IHBC Annual School videos online, on IHBC’s Youtube: From Manchester 2017 to Belfast 2018!

Belfast2018 flyerIHBC Annual School flyerIf you missed the 2017 IHBC Annual School in Manchester last June, you can to find out more on the conference theme ‘Transport Infrastructure’ by checking out the IHBC’s YouTube channel video selection, and also get a taster of Belfast 2018.

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IHBC CPD boost from DBW: ‘Check out that Playboy heritage’ 

DBW Playboy MansionIHBC’s Wiki partner, Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – the construction industry knowledge base – features the home of the late Hugh Hefner, his Playboy Mansion, in its current building listings, considered one of the most famous mansions in the world and ‘notorious for its decadent and lavish parties’.

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9 of 10 Scots rate neighbourhood as ‘good place to live’ in Scottish Household Survey 2016, now out 

Scottish Government household survey 2017Key findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2016, now issued, show that increasing numbers of people in Scotland feel they are managing well financially and nine out of ten people rate their neighbourhood as a good place to live some of the key findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2016.

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Archaeology data vs conservation care @ Stonehenge: If loss = enlightenment, does destruction = benefit?

Heritage Journal website image 031017In response to a letter to the Times from British Archaeology editor Mike Pitts, supporting information benefits as justification for proposed development at Stonehenge –turning ‘loss into enlightenment’ – archaeology advocacy publication The Heritage Journal has published a summary retort stating that they ‘profoundly disagree’ with the equation ‘excavation = learning’.

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HLF key ‘dos’ and ‘do nots’ from independent project evaluation review

HLF evaluation imageThe Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has headlined key points from an independent project evaluation review, pulling out some key points and generating a list of dos and don’ts.

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Under-threat Cardiff church ‘saved’ by flats

BBC news website 021017Part of an under-threat Cardiff church is to be turned into affordable flats to save it from closure.

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Search for Scotland’s ‘heritage angels’ enters final stage

Scottish Heritage Angels website 021017The search to find Scotland’s ‘heritage angels’ is gearing up, with the final shortlist for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2017 now issued.

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Outrage and elation as Bolton listed mill demolition looks likely

According to press reports the demolition of a 520,000 sq ft listed mill complex in Bolton looks set to go ahead, in line with planning consent granted last year, after the Secretary of State confirmed he would not be intervening and Historic England withdrew its objections.

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The Aviva Community Fund is now open! Do you know a local project that needs funding?

Aviva fund 2017 imageFor community projects, an ordinary thing can mean everything, but funding can be a problem. The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live.

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Could you be the next SPAB Scholar or Fellow?

SPAB Scholarship flyer imageThe search is on for our 2018 Scholars and Fellows and if you’re an architect, building surveyor or engineer interested in building conservation then think about applying for the SPAB Scholarship. SPAB are also looking for craftspeople with a passion for old buildings and conservative repair for the Fellowship programme.

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BCT & partners to preserve Brum’s rare 1945 prefab houses, first expected to last only a decade

BCT prefab article imageThe Birmingham Mail reports that experts – including the Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) are considering ways to preserve a much-loved row of prefab houses built in Birmingham as temporary accommodation in 1945.

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IHBC welcomes Civic Voice call to end cuts to local conservation staff, circulating our new joint ‘Practice Principles’ to ministers and MPs

The IHBC has welcomed Civic Voice’s call for an end to cuts to local conservation staff as it asks about the impact of conservation cuts and sends ministers and MPs the new, cross-sector ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’ to press for data that will help make ‘civic societies… part of the solution.

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IHBC London on ‘Conservation Area’ futures: Last chance for 3 October conference and hear Civic Voice on civic needs

BOOKING CLOSES SUNDAY 1 OCT AT 7PM

IHBC London Branch Day Conference 3 October 2017

Back to the Future: THE NEXT 50 YEARS FOR CONSERVATION AREAS

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IHBC’s London Branch looks to the future of Conservation Areas: ‘Back to the Future – The next 50 years…’, London, 3 Oct

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IHBC HESPR’s weekly top picks from £225,000+ costed work: Conservation and interpretation at Great Yarmouth

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members a weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ listing, this week with costed opportunities worth more than £225,000, while the IHBC Director’s top picks for NewsBlog readers this week feature calls from Great Yarmouth Borough Council for works related to their Winter Gardens Project, closing 2 October.

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110 Anglican churches closed in Wales in 10 years 

BBC News Anglican Churches 290917Anglican church figures have shown more than 10 churches a year are closing in Wales over the past decade, according to a new report.

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National Churches Trust shortlists for 2017 Church Architecture Awards announced

NCT website 290917The Belarusian Memorial Chapel, the first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666; a new entrance for St Anne’s church in Soho featuring sleek glass doors and stylish neon lighting; and the restoration of the cupola and tower of St Peter and St Paul church in Blandford Forum in Dorset are featured in the shortlists for the 2017 Church Architecture Awards, run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) and the National Churches Trust (NCT).

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HLF: Independent review of 200 project evaluation reports says start data collection early!

HLF evaluation imageAn independent review of the evaluation reports of 200 Heritage Grants projects completed between 2008 and 2013 found that how comprehensively and how early the project invested in the evaluation impacted on the finished report quality.

image from HLF website – The Get Into Dry Stone Walling project produced an excellent evaluation report

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Welsh economic strategy stresses importance of planning

Prosperity for Wales 2017The Welsh Government has published a new economic and growth blueprint that stresses the importance of planning: Prosperity for All.

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Historic India Club in London fights for survival

Economic times website image 290917The India Club in London, a hub for Indian nationalists in the UK during the independence movement in the 1930s and 1940s, is fighting for its survival after plans emerged for the building to be recast internally.

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CPRE campaigns to support strong environmental laws post Brexit

e-activist websiteThe CPRE is asking the public to contact MPs to ensure that the strong environment and nature laws we have will stay in place after Brexit.

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FMB says: This is the CITB’s last chance for training across sector SMEs 

FMB websiteThe Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms – Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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Planning appeal allowed to demolish unique classically designed Croydon Stag and Hounds Pub

A Planning Inspector has allowed an appeal to demolish the Stag and Hounds Public House in Croydon, a unique, classically designed three storey building, to build 7 flats and two semi-detached properties, noting an already ‘fractured streetscape’, and concluding that the development ‘would significantly improve the character of the area’. Continue reading

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National Trust memberships hit new high of five million

BBC news website 290917Membership of the National Trust has reached five million for the first time, the conservation charity says. Continue reading

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IHBC’s Linkedin Group passes 6000… but with top fees under £2/week (with UK tax relief), credibility only comes with IHBC membership 

The IHBC Linkedin Group – which offers the most accessible, fee-free route to the IHBC’s online networks and services – has passed 6000 members, but serious practitioners need to join the IHBC to secure credibility (and great value).

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IHBC on Project Management at Bishop Auckland, 18/19 Oct: CIOB President (and newly accredited Full IHBC member) helps spread the word!

IHBC on Project Management at Bishop Auckland, 18/19 Oct: CIOB President (and newly accredited Full IHBC member) helps spread the word!

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