Tourism Minister launches £1.3M fund to support Destination Management Organisations

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston has launched a new emergency fund to support local tourism organisations throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

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CIC launches Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is publishing its Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure via a Webinar.

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Listed Property Owners Club’s spring checklist for buildings

logo and imageSpring is a good time to stand back and consider any building repairs that are required over the next 12 months, notes the Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC), and regular inspection and maintenance is the key to keeping homes in good repair, as per its accessible step-by-step guidance.

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IHBC 2020 Virtual School #IHBCVirtualSchool2020 topics confirmed: ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’…  from a Global Pandemic, and from Government, Community, Urbanism, Environment, Economics and more!

Topic areas have been finalised for the IHBC’s 2020 Virtual School #IHBCVirtualSchool2020 covering Environment (Carl Elefante, 94th President, American Institute of Architects), Urbanism (Prof. Plácido González Martínez), Community (Carole Souter, previously HLF), Planning (Cliff Hague, RTPI Past President), Government (Kris Declercq, Burgemeester, Roeselare) and Economics (Adala Leeson, Historic England) – and with places limited book now to secure your place at ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’…  from a Global Pandemic, on 19 June, with fees starting at £15+ VAT.

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HCUK welcomed by IHBC as 2020 Virtual School ‘Principal Sponsor’ of ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’…  from a Global Pandemic

logoThe Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is delighted to announce HESPR member HCUK as the Principal Sponsor for the institute’s 2020 Virtual School, #IHBCVirtualSchool2020 on 19 June 2020.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 34: Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans

A new 100% government backed loan scheme for small business is now available.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 35: Government testing ’access summaries’ include ‘those whose work cannot be done from home’.

The Government has confirmed that ‘anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home’ (including ‘construction workers’) is now eligible to apply for ?#COVID19 testing.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 36: TCI explores planning guidance impacts, including removing pre-app consultations etc.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 37: NI DfC update Department for Communities COVID-19 Stakeholder Update: 27 April 2020

The Northern Ireland (NI) Department for Communities, (DfC) has issued its latest update on the key announcements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 38: BEFS update from Scotland’s OPiT review

BEFS logo on websiteBEFS’s Bulletin has published an update from Scotland on its ‘Our Place in Time (OPiT)’ CEO Forum.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 39: Industry survey on bringing employees out of furlough

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is supporting the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to gather data and develop guidance regarding employees coming out of furlough, with a survey now in place.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week from £1.8M+ costed works: Multi-disciplinary design teamsought for works including conservation, closing 22/05, value £1.8M

logoThe 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 its members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features a call for a multi-disciplinary design team for works including conservation, closing 22 May, valued £1.8M.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Outrage as historic Cornish beauty spot ruined with huge graffiti tag

Mount Edgcumbe, which looks after the ancient monument on behalf of Historic England, has a plan in place to remove the graffiti and report it to the police, writes The Plymouth Herald.

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IHBC’s CPD Boost via our Virtual School, from ‘Built Heritage’: ‘Applying a Landscape Perspective to Digital Cultural Heritage’, free online access

As digital cultural heritage is shifting the focus from architectural settings to the landscape scale, a new ‘Special Issue’ of the free online journal ‘Built Heritage’ – the Executive Editor of which is the IHBC 2020 Virtual School contributor, architect Plácido González Martínez – addresses the theoretical and technical challenges of digital cultural heritage through a diversity of topics that range from ethics to policies and beyond.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at converted Grade II listed former mill

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at an historic Grade 11 li8sted former lace mill at Sandiacre, near Nottingham.

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Take a Long Virtual Tour of the Louvre in Three High-Definition Videos

Open Culture suggests a Virtual Tour of the Louvre recognising that Video visits are no substitute, but these days they’re the best we’ve got.

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IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Awards 2020 closing date extended to 31 August: Win £500 and a free place on IHBC’s 2021 Brighton School – Simply submit your coursework online!

logoDue to demand from conservation courses, the closing date for the IHBC’s celebrated annual Gus Astley Student Award is extended to 31 August 2020, so if you have relevant coursework from history and theory to practice or enhancement, 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 Brighton in June 2021.

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New HE Ramsgate book with 30% reduction to IHBC SE Branch ’Ramsgate’ School delegates: ‘Ramsgate: The Town and its Seaside Heritage’

Historic  England (HE) is offering a bonus to delegates at the South East (SE) Branch School in Ramsgate, last March, with a 30% reduction on its new history of the town, by architectural historian Geraint Franklin, who also spoke at the School.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 30: DCMS Committee Inquiry into ‘Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors’ – Call extended to 19 June

Houses of Parliament courtesy of UK GovWestminster’s DCMS Committee has launched an inquiry into the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s [DCMS] sectors’, considering both the immediate and long-term impact that Covid-19 and the related social and financial measures are having on the wide range of industries and organisations under the Committee’s remit, with the call extended to 19 June, noting also that ‘Organisations are… welcome to submit more than one piece of evidence if further information becomes available as the inquiry progresses.’

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 31: NI’s Department for Communities COVID-19 Stakeholder Update, from 20/04

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities, Communications & Engagement Unit has issued the latest in its regular updates on key announcements from the Department during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 32: CLC Statement on managing Payment and Contracts in these challenging times

An Open Letter from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) supported by the Department of Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) provides a statement on payments and contracts with cascading suggested to encourage ‘reasonable management of payments through the supply chain and reasonable behaviour in relation to contractual relationships.’

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 33: ‘Avoid using microwave to get faster internet’, from Ofcom, via the BBC

People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as their wi-fi, media regulator Ofcom has said, as part of advice to help improve internet speeds.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week, from the IHBC: PBCToday on construction site theft

logoThe 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, including notices gleaned from across the development sector’s publications, and for this week features the PBCToday feature on construction site theft.

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IHBC’s ‘Conservation from the doorstep’: Campaign to save historic South Shields cinema designed by Sunderland architect

A campaign has been launched to save an historic cinema designed by a Sunderland architect from demolition, The Shields Gazette reports.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (COVID-19) doorstep’: Thieves take advantage of lockdown to steal lead from All Saints church roof in Halsham

The Hull Daily Mail reports that police have appealed for witnesses after thieves stole lead from the roof of All Saints Church in Halsham near Hedon during the coronavirus lockdown.

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