IHBC CPD event update, from HE: ‘Reducing risk of fire in thatched buildings – recent research and new guidance’

buildingOn Tuesday 13 November 2018 Historic England, in partnership with IHBC South West Branch and the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) held a free IHBC CPD-recognised seminar on ‘Reducing risk of fire in thatched buildings’ at the Fire Service headquarters near Exeter in Devon, and lead organiser Alison Henry of Historic England (HE) has reported on the day for NewsBlog readers. 

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £130K+ costed work this week: Horniman Museum… seeks Masterplanning services, closing 17/12; £20,000

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 from the issue this week features a call from the Horniman Public Museum & Public Park Trust which seeks masterplanning services, to help ‘deliver both income generating activities and free public amenities’, closing 17 December and valued at £20,000. Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (ocean) doorstep’ sees ‘Fire across the water’: Belfast Telegraph reports on suspicious fire in C-listed Annan hotel

flyerThe Belfast Telegraph has reported on ongoing investigations into a suspicious fire the C-listed Central Hotel in Scotland’s Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, in yet another case highlighting the relevance of the IHBC’s 2019 School in Nottingham, on ‘Heritage, Risk and Resilience’, to current practice priorities for IHBC members and colleagues.

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IHBC’s ‘Out of Context’ CPD boost: ‘Periodically’, Bob Kindred’s bite-sized briefings from the best of current heritage handbooks

cartoonIf you have too little time to read all that post crossing your desk or inbox then you can boost your knowledge (and that of your colleagues’, if you share) by reviewing the regular column piece ‘Periodically’ by Bob Kindred in IHBC’s Context journal, which offers ‘bite sized’ summaries from the best of current conservation and heritage periodicals and handbooks.

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The Raynsford Review of Planning launched

Aerial view under UK gov open licence agreement 140417Former housing minister Nick Raynsford in his planning review has warned that planning has been reduced to a ‘chaotic patchwork’ of responsibilities which is not compatible with promoting the health, wellbeing and civil rights of communities.

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DCMS’ revised ‘Principles of Selection for Listed Buildings’ now out

websiteThe Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued its revised ‘Principles of Selection for Listed Buildings’ with new dates, definitions and more. 

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UPDATE: HE’s Heritage at Risk Register 2018 now out, @20 years old!

buildingHistoric England (HE) most recent Heritage at Risk Register has identified sites currently ‘most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.’

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Add your company’s take to the largest-ever poll on Brexit skills shortages

Companies from across the UK construction sector are being invited to take part in the largest-ever research project on skills shortages.

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‘Not So Pretty Vacant’: Scottish Taskforce starts task of reducing vacant and derelict land

websiteThe Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce will start the process of finding 100 sites with the best potential for development from 26 November.

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IHBC at LPOC’s Listed Property Show 2019: London 9-10 Feb 2019 – 4 hours free CPD via IHBC and partners + lots more

websiteIHBC will lead 4 free one-hour CPD sessions at the The Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC’s)  London Property Show, in association with Historic England, on 9-10 February 2019 at London’s Olympia.

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IHBC CPD Green Issue QuickQuiz Part 2: Do you know the ABCs of EPCs? – The answers!

cartoonIn the last NewsBlog we offered you the chance to test your knowledge on energy performance certificates (EPC’s), and now is the time to see how well you did!

image: Rob Cowan for Context

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IHBC’s International ‘CPD Boost’: Update the REFILL Workshop at URBACT’s City Festival – ‘Plan your own ‘temporary use’ journey’!

websiteLeads François Jégou and Marcelline Bonneau offer personal takes on the concept of Temporary Use and URBACT’s REFILL networks achievements through a report on the ‘Refill Workshop’ at the URBACT City Festival in Lisbon in September 2018.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Rutland bridge restoration by ‘Jason the Mason’ celebrated

websiteThe Rutland and Stamford Mercury has reported on how an important piece of local Rutland architecture, Wakerley Bridge, has concluded its painstaking restoration by specialist stonemason Jason Henfrey – ‘Jason the Mason’ – who undertook the repair in a collaborative project between the Environment Agency, Historic England, Rutland County Council and Leicestershire County Council.

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Slow progress reported on encouraging female apprentices to construction industry: 88% male in 2016/17

websiteIndustry initiatives to encourage young women to join the construction industry do not appear to be making much headway, as Construction Week reports on the latest statistics from the Department for Education, which report that 88% of apprenticeship starts in the construction industry in 2016/17 were male.

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Heritage Alliance highlights Advocacy Group opportunities for volunteers

logoThe Heritage Alliance _(THA) – England’s link body for heritage interests – has highlighted how its Advocacy groups – which are open to all full members of the Alliance – and working groups – which can also include affiliates and other invited experts as appropriate – are great places to advance your policy goals and develop your skills.

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RTPI Scotland: Future Planning Bursary Scheme

websiteRTPI Scotland is pleased to announce that the Scottish Government and the universities of Heriot-Watt and Dundee will be funding £1000 bursaries to study planning at Masters level.

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National Churches Trust Research: Visiting Churches Survey

church spireNational Churches Trust commissioned a survey to understand the reasons why the public visit churches, chapels or meeting houses and what would make them more likely to visit for tourism or leisure, with findings including that ‘half (51%) of British adults have not visited a church building, chapel, or meeting house in the past year.’

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Nuclear archive wins Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018

websiteA national archive for the civil nuclear industry by Reiach & Hall Architects has won a top Scottish architecture prize: the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018.

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DBW on quarrying stone: Water-jet cutting of stone changes the industry, but only so far!

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – has featured an exploration of how modern technology is changing the stone industry, even as natural stone is still quarried and fashioned into blocks or slabs in much the same sequence of events as before.

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SNH mapping breakthrough offers benefits for people and nature

websiteScottish Natural Heritage(SNH) reports that the wildlife and landscape of Scotland’s wildest and most remote islands, moorland and mountain ranges are set to be understood better through ground breaking new mapping technology pioneered by SNH, helping also to tackle climate change and manage upland habitats.

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IHBC’s next ‘Council+’: ‘Exploring and advising on IHBC’s member services’, London 29 Nov

peopleThe next meeting of the IHBC’s UK-wide advisory forum, ‘Council+’ (called ‘Council plus’), which is free and open to IHBC members of all categories (subject to capacity and timing), will take place on 29 November in London, and look at the IHBC’s member services, so if you are interested in finding out more, or to see if there is capacity, contact Fiona Newton operations@ihbc.org.uk.

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Sheffield Coroner’s Court fire supports ‘Fire’ and ‘HAR’ CPD priorities in IHBC’s Nottingham 2019 School

flyerThe Victorian Society and other reports on how Sheffield’s old Coroner’s Court building has become another victim of arson highlight how the IHBC’s upcoming Nottingham School, in July and on ‘Heritage, Risk and Resilience’, is of special relevance to CPD needs of IHBC members with responsibilities in managing threats, responding to calamities and responding to Heritage at Risk (HAR).

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IHBC CPD Green Issue QuickQuiz: Do you know the ABCs of EPCs? 

In the most recent issue of IHBC’s membership journal Context our Green Panel Convenor John Preston discussed the issues around applying Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) to traditional buildings, noting a recent call for evidence relating to their use.

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £920K+ costed work this week: Carlisle CC seeks Garden Village Masterplanning input, closing 12/12; 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 Carlisle City Council (CC), which seeks Stage 2 Masterplanning input for its St Cuthbert’s Garden Village project, closing 12 December.

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IHBC CPD Boost: The Gunning Principles – Implications

logoThe Gunning Principles are a set of rules for public consultation that were proposed in 1985 by Stephen Sedley QC, and accepted by the Judge in the Gunning v LB of Brent case, which The Consultation Institute sets out in a more contemporary context.

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