Liverpool City Council buys waterfront land for £1

Liverpool City Council has bought more than 55,000 sq metres of prime waterfront land for £1, LocalGov has reported.

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National Design Guide published by MHCLG

The new National Design Guide (NDG) has been published by England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), as part its ‘Planning Practice Guide’ (PPG), to illustrate ‘how well-designed places that are beautiful, enduring and successful can be achieved in practice.’

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Exploring The Tunnel: Scotland’s secret WW2 fuel depot, on the BBC

BBC News has reported on how, beneath the hills of the Scottish Highlands, lies one of the largest underground structures ever built by man, for use during World War Two as a storage depot for fuel.

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IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Awards 2020 launched: Win £500 and a free place on IHBC’s 2021 Aberdeen School, simply submit your built environment/heritage coursework online – closing 31 July 2020!

logoThe IHBC’s celebrated annual Gus Astley Student Award has been launched for this academic year, closing on 31 July 2020, so if you have coursework from ANY UK taught course – under-graduate or post-graduate, from 2019 OR 2020 – be sure to submit it online and on time to have a chance to receive a cash prize at the IHBC’s Annual School in Aberdeen in June 2021.

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Don’t forget: IHBC’s free, first-timer ‘taster’ membership for students on IHBC Recognised Conservation Courses*

IHBC offers free one-year, first-timer ‘taster’ memberships to students on IHBC Recognised Conservation Courses* – simply JOIN ONLINE HERE

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REMINDER: FREE CPD benefits for IHBC members at ‘The Scottish Listed Property Show’: Free places for members, and opportunities to volunteer – Edinburgh, 26/10

More free CPD member benefits for IHBC at ‘The Scottish Listed Property Show’: Free places for members, and opportunities to volunteer – Edinburgh, 26/10

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (roadside) doorstep’: Owner of one of Wales’ most photographed buildings says new road sign is spoiling view

The Tu Hwnt l’r Bont Gade II listed tearoom on the banks of the River Conwy in Llanrwst, north Wales dates back to the 15th century, while its owner says that its views have been spoiled after a road sign was erected within metres of the property.

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Thinking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 with IHBC ‘s IMHO signpost: ‘We can revive Britain’s high streets. But developers stand in the way’

street sceneAn opinion piece in the Guardian by Tony Naylor argues that ‘We can revive Britain’s high streets. But developers stand in the way’ as ‘imaginative projects are increasing footfall  [but] without radical intervention, they can only do so much’.

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Flintshire: Shotton steelworks’ John Summers building to be restored

A landmark on a list of the UK’s most endangered buildings is to be brought back to life in Flintshire.

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Scottish climate change adaptation: Improving protection against climate extremes

A new five-year programme to help prepare for the impact of climate change in Scotland has been launched.

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Independent review calls for radical plan for England’s National Parks

Major review calls for biggest shakeup of the running of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty since they were founded 70 years ago.

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Southwark Council’s plans new principles for bespoke programme of rooftop development

Southwark Council has outlined its plans to introduce a set of principles, or promises to residents, that will guide a proposed bespoke programme of rooftop development aiming to provide vital new council housing.

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Councils attack plans to extend permitted development rules

The Government has announced plans to extend permitted development rules to allow developers to convert commercial buildings into homes without planning permission, but council leaders have warned the plans would prevent them from ensuring new homes are affordable and supported by the correct infrastructure.

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Creative Heritage Consultants welcomed to the IHBC ‘HESPR’ register, listing ‘service providers working to the IHBC’s standards’

Creative Heritage Consultants has become the latest company to be included under the IHBC’s conservation service HESPR listing (hespr.ihbc.org.uk), with Kate Dickson IHBC as Director and formal HESPR link, to join more than 40 heritage businesses in quality assurance, benefits and support services across the IHBC’s commercial conservation network.

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DEADLINE TUESDAY 1PM SO BOOK NOW FOR: ‘Improving Accessibility – Overcoming the Barriers to Heritage’ – in Liverpool on 10 October

REMINDER: BOOK NOW for IHBC’s top notch CPD conference from the NW: Authoritative takes on ‘Accessibility’ – barriers to solutions – Liverpool, 10 Oct… with tours too!

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £1.6M+ costed opportunities this week: Education building sought for Welsh country park, closing 11/10

logoThe 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 this week features a call for a country park timber education building in Wales, closing 11/10.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (watery) doorstep’: Historic England joins in fight for Brantham Decoy Pond

Campaigners’ money to protect an ancient lake from a housing development has been refunded after Historic England decided to take the fight into its own hands, as reported by the Braintree and Witham Times.

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Thinking ahead to IHBC’s 2020 School & #IHBCBrighton2020: Rochdale Market to close as trader numbers and revenue continue to fall

Rochdale Market, Greater Manchester, is being closed with the last trading day set for Monday, 14 October 2019 as trader numbers and revenue continue to fail.

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IHBC signpost to BRE (and IHBC!) in Wales: Update on ‘Delivering… decarbonization…’, from Swansea, city of IHBC’s 2022 ‘Technical’ School and #IHBCSwansea2022

BRE has reported on the latest roundtable discussion on the programme ‘Delivering on the decarbonisation agenda in the built environment in Wales — Frameworks to build a better Britain’, which was hosted in Swansea, planned venue for the IHBC’s 2022 Wales Branch-hosted Annual School.

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BEFS welcomes Scotland’s Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill and Climate Change Impacts Guide launch, Glasgow, 8 Oct

BEFS logo on websiteBEFS has welcomed the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, ‘committing Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045’, while also welcoming the forthcoming launch of the Climate Change Impacts Guide as part of Climate Week 2019 on October 8.

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BESA & Women’s Engineering Society (WES) launch outstanding woman award: Nominations close 1 November

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions by launching an award to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), with nominations closing on 1 November.

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Public engagement research funding opportunities to ‘deepen links between research and the wider society’: Closing 21/10 & 12/11

logoUK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched two new public engagement funding calls which will offer arts and humanities researchers the opportunity to work with community partners and experiment with citizen science, with one application deadlines of 21 October and 12 November.

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National Trust joins Alzheimer’s Society to unlock history and heritage for millions of people affected by dementia

Two of the UK’s most popular charities the National Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society have today announced an ambitious three-year project to unlock some of the nation’s best loved history and heritage for millions of people affected by dementia.

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Heritage and social investment partners join to provide capacity-building support for heritage organisations: See ‘RePlan’

Social enterprises and charities running historic buildings now have the opportunity to access RePlan, a new three-year capacity-building service funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), Historic Environment Scotland (HES), further supported by Historic England (HE) and delivered in collaboration with Social Investment Business (SIB).

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Work on Government approved apprenticeship for thatchers continues, despite email lacunae

Thatching Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group continues to progress funded apprenticeship for thatchers, the Thatch Advice Centre has reported.

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