‘Building More, Building Beautiful’ report calls for more ‘traditional’ design and style, because ‘Traditional beauty can overcome Nimbyism’

publication coverPolicy Exchange – a UK think tank – has published a new report ‘Building More, Building Beautiful’, co-authored by conservative philosopher Sir Roger Scruton and former Labour Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, arguing that ‘design and style can unlock the housing crisis’, and encouraging ‘plans [that] better reflect people’s desire for traditional building design, like Victorian terraces and Georgian blocks’, because ‘Traditional beauty can overcome Nimbyism.’

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MHCLG: Public attitudes to house building… findings from the British Social Attitudes survey 2017

paperPublic attitudes to house building: findings from the British Social Attitudes survey 2017 is a report from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on public attitudes to house building based on questions from the British Social Attitudes survey 2017, which was published on 7 June.

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England’s £20 million government boost for culture and creative industries

Michael Ellis MPArts Minister Michael Ellis has launched a £20 million fund for culture, heritage and the creative industries to benefit towns and cities across England.

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2017 Sir John Betjeman Award goes to Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross, Stratford upon Avon: Wall painting conservation

wall paintingsThe Death Reawakened Project to research and conserve wall paintings at the Guild Chapel of the Holy Cross in Stratford upon Avon is the winner of the SPAB’s 2017 Sir John Betjeman Award.

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IHBC’s new Context journal out: ‘Working with lime and stone’

publication coverThe latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, themed around ‘working with lime and stone’ it focuses on current issues concerning the conservation of masonry structures and related matters, while also carrying the usual regular features such as book reviews, reports from the IHBC Chair and Director and much more.

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IHBC’s CPD boost in Context: HE’s ‘Strategic stone study’ identifies stones used and maps sources

stoneIn Context No.154 lead members of Historic England technical team explain its ‘Strategic Stone Study’, a county-by-county, nationwide survey that identifies building stones used, and maps their sources and representative buildings and structures.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: ‘From a totem to an empty shell’ – Plymouth Civic Centre’s future plans revealed

cityscapePlymouth’s Civic Centre has already evolved ‘from a totem of the post-war development of Plymouth to an empty shell’, Plymouth Live writes, and now, as developers Urban Splash have publicised their plans for the abandoned city centre landmark, people can now find out more about the top secret plans for its future.

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Pier restored with £14m of charity money sold to businessman for £50,000

websiteHastings pier which was restored with more than £14m of charitable funding has been sold to a local businessman and hotelier Sheikh Abid Gulzar for £50,000, after the charity went into administration.

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ £200m Manchester tower scheme gets green light after revisions

buildingsGary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ £200m development in Manchester has been given the green light investors say, as the scheme – centred around a new tower in Jackson’s Row and including a five-star hotel with 216 bedrooms and a 39-storey tower with 189 apartments as well as office space, a rooftop terrace, a public square and a synagogue – was backed by council officers in March after being revised following criticism from conservation groups including Historic England (HE).

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Oxford Street pedestrianisation not proceeding due to lack of local support but new plan to be developed

peopleA statement from the Leader of Westminster Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, regarding the future of Oxford Street confirms full scale pedestrianisation will not go ahead because of lack of local support but new proposals will be developed to be announced in the autumn.

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Ten Places that tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture in HE campaign

art imageTen places that tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture have been selected by BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz in Historic England’s (HE) campaign and podcast series ‘Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places’.

image: Historic England website The Angel of the North, 1998, Andrew Gormley

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‘Nighthawk’ metal detectorists damage Hadrian’s Wall

websiteIllegal treasure hunters, or so-called nighthawk metal detectorists, are blamed for more than 50 holes found around the 1,900-year-old Brunton Turret section of Hadrian’s Wall near Hexham, Northumberland according to experts.

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Shipwreck divers jailed for failing to disclose artefacts

Shipwreck divers who looted a Royal Navy vessel at the bottom of the English Channel have been jailed for failing to disclose the items they took.

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Spaghetti Junction on a plate! Award-winning chef celebrates iconic structure with ‘Truffled A38’ & more

peopleIt’s a feat of engineering for some, a source of frustration for others…but for an award-winning chef Spaghetti Junction is a veritable feast on a plate, observes the UK Government, in an initiative linked to the Year of Engineering!

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Prizes aplenty at IHBC‘s Belfast School 2018: Presentations for Gus Astley Student and IHBC Marsh Awards

peopleThe Annual Dinner of the IHBC’s 2018 School on June 22 in Belfast’s City Hall – which that night the Institute shared with a Canadian ‘Narnia’ conference – included the presentations of awards, prizes and certificates to a range of winners and School delegates from across the IHBC’s renowned Annual Gus Astley Student Award, presented by the judge for the year, Carole Souter CBE, and its two Marsh Awards.

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IHBC’s HESPR member ‘Urban Vision Enterprises: CEO and IHBC past-Chair Dave Chetwyn on YouTube courtesy RTPI… ‘Heritage and neighbourhood planning’

peopleIn a new training video from the RTPI Policy Officer (England) Harry Burchill speaks to planning consultants Dave Chetwyn (HBC past Chair) and Hannah Barter from Urban Vision Enterprise CIC – a member of the IHBC’s quality assurance programme for corporate bodies, about heritage in neighbourhood planning.

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick this week: Plymouth CC seeks design team for Elizabethan House, New Street, closing 20/07, value £500k

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week featuring the call from Plymouth City Council (CC) for a design team to deliver the ‘transformation’ of Elizabethan House in New Street, Plymouth, which closes on 20 July and is valued at £500,000.

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IHBC’s CPD boost from DBW: Guide to writing dissertations, for students… and everyone else! 

person writingDesigning Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – features a structured, 7-part guide to the researching and producing a dissertation, which offers a model for students, while also serving as a critical framework for specialists analysing or evaluating reports.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (nation’s) doorstep’: Fans in fight to restore George Eliot’s GII listed Coventry home

drawing of buildingThe Guardian explores how campaigners hope that the author’s bicentenary next year, and Coventry’s upcoming city of culture status, will kickstart the restoration of a largely un-tapped national resource, the Coventry home of one of Britain’s greatest authors, George Eliot, Grade II (GII) listed Bird Grove.

image: Coventry Society of Bird Grove in 19th century

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Glasgow CC: School of Art building to be ‘dismantled’

websiteGlasgow City Council (CC) has said that parts of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building will be dismantled after it was ravaged by fire earlier this month.

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Locality: Community spaces sold off ‘on a massive scale’ for private use, finds report

websiteMore than 4,000 public spaces are being sold off every year and being ‘lost to the community forever’, according to a report published by Locality, England’s representative body for community organisations, which has now launched a campaign, Save our Spaces, to increase the number of buildings taken into community ownership. Continue reading

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£22m fund launched to boost construction skills etc.

peopleA multi-million pound fund to help tackle the construction skills shortage has been launched by England’s Skills Minister Anne Milton, with 20 on-site training hubs to upskill more people to help

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DCMS seeks three new board members for the Charity Commission

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has advertised for three new board members for the Charity Commission, in what appears to be an expansion of the regulator’s board.

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CoE recommendations for England’s Cathedrals meet with support

cathedral interiorWith more than 300 submissions received in response to the consultation exercise carried out by the Cathedrals Working Group – which published its draft report in January 2018, and its final report on 14 June – widespread support has been registered for the ideas set out by the Church of England (CoE) to ensure the future of England’s Cathedrals.

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Application return for Countryside Stewardship extended to 31 August

countrysideThe deadline for Countryside Stewardship application packs to be received by Natural England has been extended by one month to 31 August.

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