IHBC and COTAC welcome major new partnership – CITB, HES, HE and Cadw – to boost heritage construction skills

CITB websiteThe IHBC and COTAC have welcomed the news that the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has joined forces with national heritage bodies – Scottish Government’s Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Historic England (HE) and the Welsh historic environment service Cadw – in a landmark partnership to support skills in heritage construction.

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IHBC CPD opportunity: ‘Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings’ course, 3 May – Use our CPD plans to secure employer support!

IHBC members tell us that that skills in condition surveys are a priority, so we are happy to note that Oxford University is offering a practical, 3-day course on this from 8 May, from £455, and it does cost, our own research helps members make the case for employer support!

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HLF: £10.1m across UK to help widen heritage talent pool

HLF skills website pageThe Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is investing £10.1m in 18 projects across the UK to help train a new and more diverse generation of heritage craftspeople, digital specialists and entrepreneurs.

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Restoration of historic Venetian Waterways on course after £1.7m from National Lottery

GT Yarmouth Venetian The Waterways today Darren J Barker Mar2017An major project to restore Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways is on course after securing a grant of more than £1.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.

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Innovation fund to support 30 libraries across England

Arts Council England and government have announced that 30 local authorities’ libraries services from across the country will receive a total of £3.9 million from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation fund.

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Cheers! Yorkshire pub saved by its customers rated best in the UK

Camra’s top accolade goes to George & Dragon, in Hudswell, Yorkshire, which was rescued from bankruptcy.

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Museum of Iron: On how Coalbrookdale changed the world forever

A new ‘Museum of Iron’ opening kicks off Ironbridge Gorge Museums 50th Anniversary celebrations.

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Oxford councils submit proposals to become unitary authority

Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have submitted a joint proposal to the government to become a new single unitary authority for Oxfordshire.

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Tolpuddle Martyrs’ old chapel to be restored as a place to ‘sit and think’

Derelict building in Dorset village known for its place in British trade union history has won a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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Last chance for IHBC 2017 School sponsorship – add your name to our list of distinguished sponsors

Manchester 2017 websiteAs final arrangements are being put in place for the IHBC’s 2017 School, ‘Transport Infrastructure’, in Manchester 22-24 June, we are delighted both to welcome our current sponsors and highlight the final opportunities for heritage bodies to add your name to our list distinguished sponsors.

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IHBC Director helps open CIOB/NT conference: ‘Successful Operation of Historic Building’, London, 3 May

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly has been invited to deliver an opening speech at the joint CIOB/National Trust conference ‘Keys to the Successful Operation of Historic Buildings’ on 3 May 2017 in Somerset House, London.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR pick’ of the week: Blackpool Council seeks structural engineer for Tower refurb, valued up to £200k, closing 27/04

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, and the Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from Blackpool Council for a structural engineer to carry out work relating to the refurbishment of the Blackpool Tower Steel Structure, valued at £150,000-250,000 and closing 27 April.

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IHBC members encouraged to submit nominations for Honours List: by 14 April

IHBC members are encouraged to submit a nomination for the honours list by April 14 so that the outstanding efforts of those working in the heritage sector are acknowledged and celebrated. Continue reading

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NTS CEO adopts ‘industry analogy’ to argue: ‘Merger with HES almost inevitable’

Simon Skinner, chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) – Scotland’s biggest conservation charity – has said he believes it is almost inevitable that it will merge with the newly created heritage charity and public body Historic Environment Scotland (HES), because ‘If you go to an industry analogy, you have back offices we both run, payroll systems, we have conservators, they have conservators.’

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Historic England says: ‘Breathe new life into an old place – Make it a Heritage Action Zone’

Historic England says its new Heritage Action Zones (HAZs) initiative should ‘unleash the power in England’s historic environment to create economic growth and improve quality of life in villages, towns and cities’ as it announces the first ten places to receive funding over the next three-to-five years.

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Will Self on 70 years of planning to ease conflict… the 1947 T&CPA on the BBC

The BBC currently features Will Self as he walks the London green belt in search of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act (T&CPA), which he argues tried to end the post war British conflict between field and city. Continue reading

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Sheffield’s sewer gas lamps get new lease of life

The BBC reports that Gas street lamps originally invented to burn off dangerous sewer gas are being restored in Sheffield.

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Crowdfunding campaign to save ‘secret’ Victorian chapel

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help save a former settlement chapel hidden away in London’s East End, in Bethnal Green, for more than 130 years.

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Last chance for IHBC Marsh ‘successful learner’ nominations – Enter before April and say ‘Well done!’ to your students and trainees!

IHBC Marsh Award logoThis is your last chance to celebrate a successful heritage learner that you know, with the chance of £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School (closing date 31 March 2017). 

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Last chance for IHBC Marsh ‘retired IHBC’ nominations – enter before April and say ‘Well done!’ to your Branch’s retired volunteers!

IHBC Branches can celebrate volunteering retired members with a nomination for IHBC’s Marsh Award before 31 March, with £500 and a Full School place for the winner! 

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New addition to IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – John Edwards on ‘Energy efficiency of traditional buildings’: Why not add yours?

Wiki articleIHBC trustee John Edwards has posted his RICS Conservation Journal article on ‘Energy efficiency of traditional buildings’ on the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – part of the Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) web platform – extending access to his concise summary of how practitioners at all skills levels should approach work on older buildings.

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IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR pick’: Shettleston New Parish Church seeks consultant on local Heritage Activity Plan, closing 31/03

The IHBC’s commercial conservation services listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly Bulletins that bring tender and other opportunities together into one handy resource, while the Director’s top pick for IHBC members this week features a call from Shettleston New Parish Church which seeks a consultant to develop and implement a Heritage Activity Plan, focusing on the social and industrial heritage of the Shettleston area, closing 31 March.

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RTPI Awards for Research Excellence now open

RTOI research awards logoThe RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies, in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally, with entries to be sent electronically to research@rtpi.org.uk by Friday 19 May 2017.

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CIC Launches ‘Essential Principles Guide’ for creating an accessible and inclusive environment

CIC Principles GuideThe Construction Industry Council (CIC) officially launched their ‘Essential Principles Guide’ for Built Environment Professionals on creating an accessible and inclusive environment.

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Fresh lease of life for one of Britain’s oldest slate mines as roof for Cambridge college

The Telegraph websiteThe Telegraph reports that one of the country’s oldest Collyweston mines has re-opened and its distinctive limestone tiles will soon adorn one of the roofs at King’s College, Cambridge.

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