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RIBA Awards 2020: Jury Application – call for volunteers

The RIBA is calling for volunteers to help judge the RIBA Awards in 2020. Every judge plays a crucial part in a rigorous and thorough process that leads ultimately to the RIBA Stirling Prize, so apply now to be part … Continue reading

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Home Protect Report: Unoccupied Homes in England now up, at almost 1%

Home Protect reports that there are currently more than 200,000 properties sitting vacant in England, nearly 1% of the total number of properties in the entire country, and a 0.06% increase in unoccupied properties from 2013-2018. image: Open Government Licence … Continue reading

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Local Plan Route Mapper & Toolkit: Reviewing and updating local plan policies

The Local Plan Route Mapper & Toolkit will give practical advice and tools to undertake a Local Plan review, project plan, manage and carry out the update of a Local Plan. It is designed for LPAs to use themselves but … Continue reading

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Cultural Protection Fund – New funding announced for 2020-2021

The Cultural Protection Fund is continuing into 2021! Building on from the success of the last four years, new funding is now available to new and existing grantees. image: British Council

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16th Century Stained-glass at Shrewsbury damaged in break-in

On Sunday 9th June 2019 the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Shrewsbury, was broken into through one of the unique sixteenth century glass windows.

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Detectorists stole Viking hoard that ‘rewrites history’

Two metal detectorists stole a £3m Viking hoard that experts say has the potential to ‘rewrite history’.

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Methodology for Moisture Investigations in Traditional Buildings agreed

A ‘Methodology for Moisture Investigations in Traditional Buildings ‘ has been agreed between RICS, Historic England and the service provider PCA, a trade body, which should help reform the inspection and reporting of moisture related issues in traditional buildings and … Continue reading

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Theatres Trust: 4 new trustees sought, including ‘Planning specialist… with… a local authority context’, closing 8 January

The Theatres Trust is looking to recruit four new Trustees to join its active and engaged Board, including a ‘Planning specialist or consultant with experience or knowledge of planning within a local authority context’, closing 8 January. image: Theatres Trust

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BEFS: Digest on ‘main party manifestos’ and implications for Scotland’s historic environment

Ahead of the general election on 12 December, Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has read and digested the main party manifestos to provide an overview of policy commitments that would have implications for Scotland’s historic environment.

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See what parties say on Climate Change, from The Carbon Brief

The Carbon Brief – a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy – has analysed what the manifestos say on energy and climate change.

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Eastbourne fire: Claremont Hotel engulfed in flames

Eastbourne’s Grade II* Claremont Hotel has been severely damaged by fire.

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Whitechapel foundry: The Secretary Of State steps in

Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State, has stepped in and issued a Holding Direction to Tower Hamlet Council which prevents them proceeding with approving the Whitechapel Bell Foundry planning application for change of use to a boutique hotel. image: By Mramoeba … Continue reading

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RTPI on Political manifestos

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has read and digested the main party manifestos to enable our members to see what each party is committing to in their manifestos in relation to planning.

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IHBC’s IMHO signpost: ‘Is the way communities engage with the planning system broken?’

The Consultation Institute (TCI) reports on a planning feature from Planning Resource that explores how England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is in the middle of trying to fix the system by which citizens and communities engage … Continue reading

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UK Government to help protect international heritage from disasters and conflict with another £10M

The UK Government is extending the Cultural Protection Fund with an additional £10 million of investment.

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HES: £37,712 boost for Scottish heritage projects

Historic Environment Scotland HES announces the latest round of its Support Fund recipients. image: HES

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Whitechapel Big Ben bell foundry hotel plan approved

Plans to redevelop the historical bell foundry where Big Ben was cast into a boutique hotel have been approved by Tower Hamlets Council. image: By Mramoeba – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53705569

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Eddie Weir inaugurated as President of CIAT

Eddie Weir PCIAT was inaugurated as President of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists(CIAT) at the close of the AGM in Glasgow.

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Rural businesses to benefit from £35m government fund

Grants of up to £750,000 are available to rural firms in England to boost productivity and create local jobs. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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UK Church Architecture Awards announced

The National Churches Trust has announced the winners in the 2019 UK Church Architecture Awards.

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$8 Billion Spent On New Cultural Institutions across the Globe in 2018

A total of 148 museums and new cultural institutions were constructed across the world in 2018. This was reported in the Third Yearly Cultural Infrastructure Index, a report published by a firm called AEA Consulting.

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IHBC IMHO signpost: James W Loewen on ‘The 10 most misleading American historical sites’

Historical plaques are often anything but informative, writes James W Loewen – professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and the bestselling and award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me etc. – as he offers readers of … Continue reading

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Sheffield City Council petition: Don’t sack our conservation officers… ‘the Council’s expert advisers on the historic environment’!

Hallamshire Historic Buildings has launched a petition to save Sheffield City Council’s Conservation Officers.

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Thousands of new homes planned in high-risk flood zones across England

Greenpeace investigation raises concerns about the ability of the UK’s environmental regulator to manage homebuilding as the climate changes.

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CIPFA clarifies rules on local authority property investments

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has issued guidance outlining reporting requirements for investments in property by local authorities to increase accountability.

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