IHBC 2019 Student Awards judge announced: Ben Cowell, Historic Houses DG, to select the Gus Astley Student Awards for 2020 Brighton School presentations… #IHBCBrighton2020

Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses –  which represents the nation’s largest collection of independently owned historic houses and gardens – will serve as the guest judge on the 2019 IHBC Gus Astley Student Award submissions, with winners receiving certificates and cash prizes at the IHBC’s Brighton 2020 School on 19 June next year. 

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Malcolm Payne Group welcomed as new practice on IHBC’s HESPR register of ‘service providers working to the IHBC’s standards’

Malcolm Payne Group has become the latest company to be included on the IHBC’s conservation and heritage services ‘HESPR’ quality assurance listing, joining more than 40 heritage businesses that enjoy benefits and support services across the IHBC’s commercial conservation network, including alongside may more benefits:

  • Recognition of service standards and quality assurance on our ‘HESPR’ web page and service listing
  • Free listings in the IHBC’s Yearbook, each themed to our popular Annual Schools, and
  • Weekly tender alerts to help inform their commercial priorities.

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REMINDER PLACES STILL AVAILABLE at the Scottish Listed Property Show – FREE places for members!

The IHBC is delighted to continue its CPD partnership with the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC), with free places for members at The Scottish Listed Property Show, in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 26 October 2019, where the IHBC will host a stand (welcoming volunteers to assist) and offer material on our work and membership as well as public resources such as our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition (HESPR) scheme. 

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £142K+ costed opportunities this week: Scottish THI seeks ‘creative(s)’ in community engagement, closing 28/10

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 call from a Scottish authority for ‘creative(s)’ to deliver ‘community engagement projects’, closing 28 October.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the Doorstep’: Banksy graffiti taken off GII listed Yorkshire bridge facing dismantling

Graffiti by Banksy has been taken off a bridge in Hull as the Grade II (GII) listed Scott Street bridge – which made headlines around the globe after the artwork called Draw The Raised Bridge! appeared in January – itself faces dismantling.

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020: AHF’s first grants to social enterprises & charities to transform town centres and high streets

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) announced the first grant awards through the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund, new funding from the Department of Culture, Digital, Media and Sport focused on reinvigorating England’s high streets and town centres.

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Government Response published: Garden Design and Tourism Report

formal gardenThe government accepts the need for new initiative to boost international visitors, as reported in the Government’s response to the garden design and tourism report.

image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Charles Jencks architectural historian and critic and founder of Maggie’s cancer charity dies

Charles Jencks, architectural historian and critic and co-founder and director of Maggie’s, has died, at the age of 80 at his home in London.

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Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement

A new £500,000 funding opportunity is being made available to support research organisations UK-wide to pilot place-based public engagement partnerships and activities, with UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) ‘Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement’, with full bid closing date of 17:00, Monday 21 October.

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Scotland’s Green Investment Portfolio: call for projects

The Scottish Government is leading a drive to develop a Green Investment Portfolio with the official call for projects to feature in the Scottish Government’s first Green Investment Portfolio, covering a wide range of areas including:

  • Built Environment
  • Retrofit and new build energy efficient construction
  • Circular economy
  • Material repurposing
  • Green investment.

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Secure £500 donation to a charity of your choice by answering THA’s ‘Wellbeing’ survey

logoThe Heritage Alliance (THA), in partnership with Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, has created a survey to help understand how wellbeing is being prioritised within the heritage sector, with Ecclesiastical offering the chance to win a £500 donation to a charity of choice to thank those who complete our survey.

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AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot update, closing 31/10/2020

logoRecognising the fast-moving nature of many of the challenges facing low or middle income countries (LMICs), The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has launched this scheme to provide an accelerated funding outlet for urgent research priorities, closing to new expressions of interest on 31/10/2020.

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The RTPI celebrates 60 years of its Royal Charter

logoSixty years ago, the Town Planning Institute (as it was then known) received its Royal Charter, a special mark of distinction limited to bodies pre-eminent in their field.

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IHBC responds to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) consultation, highlights needs for interdisciplinary conservation practitioners

IHBC consultations webpageThe IHBC has responded to the recent consultation from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on prospective changes in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) – the framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according to skill level and specialisation – highlighting the need for the classification to accommodate the distinct interdisciplinary character of built and historic environment conservation practice.

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See more #IHBCNottingham2019 on video, on ‘Heritage at Risk’ Campaigning: New 2019 Day School content from IHBC’s YouTube channel

IHBC’s 2019 Annual School on ‘Heritage Risk and Resilience’ included the Day School presentation on ‘Heritage at Risk: Who Cares?’ by Historic England’s Ben Robinson, now available on IHBC’s YouTube channel.

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REMINDER: Join us as IHBC supports new Climate Heritage Network launch in Edinburgh on 24-25/10

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IHBC supports new Climate Heritage Network launch: Edinburgh 24-25/10

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: The Liverpool GII ‘jewel’ that lies empty, derelict and vandalised

Liverpool landmark the Everton Library, a Grade II (GII) listed building that has been the focus of calls to restore it to its former glory continues to lie leaking, vandalised and derelict, when £5m could renovate the building, reports The Liverpool Echo.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (antique) doorstep’: Call for antiques trade to help find stolen south London cattle troughs

A south London community is calling for the antiques trade to look out for a stolen cattle trough, writes the Antique Trade Gazette.

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Historic Environment Scotland issues Annual Report 2018-19

The Annual Report for Historic Environment Scotland (HES) covering the financial year 2018-19 has been published, marking the third year of operation and the last covered by the Corporate Plan for 2016-19, For All Our Futures.

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BRE appoints Piers White MBE as new Chair

BRE Group has appointed Piers White MBE as its new Chair and announced that he will commence his role at the end of November 2019. He joins BRE Group for the next three years at a time when the built environment industry is going through an exciting period of change and innovation.

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Three Commissioners appointed to the Historic England board

logoThe Secretary of State has appointed Sue Wilkinson, Helena Hamerow and Ben Derbyshire as a Commissioners on the Historic England board for four years from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2023.

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Heritage protection for battleship wreck and Lundy Island cliff-face steps as HMS Montagu and the Montagu Steps scheduled and more

HMS Montagu and the Montagu Steps have now been scheduled by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England and the shipwreck off Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel has been comprehensively surveyed for the first time.

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Repair and maintenance of housing falls by £451m in Scotland as housing stock increases

Scottish Housing News has reported on how Glasgow City Council has made steady progress on regeneration of derelict land, with a report carried out by Glasgow City Council showing that between 2017 and 2018, 66.4% of vacant and derelict land in the city has been developed for housing.

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Omitting carbon emissions from Part L could have huge implications for HVAC industry, says GDHV

Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation (GDHV) is calling for carbon emissions targets to remain a core component within the amended government building regulations due to be released this autumn, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has reported.

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AHF invests in Scotland’s small town landmark buildings

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has awarded £115,763 of grants to 14 projects across Scotland to help communities find sustainable new uses for historic buildings and this quarter, landmark buildings in the centre of towns feature strongly, with awards going to buildings prominently situated in Huntly, Jedburgh and Fraserburgh.

image: AHF website – Former Bookshop Fraserburgh

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