Monthly Archives: July 2018

IHBC’s HESPR reaches 40 practices as we welcome BuckleyGrayYeoman to our quality assurance scheme

BuckleyGrayYeoman, an established AJ100 architecture and design practice based in Shoreditch, London has become the 40th practice working in the historic environment to be recognised under the IHBC’s conservation service listing scheme HESPR: IHBC’s ‘Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition’.

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IHBC CPD boost from Open Culture: Bauhaus buildings and radical modernism in architecture

An Open Culture article, with video and links, outlines how the radical buildings of the Bauhaus helped revolutionise architecture. CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=647043

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IHBC’s ‘IMHO’ opinion from PBC Today: Is urban regeneration worth the effort?

In a recent issue of Planning and Building Control Today (PBC Today) Kim Vernau, CEO at BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on whether regeneration can really work in practice to … Continue reading

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Scottish Government consultation on Culture Strategy launched – closing 19/9

A new Scottish consultation has commenced on the development of a culture strategy, with the consultation closing on 19 September.

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Degree apprenticeship gets Government funding promise despite IfA rejection

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have received written confirmation that the degree-level apprenticeship will receive the highest band of funding from the Government.

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Great British High Street Awards update: open till 22 August

The Great British High Street Awards 2018, run by MHCLG and sponsored by Visa, are open for nominations with the deadline for entries of 22 August.

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APPG for Excellence in the Built Environment: Inquiry into New Homes Ombudsman & call for evidence

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGEBE) has launched and inquiry and call for evidence on a New Homes Ombudsman following the publications of the report Better redress for homebuyers – How New Homes Ombudsman … Continue reading

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Coalition of global organisations to solve fire safety in buildings includes RICS and more

RICS is one of a coalition of more than 30 organisations from around the world to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings. By Einar Helland Berger [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-sa/2.5)],from Wikimedia Commons

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National Parks Week 2018: Discover life as Park Ranger

As part of National Parks Week, UK National Parks are celebrating the roles of some of the people involved in caring for these special landscapes, and showing how Government funding is supporting them to develop new experiences which attract new … Continue reading

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Pembroke Dock’s Defensible Barracks up for sale

The Western Telegraph reports on how, if you ever wanted to own a piece of British military history, Pembroke Dock’s Defensible Barracks – one of ‘west Wales’ most iconic buildings’ – is a real opportunity as it has been put … Continue reading

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IHBC on Revised NPPF: ‘From a built heritage perspective, the revised NPPF is an opportunity lost’

With the publication of England’s revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) IHBC officers have highlighted the chances missed, as Policy Secretary Roy Lewis said: ‘Unfortunately, it will be a long wait before we get another opportunity to shape planning policy … Continue reading

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Last chance (almost) on IHBC’s 2018 Student Award & ‘£500 cash for coursework’ opportunity: Closing 31 July

The last chance to enter the IHBC’s 2018 Gus Astley Student Award is 31 July, so if you have relevant coursework from any UK taught course – under-graduate OR post-graduate, from 2017 OR 2108 – be sure to submit it … Continue reading

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IHBC welcomes Leicester’s MA in Urban Conservation as our newest ‘Recognised Conservation Course’, when ‘recognition boosts applicant numbers’.

The IHBC has welcomed the University of Leicester’s ‘MA in Urban Conservation’ as the most recent ‘IHBC Recognised Conservation Course’, while course contributor Dr Richard Butler writes ‘Accreditation from the IHBC gives our graduates a competitive advantage in the employment … Continue reading

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick from £850K+ costed work this week: Royal Parks seeks architect-led team for learning centre in Greenwich Park; closing 16/08

The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week featuring a call from The Royal … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (Council’s) doorstep’: Dover’s Maison Dieu wins National Lottery support

Dover District Council has announced that it has received initial National Lottery support for the restoration of the historic Maison Dieu in Dover, helping it ‘create a thriving cultural venue open to the community and visitors, and complementing Dover’s many … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Momentum gathers in takeover plan for Sheffield’s run-down GII Old Town Hall

The Star has reported on how local campaigners working to revive the derelict Old Town Hall in Sheffield are pressing ahead with a crowdfunding appeal and community share offer in a bid to buy the Grade II-listed building.

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England’s Revised NPPF now out

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been issued, setting out government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

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Civic Voice seeks data on how planning decisions in Conservation Areas are performing against national planning policy

Civic Voice (CV) is seeking cases to inform a review to find out how planning decisions in Conservation Areas are performing against national planning policy, with case examples to be submitted to info@civicvoice.org.uk by 31st August 2018. image: Fiona Newton

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England’s NPPF update – FOE considers legal challenge as ‘New planning rules put our climate at risk’

Friends of the Earth (FOE) is considering a legal challenge over the government’s new planning rules for England, following the release of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Expert panel appointed to advise on the future of the high street

The Ministry for Housing Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced the establishments of a panel of experts, to diagnose issues that affect health of England’s high streets and ‘advise on the best practical measures to help them thrive’. image: … Continue reading

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RTPI: Institute for Apprenticeships appeal decision jeopardises future housing delivery

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group today received confirmation that their appeal to overturn the decision by the Institute for Apprenticeships to not approve the Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Apprentice Standard has been rejected.

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Views of Birmingham recaptured 50 years on: Times to ‘Compare and Contrast’

The BBC has highlighted an exhibition offering new access to ‘‘Before and after’ shots of Birmingham taken about 50 years apart that are being displayed in a new exhibition.

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IHBC 2018 Belfast School reflections: A view from Limerick, and Ireland – ‘An AACO Member at the IHBC’s Belfast School’

The IHBC’s 2018 Annual School was well attended by practitioners from the Republic of Ireland – not least because of ongoing research linked to the institute’s own Branch priorities – while offering his personal and professional take on the experience … Continue reading

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IHBC online registration for ‘Recognised CPD Providers’: Reminder on signing up online, for free!

IHBC’s support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) includes our online registration for anyone – or any organisation – seeking our free recognition service and listing for CPD providers.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the Plaza-step’: Smithson’s work celebrated with renovation of ‘their Brutalist Economist landmark ‘.

Leisure opportunities reports on how developer Tishman Speyer and architects DSDHA have completed the first phase renovation of Alison and Peter Smithson’s ‘Brutalist Economist Building and Plaza on London’s St James’s Street, a Grade II*-listed complex, completed in 1964’, under … Continue reading

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