Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

‘Not So Pretty Vacant’: Scottish Taskforce starts task of reducing vacant and derelict land

The Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce will start the process of finding 100 sites with the best potential for development from 26 November.

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Slow progress reported on encouraging female apprentices to construction industry: 88% male in 2016/17

Industry initiatives to encourage young women to join the construction industry do not appear to be making much headway, as Construction Week reports on the latest statistics from the Department for Education, which report that 88% of apprenticeship starts in … Continue reading

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Heritage Alliance highlights Advocacy Group opportunities for volunteers

The Heritage Alliance _(THA) – England’s link body for heritage interests – has highlighted how its Advocacy groups – which are open to all full members of the Alliance – and working groups – which can also include affiliates and … Continue reading

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RTPI Scotland: Future Planning Bursary Scheme

RTPI Scotland is pleased to announce that the Scottish Government and the universities of Heriot-Watt and Dundee will be funding £1000 bursaries to study planning at Masters level.

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National Churches Trust Research: Visiting Churches Survey

National Churches Trust commissioned a survey to understand the reasons why the public visit churches, chapels or meeting houses and what would make them more likely to visit for tourism or leisure, with findings including that ‘half (51%) of British … Continue reading

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Nuclear archive wins Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018

A national archive for the civil nuclear industry by Reiach & Hall Architects has won a top Scottish architecture prize: the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018.

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DBW on quarrying stone: Water-jet cutting of stone changes the industry, but only so far!

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – has featured an exploration of how modern technology is changing the stone industry, even as natural stone is still quarried and fashioned into blocks or slabs in … Continue reading

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SNH mapping breakthrough offers benefits for people and nature

Scottish Natural Heritage(SNH) reports that the wildlife and landscape of Scotland’s wildest and most remote islands, moorland and mountain ranges are set to be understood better through ground breaking new mapping technology pioneered by SNH, helping also to tackle climate … Continue reading

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Draft Parliamentary Bill issued to ‘allow consideration of the ‘Restoration and Renewal Programme’ for Palace of Westminster’

A Draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill presented to the House of Commons and presented to the House of Lords allows ‘interested parties the opportunity to consider the approach taken to the governance of the Restoration and Renewal Programme’. … Continue reading

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APPG for Healthy Homes & Buildings White Paper published: highlighting ‘the need for a holistic approach to building design and renovation’

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes & Buildings has launched its White Paper: ‘Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes & Buildings’, which highlights ‘the need for a holistic approach to building design and renovation’.

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RTPI Scotland and partners caution on ‘Rights of Appeal’ legislation – in favour of working local plans – as Parliament rejects calls in support

As proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions in Scotland have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process, RTPI Scotland and partners have written an open letter setting out their views.

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Government commits to planning changes to boost green infrastructure provision

The government will examine how green infrastructure provision can be ‘incorporated into national planning guidance and policy’ to help mitigate against rising temperatures in urban areas, a Whitehall response to a parliamentary committee report has revealed.

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VAG Winter Conference bursaries closing 6 December: ‘Vernacular Landscapes’

The Vernacular Architecture Group(VAG) is able to offer three bursaries to assist registered students or professionals in the early years of their career to attend the Conference.

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William Morris Society seeks new voluntary Magazine Editor

The William Morris Society is looking for a new Magazine Editor for its triannual publication.

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Entries open for 2019 John Betjeman award: Closing 26 Feb 2019

SPAB invites nominations for 2019 John Betjeman award which celebrates excellence in the repair to specific elements of places of worship of all denominations and faiths in England and Wales, including the Isle of Man, with a closing date is … Continue reading

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Slate Landscape of North-West Wales UK’s Preferred UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Slate Landscape of North-West Wales will be the UK’s next preferred nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, Heritage Minister Michael Ellis announced recently.

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Register English Community Assets on CAsE and you could win £100 Gift Voucher!

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is asking if you own or manage a community asset, as if you register it on the Community Assets Exchange (CAsE), a new comprehensive register of community assets in England, and be in with the … Continue reading

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North of Tyne gets £600m devolution deal

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has confirmed a £600 million devolution deal for the North of Tyne. It is expected to generate £1.1 billion for the local economy. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Nominations open for World Monuments Watch 2020: Until 1 March 2019

Nominations to the 2020 World Monuments Watch are now open and will be accepted until 1 March 2019, with ‘Heritage sites of all types and from any cultural period — ancient to modern —… [are] eligible for inclusion.’

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Once and Future fund launched by English Heritage

The new ‘Once and Future Fund’ is an endowment launched by English Heritage to encourage the public to help protect the future of the nation’s heritage.

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Fifteen projects reach final of Heritage Angel Awards Wales

Fifteen outstanding examples of heritage achievement have been selected for a Heritage Angel Award by a panel of judges headed by Baroness Kay Andrews.

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Deadline extended on VAT Refund Scheme for museums and galleries

The government has extended the deadline for charities to apply for museums and galleries tax relief until January 4 2019.

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No 10 ‘slaps down’ Penny Mordaunt over plan to end UNESCO funding

Downing Street has rebuked Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt over her rumoured plan to pull Britain out of global cultural body UNESCO. image: Open Government Licence v3.0 

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Skilled worker shortage ‘worst in four years’ according to CECA

The proportion of companies struggling to recruit skilled workers has hit its highest level since 2014, according to a Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) report.

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Canal & River Trust consults on restructure that puts 240 roles ‘at risk’

The Canal & River Trust has begun a consultation on moving resource to regional teams, potentially putting some 240 staff “at risk” of redundancy, although the charity says it hopes to “redesign” many of the roles.

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