Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

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 … Continue reading

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Three Commissioners appointed to the Historic England board

The 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Construction Career Cards to showcase future opportunities

Galliford Try and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have developed an interactive card game, ‘Construction Career Cards’ to promote the breadth of careers in the industry, with Construction Career Cards – representing 40 varied roles within the construction industry … Continue reading

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New initiative ‘Heritage Declares’ launches climate emergency commitment; Seeks personal and corporate support

Heritage Declares, a non-affiliated group of heritage practitioners who have come together to urge the sector to react more quickly and effectively to the climate and ecological emergency, is calling for sector support for its commitments.

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HRH Prince of Wales continues Patronage of RTPI

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced that HRH The Prince of Wales has accepted to be Patron for a further term.

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First World War Centenary Programme: Legacy Evaluation by DCMS

An independent overarching evaluation of the 2014 and 2018 First World War Centenary Programme has been published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). image: Evesham War Memorial – Joanna Theobald

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LGA: Climate change goals hinge on funding and powers for local areas

England’s Local Government Association (LGA) has indicated that climate change goals hinge on funding and powers for local areas as councils are best placed to respond to the public’s growing concern about this and other burning environmental issues. image: Open … Continue reading

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DEFRA’s Landscapes Review update on National Parks and AONBs

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published  its Review to consider the next steps for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England.

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Liverpool City Council buys waterfront land for £1

Liverpool City Council has bought more than 55,000 sq metres of prime waterfront land for £1, LocalGov has reported. image: LocalGov

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National Design Guide published by MHCLG

The new National Design Guide (NDG) has been published by England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), as part its ‘Planning Practice Guide’ (PPG), to illustrate ‘how well-designed places that are beautiful, enduring and successful can be achieved … Continue reading

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Exploring The Tunnel: Scotland’s secret WW2 fuel depot, on the BBC

BBC News has reported on how, beneath the hills of the Scottish Highlands, lies one of the largest underground structures ever built by man, for use during World War Two as a storage depot for fuel.

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Flintshire: Shotton steelworks’ John Summers building to be restored

A landmark on a list of the UK’s most endangered buildings is to be brought back to life in Flintshire.

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Scottish climate change adaptation: Improving protection against climate extremes

A new five-year programme to help prepare for the impact of climate change in Scotland has been launched. image: Fiona Newton

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Independent review calls for radical plan for England’s National Parks

Major review calls for biggest shakeup of the running of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty since they were founded 70 years ago. image: Dartmoor National Park – Open government Licence v3.0

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Southwark Council’s plans new principles for bespoke programme of rooftop development

Southwark Council has outlined its plans to introduce a set of principles, or promises to residents, that will guide a proposed bespoke programme of rooftop development aiming to provide vital new council housing.

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Councils attack plans to extend permitted development rules

The Government has announced plans to extend permitted development rules to allow developers to convert commercial buildings into homes without planning permission, but council leaders have warned the plans would prevent them from ensuring new homes are affordable and supported … Continue reading

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BEFS welcomes Scotland’s Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill and Climate Change Impacts Guide launch, Glasgow, 8 Oct

BEFS has welcomed the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, ‘committing Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045’, while also welcoming the forthcoming launch of the Climate Change Impacts Guide as part of Climate Week 2019 on October … Continue reading

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BESA & Women’s Engineering Society (WES) launch outstanding woman award: Nominations close 1 November

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions by launching an award to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), with nominations closing on 1 November.

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Public engagement research funding opportunities to ‘deepen links between research and the wider society’: Closing 21/10 & 12/11

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched two new public engagement funding calls which will offer arts and humanities researchers the opportunity to work with community partners and experiment with citizen science, with one application deadlines of 21 October and … Continue reading

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National Trust joins Alzheimer’s Society to unlock history and heritage for millions of people affected by dementia

Two of the UK’s most popular charities the National Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society have today announced an ambitious three-year project to unlock some of the nation’s best loved history and heritage for millions of people affected by dementia.

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