IHBC launches consultation on Corporate Plan 2020-25 (‘CP25’) as ‘Stage 1’ scoping: First responses sought by 1 January

IHBC’s members and prospective members are asked to study, scrutinise and feed back on the IHBC’s evolving Corporate Plan for 2020-25 – called ‘CP25’ – and let us know what we need to add, change or develop in the forward plans for our next five years, with responses encouraged by 1 January 2020.

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IHBC President launches next IHBC Marsh Awards: ‘Your new chance to nominate ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’ for our awards’, closing 29 Feb 2020

IHBC Marsh AwardsThe IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, has entered its successful fifth year with the launch of the two 2020 Awards – one celebrating civic contributions of retired IHBC members, and one for successful learning in heritage skills – with prizes for each that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Brighton 2020 Annual School, with a closing date for this year of 29 February 2020.

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IHBC’s great ‘FREE CPD’ opportunity: Still chances to join us at Council+, London GII* venue, 28 November, on ‘CPD for interdisciplinary practitioners’ (Expenses paid; numbers restricted)

IHBC Council Plus attendeesApply now by contacting Fiona at operations@ihbc.org.uk to register to find out more about how the IHBC is integrating the CPD across its operations, and help us improve our services to you, in London on 28 November (Expenses paid; numbers restricted), at the Grade II* Art Workers Guild.

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’… as blueprint ‘Prospectus’ for 100 multi-million pound Town Deals revealed

street sceneThe Towns Fund prospectus, just issued, paves the way for a new generation of Town Deals to regenerate town centres, boost businesses and improve infrastructure.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £100M+ costed opportunities this week: Housing Association with substantial historic legacy seeks consultants for Framework Agreement, valued £100M, closing 06/12

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 members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features a leading Housing Association with substantial historic legacy that seeks consultants for a Framework Agreement, closing 6 December and with the full contract valued at £100M.

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Possible first for Proceeds of Crime Act as couple ordered to pay £42,000 after harming Grade II listed building in Peak District NP

A married couple have been ordered to pay £42,000 in penalties after making unauthorised alterations to a Grade II listed building in the Peak District National Park (NP), believed to be one of the first cases of its kind in Listed Building prosecutions under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

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Historic Environment Scotland seek new Board Members: closing Friday, 6 December 2019

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) seeks new Board Members in areas including archives, visitor management and large-scale project management as well as one new Board member to join the Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee. closing Friday, 6 December 2019.

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Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens: Repairs ordered to save listed building

Urgent repairs have been ordered to save one of the country’s most endangered building from dilapidation as damaged windows at the Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth – the Grade II* listed seafront building – will be boarded up and scaffolding erected while Great Yarmouth Borough Council seeks an investor.

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Increase in construction injuries and fall in prosecutions raises concerns for long term safety

Unite, the UK’s construction union, has warned that new figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showing a rise in construction injuries and a fall in prosecutions is a ‘dangerous cocktail’ and undermines recent improvements in safety.

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PHE report on ‘Spatial Planning for Health’ calls on build environment and health professionals to communicate more

Aerial view under UK gov open licence agreement 140417Public Health England (PHE) report ‘Spatial Planning for Health, An evidence resource for planning and designing healthier places’, which looks at areas from neighbourhood design to the environment, calls on built environment professionals and public health officials to ‘communicate more’.

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Medieval wall collapse in Lewes

An investigation is underway following the collapse of a wall, part of Lewes Castle’s curtain wall, that sparked a large emergency response. 

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AHRC & partners ‘Being Human’ – festival of the humanities – launched 14/11

The UK’s only national festival and celebration of the humanities, the ‘Being Human Festival ’, was launched on Thursday 14 November, offering more than 250 free public events all around the country as it celebrates and shares the latest research and discoveries in the humanities, ‘enabling everyone to discover new ideas about what it is to be human’. 

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IHBC congratulates Climate Heritage Network on Edinburgh’s global launch, with IHBC’s updated ToolBox Guidance Note on ‘Retrofitting… Traditional Buildings’… part of a ‘major contribution’

The IHBC supported the recent and highly successful launch of the Climate Heritage Network (CHN) at Edinburgh Castle, hosted by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and led by ICOMOS, included a presentation by author and IHBC Technical Panel lead John Edwards on the updated IHBC Toolbox Guidance Note on ‘Retrofitting of Traditional Buildings’, a ‘major contribution’ to the debate.

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More looking ahead to ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ and #IHBCBrighton2020, with warnings that towns are ‘starved of investment’ because much foreign investment goes to cities

New research in the ‘UK Attractiveness Survey’, by Centre for Towns and EY (linking to Ernst and Young), entitled ‘Trends in foreign direct investment in the UK Towns’, has found that 59% of all foreign direct investment (FDI) coming into the UK went to core cities, such as London, Manchester, and Leeds, in 2018.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Oxford college’s plans for accommodation concern historians

The historical value of Oxford’s medieval core has been raised as an objection to plans which could see two buildings knocked down and replaced with student flats, reports The Oxford Mail.

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IHBC’s IMHO signpost: Why Britain needs more women in engineering – more than the current 11% certainly!

The role of women in engineering, and why more women are needed, is discussed in an article in The Engineer by training firm Boss Training, which notes that  only 11% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female.

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Construction urged to do more for butterflies and bees, via SNH

Scotland’s construction sector is being urged to do more to help butterflies, bees and other pollinators in towns and cities, writes Construction Week, as it  reports on new guidance from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

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New AIM economic report explores impact of independent museums locally and nationally

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has published its latest Economic Impact of the Independent Museum Sector report, exploring the fiscal benefits heritage and culture entities deliver locally and nationally.

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LGA responds to Government pocket parks programme

The Local Government Association (LGA) has long made the case for the importance of green and outdoor spaces for people’s health and wellbeing, and while welcoming the new funding for pocket parks also calls for Government to provide long-term, sustainable funding.

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CSCS ends exemption to HSE test requirements

CSCS has ended an exemption CSCS card applicants could previously use to get a CSCS card without passing the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Health, safety and environment test.

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Edinburgh’s Castle Terrace car park awarded protected status

An Edinburgh car park that featured in the film T2 Trainspotting has been given listed building status, reports the BBC.

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Heritage Collective welcomed by IHBC as Brighton’s 2020 School ‘Principal Sponsor’: More looking ahead to ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ with #IHBCBrighton2020!

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is delighted to announce Heritage Collective as the Principal Sponsor for the institute’s 2020 Annual School in Brighton, on 18-20 June 2020, as we explore ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’.

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’: High Streets emergency declared by DCN – New retail planning applications halve in five years

Struggling high streets face a fight for survival after new analysis by the District Councils Network (DCN) found that the number of planning applications for new retail units has almost halved in five years.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £795K+ costed opportunities this week: BPT seeks team to transform church into community centre of environmental awareness, valued £555K, closing 25/11

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 members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features an opportunity with partners – including a Building Preservation Trust (BPT) that ‘aims to find new, sustainable uses for buildings at risk’ – to transform a church building into a community centre linked to environmental awareness, closing 25 November and valued at £555,000.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Melton’s controversial ‘cheese wedge’ homes plan given go-ahead despite local objections

Controversial plans for 100 new homes in Melton, dubbed as the ‘cheese wedges’ by opponents, have been approved, reports The Ipswich Star.

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