IHBC at the Natural Stone Show 2019? Naturally… and packed with free IHBC-recognised CPD – 30 April-2 May, ExCel!

websiteThe IHBC will host its regular stand at the Natural Stone Show’s Conservation Area in April, in London’s ExCel, so please be sure to visit us there, and remember that this busy event also offers lots of free IHBC-recognised CPD including the regular Conservation Day, on Thursday 2 May, themed on ‘Authenticity and appearance when repairing historic buildings’.

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IHBC welcomes Historic England Angel Award 2018 winner – Great Yarmouth PT – as part of Context’s international ‘European Perspectives’ issue

publication coverThe winners of the 2018 Historic England Angel Awards, co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, include Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust (PT) Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People, currently featured in IHBC’s most recent Context, Darren Barker on ‘Skills in partnership’.

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £2.4M+ costed work this week: Character Statements for N Herts Conservation Areas sought, closing 4/2, value £75 -100k

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers for this week features a call from Supply Hertfordshire for the ‘Preparation of Character Statements for Conservation Areas in North Hertfordshire (N Herts), closing 4 February, and valued at £75,000-100,000. Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Suffolk campaigners hope listed monument to St Edmund will deter developers

websiteThe East Anglian Daily Times has reported on how a tight-knit community determined to protect their village’s history has pulled together to protest against a housing development on what they consider to be sacred ground – marked by a stone monument in the shape of a cross where legend has it the former patron Saint of England, St Edmund, was slain.

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New ‘Wates Principles’ aim to improve corporate governance standards among private companies

publication coverA new code for the corporate governance of large private companies has been launched, the ‘Wates Principles’, named after the Chair James Wates CBE, to provide a framework to help them not only meet legal requirements but to promote long term success in this vital sector.

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Councils approve planning applications at ‘fastest rate’ in a decade – as Shelter says planning system failings on new homes a ‘Developers… myth’

DCMS Plans image 220917Local authorities are approving planning applications at their fastest rate in over a decade, the homelessness charity Shelter has revealed, as it points to the ‘myth’ whereby ‘Developers… blame the planning system for their failure to build the kinds of homes families need…’.

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Cambridge CC to bring Cambridge Live cultural services back in-house

building roofsCambridge City Council (CC) has announced it will return to providing cultural services directly after Cambridge Live struggled to meet financial targets.

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Grant Thornton: A third of councils at risk of financial failure in the next decade!

storm weather graphicNew analysis from the business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP has found that over a third (36%) of all councils in England are at risk of financial failure in the next ten years.

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RAC Foundation analysis indicates ‘substandard’ council-maintained bridges on the rise

websiteRAC Foundation analysis indicates that thousands of structures are operating with weight restrictions and that almost 3,500 council-maintained road bridges in Great Britain are substandard.

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England’s communities to have greater say in protecting local trees: Closing Feb 28

treesMichael Gove has launched a consultation on plans to create greater protections for trees in urban areas, with a closing date of February 28.

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Bid to introduce a £2 tourist tax in Edinburgh wins support

building roofsPlans to introduce a £2 tourist tax in Edinburgh have won support in a recent public consultation.

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IHBC ‘Members with benefits’: Free IHBC CPD and entry at London’s LPOC Property Show, 9-10 Feb

websiteThe IHBC has continued its CPD partnering with the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) into 2019 with free places for members and an IHBC stand on offer at the London Listed Property Show, on 9-10 February in the Olympia, as well as free CPD sessions from IHBC President David McDonald and Research Consultant Bob Kindred.

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IHBC Members  wanting to attend the Show and/or IHBC CPD programme should email events@lpoc.co.uk giving their name, company, job role, postal address, email and phone number and IHBC Membership Number.

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IHBC celebrates 2016 Gus Astley Student Award ‘Trustee selection’ winner now in print: On lighthouses as ‘machines for living in’

The IHBC has welcomed the publication by 2016 IHBC Student Award ‘Trustee Selection’, Tom Nancollas, of his book based on the dissertation ‘A machine for living in: appraising the rock lighthouse interior, 1800-1905’, presented on the IHBC recognised course in the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University.

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Association for Project Safety (APS) calls for IHBC members input to CDM survey, as 2019 School focusses on heritage and risk

graphic and logoNot least in light of IHBC’s forthcoming Annual School on 4-6 July in Nottingham – on ‘Heritage, Risk and Resilience’ – Barri Millar of the Association for Project Safety (APS) has particularly asked IHBC members to contribute to a survey on Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations and the ‘increase in demand for advisers and consultants assisting Duty Holders with their requirements’.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Walton pub to be demolished despite petition to save it

buildingA well-known former pub in Walton will be demolished to make way for a new 40-bedroom hotel, as reported by YMLiverpool.

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Councils slash library budgets by £30m, survey reveals

buildingThe number of libraries across the country has continued to decline as cash-strapped councils reduce their spending on the service and rely more on volunteers, a new survey has revealed.

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British Council publication on Soft Power

publication coverThe British Council has launched a publication exploring ‘Soft Power’ entitled ‘Soft power superpowers Global trends in cultural engagement and influence’.

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National Trust on new Agriculture Bill

landscapeThe National Trust has offered views on some of the key recommendations from the The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s recently released report on the Scrutiny of the Agriculture Bill.

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Grenfell Tower:  Ongoing reviews and updates of Building Regulations and Standards

England’s Ministry for Housing Community and Local Government (MCHLG) continues to offer updates on documents linked to the review of ‘Building Regulations and Standards’ following Grenfell Tower findings, including most recently ‘Environmental monitoring following the Grenfell Tower fire’, air quality reports for the survivors and residents of the area surrounding Grenfell Tower.

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IHBC’s 2019 Annual School welcomes keynote speaker: Zaki Aslan, Conservation architect and Director of ICCROM-Sharjah

flyerThe IHBC has welcomed Zaki Aslan as the keynote Day School speaker at its 2019 Annual School – the lead event in the calendar of the UK’s built and historic environment conservation specialists – which will take place in Nottingham on 4-6 July 2019.

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Career interests in heritage? See IHBC’s latest ‘Jobs etc.’ review of skills needs from the amenity bodies such as Victorian Society, to government and the private sector

logosTo help profile career opportunities across the conservation and heritage sectors, the IHBC now offers regular reviews of job openings and staff appointments featured in our ‘Jobs etc.’ service, so if you have an interest in a heritage related career of any sort, sign up for free alerts today!

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IHBC ‘Members with benefits’: 15% off ‘Building Conservation’ courses from CIOB Academy – 6/7 February (London); 19/20 February (Swansea)… and PM in London too!

graphicThe CIOB Academy has continued its support for IHBC members on select courses, as it offers members 15% off forthcoming courses in Building Conservation and Project Management (PM), simply using the code below.

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £54K+ costed work this week: Deadline Extension as SDNPA seeks architect for conversion of a historic farmstead 11/01, value £35-50K

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers for this week features a call with a revised deadline from the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), which seeks ‘an architect to create a well designed, sympathetic conversion of a historic farmstead’, closing 11 January, and valued at £35,000-50,000.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Tyne and Wear BPT lead in ‘forgotten’ city centre buildings boosted by Coastal Revival Fund

websiteThe Sunderland Echo has celebrated a cash boost from the Coastal Revival Fund for Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust that will help deliver ambitious plans to revitalise a forgotten corner of Sunderland city centre.

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Damerham church engraved lead stolen from roof

websiteLead with inscriptions dating to the 18th Century has been stolen from a church in the New Forest after thieves climbed 35ft (10m) up the bell tower of St George’s Church in Damerham to steal the lead sometime after New Year’s Eve. 

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