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Gender equality in construction will take almost 200 years, GMB research show

GMB – the construction union co-founded by Eleanor Marx, daughter of Karl Marx – has revealed research showing it will take nearly 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction industry.  

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National Women in Engineering Day + free online equality publications

This year National Women in Engineering Day was celebrated on 23 June, and to coincide with this the Institute of Civil Engineering is offering free online access to articles that address the issues of diversity in the built environment.  The … Continue reading

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CITB’s ‘Be Fair’ framework launched for equality & diversity

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has launched a new ‘Be Fair’ framework designed to address issues of equality and diversity in construction. CITB writes: Led by CITB, the Framework has been developed by the industry for the industry in … Continue reading

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RIBA appoints new equality and diversity champion

Jane Duncan, RIBA Vice President Practice & Profession, has been appointed RIBA Equality and Diversity Champion. RIBA writes: This new role has been established to give senior support to the proactive work already delivered through Architects for Change, the RIBA’s … Continue reading

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First Report of the UK2070 Commission published

The UK2070 Commission has published ‘The First Report of the UK2070 Commission: Fairer and Stronger – Rebalancing the UK Economy’.

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Need a CPD boost that looks ahead to IHBC’s 2020 Annual School, in Brighton, on ‘Old Towns – New Futures’? HE references 5 Historic High Streets types

Historic England (HE) references around 5,000 high streets in the United Kingdom and, while traditionally the epicentre of community life, their role has dramatically changed in the last few decades, so they have outlined ‘five of the most distinctive styles … Continue reading

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IHBC CPD boost from URBACT: ‘What on earth do the arts and culture have to do with climate change?’

Claire Buckley, Lead Expert and Director of Environmental Sustainability at Julie’s Bicycle, says that time is of the essence concerning climate action for the arts and culture sector in a new article from URBACT, ‘the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘IMHO’ spotlight on heritage and risk: Notre Dame shows ‘the unifying force of culture, Grenfell the corruption of government’

Julian Vigo – ‘scholar, film-maker and human rights consultant’- explores in Counterpunch a personal take on how, in the aftermath of the fire at Notre Dame, people began to highlight the alleged hypocrisy surrounding how the Parisian cathedral’s fire was … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Canterbury launches Commission on Housing, Church and Community

Britain’s housing crisis is to be the subject of a major new Commission launched by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. image: Church of England website

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£20m of support for regeneration in local communities in Scotland as part of RCGF

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4m to support local regeneration activity. A total of 18 projects are being awarded funding in 2019/20 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) and more than 600 … Continue reading

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IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School context: BRE’s QSAND post-disaster assessment and the UN’s Sustainable Development goals

BRE has reported that through QSAND -(Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters) a self-assessment tool to promote sustainable approaches to relief, recovery and reconstruction after a natural disaster – it is contributing to help achieve several UN Sustainable … Continue reading

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BEFS on Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2019-20

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), the link body for Scotland’s built and historic environment interests, has summarised the most relevant parts of the Scottish Government Draft Budget for 2019-20, noting that Historic Environment Scotland’s grant will be reduced by 3.2%. 

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Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022: EU Ministers of Culture make the legacy of the European Year a priority

At the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council in Brussels on 27 November, EU Ministers of Culture adopted, among others, conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022, stressing the importance of sustaining the legacy of the … Continue reading

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RTPI to investigate strategic infrastructure planning

The RTPI has commissioned new research from the University of the West of England (UWE), in partnership with PBA (now a part of Stantec), to find out how strategic infrastructure planning is carried out on the ground. image: Open Government … Continue reading

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The Raynsford Review of Planning launched

Former housing minister Nick Raynsford in his planning review has warned that planning has been reduced to a ‘chaotic patchwork’ of responsibilities which is not compatible with promoting the health, wellbeing and civil rights of communities. image: Open Government Licence … Continue reading

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RTPI Scotland and partners caution on ‘Rights of Appeal’ legislation – in favour of working local plans – as Parliament rejects calls in support

As proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions in Scotland have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process, RTPI Scotland and partners have written an open letter setting out their views.

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British Council report on ‘Cultural Heritage and Inclusive Growth’

The British Council has recently launched a report entitled ‘Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth’, to share findings of a consultation and international research into cultural heritage for inclusive growth.

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400,000th listed building for England

The milestone of a 400,00th listed building designation for England has been reached, through listing the former head office of the Raleigh Cycle Company in Nottingham. image: HE website

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Applications sought for Scotland’s ‘Making Places’ initiative: Closing dates in Sept & Oct

The Scottish Government have issued a call for applications relating to The Place Standard Conversations Fund and The Community-led Design Fund (closing dates 31 October and 28 September).

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Town centre living and older people in Scotland: ‘Can urban living be suitable for older people?’

Steven Tolson and Dr Margaret Brown of the University of the West of Scotland reflect on place making and urban living for older people in a post for Architecture and Design Scotland, linked to ‘A Caring Place’, a half-day event … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage IMHO’, from the Spectator: ‘The problem with British mosques’

The incongruent architecture, cultural baggage and gender inequality must go, argues Ed Husain in his Spectator review of Shahed Saleem’s ‘The British Mosque: An Architectural and Social History’, as he explains why these mosques need to adapt to the reality … Continue reading

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Gender balanced public boards for Scotland as Bill on representation passes final stage

MSPs at the Scottish Parliament have passed the new Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill to legally require that women make up at least half the board members for all public authorities.

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Agency launches BAME and LGBT+ initiatives

Communications agency ‘Built Environment Communications Group’ (becg) has launched new BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities) and LGBT+ initiatives.

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IHBC benefits for members: 10% off new ‘Listed buildings and other heritage assets’ – Mynors & Hewitson, till end Dec 

IHBC members can avail of a 10% reduction in the list price of the update of the standard legal guide on listed buildings, now in its 5th edition and by Dr Charles Mynors & Nigel Hewitson, with the offer closing … Continue reading

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Ken Loach says his beloved Bath is being ruined by tourism – UNESCO WHS status threatened

Film director warns that unsympathetic developments aimed at visitors could lead to historic city losing its UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) status.

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