Scotland’s conservation challenge No.1: 68% of Scotland’s traditionally built homes have disrepair to critical elements

Scottish Housing Condition Survey 2015The Scottish Government has issued its Scottish House Condition Survey 2015 that also found that 52% of Scotland’s homes have disrepair to critical elements and 44% of all dwellings failed to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS).

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HE starts new debating series

Historic England (HE) has begun a new series where conservation and heritage experts can debate topical subjects.

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Construction output increases at fastest pace since March 16

Figures from Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index also show that new order growth reached an 11-month high in December, there has been a robust and accelerated upturn in new work but input cost inflation was at the highest level since April 2011.

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First ‘Garden villages’ (and towns) named with government support

England’s first ever developments to be called ‘garden villages’ – with the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes – have been named and given government backing.

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CIOB promotes gender diversity with invitation to explore barriers at free networking in London: 31 January

To understand the barriers to people entering the CIOB’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA), and to encourage those who might not previously have considered it, CIOB will be holding an evening networking event at the Building Centre in 26 Store Street, London on 31January 2017.

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Entry deadline for Planning Awards 2017 approaches: Includes heritage

The Planning Awards, run by Planning magazine in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource, are closing soon (deadline 19 January 2017).

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Professional Fellowships and fully- funded PhD studentships in heritage: Deadlines in Jan & Feb

Professional Fellowships are on offer at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, to train emerging conservation professionals, with closing date of 31 January 2017, while the university Heritage Consortium (Bradford, Hull, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside universities) invites high-quality proposals for up to 14 PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2017, with a deadline of 5pm Monday 6th February 2017.

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IHBC’s New Year Perspectives: Heritage controls again push new architecture to award-winning heights as new build in Edinburgh’s WHS wins RIBA’s 2016 House of the Year

context115The IHBC is delighted to announce that a new build house in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site (WHS) – Edinburgh architect Richard Murphy’s own home in the capital’s Hart Street – may be added to the prestigious list of award winning new development framed by heritage controls, which includes the 2013 Stirling Prize winner, Grade II* listed and scheduled Astley Castle.

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IHBC International update: $100 million fund to protect endangered cultural heritage

The International Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference in Abu Dhabi announced the creation of a fund to protect endangered cultural heritage from the destructive results of armed conflicts.

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IHBC Context CPD boost: Applying the Bancroft principle – Valuing fitness for purpose

Context 147 coverAssessments of how well buildings perform (and have done) affect how their quality and value are perceived, and decisions about whether or not they should be protected, says Chris Miele in his article in IHBC’s Context No 147.

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English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review consultation: Closing 31 January

The English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review has launched a call for evidence to hear the public’s views on how church buildings should be looked after and the role can they play in local communities.

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Civic Voice Design Awards open for entries: Includes special prize celebrating 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas

The annual Design Award from Civic Voice – England’s link body for Civic groups – celebrating well-designed new build, heritage and public realm projects, has been launched, with a closing date 14 February 2017, and to mark the 50th anniversary of Conservation Area legislation there will also be a special prize this year for a development within a Conservation Area.

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Cabinet Office: New standards announced for government grants

The Cabinet Office standards aim to ensure that grants will be effectively managed across government.

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Call for evidence: informing the National Development Framework for Wales

The Welsh Government is asking for evidence on issues and projects to inform its 20-year spatial framework (closing date 7 March 2017).

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Construction skills shortages to increase in 2017

Low industry entrant rates mean skills shortages set to worsen in 2017 as workload and productivity rises, according to construction recruitment specialist One Way.

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NCT unveils ExploreChurches website

The National Churches Trust (NCT) has developed a new website for visitors and churches to discover the UK’s most beautiful and fascinating churches.

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On the Atlas of Gentrification

The Atlas of Gentrification is a collection of data visualizations, graphs and maps that look at gentrification and related issues, such as segregation and income inequality, from London to Los Angeles.

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IHBC alert: Bonfield Review – covering home energy efficiency etc. after the Green Deal – now out; Seeking feedback by Jan 31

Bonfield Review 2016The IHBC is alerting members to the publication of the Bonfield Review –on consumer advice and protection relating to home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, covering also older and traditional buildings – which is seeking feedback by 31 January 2017.

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IHBC’s Context CPD boost: Telling tales – The use of murals in public memory

Context 147 coverAs a visually dramatic means of story-telling, large-scale murals can be an effective way to engage communities and communicate public memory to multiple audiences, says Dennis Rodwell in his article in IHBC’s Context No 147.

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Theatres Trust launches Urgent Repairs Scheme: Closing 15 March

Theatres can apply for grants of up to £15,000 fro the Theatres Trust to fund immediate repair and maintenance work, with a closing date of 15 March 2017. Continue reading

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BSRIA launches guide to domestic building performance evaluation: highlighting an industry still ‘missing the mark’

A guide from BSRIA – the consultancy, test, instruments and research organisation – explains how building performance evaluation should be performed and what activities and methods can be used to address issues related to energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

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SPAB Archive User Survey: Closes 28 February

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) keeps an archive of papers, photographs, drawings and publications and is carrying out a short survey to find out more about what existing and potential users of the archive think about it.

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Students: Need help with your built environment dissertation? Try Designing Buildings Wiki!

A seven-part series of Construction Dissertation Guides that provides university students with an overview of the steps involved in researching and producing a dissertation, can be found on Designing Buildings Wiki, the public information platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki service.

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Competition winners will light up London’s bridges

American light artist Leo Villareal and British architects and urban planners Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands have won the Illuminated River International Design Competition.

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£5.5 million awarded for cathedral repairs

24 cathedrals have been provided funds from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

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