Old Street ‘Iconic Gateway’: Call for design ideas – closes 29 January

Old Street IslingtonTogether with the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council, Islington Council are issuing an ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ to create an iconic gateway at Old Street, with the entries closing on 29 January.

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Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court

Kent Downs logoThe Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Court of Appeal against plans to build 521 homes in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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Wales Historic Environment Inquiry update

National Assembly Wales logoThe National Assembly’s Committee on Culture, Welsh Language and Communications is conducting an inquiry on the historic environment.

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Inside the ex-council house in Essex: ‘Talliston House and gardens’, a 25 year project where time stands still

BBC website 291217An ex-council house in Essex ‘Talliston House and gardens’ tells the story of different periods in history, incorporating nearly 2,000 objects, in a project that took 25 years to complete.

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IHBC’s membership ELetter out: No 30 – December 2017

ELetter image Dec 2017The IHBC’s Membership ELetter has been issued, updating members on of progress for – and following – IHBC Trustee meetings in October and December.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Cumbria Crack and the ‘End of wind turbine ‘blight’ after Lake District campaign’ 

Cumbria Crack windfarm imageA dozen 140ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views.

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IHBC CPD boost from Scotland: ‘Architectural conservation solves 21C environmental, social and economic challenges’

Queensberry House image FutureScot websiteDr Cristina González-Longo – Director at the IHBC recognised conservation course at Strathclyde – explains how Scotland’s identity is closely linked to its historic buildings, ranking in the Nation Brands Index at 12 out of 50 nations for its reputation of being rich in cultural heritage, and that heritage is also important for Scottish economy and society as, according to the 2016 Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit, it contributes in excess of £2.3 billion to Scotland’s economy.

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IHBC CPD boost: New App, Litlong, Lets You Take a Literary Tour of Edinburgh: Features 50,000 Book Excerpts

Litlong Edinburgh app imageThe University of Edinburgh and Napier University have teamed up to create Litlong, a website and mobile app that lets you explore Edinburgh and its rich literary tradition.

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Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications

CV Design Awards imageThe Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 is open for applications, with Civic Voice highlighting categories that include showing how ‘new development can enhance a conservation area’, and the ceremony to be held in The Leadenhall Building, the second tallest building in the City of London.

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Design Council study details value of design

Design Council Study Dec 2017Design Council has published Designing a Future Economy, a study that presents a powerful picture about the value of design, with headlines including issues such as that skills shortages and gaps amongst those already working in design-skilled occupations costs the UK economy £5.9bn per year.

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Government funding for innovation in energy efficiency and heating technologies for the built environment

Building for 2050 logoAcross Government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expect to invest around £184 million in research and innovation in the built environment, and as part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS expects to invest around £90 million in low carbon heating and energy efficiency options for UK homes and businesses.

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Parliamentary CLGC: Making current needs and funding assessments for councils simpler, more transparent

CLGC websiteEngland’s Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Committee (CLGC) has published analysis – titled ‘Reforming local authority needs assessment’ – suggesting ways in which the current needs and funding assessments for councils could be made simpler and more transparent.

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Government admits HS2 demolition comparisons between Meadowhall and M18 routes were incorrect

HS2 imageA comparison of housing demolition figures used to help justify changing the HS2 route through South Yorkshire was wrong by at least 40 per cent, the Government has admitted.

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Architectural Heritage Fund Annual Review 2016/17 out: with Impact Survey 

AHF Review 2017The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has published its ‘Annual Review’ for 2016/17.

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Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China collaboration – from the BBC on England’s Heritage Statement

BBC new websiteA ‘unique’ collaboration between Hadrian’s Wall, which spans the north of England, and the Great Wall of China has been featured by the BBC following announcements made by England’s Heritage Minister John Glen, as part of his new Heritage Statement.

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IHBC joins in LPOC’s Listed Property Show: Free entry, CPD – including Kindred on ‘LB enforcement’ – networking drinks, and more, London Olympia, 24-25 Feb (Book first and fast; places limited)

IHBC StandThe IHBC is delighted to be joining in the Listed Property Show for 2018, and offering member benefits that include:

  • An IHBC stand
  • Free entry for IHBC members (worth £15 – booked in advance only)
  • Free CPD, including a dedicated IHBC session on ‘Listed Buildings Enforcement’ led by specialist adviser and IHBC research consultant Bob Kindred, from c.4pm on 24 February (NB: max. 28 people, book in advance essential), followed by:
  • Free networking ‘Drinks Reception’, from 5 pm, (booked in advance only) courtesy of the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC).

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REMINDER: IHBC’s 5-minute member survey closes 8 Jan!

IHBC websiteMembers can still offer thoughts on the work of their institute by completing our 5-minute survey over the break: closing 8 Jan, and with a chance to win a personal IHBC-Branded copy of BS 7913! 

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IHBC’s Communications Secretary, and IHBC Past-Chair, Dave Chetwyn elected Chair of National Planning Forum Board of Directors 

Dave ChetwinDave Chetwyn, IHBC Communications Secretary and Past-Chair, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Planning Forum (NPF), the cross-sectoral voice on planning issues in England, which he attends as the IHBC representative.

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IHBC HESPR’s weekly top weekly pick from c.£4.4M+ costed work: Dovercourt Masterplan, valued £20,000-50,000, closing 29/01

The 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 £4.4M this week, while the IHBC Director’s current top pick for NewsBlog readers features a call from Tendring District Council (DC) for a ‘Masterplan Design Brief and Costed Implementation Plan’ for Dovercourt, valued at £20,000-50,000 and closing 29/01.

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IHBC welcomes HE’s ‘20 intriguing listings’… in person!

Tower Gardens SkegnessIHBC Projects Officer Fiona Newton, with Branch volunteer support, have been personally inspecting and welcoming some of the ‘20 Intriguing Places Listed in 2017’ highlighted by Historic England (HE) in its new publication of the same name.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Give Norwich’s past a future with the NPT – It’s a ‘Fine Old City’ said George Borrow 

Eastern Daily Press website 221217Norwich is popularly known as a ‘Fine City’, but that description is only a partial quote from the famous 19th century local writer George Borrow, as in fact he described Norwich as a ‘Fine Old City’, writes Alec Hartley in the Eastern Daily Press, as he celebrates the work and ambitions of the Norwich Preservation Trust (NPT).

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Taylor Review on ‘Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals’ out: Calls for more access to churches

Taylor Review 2017An independent review, chaired by Bernard Taylor, into the sustainability of Church of England Church and Cathedral buildings, has been published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, which calls for churches to be opened up for new and different uses by communities, to help build a more sustainable future for the buildings.

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Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 — Fact sheets on provisions etc 

Porth Wen Brickworks, Isle of Anglesey (© Crown copyright (2017) Visit Wales)Cadw notes that the greater part of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 (the 2016 Act) has been in force since May 2017 and three fact sheets have been prepared to describe important changes in the protection and management of scheduled monuments and listed buildings in Wales.

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How to design an infrastructure strategy for the UK? Let people shape the outcomes, says IoG on infrastructure decision-making in the UK

Institute for Government imageGovernment should create a new commission to involve local people in major infrastructure projects, according to the Institute for Government (IfG) in a report that identifies three challenges to be overcome to build an effective national strategy for infrastructure and argues for increased public engagement to reduce delays by giving people a genuine opportunity to influence decisions.

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BBC on new ‘Help to Buy’ homes uninhabitable after less than a year.

BBC News 221217The BBC has produced an extensive report on how new homes bought through the Help to Buy scheme are becoming uninhabitable soon after purchase. 

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