Tate Modern neighbours lose viewing platform privacy case

websiteResidents in glass-walled apartments worth up to £3.5m have lost their bid to stop visitors to the Tate Modern gallery looking into their homes.

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Design Council appoints new Director of Architecture and the Built Environment

personDesign Council Chief Executive, Sarah Weir OBE, has today announced the appointment of Sue Morgan to be the organisation’s new Director of Architecture and the Built Environment.

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Ancient Woodbury hillfort being damaged by illegal off-roading

websiteAn ancient Iron Age hillfort, Woodbury Castle, near Exmouth, is being wrecked from motorists illegally driving their vehicles off-road despite signage and temporary fences being installed at the site.

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Lichfield publishes ‘Planned up and be counted Local Plan-making since the NPPF 2012’

publication coverLichfields’ sixth annual review of Local Plan production under the original National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF 2012) shows that only half of Local Planning authorities have put in place a Local Plan under its auspices, and highlights how even those authorities with an adopted plan will quickly need to grapple with the Government’s reforms in the updated framework.

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Entries now open for the Brick Awards 2019: closing 31 May

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Demolition starts on Windscale chimney at Sellafield

buildingThe first blocks of concrete have been removed from the top of one of the world’s most recognisable chimneys as the start of the demolition of Sellafield’s Windscale Pile One stack.

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IHBC’s 2019 Day School update with ‘Flying Archaeologist’ Ben Robinson on ‘Heritage at Risk’ and Essex Police Advisor Stephen Armson Smith on ‘Terrorism’

peopleThe IHBC has announced the next round of speakers for the 2019 Day School ‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience: confronting conservation calamities’, in Nottingham on 5 July, as it offers challenging takes on both heritage at risk and terrorism.

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DON’T FORGET: IHBC’s coming to the Natural Stone Show 2019, naturally, on HESPR, Conservation Wiki and more: Excel, 30/4-2/5 – with exhibitor list now live!

websiteThe IHBC will host its regular stand at the Natural Stone Show’s Conservation Area from 30 April, in London’s ExCel, so please be sure to visit us as well as access all the other free IHBC-recognised CPD on offer, including the regular Conservation Day, on Thursday 2 May.

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £2.3M+ costed work this week: EHT seeks consultant on governance structure etc. for Berwick Barracks, closing 21/03, no value stated

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from English Heritage Trust (EHT) a consultant to develop a governance structure etc. for Berwick Barracks, closing 21 March, with no value stated.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Councillors defy officer recommendation and approve Margate seafront hotel

websiteThe Isle of Thanet News has reported that controversial plans to build a 124 bed hotel on Margate seafront have been approved by Thanet council notwithstanding planning officer’s recommendations for refusal.

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IHBC CPD boost from DBW: Brush up on the evaluation of building performance!

building planA building’s performance (or efficiency) is a measure of how well it functions in relation to designated criteria such as physical, social or environmental considerations, writes Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – as it features guidance on how a building’s physical efficiency can be evaluated, and how to measure whether the resources necessary to design and construct a building have been used effectively.

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BEFS seeks views on ‘Prioritisation’ for built and historic environment: Survey closes 22 March

BEFS logo on websiteBuilt Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has been leading on ‘Prioritisation’ work for the built and historic environment since Autumn 2018, to inform the work on the Built Heritage Investment Plan taking place within Historic Environment Scotland and the OPiT Built Heritage Investment Group, and asks for stakeholder views.

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The BBC on ‘The councils trying to save the High Street’ in 2018

Local councils have spent more than £800m on the purchase of UK shopping centres over the last three years.

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Four new commissioners appointed to England’s new home design body

housing sketchFour new commissioners have been appointed to the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

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Arms-length body set to buy Glasgow’s iconic buildings

websiteA new deal means Glasgow City Council can begin paying back thousands of underpaid workers by selling off some of its most iconic buildings and venues to a council-run body and leasing them back to help pay for an equal pay settlement.

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£3.2M Bright Ideas Fund launched to help community business start-ups in England

websitePower to Change has announced a new £3.2m Community Business Bright Ideas Fund to offer tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to 150 groups to develop their projects.

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£1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund launched for England

townscape plus peopleThe government launched a £1.6 billion fund 4 March 2019 to boost growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Brexit.

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PAS: Survey of planning departments, March 2019

In March 2019 PAS is carrying out a short survey of planning departments on behalf of MHCLG and the LGA.

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IHBC launches ‘base-line’ consultation document on modernising governance, calling for member contributions and feedback after ‘more than a decade of exploration, interrogation, and debate’.

sketch of peopleFollowing recent rounds of meetings with members, Branches and trustees, the IHBC has launched a ‘base-line’ discussion document on modernising the Institute’s governance, and move forward after more than a decade of exploration, interrogation, and debate’.

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IHBC’s Nottingham 2019 – ‘Perspectives to take to School’ 1:
Loss of historic buildings in Exeter fire revives public interest in remains

websiteThe fire in Exeter’s Cathedral Yard on 28 October 2016 has had an unexpected legacy: the revival of public interest in the city’s historic built environment and the reawakening of popular interest in the city’s remaining historic buildings, aspects captured in new Historic England research, perhaps offering a perspective delegates can take to the 2019 Nottingham School!

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IHBC’s Nottingham 2019 – ‘Perspectives to take to School’ 2:
GII listed arches at Scarborough railway station to be rebuilt following structural damage

websiteThe Scarborough News has reported on how two of the historic railway arches at Scarborough train station are to be demolished and rebuilt after being damaged by a vehicle, offering a perspective for delegates to take to the 2019 Nottingham School.

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GII listed arches at Scarborough railway station to be rebuilt following structural damage

IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Blue pub told to change colour to match town heritage

websiteThe Morning Advertiser has reported on how Newark and Sherwood District Council has said the White Hind’s new blue look must match its conservation area heritage aesthetic.

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IHBC ‘CPD boost’: BIM & more – conservation practices, challenges and opportunities in a changing world, from COTAC Chair Ingval Maxwell to RIBA

personIn a RIBA knowledge post, Ingval Maxwell – Chair of COTAC, with which IHBC has a Memorandum of Understanding – discusses some of the challenges and opportunities that BIM poses for the conservation sector.

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Derelict buildings in Glasgow to be given new life

websiteThe local authority, Glasgow City Council, has issued a 10-year vision that strives to reimagine Glasgow as a world-class city and bring derelict buildings back to life.

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Parliament passes accelerated degree proposals

Houses of Parliament courtesy of UK GovProposals to increase choice for students and save on tuition fees have been passed by the House of Commons and House of Lords.

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