IHBC launches new ToolBox Guidance Note on the ‘Stripey House’ case and S.215 Notices

Following the recent decision of the High Court to allow the candy-coloured stripes to be retained on an unlisted house in a Kensington conservation area – the ‘Stripey House’ – the IHBC has published a short guidance note to clarify the operation of Section 215 Notices (regarding Land Adversely Affecting Amenity of Neighbourhood) and the external decoration of buildings, explaining how the High Court concluded that a requirement to alter a lawful painting scheme was an improper use of S.215 as there was no suggestion that maintenance or repair of the building was deficient.

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Looking for IHBC’s Conservation Wiki? Now only a click away using our Home Page icon!

IHBC Wiki linkIHBC website users can now access a key IHBC service more readily as the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki now has its dedicated icon link from our Home page, offering easy access to Designing Buildings Wiki’s 3 million users a year via the IHBC-hosted public service, Conservation Wiki !

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IHBC CPD boost on science of heritage: Why Roman concrete stands strong when modern version decays

Open Culture article on concrete imageScientists apparently have cracked the secret to Roman water-based structures’ strength, in findings that could help today’s builders.

 

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IHBC network update: Accessing the DCLG’s ‘Review of Building Regulations and Standards

The IHBC has been asked to note to members an open route to participation in the Department for Communities & Local Government’s (DCLG’s) anticipated Review of Building Regulations and Standards following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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AHF’s new Scottish historic building regeneration grant aimed at communities

The Leith Theatre AHF websiteThe Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is expanding its grant-giving programme and has launched a new Scottish Community Development Grant that enables historic building regeneration projects in communities across Scotland.

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RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2017: shortlist announced

From cycling to commuting, housing to land ownership and the digital economy – this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence shortlist reflects the depth and breadth of planning research.

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Historic England celebrates 200th birthday of Victorian Gothic Revivalist J.L. Pearson

Historic England Church Chapel Interiors coverHistoric England has published a report entitled ‘The Church and Chapel Interiors of John Loughborough Pearson:  A Selective Assessment of their significance’ to celebrate the 200 birthday of the Victorian Gothic Revivalist architect

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Design and Access Statements in Wales: Why, What and How

DAS Wales 2016The Design Commission for Wales has written a design and access Statement which has been published by the Welsh Government consequent to legislative changes concerning design and access (DAS) in April last year. 

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Opinion from the Times: Bournville model and the housing crisis – Ensure effective management

The CEO of Bournville Village Trust has welcomed the call for 50 new Garden Villages but warns that effective management is necessary to ensure success and create sustainable new communities, rather than just offer a badge of convenience.

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Conservation local and global update form the BBC: Hong Kong: Plans to demolish WW2-era buildings withdrawn

The BBC has recently reported on how conservation groups in Hong Kong are celebrating the withdrawal of a controversial plan to demolish a cluster of low-rise tenement buildings in the heart of the city to make room for high-rise towers.

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ONLY 3 Days left to enter the IHBC Student Award 2018!

Photo: Colin Higgs (http://www.portreathstudio.com) from Hilary Wyatt’s winning submission to the 2o16 IHBC Student Award, on historic marine infrastructure.Photo: Colin Higgs (http://www.portreathstudio.com) from Hilary Wyatt’s winning submission to the 2o16 IHBC Student Award, on historic marine infrastructure.

Last chance to submit for IHBC Student Award 2018: Up to £5000 to be won!

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New destination needed this summer? Check out IHBC Conservation Wiki’s new Home Page – a great destination for your colleagues too

DBW Conservation Wiki The IHBC’s Wiki platform service, offered in partnership with the Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) web platform, has had an update to make it the destination page for the development and construction sectors that DBW – and the IHBC Conservation Wiki service – target, so check it out and pass it on.

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HESPR’s top pick of the week: West Dorset DC seeks historic environment sensitivity appraisals at ‘centres of growth’, closing 14 August, valued £50,000

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly Bulletins that bring tender and other business opportunities together into one handy resource, while the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from West Dorset DC (District Council) for an appraisal of landscape and historic environment sensitivity and potential harm ‘at the main centres of growth’, valued at £50,000, and closing 14 August. 

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IHBC CPD boost on risk: CIC Liability Panel Risk Management Briefings

CIC Risk Management headline website 280717Twenty one Risk Management Briefings from the Construction Industry Council (CIC), covering aspects of liability pertinent to those in the construction professions and allied bodies, are now available online.

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Co-op local community fund now accepting applications for local causes

The Co-op 1% community fund is now accepting applications for local projects or events in a new round of funding with causes selected in October and distribution from January until October 2018

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Government issues response to Farmer Review

Farmer Review July 2017The government has issued its response to Mark Farmer’s ‘Modernise or Die: The Farmer review of the UK construction labour model’ but has stopped short of introducing its controversial recommendation to implement a client charge for those firms who fail to invest in skills and innovation.

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All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing launches report

APPG Creative Health Report July 2017A new report – ‘Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing’ – has been launched showing that the arts have a significant and positive impact on health and wellbeing.

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LGA calls for ‘urgent and immediate’ building regulation review 

LGA logoFollowing on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Local Government Association (LGA) has called for ‘the Government to begin an urgent and immediate review of building regulations.’

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More than 5,000 sign petition opposing Iron Ring sculpture planned for Welsh castle

Wales online website 280717A petition has over 5,000 signatories opposing a £395,000 Iron Ring sculpture planned for Flint Castle in Wales saying it celebrates the ‘subjugation and oppression’ of the Welsh people

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Charity Commission Blog: The new Charity Governance Code – Essential reading for trustees

charity governance code image July 2017Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications, offers a blog update on the ‘12th year and… 3rd edition’ of the Governance Code for the charity sector in England and Wales.

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AHF appoints new CEO

Matthew McKeague AHFThe Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has announced the appointment of Matthew McKeague as its new Chief Executive, who will join the AHF from the Churches Conservation Trust and take up his post in October 2017.

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Inspiration from the projects supported by the Cultural Protection Fund 

British Council website 280717Following the launch in June 2016, the Cultural Protection Fund is now supporting 19 projects working in conflict-affected countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Last chance to submit for IHBC Student Award 2018: Up to £5000 to be won!

Photo: Colin Higgs (http://www.portreathstudio.com) from Hilary Wyatt’s winning submission to the 2o16 IHBC Student Award, on historic marine infrastructure.The IHBC’s 2017 Gus Astley Student Award closes on 31 July, so if you have relevant coursework from any UK taught course – under-graduate or post-graduate, from 2016 OR 2107 – be sure to submit it online and on time to have a chance to receive their prizes at the IHBC’s Annual School in Belfast in June 2018. 

 Photo: Colin Higgs (http://www.portreathstudio.com) from Hilary Wyatt’s winning submission to the 2o16 IHBC Student Award, on historic marine infrastructure.

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IHBC’s 2017 Annual School tour features in Liverpool Echo

Past Life July 2017Among the most enjoyable of the huge variety of tours at the IHBC’s Manchester 2017 Annual School was the visit to Liverpool, and this has featured in in the Liverpool Echo of 16 July, with an article by Dan Longman Affiliate in the NW Branch. Continue reading

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IHBC on Intervention: SkillBuild competition highlights best in construction crafts as talents compete across occupations

CITB SkillBuild 2017The ‘SkillBuild’ competition sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other in local heats across the country, to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen craft occupation, culminating in the 2017 SkillBuild National Final at the NEC Birmingham from 16-18 November 2017.

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