National Army Museum to reopen after three-year redevelopment

The National Army Museum has announced that it will open on 30 March 2017 after a three-year £23.75 million re-development project including £11.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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New tree preservation and replacement guidance issued

The Planning Inspectorate has issued new guidance documents on the procedures for tree preservation orders and tree replacement notices

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Iconic Leith ‘Banana Flats’ receive Category A listing

Historic Environment Scotland has recognised Leith’s iconic Cables Wynd House (aka the ‘Banana Flats’) and neighbouring Linksview House at Category A, as IHBC Affiliate Dawn McDowell, Deputy Head of Designations at Historic Environment Scotland, describes them as ‘amongst the best examples’ of their type while they become ‘the 50th and 51st buildings built after the Second World War to be recognised with listing at Category A’.

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IHBC member invitation: Join the Heritage Gateway website development – London 21/22 February – and get an £80 honorarium (almost the full IHBC annual fee after tax relief!)

Heritage Gateway websiteThe IHBC is a co-partner in the Heritage Gateway, the heritage information hub hosted by Historic England, and for the next stage of its development they are looking for historic and built environment consultants to take part in one of a series of focus groups to be held in London on 21 and 22 February, offering £80 to participants (which, coincidently, is almost the same as the full annual fee for IHBC membership, after tax relief and before other concessions and fee-support!)

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IHBC reports on joint-APPG on ‘Will Neighbourhood Planning delivery the homes the country needs?’

Houses of Parliament courtesy of UK GovThe IHBC’s Vice-Chair Kathy Davies joined the debate on housing and neighbourhood planning at the recent joint All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) for Civic Societies and for Local Democracy, led by Civic Voice, which took place on Tuesday 31 January, and here reports back on issues raised there.

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IHBC reminder: Civic Voice Design Awards close 14 Feb

The IHBC reminds members that submissions for England’s Civic Voice Design Awards closes on 14 February.

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IHBC’s Marsh reminder: £500 for retired IHBC members contributing to the community, and an IHBC Full School place – closing 31 March

The IHBC’s Marsh Awards programme has entered its second year, and includes the celebration of retired IHBC members contributing to their community, with prizes of £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School (closing date 31 March 2017).

It couldn’t be easier to nominate just visit the website for full details and complete the online form RETIRED or LEARNING

If you are not able to complete an online application, you can download an application form in either Word or PDF from the website.

If you would like further guidance on your nomination please contact support@ihbc.org.uk.

For general background see the IHBC NewsBlogs 

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender picks’: Review Historic England written advice and guidance, closing 28 Feb, at £20,000-25,000

The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly HESPR Bulletins that bring tender opportunities together into one handy resource, and the Director’s top pick for IHBC members this week features a call from Historic England for a review of its written advice and guidance, closing on 28 February and value at £20,000-25,000.

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IHBC consultation response update: Each Home Counts (the ‘Bonfield Review’)

Bonfield Review 2016The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy consulted on these proposals but the IHBC Consultation Panel found that Each Home Counts fails to consider traditional buildings, especially those with solid walls, which is a serious omission as these represent almost a quarter of the UK’s building stock.

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IHBC Chair’s short journey through French architecture

La Porte MartrayJames Caird reflects on the history of French architecture and the tussle between attracting visitors while maintaining heritage sites.

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Baroness Andrews leading debate on Built Environment Report in House of Lords: 24 January

Following on from the publication last year of the report of the Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, it was debated in the House of Lords on Tuesday 24 January, with Baroness Andrews leading discussions.

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Construction sector loses momentum in January ‘17

Figures from Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index show that industry had the weakest activity growth since the recovery began in September 2016, while job creation hit an eight-month peak but there was the strongest input cost inflation since August 2008.

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SPAB’s 2017 John Betjeman Award: closing 21 February

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is inviting entries for its annual Award given in honour of Sir John Betjeman (closing date 21 February 2017).

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Hull’s Blade needs planning permission

As part of Hull’s City of Culture celebrations, the 75-metre, 25-tonne offshore wind turbine blade had been installed in the city’s Victoria Square without planning permission, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

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New fund for cultural learning in English schools: Closing 15 Feb

A new partnership between the RSA and the Education Endowment Foundation will evaluate cultural learning projects in English schools to help understand how cultural learning activity improves educational outcomes, in particular for disadvantaged children, with a closing date of 15 February.

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IHBC welcomes HE consultation on ‘LB and Curtilage’ Advice Note for 2017: Closing 24 March

Landscape imageThe IHBC has welcomed Historic England’s consultation on a revised version of an updated version of their ‘Listed Buildings and Curtilage’ Advice Note from 2016, with a closing date of Friday 24 March 2017, with plans for linked engagement events to be announced.

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IHBC highlights international RMI: Eiffel Tower to receive €300m, 15-year revamp

Eiffel Tower - Designing Buildings WikiThe Mayor of Paris has proposed a Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) programme to help care for the fabric of this iconic structural masterpiece as well improve security, reduce queues and protect visitors from adverse weather. Continue reading

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IHBC consultation response: Call for Evidence for the English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review

Church Cathedral Review Jan 2017The Department of Energy & Climate Change consulted on these proposals and the IHBC Consultation Panel found that many churches rely on external funding support to operate sustainably and an important challenge is reconciling community aspirations and needs with the development of a sustainable business model.

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IHBC consultation response: Proposal for regulations required by the HE (Wales) Act 2016 and guidance documents

Consultation Wales GovJ an2017The Welsh Government consulted on these proposals and the IHBC Consultation Panel found that while the imposition of costs might deter unreasonable behaviour in designation reviews, those in receipt of the designation on their property may not understand that it will only apply where they have acted unreasonably.

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IHBC Context CPD boost: A revolutionary window mechanism – Learning lessons from traditional skills

D Campell sash window context147The repair of a set of sash-and-case windows in Aberdeen’s west end highlights 19th-century ingenuity and the need to take care of what might be lost when replacing windows, says Douglas Campbell in his recent article in IHBC’s Context No 147.

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Nominations open for 2018 World Monuments Watch, closes 1 March

The World Monuments Fund is now accepting nominations for the 2018 World Monuments Watch (closing date 1 March 2017).

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From a water chute to a ‘Lego’ building – England’s ‘21 unusual places listed in 2016’

Historic England (HE) has published 21 Fascinating Places Listed in 2016 to celebrate some of the more unusual or surprising places listed last year.

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National Trust and LGIU evidence suggests lack of democracy in local planning

The National Trust and the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) have launched new evidence pointing to a lack of local democracy in the English planning system.

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New guidance for NI legislative requirements and the use of planning agreements

Northern Ireland’s (NI) Department for Infrastructure has issued Development Management Practice Note 21: Section 76 Planning Agreements, which is designed to guide planning officers and relevant users through the legislative requirements relating to the use of planning agreements and deals primarily with procedures as well as good practice.

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HES and the Community Empowerment Act (2015)

From 23 January, Part 5 of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 came into force, which relates to Asset Transfer Requests. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is included in the Act as a public body with delegated responsibility for properties in care of Scottish Ministers.

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