IHBC CPD check: On ‘Building Design’, at DBW – and maybe make your own contributions on heritage issues too!

DBW imageIHBC members may find a useful introduction to the thorny subject ‘Building Design’ in an article on Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), and as it can be edited, anyone with special skills, interests or concerns on the topic may add to the content too, such as on design and conservation issues, enhancing their own CPD as well as extending their professional profile .

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Glasgow landmark saved in citywide regeneration project

buildingGlasgow Live reports on how the city’s A-Listed British Linen Bank building, which was built in 1900 and designed by architect James Salmon, and has lain empty for years – has been saved as part of citywide transformation and regeneration project.

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SPIC launches briefing paper on the Planning (Scotland) Bill – How the Scottish planning system currently operates

Planning Scotland Bill 2018The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPIC) has launched a briefing paper by Alan Rehfisch on the ‘Planning (Scotland) Bill-How the Scottish planning system works’.

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MHCLG: Revised NPPF for England due before Easter

office block and logoChief Planning Officer at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG), Steve Quartermain, has written to England’s local authorities to say that the government intends to publish a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) before Easter, and on issues such as Local Housing, Community Infrastructure, pre-commencement regulations, plan-making Regulations and that ‘Planning practice guidance will be updated where appropriate in due course’. 

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Not over yet: Victorian Society appeals against Bath Abbey judgement

Bath AbbeyThe Victorian Society have applied for leave to appeal against the recent judgement in favour of removing the nave pews from Bath Abbey.

 

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Theatres Trust announces Theatres at Risk Register for 2018

mapTheatres Trust has launched its Theatres at Risk Register 2018 with a call for local authorities to better support their theatre buildings by developing the opportunities they offer to their communities, while the Brighton Hippodrome has been named the most ‘at risk’ theatre in the UK for the fifth consecutive year.

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Applications for VAG Spring Conference bursary now open: Bangor, 3-7 April – closes 3 March 

VAG imageThe 2018 Spring Conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) will be held at Bangor University, from 3 – 7 April, and applications are open until 3 March for three bursaries to assist registered students or professionals in the early years of their career to attend.

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IHBC promotes HESPR members direct: Coming soon – free promotional literature on IHBC stands! 

HESPR logoThe IHBC will soon launch a special support service for our HESPR membership – those commercial historic environment practices that formally recognise the IHBC’s standards in conservation – when national IHBC stands offer to carry individual HESPR member’s promotional literature, such as flyers, where the company is clearly branded as a HESPR member.

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IHBC Scotland Branch responds to Planning (Scotland) Bill… Memorandum

IHBC consultations webpageThe IHBC’s Scotland Branch has offered ‘Written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee on the Planning (Scotland) Bill Financial Memorandum’, highlighting the need for ‘greater resources and skills… [for] Planning Authorities’; more effective engagement with communities, ‘starting right at the survey stage of Local Development Plans’, and highlighting ‘low public confidence in the Scottish Planning System’ despite its ‘key role in the design and delivery of a sustainable Scotland’.

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REMINDER: IHBC Marsh Award for Retired Members – open until 28 Feb!

IHBC Branches: Celebrate your retired members with a nomination to our Marsh Awards – they might win £500 cash and a free School place

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick from c.£310K+ costed work this week: … HE seeks project consultant on careers advice for young people, value £15-20K, closing 22/02

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business list, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers its members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with costed opportunities worth more than £310,000 this week, while the IHBC Director’s current top pick for NewsBlog readers features Historic England’s (HE) call for a consultant service on careers advice for young people and career advisers, valued at £15,000-£20,000 and closing on 22 February.

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IHBC CPD in Context: Traditional paving and its contribution to our experience – Bath

Bath AbbeyDaisy Nelson and Sarah Richardson explore Bath Abbey, with more than 8,500 bodies buried beneath it, which is being repaired, stabilised and provided with a geothermally sourced underfloor heating system.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: High Court judge could scrutinize controversial demolition of Wolverton railway works, Milton Keynes

MK citizen website image MK Citizen reports on how a Milton Keynes Council decision on the controversial demolition of Wolverton railway works may be scrutinised by a High Court judge as Historic England seeks judicial review.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Lake District zip wire plan condemned by peers

Lake District by Iain LynnThe Lancashire Post has reported to its readers on how peers have hit out at controversial plans to build a zip wire tourist attraction across the Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District.

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MPs vote to leave Houses of Parliament during refit, facing ‘at risk’ register too

Houses of Parliament courtesy of UK GovMPs have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while a proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic building takes place, as MPs have been warned by Historic England (HE) that the Palace of Westminster could be placed on Britain’s ‘at risk’ register.

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Griff Rhys Jones appointed President of the Victorian Society

Griff Rhys Jones The Victorian Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Griff Rhys Jones as its new President, replacing Lord Briggs of Lewes (who died in March 2016), and has held the position of Vice-President of the Society since 2009. 

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EU Ministers of Culture adopt Davos Declaration: ‘Towards a European vision of high-quality Baukultur’ – includes process with outcome

Declaration of Davos websiteAt the Conference of EU Ministers of Culture on 22 Jan 2018, the ‘Davos Declaration’ was adopted: ‘Towards a European vision of high-quality Baukultur’, which ‘includes not only the result of… actual construction, but also the processes that lead up to it.’

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Proposals in draft revised NPPF to make it easier to build upwards as Javid remembers heritage policies too!

Ministry of Housing website image 090218New planning proposals will make it easier for developers to build upwards on existing houses and flats in changes to be included in the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), allowing an extra two floors to be added to a property provided it was in keeping with the roofline of other buildings in the area while Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the positon on heritage by saying that ‘the upward extensions will take into account national and local policies, as well as legal requirements, including relating to the conservation of heritage assets such as listed buildings and conservation areas.’

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How fences & railings of London’s buildings doubled as stretchers in World War II

Open Culture reports on a little-known use of fences & railings of south London housing estates doubled as emergency stretchers for wartime casualties.

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Don’t forget: Check out IHBC events from across the UK in the Branches panel scroll on our new web homepage!

IHBC Branches and EventsThe IHBC’s new website and home page now boasts a dedicated search facility to explore the CPD and events our Branches are offering to all our members – CPD, talks, networking and much more.

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IHBC Branches: Celebrate your retired members with a nomination to our Marsh Awards – they might win £500 cash and a free School place

IHBC Branches can celebrate retired members who volunteer their time and skills with a nomination to the IHBC’s Marsh Award for Community Contribution before 28 February, with £500 and a Full School place at our 2018 School in Belfast in June for the winner! 

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Civic Voice’s free events: Share WWI Memorials Programme stories, in its final year

CV War Memorial imageThe stories are from the project, led by Civic Voice as part of the national commemorative events, to help conserve and protect the nation’s war memorials for the long term, and ensure there are skilled volunteers available to assess there condition and take steps to preserve them in the proper way.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: NI council faces legal action over controversial nursing home plans 

Irish News websiteA local conservation action group, Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment (RARE). is taking legal action against the local council in Northern Ireland (NI) after it went against planning official recommendations for a second time to approve a controversial development in Co Down in an area of great natural beauty and beside an ancient oak woodland.

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Ministers for DHCLG and DCMS pledge strengthened planning to protect music venues

UK Music websiteHousing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues according to the Ministers for Housing, Communities & Local Government, and for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

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City of Bath plans tourist levy to support heritage, arts and culture

ALVA Bath imageCouncillors in Bath are looking to cash in on the 5.8 million tourists that visit the historic city each year, with plans to introduce a bed tax that could raise millions of pounds for the British UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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