Improving public services through open data: public toilets- Jo-Anne Bichard & Gail Knight- Proceedings of the ICE – Municipal Engineer 2012, 165 (3) 157-165
  • Women in water supply, sanitation and hygiene programmes- Julie Fisher- Proceedings of the ICE – Municipal Engineer 2008, 161 (4) 223-229
  • Diversity training for engineers: making ‘gender’ relevant- Brian Reed & Sue Coates- Proceedings of the ICE – Municipal Engineering 2012, 165 (3) 127-135

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NI heritage spending analysis

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (NI) has released the results of research into local authority arts and culture expenditure from 2006-2013, which includes heritage data, offering an insight into regional variations prior to reorganisation. 

The data also includes arts development and support, museums and galleries, theatre and entertainment and IHBC members will be interested to view the heritage data (which relates to ‘repair and maintenance of councils historic buildings and ancient monuments (including recovery of expenses), initiatives or services designed to develop or maintain an awareness of local history, grants to voluntary groups and special events to celebrate historical events.’ –table 1 page 4).

Heritage shows a peak of expenditure in 2010/11 and 2011/12 (p6), and each local authority has data on ‘culture and related services’, with Derry spending the most per capita and Magherafelt the least across the survey timeline.

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Palace of Westminster: Independent Options Appraisal out

An independent consortium has published their report into the scenarios for major repair and renewal at the Palace of Westminster, highlighting the poor condition of many parts of the building and considering the impact of five different options to manage the building and its fabric. 

Deloitte LLP writes:
A Deloitte-led consortium with AECOM and HOK has published an Independent Options Appraisal (IOA) report detailing a range of scenarios for carrying out a major restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster.

Dr Richard Ware, programme director for Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal, says: ‘The Palace has reached a turning point in its history, with many features needing major renovation. These include antiquated heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems combined with extensive stonework decay, leaking roofs, corrosion and the need to improve fire containment. Even the intensive programme of urgent repairs carried out over the last five years is barely scratching the surface.’

The IOA specifies five scenarios across three potential delivery options. These range from a ‘do minimum’ multi-phased approach, to making significant improvements in an intensive single phase. The consortium’s potential delivery options of how the work will be carried out were identified as:

  • A rolling programme of works over a significantly prolonged period of time, delivered around continued occupation of the Palace – potentially 32 years;
  • A partial move out, while a programme of works is conducted over a shorter period of time, during which each House would, in turn, move out to a temporary location and return upon completion – potentially 11 years; and
  • A full move out, during which the Palace would be fully vacated while works are undertaken over a more concentrated period of time, with the Houses returning upon completion – approximately 6 years.

The times and costs in the IOA are based on an assumed start date of 2020, on an assumed scope and are estimated in three bands: upper, mid and lower range. Mid-range costs are: (all figures rounded to two significant figures)

Scenario Renovation scope Most likely duration Mid-range full capital expenditure estimate
Rolling programme minimum standards, including fire containment, improved lifts and step-free access to most areas 32 years £5.7bn
Partial decant as above 11 years £3.9bn
Partial decant as above plus some improvements to business and public amenities (medium outcome) 11 years £4.4bn
Full decant as above 6 years £3.5bn
Full decant renovation with significant improvements 6 years £3.9bn

This table lists mid-range estimated costs for the full capital expenditure based on Q2 2014 undiscounted figures. Estimated capital expenditure includes construction works and delivery, temporary accommodation, programme management, future inflation, an allowance for risk, and VAT. A detailed breakdown of estimated costs for each scenario can be found in Volume One of the IOA. All calculations assume that temporary accommodation is relinquished once the programme is complete.

Alex Bell, IOA lead and partner at Deloitte Real Estate, says: ‘Our analysis indicates that the restoration and renewal of the UK’s most famous building will be a challenging and potentially expensive exercise, but that it could also generate significant benefits to Parliament and the UK more widely. Members and peers face unenviable decisions, although recent mega-project success stories such as London 2012 and Crossrail demonstrate the UK’s capability to deliver such projects successfully.’

John Hicks, UK head of government & public sector at AECOM, comments: ‘The report intentionally does not contain recommendations on which scenario to choose. As technical lead for the consortium team, AECOM has focused on helping define the ‘what’ in terms of scenarios and the ‘how’, as well as ‘when’ the project could be delivered. This focus, together with both capital and life cost, and robust analysis of the engineering challenges from replacement services to environmental issues, have been principal ingredients of the IOA report.’

Larry Malcic, design principal of HOK, adds: ‘Few landmarks can rival the enormous historic, cultural and political significance of the Palace of Westminster. The challenges involved in its restoration and renewal are unique. Our extensive understanding of the building’s architectural heritage, underpinned by our two decades of experience working at the Palace and across Whitehall, has informed the report’s findings on what each scenario would aim to achieve and how to manage such a complex design project.’

Bell concludes: ‘The Joint Committee is expected to make its recommendations early in 2016 with an anticipated decision in principle by members of both Houses in spring 2016. Once the preferred way forward has been identified, the scope will be firmed up and more accurate costs will be developed. The report should not therefore be regarded as a bid for funding in the future. The scale of the work required on the Palace is such that it will have to be planned several years in advance. The Restoration and Renewal Programme itself is unlikely to start before 2020/21.’

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