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Historic buildings on fire – Fisons Victorian factory near Ipswich destroyed, yet another sad prompt on the IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School

The former Fisons warehouse in Bramford, near Ipswich, was the victim on another fire affecting our heritage. Listed Grade II and dating back to 1858 the building was destroyed by a fire thought to be arson.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: 14 Coventry historical sites ‘at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism’, newest is Holy Trinity Church

Coventry Live has reported on how fourteen of Coventry’s most treasured historical sites are at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism, according to the latest Historic England At Risk Register, with the newest being Holy Trinity Church in the city … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Plans submitted for demolition of meeting hall attached to GII Friends Meeting House

The Hertfordshire Mercury has reported on plans that have been submitted for the demolition of the meeting hall attached to the Grade II (GII) listed Friends Meeting House in Hoddesdon.

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IHBC’s ‘CPD Boost’ following the Stone Show, from The Stonespecialist: ‘Housebuilding and increasing the role of stone’

Low carbon, low maintenance, sustainable stone has a lot to offer housing, and with the government committed to adding 300,000 homes a year to the UK’s housing stock by the mid-2020s, there are opportunities for many sectors of the stone … Continue reading

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MSPs urged to drop Planning Bill’s extra duties

RTPI Scotland is warning MSPs that the Planning (Scotland) Bill may be unworkable as it stands, ahead of the Bill’s stage 3 debate, given the number of unfunded additional duties it currently contains.

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Civic Voice: Member survey stats show communities want conversation on building homes to move towards ‘collaboration’, away from current ‘confrontation’

In response to Civic Voice’s own online Building Better survey, England’s link body for civic trusts and the like has argued that we need to move the conversation about building homes away from confrontation, into one of collaboration: 86% of … Continue reading

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Public Accounts Committee opens planning and housing inquiry

The Public Accounts Committee of the UK Parliament has opened an enquiry into planning and the broken housing market. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Ecclesiastical launches £1m fund for charities

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has opened a £1m fund for charities called Movement for Good.

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Joint drive to combat heritage crime in Scotland

A new partnership has been launched to tackle heritage crimes in Scotland. image: Heritage Environment Scotland

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Debris drops on to street after scaffolding collapse near new police HQ site on Grosvenor Street, Everton

Parts of a building due to be cleared to make way for the new £45million Merseyside Police HQ collapsed into the street and scaffolding and debris from Grosvenor House, on Grosvenor Street behind St Anne Street Police Station, Everton, was … Continue reading

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Highways England pours £4 million into canal restoration scheme

A mile-long stretch of canal in Gloucestershire that disappeared more than half a century ago is a step closer to being restored, thanks to £4 million of funding from Highways England. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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The Medieval City Plan Generator: A Fun Way to Create Your Own Imaginary Medieval Cities

Open Culture has introduced readers to ‘The Medieval City Plan Generator’: A Fun Way to Create Your Own Imaginary Medieval Cities, and application that generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size.

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IHBC’s May Branch Events Update: Explore Branch CPD events across the UK

More exciting events are in store across the UK, including preparation for this year’s Annual School in Nottingham and next year’s in Brighton. This month’s features include: DOWNLOAD the PDF or continue reading below.

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UK flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’, says the Environment Agency, via the BBC: IHBC’s 2019 School can help professionals prepare!

England’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change, the Environment Agency has warned in a report by the BBC in an only too timely strategic plan that is especially relevant to the IHBC’s 2019 School in Nottingham, … Continue reading

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IHBC is ‘on display’ at the STBA-SPAB Conference – 11 June 2019, London

The IHBC will host a stand at the joint Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) SPAB conference on 11 June, on ‘The Sustainability of Traditional Buildings’, which will present the latest developments in policy, training, research, case studies and practical applications … Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £935K+ costed opportunities this week: EH seeks team for Birmingham factory feasibility study, closing 31/05

The 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 this week features a call from English Heritage for … Continue reading

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IHBC’s CPD boost from DBW: Try out the new construction-specific search engine: including HSE, ICE, CIBSE, BRE… and IHBC

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki  and ‘knowledge base for the construction industry’ – has developed a new construction search engine for the UK construction industry, which exclusively returns searches from lead construction bodies … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘IMHO spotlight’ on Viollet-le-Duc at Notre Dame: ‘Sins of the Flèche’, from Paul Velluet and the Church Times

Architect Paul Velluet has had his take on the matter of Notre Dame, past and future, published in a letter to the Church Times, and here offers NewsBlog readers the original text defending Viollet le Duc’s work there, sparklingly headlined … Continue reading

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‘Scotland’s Landscape Alliance’ formally launched

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance was formally launched on the 25th April 2019 by Co-Chairs of the Executive Committee, Rachel Tennant, Landscape Institute Scotland Chair and Stuart Brooks Head of Conservation and Policy for National Trust for Scotland.

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Criminal record and 180 hours community service for builder who risked lives to cut costs when repointing

A Salford building contractor has been sentenced to 180 hours community service and made to pay a fine of £2000 after exposing workers to the dangers of falls from height and exposure to silica dust when repointing.

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NECT is now Cultura Trust

Graham Bell of the North of England Civic Trust has circulated an update on the changes there, as it evolves into the ‘Cultura Trust’.

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Historic Environment Policy & the planning system: New analysis now out from BEFS

A targeted analysis by BEFS into how existing historic environment (HE) policies are utilised within the planning system has been published. image: BEFS

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NAO report into the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

On 14 April 2016, The National Audit Office (NAO) published Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, a report assessing the value for money of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes.

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Illegal felling of protected trees highlighted by Park Authority signs

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has resorted to the unprecedented step of erecting two temporary information signs on land at Upper Burrows in Freshwater East where protected trees were felled and abandoned.

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Blackpool responds to seaside town reinvention plans from House of Lords: ‘Start with Blackpool’

As part of its recent report on regenerating seaside towns, the House of Lords’ plan suggested that solving problems in Blackpool could prove key in tackling issues across England, and Blackpool has responded accordingly… 

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