IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Award winners now out: Sarah Kahn (AA) on The Ghost in the Machine…: ‘Completely absorbing and fascinating, and genuinely useful’ said guest judge Ben Cowell

logoThe winner of the IHBC Gus Astley Student Award for 2019 has been selected by guest judge Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses, as Sarah Khan, whose course work on ‘The Ghost in the Machine: Occupants’ influence on the Environmental Performance in a Grade I Listed Building’ was submitted to the former Postgraduate Diploma in Building Conservation from the Architectural Association, an IHBC-Recognised conservation course.

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IHBC’s IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 5: EU urged to class Covid-19 as ‘force majeure’

The European Commission needs to introduce three immediate measures to tackle the negative impact of Covid-19 on construction, industry body FIEC has said.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 6: NLHF Emergency Fund launches to help sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 7: Scotland’s Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland, supporting organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week: CoE seeks consultant for church project CARS, closing 30/04, no value stated

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails its members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features a call from the Church of England (CoE) for a church project lead consultant, closing 30 April and no value stated.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Local celebrations of a rare example of industrial heritage that avoided demolition

A rare example of city’s industrial heritage which avoided demolition wrecking ball – ‘tiny cottages date back to 1820s’ – are featured in the  Leicester Mercury.

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IHBC CPD Boost: ‘Brush up on your planning theory… by film!’

Films for teaching Planning Theory are on offer through a resource list compiled for Planning Network UK (PNUK).

Visit Google Docs to access the films

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COP26 UN climate change conference postponement

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19.

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National Trust to furlough up to 80% of staff

The National Trust will furlough up to 80% of its staff as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Aberdeenshire mill dating back almost 140 years devastated by huge fire

A traditional mill in Aberdeenshire dating back almost 140 years has been destroyed by a huge fire.

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Calor puts up £85,000 for rural community projects: Closing 9 April

rural sceneTo celebrate its 85th birthday, gas company Calor has increased the value of its Rural Communities Fund to £85,000, which it will divide into 22 prizes, closing 9 April.

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RTPI survey on ‘Measuring Planning Outcomes Research’

Aerial view under UK gov open licence agreement 140417The RTPI are undertaking research on Measuring Planning Outcomes Research to consider how local authorities can measure the outcomes of planning in order to track and improve the impact of planning.

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Scottish Civic Trust sets social media challenge: What’s Oot Ma Windae?

Lovers of the built environment and folk self-isolating throughout Scotland, if spending a little more time indoors or are seeking an interesting way to pass the time why not look to the Scottish Civic Trust’s #WhatsOotMaWindae for some fun and ideas?

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FINAL CHANCE  – IHBC Marsh Award closes TONIGHT: Nominate ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’ for £500 cash awards and free IHBC Annual School places

The IHBC’s Marsh Awards close tonight so please take a few minutes to enter your retired colleagues and/or successful learners for their chance of £500 cash awards and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School.

IHBC President Mike Brown is encouraging members to consider nominations for the Marsh Awards for ‘Successful Learning in Heritage Skills’, and for ‘Community Contribution (Retired Member of the IHBC)’

‘It does take a little effort, but could make all the difference to someone’s life skills or cherished projects.’

To nominate, all you need do is complete an easy-fill form:

Nomination forms for 2020 must be submitted by Tuesday March 31.

For full details visit the website

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IHBC’s Coronavirus-friendly CPD boost… out of Context: Saving new town heritage and beyond, with Google, DBW and IHBC too1

In the in the recent issue of Context, No 162, devoted to the heritage of New Towns Bob Colenutt and Sabine Coady Schaebitz make the case for saving new town heritage, arguing that protecting the extraordinary heritage of new towns will not bring back the post-war spirit of town planning and architectural idealism, but it will remind us of what is possible.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Land girls hostel in Cheshire, – one of few surviving – listed to mark women’s war work

One of the last remaining Women’s Land Army (WLA) hostels in Cheshire has been given Grade II listed status for being ‘vitally important’ in recognising women’s wartime efforts feeding Britain, reports Cheshire Live.

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IHBC’s IMHO signpost: Using strategy to create a ‘Glocal’ consultation, from TCI

logoPerhaps one of the greatest challenges of consulting internationally is that of running a broad consultation which spans more than one country or region and is simultaneously accessible on a local level, so The Consultation Institute (TCI) asks if a consultation really can be ‘glocal’?

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: HE considering merit of Mond House becoming a listed building at Winnington Works

Northwich’s Mond House could be saved from demolition as assessments on whether it should be classed as a listed building begin at Historic England (HE), writes The Northwick Guardian.

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Design, Heritage and Biodiversity intertwine as new schemes in Brighton need ‘swift bricks’ for nesting birds to get planning

street scenePlanning rules passed by Brighton and Hove council which come into force next month and will require new developments to contain so-called ’swift bricks’ to encourage nesting birds. 

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UK’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve on Purbeck Heaths

Landscape-scale conservation to help tackle climate change and benefit more than 2.5 million visitors as, recognising the increasing need for a bigger, better and more joined-up approach to nature conservation, seven leading partners have come together to help protect wildlife by creating the UK’s first ever ‘super’ National Nature Reserve (NNR) on the Purbeck Heaths in Dorset.

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Government update to the Inquiries Review Action Plan

Government UK notes 16 out of 22 Rosewell recommendations implemented, as the Planning Inspectorate publishes its updated Action Plan.

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City Hall overrules Southwark Council to approve £500m Bermondsey Biscuit Factory Scheme

City Hall has overruled Southwark Council to approve a £500m development on Bermondsey’s Biscuit Factory despite concern over a ‘shortfall’ of social housing as the plans, initially thrown out by Southwark’s planning committee over a lack of affordable homes, will see existing buildings owned by Grosvenor in the Biscuit Factory demolished for the creation of 1,548 build-to-rent homes. Continue reading

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NT: Lost statues of the Nine Muses recreated at Stowe after nearly 100 years

After years of historical and archaeological detective work, nine lost statues of the ‘Muses’ – goddesses of the creative arts and poetry – have been recreated at the National Trust’s world-famous gardens at Stowe in Buckinghamshire.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus: Interim update from the IHBC, with a message from our Chair

The IHBC’s Chair David McDonald has offered the following interim statement on our plans and operations, in advance of determinations by our trustees who will meet (online) next Thursday to agree a forward strategy across our suite of current plans.

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LAST CHANCE  – IHBC Marsh Award closes on Tuesday 31st March: Nominate ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’ for £500 cash awards and free IHBC Annual School places

The IHBC’s Marsh Awards closing date has been extended to Tuesday March 31, so please take a few minutes to enter your retired colleagues and/or successful learners for their chance of £500 cash awards and a free place at the IHBC’s Annual School.
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