IHBC’s ‘Heritage on the (amenity) doorstep’: C20 Soc & more object to temporary Royal Festival Hall rooftop restaurant

buildingThe Twentieth Century Society (C20 Soc) is among those objecting in the ‘strongest possible terms’ to plans to erect a temporary restaurant across the entire width of the riverside roof of the Royal Festival Hall.

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IHBC ‘CPD Boost’ in practice: ‘Councils facing financial turbulence should consult more – not less’

logoThe Consultation Institute offers some food for thought around the use of the word ‘consultation’ in local authority and government work, reporting on the legal review of the case of budget reviews affecting library provision and the use of consultation exercises to generate publicity. 

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New innovation fund for places of worship launched by HLF: Expressions by 14 Oct

cathedral interiorThe Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) launched a new strategic partnership to help secure the future of places of worship, with the HLF joined by the Pilgrim Trust, the Plunkett Foundation and the National Churches Trust, and expressions of interest due by 14 October 2018.

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Update: The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Parliament logoAn update on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill has been released by the Scottish Parliament, highlighting the planned 2050 target of 90% reduction in greenhouse gases, and the progress to date on individual sectors.  BEFS have submitted a response which calls for a commitment to work towards zero net emissions by 2050.

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Civic Voice’s ‘Big Conservation Conversation’: Civic Conservation Audits and the ‘Conversation’

websiteCivic Voice has issued an update on the progress of its ‘Big Conservation Conversation’ on its website, highlighting some examples of good practice from communities and groups and urging the preparation of more Civic Conservation Audits.

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Letter from the Chief Planner: A Scotland-wide update

logoJohn McNairney, Scotland’s Chief Planner, has issued an update on current Scottish Government policy and planning matters, including research into the programme of planning reform, the progression of the Planning Bill towards a stage 2 committee, use of digital resources in planning, and engagement with the gypsy/traveller community.

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NT’s ‘AACB’ feature on Biddulph Grange Geological Garden: The restoration of a ‘known unknown’

websiteThe latest issue of the National Trust (NT) Arts and Buildings Collection Bulletin (AACB) profiles the restoration of a unique geological garden, an interesting case of the application of conservation philosophy. 

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IHBC’s 2018 members survey feedback No3: Our thoughts on sundry ‘issues as submitted’ – IHBC members can take a look!

As trustees continued to build on the IHBC’s 2017-18 Member Survey and its positive results – such as 92% of members satisfied or very satisfied with services, and 94% likely or very likely to recommend IHBC membership – in April IHBC they received a report that included itemised consideration of membership concerns, as reported in the extract below.

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A pre-IHBC classic is now accessible online on our LPA web resource – 1992’s ‘Listed Building Repairs Notices’ from the ACO

documentFollowing continued user interest in the 1992 Listed Building Repairs Notices’ research and guidance, produced by the IHBC’s predecessor, the Association of Conservation Officers [ACO], the IHBC has now made available online a digital edition on our Local Planning Authority (LPS) resource site – which including select updates of references – thanks to the efforts of the original author, now also serving as the IHBC’s research consultant, Bob Kindred MBE.

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IHBC Annual School Belfast 2018: A ‘Digital thanks and recap’ – And another CPD opportunity for all from the IHBC

image of theme sharingIHBC NewsBlogs since the 2018 Annual School in Belfast have offered occasional recaps on sessions and reflections on learning and development opportunities around the School theme of ‘Our Shared Heritage’, while now the Social Media lead for the IHBC at the School, Alison McCandlish of Crenellated Arts – an IHBC HEPSR recognised business – outlines the outcomes.

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £200K+ costed work posted this week: Liverpool Cathedral seeks Architect – closing 08/10

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers from this week featuring a call from Liverpool Cathedral which seeks a ‘Cathedral Architect’, closing on 08 October.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage on the doorstep’: Berwick Castle & non-SMC works

websiteThe Berwick Advertiser has reported on potentially unauthorised works to the scheduled monument of Berwick Castle.

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IHBC’s Context ‘CPD Boost’ and more – Heritage Engineering in context (and don’t miss Ian Hume, Carlisle, 4 Oct, ‘Structural repair of historic buildings’)

bowls of sand and aggregate samplesWould you be able to identify the form of construction adopted within a historic building in order to specify the required mortar repairs; the advice of suitable specialists is essential as part of well planned and executed physical works to historic buildings, and an awareness of the considerations for specialist repairs, such as the appropriate specification for lime mortar mixes is crucial.

IHBC’s Context journal can help boost your knowledge of the issues to be considered, as Michael Beare and James Miller offer a conservation engineer’s view on lime mortars in Issue 154 of Context: ‘Working with Lime and Stone’.

image: Context 156 – sands and aggregates by James Miller

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Cultural hub of Glasgow at risk from GSA fire: In media and the Parliament

websiteThere has been discussion in the local media and in the Scottish Parliament surrounding the issues for planned return to residents and businesses to the area affected by the Glasgow School of Art Fire, including the Centre for Contemporary Arts which is located immediately adjacent to the Art School, raising concerns over its future. 

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Judge backs inspector and Monmouthshire CC over listed mansion replacement slates refusal

A High Court judge has come down on the side of Monmouthshire County Council (CC) and a planning inspector in a row over a couple’s choice of replacement tiles for a grade II* listed mansion.

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Regeneration in London and the media: Inside Out London from the BBC – ‘… too many loopholes for residents faced by estate demolition’!

websiteA BBC Inside Out programme has profiled concerns raised regarding the consultation process for the demolition of Council owned estates in London, described by London Assembly member Sian Berry as ‘A big win but too many loopholes for residents faced by estate demolition’.

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What is your favourite conservation area? Civic Voice seeks nominations – closing 18 Sept!

StamfordYou only have until 18 September to nominate your favourite conservation area, as part of the Civic Voice ‘England’s Favourite Conservation Area’ award!

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STP’s ‘Funding Finder’ bulletin out – with deadlines!

websiteScotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) has issued its most recent ‘funding finder’ bulletin, which highlights updates on available funding as well as upcoming deadlines.

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See the ruins of Pompeii like you’ve never seen them before: Through the eyes of a Drone!

cobbled streetThe better part of two millennia after its entombment in ash and pumice by Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii ranks as one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions, and now thanks to technology, entirely new views of Pompeii have also opened up.

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IHBC’s May ‘Council+’: Ideas bear fruit, as early career members ‘reverse mentor’, generating fresh perspectives on your institute’s future plans and structures!

peopleAt the meeting of our Council+ last May, early career members of all categories provided fresh perspectives, alternative priorities and more relevant approaches to how the institute can support modern conservation practitioners, as they ‘reverse mentored’ our most senior officers, generating ideas and plans to help guide our forward planning and future structures.

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IHBC Scotland at Listed Property Show – Free IHBC CPD & more for members: 27 Oct, Edinburgh (Book ahead for free entry)

publication coverIHBC Scotland will host a CPD session (from 3.30 to 4.30) at the Listed Property Show in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on 27 October, with free access to the day-long Show for IHBC members who book ahead, while an IHBC stand will offer more informal access and conservation advocacy to delegates, visitors and IHBC members.

NB: Booking is essential to secure IHBC places and offers, so book first and fast; places limited and details below.

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IHBC’s CPD boost from the NT: Interiors – With Chippendale revealed

websiteThe National Trust (NT) has launched a permanent online exhibition to highlight the work of Thomas Chippendale, following the Chippendale tercentenary celebrations, offering an opportunity to fresh and enhance knowledge of historic interior detailing and furniture terminology.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Appleby’s HAZ is in the news thanks to Cumbria Crack…

websiteA traditional building in the Appleby Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is filming its ‘work in progress’ as part of work grant aided by Historic England, posted on YouTube, as reported by Cumbria Crack!

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IHBC’s international ‘signpost’: UK Government Cultural Protection Fund update

landscapeThe UK Cultural Protection Fund announced that funding has been provided to a project in the Garmain region of Iraqi Kurdistan, aiming to document and monitor the sites and run educational projects which help to upskill local archaeologists and develop education packs for schools relating to the importance of the Mesopotamian remains.

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The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning: Update and vote for the people’s choice – closing soon!

video screenshotHave your say in the winner of the People’s Choice for the prestigious Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning by voting online (closing late September)!

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