Monthly Archives: February 2020

Looking ahead to IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School with District Councils’ Network: School Keynote – and Roeselare Mayor – on urban regeneration from Britain to Belgium, and back to Brighton

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has launched a collection of essays sharing learning from their recent Study Tour to Roeselare, Belgium, which focussed on achievements to be detailed in person by the IHBC 2020 Brighton School second keynote speaker, its … Continue reading

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Join in IHBC’s Council+ on 23 April in London – even suggest or present your own ‘big picture’ theme or topic

Join in IHBC’s Council+ this St George’s Day, and even suggest or present your own ‘big picture’ theme or topic, 23 April, London,

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CLOSING DATE EXTENDED – IHBC Marsh Awards nominate ‘retired members’ and ‘successful learners’

IHBC Marsh Award nominations – closing date extended to 30 March: Celebrate your local ‘retired members’ and ‘successful learners’ with £500 cash prizes and 2020 Brighton School places!

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Thinking about IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School theme? See the Bennett Institute Project on ‘Townscapes: Scotland’s mixed fortunes’

Compared to their counterparts across Britain, some might say Scotland’s towns have had mixed success and deprivation in recent years, and Benjamin Goodair comments on the main findings of the latest Bennett Institute Townscapes report, this time analysing the welfare … Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR pick, from £820K+ costed opportunities: CC seeks WHS Visitors Centre options, 17/03, valued £40K

The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts’, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the pool side’: GII Edwardian swimming baths restored by HESPR company Donald Insall Associates

Donald Insall Associates (DIA) has completed restoration work of Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham’s Grade II (GII) Edwardian swimming baths being converted for use as an arts and culture venue, and Leisure Opportunities highlights the outcome, with the help of Historic … Continue reading

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IHBC CPD signpost: DBW on ‘Aesthetics and Performance’ via BRE

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – features an exploration from BRE linking aesthetics – as a branch of philosophy concerning studies on the nature and expression of beauty or taste – and performance. … Continue reading

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Mayor of Lewisham calls for councils to be given greater powers to protect local heritage buildings

Damien Egan, the Mayor of Lewisham, and 13 national and local amenity societies are urging the government to give councils greater powers to protect local heritage buildings. image: LocalGov website

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CIC ‘Apprenticeships and Skills Survey’: Closing extended to 6 March and after for IHBC & HESPR – Have your say as an employer!

The employer survey about apprenticeships and skills within Construction and Built Environment, being carried out by Construction Industry Council (CIC), will take around 15 minutes, and offer a chance to shape important research about your community, with closing extended to … Continue reading

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VAG Spring Conference bursaries closing 15 March: 21-25 April, Greater Manchester

The Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) is offering three bursaries to assist registered students or professionals in the early years of their career to attend the 2020 Spring Conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group, which will be held in Greater Manchester … Continue reading

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HES in the Scottish Budget 2020-21

Details of funding for Historic Environment Scotland (HES) in the Scottish Government’s draft budget are reported by BEFS.

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DCMS ministerial team confirmed

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has welcomed a number of new and returning ministers, following appointments made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Scottish Government NPF4: Call for Ideas – closes 31 March

The Scottish Government has placed a ‘Call for Ideas’ to hear about people’s thoughts and priorities for Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), with the call running until 31 March.

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IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School – BOOKING NOW OPEN: Book now for low-cost ‘early-bird’ rates and make #IHBCBrighton2020 your CPD learning hub for 2020, with ‘Old Towns : New Futures’

Booking is now open for the 2020 IHBC Brighton School – including the Day School – from 18-20 June, on ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ and sponsored by IHBC HESPR member Heritage Collective – which will explore some of the … Continue reading

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IHBC Marsh Award nominations – closing date extended to 30 March: Celebrate your local ‘retired members’ and ‘successful learners’ with £500 cash prizes and 2020 Brighton School places!

IHBC Branches, volunteers and networks now have more time to celebrate local retired members active in the community, and successful learners, with nominations to the IHBC’s Marsh Award now open until 30 March!

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Thinking about IHBC’s Brighton 2020 School theme? Well, ‘welcome to a Welsh ghost town’, small high streets with ‘a typical problem’, from Walesonline

Neath is a market town like many others in Wales. Standard in its layout, a town centre with everything within walking distance. Historically bustling. But like its similarities, its problems also mirror those seen in towns across Wales, blighted by … Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Historic derelict Derbyshire GII* railway station to be saved

The Derbyshire Telegraph has reported on how the historic Derbyshire Grade II* (GII*) listed Wingfield Station, built in 1840 and one of the world’s oldest surviving railway stations, is to be rescued.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Council explores possibility of Birnbeck Pier purchase with CPO

North Somerset Council could buy Birnbeck Pier, writes The Weston Mercury, after agreeing to explore the potential of a compulsory purchase order (CPO).

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IHBC’s view to County Down: Knock Iveagh wind turbine challenge ‘fatally undermined’

A government department responsible for heritage sites did not go to court over a controversial planning decision at an ancient monument because its grounds for an injunction had been ‘fatally undermined’ by previous decisions.

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BEFS reports on ‘Why Flats Fall Down – Navigating shared responsibilities for their repair and maintenance’

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has published Professor Douglas Robertson’s report ‘Why Flats Fall Down – Navigating shared responsibilities for their repair and maintenance’.

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Bristol declares ecological emergency over loss of wildlife

Bristol is the first major city to declare an ecological emergency as it calls for an urgent response to declines in wildlife and ecosystems.

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Aberdeen City Council tests water on multi-million pound property sell-off

Hundreds of publicly-owned buildings could soon be sold-off across Aberdeen to raise millions of pounds for council coffers.

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£10M Urban Tree Challenge Fund: Thousands of trees to be planted in England’s towns and cities

Government support for tree-planting schemes in England is helping 13 projects in urban communities as they share in the in the first round of the £10M Urban Tree Challenge Fund. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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TV advertisement plaques inappropriate on listed buildings

Proposals by an Oxfordshire town council to erect plaques on a range of listed buildings which had featured in the TV show ‘Midsomer Murders’ would not relate to an important or well-known historic figure, an inspector decided, and rejected the … Continue reading

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Second preview of IHBC’s Brighton Day School, 19 June: ‘Economics’ insights, from Paul McTernan (SLR, regeneration economics) and Adala Leeson (HE, funding economics)… & even more Spotlights

IHBC’s 2020 Brighton School conference, ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ sponsored by HESPR member Heritage Collective, explores the challenging topic of our towns and urban centres, with the Day School’s ‘Economics’ theme led by SLR consultancy’s Paul McTernan, offering a … Continue reading

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