Monthly Archives: October 2018

IHBC President launches next Marsh Awards: ‘Your next chance to nominate retired IHBC members and successful learners for Marsh Awards’

The IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, has entered its successful fourth year with the launch of the 2019 Awards – one celebrating retired IHBC members and one successful learners in heritage practice – with prizes … Continue reading

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IHBC online registration for our ‘Recognised CPD’ providers: Sign up online, for free!

IHBC’s support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) includes our free online registration form for anyone seeking ongoing recognition by the IHBC as a CPD provider to our members.

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IHBC CPD boost for ‘Nottingham 2019’: DBW on RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety consultation

Designing Building Wiki (DBW), host of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki, has reported on how in September 2018, the RIBA launched a consultation – now closed – on a new Plan of Work for Fire Safety, which follows on from its … Continue reading

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IHBC ‘CPD Boost’: BRE webinar on Housing Stock Condition Database – and suggestions for more also sought!

A Building Research Establishment (BRE) Housing Stock Condition Database (HSCD) webinar to introduce and demonstrate the database, while also seeking suggestions on more for future webinars.

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IHBC’s ‘CPD boost’, out of Context: ‘Love a free (digital) book? Like to do a little CPD? But what do you make of ‘cultural assets’ in urban contexts?

As in every issue of Context, we have a round up of a selection of some of the latest publications which are relevant to historic building conservation, and in Context 156 Dennis Rodwell invites us to take a critical look … Continue reading

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CV names Swindon Railway Village as ‘England’s Favourite Conservation Area’ for 2018

Civic Voice – the national voice for the civic and conservation movement – announced that Swindon Railway Village Conservation Area has been voted as England’s ‘Favourite Conservation Area’, with runners up including Port Sunlight Conservation Area and Lichfield City Centre. … Continue reading

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New environmental Chief Scientific Adviser appointed for Scotland

A leading Edinburgh University scientist is being appointed as the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. © Paul Langcaster, UKRI BBSRC.

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UK festival of creativity and innovation to be held in 2022

A UK-wide festival to be held in 2022 will showcase the creative and innovative strengths of the nation. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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SCT’s Sharing Stories project online survey

The Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) ‘Sharing Stories’ project aims to challenge stereotypes and improve understanding of minority ethnic heritage across Europe, and is conducting a short online survey to collect information on levers / barriers / enablers to minority ethnic … Continue reading

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Local authority green belt statistics for England, 2017 to 2018, issued

Statistics on designated green belt land in England by local authority for 2017 to 2018 have been published, indicating an incremental decrease of green belt each year.

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Government’s Building Safety Programme ‘a co-ordinated national response to the fire at Grenfell Tower’

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established the Building Safety Programme to cover high-rise residential buildings over 18 metres, including hotels, intended to help make sure that residents of high rise buildings are safe – and … Continue reading

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Funding campaign for restoration of Leas lift funicular seeks £100K using ‘KindLink’

A funding campaign using the ‘KindLink’ network has been launched by the Folkestone Leas Lift Company CIC, with a target of £100,000 to support restoration of the Folkestone Leas Lift and to reopen the Victorian Grade II listed lift and … Continue reading

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Discovery of tower at a Derry school ‘rewrites history’

The BBC has reported on how, in the grounds of a grammar school in Northern Ireland sits what locals has believed for years to be the remains of a 17th Century windmill, but has now been identifies as a genuine … Continue reading

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Sagrada Familia gets building licence 136 years after work began

The Church has agreed to pay €22m to fund transport upgrades under a deal with Barcelona Council so that, more than a century after its first stone was laid, and 92 years after its famously ascetic architect was fatally struck … Continue reading

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One-year IHBC ‘taster’ free for students on IHBC Recognised Conservation Courses: IHBC’s free student membership ‘taster’ offer now extended to 2018-19*

IHBC free membership ‘one-time tasters’ are again on offer to new students on IHBC Recognised Conservation Courses – simply JOIN ONLINE!

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IHBC ‘Update’ on LPOC’s petition: ‘Signatories have passed 10,000 – and now government will respond – but now let’s aim for 100,000, and a real parliamentary debate by getting friends and colleagues signing too’!

The Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) petition to the Chancellor for reduced VAT on select listed building (LB) works, supported by the IHBC, has passed 10,000 signatures, so the government will now respond formally, while IHBC Chair James Caird said: … Continue reading

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HE, IHBC SW Branch and partners conference: ‘Reducing risk of fire in thatched buildings’, 13 Nov, Exeter; Free, but book by 9 Nov!

Historic England [HE] in partnership with the IHBC’s South West (SW) Branch and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, are hosting a free conference on ‘Reducing risk of fire in thatched buildings’, in Exeter on 13 November, with booking closing on 9 … Continue reading

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IHBC Reminder: Historic Environment Scotland (HES) consultation on draft Corporate Plan closes 2 Nov – respond now!

Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) consultation on its draft ‘Corporate Plan’ closes on 2 November, so your last chance to respond to his critical draft document is approaching fast!

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IHBC’s HESPR top pick from £1.4M+ costed work this week: Home Group seeks collaborative teams embracing ‘our vision on community building’, closing 25/01/2019, £1.4M value

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 from the issue this week features a call from … Continue reading

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IHBC’s Context CPD in context: Does the IHBC help you as a modern heritage professional? Did you know that 94% of IHBC survey respondents are ‘likely or very likely’ to recommend IHBC membership?

In Context No 156 – ‘Our Shared Heritage’ – the Director’s Cut looks at how improvements in the operation of the IHBC help make your institute more accessible to aspiring conservation professionals, and you become more involved in the life … Continue reading

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Council takes over Denbigh’s North Wales Hospital via a ‘general vesting declaration’

A council has taken ownership of a derelict Victorian hospital via a ‘general vesting declaration’, five years after a dispute about the site’s future got under way. 

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£82k fine for landlord who gutted a listed Brighton manor house

A private landlord who illegally modernised an historic house in Brighton – Grade II-listed Ewhurst Manor, built in the late 16th century – has been told by a judge to pay out more than £82,000, as ‘Despite poor advice from … Continue reading

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Welsh Government publishes ‘Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales’

Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Wales’ Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, has published its ‘Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales’.

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New research from Historic Houses – Heritage Maintenance Fund tax changes could add £85M to the economy!

Historic Houses, which represents 1,650 independent owners of grade I and II* buildings (and their equivalents) across the UK, has published new research on Heritage Maintenance Funds –privately established funds for buildings of national significance open to the public – … Continue reading

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Builders spend 2½ years driving their van new research reveals

Builders spend 2 ½ years driving their van over the course of their working lives and almost one year trying to locate a particular tool, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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