Bristol and Wandsworth explore lamposts for electric vehicle charging in push for e-motoring infrastructure

Wandsworth Council website 051217The prospect of electric vehicle charging points being installed in every residential street in Wandsworth has moved a step closer after councillors backed ambitious plans for a major expansion in the borough’s e-motoring infrastructure, including exploring placing e-vehicle charging plugs in lamposts, while reports from Bristol offer more background on the business and environmental concepts.

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HE reveals overwhelming public support for saving England’s Mills

HE website 051217Historic England (HE) reports that 85% of England’s population says they are against demolition and replacement of mills, with 70% saying they should be considered for new housing, offices and public amenities before constructing new buildings, and this number rises to 79% among those from the North of England.

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Aberdeenshire’s biennial ‘AALDA’ Awards 2018 seek nominations

Aberdeen Design Awards 2017The eleventh biennial Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards (AALDA) ceremony for 2018 now seeking project nominations that ‘demonstrate innovative and forward thinking design solutions.’

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DCMS announces measures for implementation of 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property

UNESCO website imageThe Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announces measures to support the effective implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999 and the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act 2017.

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New publication ‘The Honorary Treasurers Handbook’ published

Hon Treasurers Handbook 2017The Honorary Treasurers Forum(HTF) has published The Honorary Treasurers Handbook, the free handbook which offers essential advice, information and support for Charity Treasurers in all aspects of their role.

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Play stations at the BBC: Railway stops worth lingering at

BBC website 051217The BBC has listed some interesting railway stations worth visiting.

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IHBC tests international waters: Inspired by our Council+ lead and advisory forum

The IHBC has held the latest meeting of our lead and advisory forum, ‘Council+’, where members of all categories can find out more on current operations and while the IHBC enjoys their guidance on how to develop and refine our work, this time exploring our burgeoning international strategy.

IHBC Support Officer Carla Pianese helps out Tom Hunter online from Eindhoven as he joins our Council + discussions in London on our international strategy

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COTAC 2017conference final reminder: IHBC with Ramboll support COTAC ‘BIM for Heritage’ conference – 8 December, London

IHBC with Ramboll support COTAC 2017 conference – ‘BIM for Heritage: Stepping into the Future with the Past’ – 8 December, London

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IHBC HESPR’s weekly top weekly pick from c.£177k+ costed work: unlock Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) brownfield sites, up to £120,000, closing 21/12

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 £177,000 this week, while the IHBC Director’s current top pick for NewsBlog readers features a call for a team to advise on how brownfield sites identified as part of the King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone Initiative can be unlocked.

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IHBC’s update on HLF forward planning with lower budgets, from CE Ros Kerslake OBE

Ros KerslakeThe Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), through its Chief Executive Ros Kerslake OBE, has informed key stakeholders such as the IHBC and its members, about its plans to ‘optimise how [the HLF will] use a lower, but still substantial, budget of some £190m next year – set in light of reduced National Lottery income and the need to align our grant commitments with reserves’. 

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IHBC’s new Toolbox Guidance Note on ‘Alacrity and alternative proposals’ also highlights ‘mothballing’ options 

IHBC’s new Guidance Note on our online Toolbox briefs on ‘alacrity’ in heritage planning, a topic suggested by an appeal dismissed ‘partly because the appellant had not demonstrated ‘alacrity’, and references a separate unsuccessful appeal where the Inspector noted that ‘mothballing’ could ‘throw… buildings a lifeline in the hope of an alternative solution’, to conclude that ‘authorities should…  not feel compelled to accept the only offer on the table at a particular time.’

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IHBC CPD boost from the NTHP: Neuroscience and preservation – ‘Biophilia’ and measuring the healing properties of place

Glass House imageIn a blog by for the The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Nikos A. Salingaros looks at how buildings and urban spaces can provide healing environments for people, exploring ‘Biophilia’ is the attachment of humans to living structures, to argue that ‘Preservation should prioritize the therapeutic qualities of the environment and focus on the health-enhancing properties of older buildings and urban spaces.’

A view from the interior of Phillip Johnson’s Glass House—an example of biophilia tangible at a historic site. | Credit: Priya Chhaya 

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Brighton’s Madeira Terraces crowdfunding campaign

Campaign logoBrighton’s local ‘Save Madeira Terrace’ campaign group seeks to ‘restore our iconic arches to their former glory! We will save this historical structure from falling into disrepair, in the process creating a new lively quarter for Brighton.’

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NHMF, HLF, and DCMS’ ‘Tailored Review’ conclusions: ‘Functions… to the nation remained vital’

DCMS parks imageThe Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has concluded its tailored review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), noting that the ‘functions of distributing National Lottery funding and providing a fund of last resort for heritage at risk of loss to the nation remained vital’, while the HLF has offered its own interim responses.

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OTS: first review of VAT aims at simplification

UK Gov streetsign imageThe Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published its first review of VAT, with recommendations mainly aimed at ‘simplification’, including a call for a ‘comprehensive review of the reduced rate, zero-rate and exemption schedules’ and a review of ‘the turnover level above which a business must enter the VAT system and charge VAT on its sales’, noting that ‘at £85,000 the UK has one of the highest levels in the world.’

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Dry Stone Walling Association to mark 50th anniversary in 2018

Dry Stone Walling Calendar 2018The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) celebrates its 50th anniversary next year (2018) and to mark the occasion is planning a National Walling Competition at Kirkby Lonsdale, near its headquarters in Cumbria, on 20 May.

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Forres voted Scotland’s most beautiful high street

Scotlands towns website imageThe Moray town of Forres has been crowned as Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street, after winning a public vote out of a final shortlist of ten towns competing for the title.

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English Heritage joins the digital age with new Google partnership

DCMS blog imageFree online collection of high-resolution images  offers visitors an intimate look at historic buildings, artwork and artefacts, according to Government, Google and the Guardian.

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COTAC 2017 conference reminder: IHBC with Ramboll support COTAC ‘BIM for Heritage’ conference – 8 December, London

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IHBC with Ramboll support COTAC 2018 conference – ‘BIM for Heritage: Stepping into the Future with the Past’ – 8 December, London

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Can IHBC members and colleagues help HE find more listed buildings used as mosques?

Historic England (HE) is investigating the heritage of Islamic places of worship in England, and asks if IHBC members, colleagues and networks can help identify more listed buildings now in use as mosques.

Formerly St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, now Wembley Central Mosque, Ealing Road, Wembley, listed Grade II. The List entry does not currently reflect the building’s re-use.

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Scottish Parliament building regs and fire safety report calls for Clerk of Works to be a ‘familiar face’

Scottish Building Regs documentScottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee report from its inquiry into the building standards verification processes concluded that there needed to be more homebuyer support, including for a Clerk of Works to become a ‘familiar face’ on building sites.

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From PBC Today -Trant Engineering Ltd v Mott MacDonald Ltd: The first steer on BIM from the courts

PCB Today website 271117Planning and Building Control Today (PBC Today) notes that the above judgment is the first to feature BIM in a substantive way and raises some questions going forward about who should host and manage the common data environment (CDE) on BIM-enabled projects.

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BS 8415 ‘Memorials’ Standard available for public comment until Jan 15

BS8415BS 8415 ‘Memorial Standard for Monuments within burial grounds and memorial sites – Specification’ is available for public comment closing on 15 January.

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HE’s Heritage Protection Commissions seeks natural capital and heritage projects to fund: closing 7 January

HE website 271117Historic England’s (HE) ‘Heritage Protection Commissions’ (HPC) funds projects in response to specific calls for proposals that directly address the priorities outlined in Historic England’s Corporate Plan, and is calling for proposals on ‘Heritage, natural capital and ecosystem’ services with a closing date for applications of 7 January 2018.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: York Press on possible judicial review for Carlton Tavern decision

York times website 271117York Press reports that a Planning Committee councillor stayed away from a key meeting recently in protest at a suspensions row, and now campaigners seek to use this and tight vote as grounds for challenging the decision.

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