Heritage 2020 @HeritageChat a twitter initiative for historic environment sector

Heritage Chat 2017Heritage 2020 sets up monthly #HeritageChat for the historic environment sector using the handle @HeritageChat.

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Free 1-year IHBC membership for new students on any IHBC Recognised Conservation Course: Another IHBC boost!

The IHBC is delighted to announce that students in the first year of an IHBC Recognised Conservation Course* can have up to one year free membership of the professional body – simply join online!

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IHBC’s joint ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’ post-outs under way, with planned circulation to c.17,000 by 2018

As the IHBC promotes the widest dissemination of our joint statement on built and historic environment conservation practice, the ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’ – our current post-out to members is tied to a planned circulation of up to 17,000 by 2018.

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HESPR’s top pick from £150,000+ of costed work this week: London borough seeks ‘design brief & outline business case for a heritage & cultural centre’, closing 22 September, valued £65,000 

The IHBC’s heritage business listing, HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members a weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ that brings business opportunities together into one handy resource – this week with costed work at £150,000 – while the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from the London Borough Of Barking And Dagenham for a ‘design brief and outline business case for a heritage and cultural centre’, closing 22 September and valued £65,000.

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Conservation Wiki and DBW feature retrofit in the National Trust from IHBC’s Context ‘Green Retrofit’

Plas Newydd, a country house on the north bank of the Menai Strait in AngleseyPaul Southall, environmental advisor at the National Trust explores ‘Energy efficiency for the National Trust’ in his article for the IHBC’s member journal Context special issue on ‘Green Retrofit’, which is now featured on the IHBC and Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) ‘Conservation Wiki’.

Paul’s observations include that, ‘Even with something as simple as loft insulation there are variables to consider:

  • Can we access all of the roof voids? Do we need access walkways for inspection?
  • Natural fibres such as wool and wood have a lower ignition point than mineral fibres. Consideration must be given to insurance implications when integrating them into large loft
  • How will older pipework in loft spaces react to the drop in temperatures following the insulation blocking the transfer of heat up into the loft?
  • Care needs to be taken not to cover electrical cables, increasing the build-up of heat.
  • How easy will it be to vacuum the bat poo off?

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Heritage Open Days England’s largest festival of history is from  7 – 10 September

Heritage Open Days website 080917Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences between the 7 – 10 September – and it’s all FREE.

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HE highlights TCPA’s 70th anniversary online and in debate – From Hugh Ellis and Bob Kindred to Birgitta Ringbeck and Deborah Mays

HE website 080917Historic England has launched its next ‘Heritage Online Debate’ (successor to the Conservation Bulletin), a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act – ‘The Mother of All Planning Acts’ – which marked the ‘birth of the listed building system we know today’.

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Scotland’s First Minister confirms planning bill in Scottish Government plans

The Planner website 080917Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched her Programme for Government for 2017/2018, which confirms that planning, climate change and Crown Estate bills will be introduced.

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Historic Environment ‘Research and Delivery Strategy’ for HS2’s phase one issued

HS2 imageHigh Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd. has published its ‘Phase One Historic Environment Research and Delivery Strategy’, which intends to cover ‘all aspects of the historic environment including built heritage, archaeology and the historic landscape.’

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Checking out their ‘breaches’: Elmbridge Council launches new planning compliance service

Elmbridge website 080917Elmbridge Borough Council has launched a new planning compliance service to carry investigations into breaches of planning control.

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Developer who destroyed historic Bristol ceiling says they acted to ‘respect safety of building’

B24/7 website 080917The ‘wilful destruction’ of a 400-year-old Jacobean ceiling in the heart of Bristol’s Old City has sparked calls for a planning loophole to be closed.

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BD’s Carbuncle Cup 2017: London’s Nova Victoria crowned UK’s ugliest building

bd website 080917A London office block described as a ‘bright red hideous mess’ has been named the UK’s worst building in the Building Design Magazine (BD) 2017 Carbuncle Cup.

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IHBC asks: Are you planning for sustainable heritage? Look beyond building performance, to place, says Chetwyn in IHBC’s Context 150

Context 150 article imageIHBC past Chair Dave Chetwyn argues that sustainable development must be considered not only in terms of efficient building performance, but also in the wider context of place use and planning, as he explores ‘Planning for sustainable historic places’ in IHBC’s current membership journal Context, which takes as its theme ‘conservation and urbanism’.

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London’s Garden Bridge project officially abandoned 

BBC website 050917A £200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames in central London has officially been abandoned.

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MFS Survey indicates new-build houses out of favour with Brits

24housing website 050917Despite the current housing crisis, a survey carried out by MFS indicates that househunters are opting for older properties over new-builds.

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BEFS responds to latest SG Position Statement on planning review

BEFS website 050917In its response to the latest Scottish Government ‘Position Statement’ on planning Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has expressed disappointment that the scope of the review has shifted from major reform to a series of procedural changes.

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South Downs National Park endorsed whole Estate Plan

Wiston website 050917The Wiston Whole Estate Plan 2017-2030 was approved by the South Downs National Park Authority’s Policy and Resource Committee on 20 July 2017.

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Have your say in Landscape Institute’s major education and practice review: 5 & 27 September and after

LI website 050917The Landscape Institute (LI) is investing in a large, cross-discipline review of education and practice in not just landscape design, but all areas and specialisms of the profession spanning management, science, planning and urban design, and will conduct the survey element of the landscape practice review – involving LI members or otherwise – between 5 and 27 September. 

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On show to share thoughts: Six ‘design concepts’ to restore NT’s Clandon Park following 2015 fire

NT website 050917The ideas for restoring and presenting the famous Grade 1 listed 18th-century mansion Clandon Park, destroyed by fire in 2015, presented by six separate teams, are on display at Clandon Park until 1 October, one of which owner the National Trust hopes to implement.

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THA on ‘Rural heritage under threat: looking after our landscapes post Brexit’

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has published a paper entitled ‘Rural heritage under threat: looking after our landscapes post Brexit’. 

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Heritage Perspectives 1: Clive Aslet – Treasury taxation on Heritage Maintenance Funds deflect funds from benefiting historic houses

Clive Aslet reports in The Times (limited access) about the impact of treasury taxation on Heritage Maintenance Funds (HMFs) – set up in the 1970’s – in deflecting funds intended for protection of heritage to the taxman.

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Heritage Perspectives 2: Don’t Take That view! Gary Barlow goes to war over new-build near his G-II mansion 

Gary Barlow’s Grade II listed home is located close to fields where developers plan 54 new homes, and Barlow is backing neighbours who are opposed to the plans – the Parish Council also objected – arguing the development would spoil views.

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Heritage Perspectives 3: Residents stunned as thieves steal red Phone Box from their village

Residents in a ‘picture postcard’ village have been left devastated after thieves stole a traditional red phone box weighing three quarters of a ton from outside their homes.

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IHBC and Heritage Project Management at Bishop Auckland, 18 & 19 October: Pre-event online CPD update

ARtists impression of spanish galleryIHBC’s flagship Heritage Project Management (PM) case study event – locally focussed, for a national audience – offers delegates from across the UK practical insights into Heritage PM and the working of heritage-led regeneration projects, all supported by substantial online CPD support that is being continually updated.

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IHBC 2016 School update: Edinburgh councillors unanimously reject Royal High School hotel plans

Delegates from the IHBC’s 2016 School in Worcester will remember the lively debate around Edinburgh’s heritage and commercial and hotel development, led by BEFS Director Euan Leitch and architect James Simpson, and may be especially interested to hear that even the revised plans to convert the Calton Hill landmark ‘Royal High School’ into a luxury hotel have been emphatically rejected by councillors, in line with city officers’ recommendations, and with many speaking in support of the effective management and care of the city and its heritage.

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