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- IHBC Chair James Caird to attend Brexit ‘Round Table’ hosted by CMS SoS, 24 January 21/01/2017
- IHBC member invitation to ‘Arches’: Conservation-focussed HE information workshop, CPD recognised – 29/30 March, Liverpool (Some places still available) 21/01/2017
- IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: University of London, Goldsmiths College’s former chapel restoration; Contract £1.45M, closing 26 January 21/01/2017
- Early Career Bursaries on IHBC-recognised ‘Traditional Roofs’ at Lincoln Castle: 8/9 February 21/01/2017
- IHBC welcomes Civic Voice Parliamentary debate on 50th Anniversary of Conservation Areas: 26 January 21/01/2017
- IHBC’s ‘Sign of the times’ from Parliament’s home: No historic building grants under Countryside Stewardship scheme for 2016… 21/01/2017
- CIOB launches free ethical construction MOOC: 30 January 21/01/2017
- England’s Housing White Paper: Amenity concerns on the rise 21/01/2017
- Sunderland achieves Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) status from Historic England 21/01/2017
- Scotland’s conservation crisis No 3: RICS highlights tenement risk from lack of maintenance 21/01/2017
- Developers fined for removing historic fixtures from every room of Lincoln home 21/01/2017
- Inquiry launched into £4bn Palace of Westminster renovation plan 21/01/2017
- IHBC Gus Astley Student Award 2017 open for submissions: Showcase your course work by 31 July – winners at Belfast School in 2018 18/01/2017
- IHBC and international debate: Can Wellington (NZ) save its heritage buildings before it’s too late? 18/01/2017
- HLF extends crowdfunding programme 18/01/2017
- ‘Local military heritage at risk’ due to MoD cuts 18/01/2017
- Are you the next generation of heritage leader? 18/01/2017
- £10 million contributed to local economies during England’s 2016 Heritage Open Days festival 18/01/2017
- CWGC seeks paid interns for 2017 Centenary programme 18/01/2017
- International: First round of Cultural Protection Fund projects announced 18/01/2017
- 3D scans of Forth Bridges to power educational games and learning 18/01/2017
- Tilbury Fort stars in new BBC TV series 18/01/2017
- RICS Awards 2017 deadline extended to 27 January 18/01/2017
- IHBC seeks perspectives on Brexit planning for conservation – plans Europe ‘Special Interest Group’ following Council+ discussions 13/01/2017
- IHBC Reminder: Marsh Awards for ‘Retired IHBC members’ and new ‘Heritage learners’, close end March 2017 13/01/2017
Historic England consulted on this document with a selected group of stakeholders, including the IHBC, with the IHBC Consultation Panel findings including that the document should refer to BS 7913: 2013 and better reflect the English Heritage advice on Disposal of Heritage Assets: Guidance note for government departments and non-departmental public bodies.
IHBC Context CPD boost: Keeping up the falling down – on Wimpole and how to conserve a structure designed as a ruin
The Empty Homes charity has found that 83% of British adults believe the Government should place a higher priority on tackling empty homes, an increase from 78% from two years ago.
The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has examined innovative management and funding models for parks.
A government consultation proposes changes to how Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) assesses the energy performance of homes (closing date 27 January 2017).
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) says improving thermal efficiency is important, but not as much as decarbonising the supply of energy to buildings.
Up to 70 of Britain’s stately homes could be closed to the public in the next five years because of escalating repair costs the Historic Houses Association (HHA) says, according to the Telegraph.
The Special Projects Division of Sir Robert McAlpine has secured a £3.5m contract for essential works to conserve the iconic Big Ben bell, clock and Elizabeth Tower in London, according to The New Civil Engineer.
IHBC Jobs etc – the service that helps careers, employers and heritage: from ‘property heads’ to ‘facilities managers’, with £6,127,878 salaries (stated, max, to date) and 69% citing ‘IHBC’
The IHBC has just released some internal employment data from our sector-wide IHBC Jobs etc service, which to date this year has advertised posts with a combined maximum of more than £6million of stated salaries, for posts from property heads to facilities managers, and with 69% postings recommending IHBC membership or more.
IHBC’s ‘Top HESPR tender pick of the week’: Landscape Character Assessment and Impact Assessment Course, Defra, closing 12/12
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 Defra for Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and Landscape and Visual Impact training course, with the bid closing on 12 December and value not stated.
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IHBC Context CPD boost: Charging for certainty – Progress with Historic England’s charged-for listing services
Historic England is offering a series of charged-for services that give owners more opportunities to pursue listing certainty and pre-application planning conversations, says Emily Gee.
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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published two new case studies that describe the repair and upgrade of traditionally constructed buildings and components.
The Communities Secretary has found that a proposed residential development would interfere with sensors at the nearby Jodrell Bank Observatory, according to Place North West.
Edition 9 of Planning Policy Wales, which contains an updated chapter 6 on the historic environment, has been published.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published a ‘Short Guide on Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings’, which focuses on how to make traditional buildings more resilient to the changing climate and details best practice for preparing a building for wetter, stormier winters and hotter, drier summers.
The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has expressed concern about the future of three significant post-war murals on British Home Store (BHS) buildings in Hull and Stockport.
The Canal & River Trust and National Trust have had their plans approved to restore the Grade II* listed Roundhouse in Birmingham and transform it into an activity and enterprise hub.
Strategic decisions by local authorities need to change as they are often taken in isolation from planning departments, The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has told the Scottish Government.
The RTPI writes:
Ahead of the Scottish Government’s Planning White Paper, RTPI Scotland has today written to every Cabinet Secretary making the case for the planning function in each authority to be given statutory powers to be consulted in strategic decision-making processes.
The letter highlights how a statutory Chief Planning Officer will ensure building and development plays a central part in driving economic growth and tackling environmental and social challenges in each area of the country, helping ministers achieve their ambitions for a successful and sustainable Scotland.
This idea is among 14 ‘gamechangers’ that RTPI Scotland has suggested to the Scottish Government for inclusion in the White Paper and is part of its ‘Repositioning Planning: Building a Successful and Sustainable Scotland’ report.
The consultation on the Heritage 2020 framework is looking for contributions to the initial Heritage 2020 priorities for collaboration (closes 20 December 2016).
The 2016 Heritage 2020 consultation is asking for contributions to the priority themes for short-term action by its five working groups – Capacity building; Constructive conservation and sustainable management; Discovery, identification and understanding; Helping things happen; and Public engagement.
Initial priorities include: examples of research needs, thoughts on the new Apprenticeships, guidance to support the transfer of publicly owned heritage assets, what is needed to make it easier for small organisations to improve diversity in public engagement, and how Heritage 2020 can support you in making the case for the value of heritage.
Original working drawings of Manchester Town Hall have been rediscovered as part of Heritage Management Plan work by Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture.
The drawings by Alfred Waterhouse were found in the building’s basement by Kirsten McKnight, of Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture. She has been assessing and cataloguing the building’s contents as part of her work on the Heritage Management Plan.
The working drawings are now being kept in specialist climate-controlled conditions at the Archives+ Centre, Central Library. They reveal the impact that the construction work made to the area in the 1870s, including details such as how much the Manchester Corporation had to pay to compulsorily purchase the land.
IHBC practice challenge: Are we ‘building our way to hell’ through gentrification? Now you too can contribute to the debate using our NewsBlog comments…
Heritage-led regeneration – which often includes swathes of new build – and gentrification together form acontentious pairing, and one that can’t be ignored as it is happening all around the world, as reported recently also in the Guardian.
IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘As skilled practitioners working with historic buildings and areas, IHBC members are well placed to distinguish between the economic and social issues that underpin gentrification, and conservation that rejuvenates the intrinsic potential of historic places. But are we looking at these issues with a suitably critical eye, or in enough detail?’
‘Now is your chance to join the conversation using our NewsBlogs feedback comments service.’
The Guardian writes:
From community displacement in Mexico City to tourism-triggered evictions in Lisbon and crazy rent hikes in Silicon Valley, our readers shared stories of gentrification happening in their cities – and the initiatives trying to tackle it.
You can find see more about these and many other local and global conservation-related matters on the IHBC Director’s informal Flipboard magazine: Conservation: Global and Local
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