IHBC’s HESPR pick from £4.5M+ costed opportunities this week: BC seeks Quinquennial Reports etc, valued £130K, closing 16/12

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, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features the call by a Borough Council (BC) for a Quinquennial Report and related services, closing 16 December and valued at £130K. Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Anger as thieves cause £50k worth of damage to Yorkshire GII listed church

It is the focal point of a North Yorkshire community – writes The Yorkshire Post – and has seen generations of families baptised and married over the years, but Sherburn residents were left devastated when the Grade II (GII) listed Church of St Hilda was stripped of lead, resulting in £50,000 worth of damage. Continue reading

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Last remaining GII* listed windmill sail ‘systematically vandalised’

The last remaining timber sail of Grade II* (GII*) listed Denver windmill in Norfolk has been ‘systematically vandalised’, with costs to replace the four sails estimated at around £250,000, writes The Eastern Daily Press. Continue reading

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Sheffield City Council petition: Don’t sack our conservation officers… ‘the Council’s expert advisers on the historic environment’!

Hallamshire Historic Buildings has launched a petition to save Sheffield City Council’s Conservation Officers. Continue reading

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Thousands of new homes planned in high-risk flood zones across England

Greenpeace investigation raises concerns about the ability of the UK’s environmental regulator to manage homebuilding as the climate changes. Continue reading

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CIPFA clarifies rules on local authority property investments

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has issued guidance outlining reporting requirements for investments in property by local authorities to increase accountability. Continue reading

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Gateshead Council secures court orders against home improvement firms, via little-used piece of legislation

Gateshead Council has used a little-used piece of legislation to limit the behaviour of two home improvement companies which have been the subject of more than a hundred complaints from the public. Continue reading

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Charity Tax Group launches national VAT research survey

Charity Tax Group’s Chairman John Hemming launched its national VAT research survey on 13 November.

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SG: consultation ‘developing Scotland’s circular economy’

logoThe Scottish Government is seeking views on proposed legislation for the circular economy bill and secondary legislation.

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Liverpool City Council on WHS: New Steering Group to help balance sustainable management and urban landscape

Liverpool City Council is responsible for managing Liverpool’s World Heritage Site (WHS) at a local level, and has now established a non-executive Steering Group to advise on and support its work.

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Vietnam sought ‘wizards’ to do up old apartments

A contest to find design ‘wizards’ from around the world with ideas to renovate old apartment buildings in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, so that they are better adapted to modern living, has now closed.

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IHBC NewsBlog signpost in memory of Charles Jencks: ‘Towards a radical eclecticism’ from 1980

In memory of Charles Jencks Readingdesign has published online part of his essay ‘Towards a radical eclecticism: What is architecture to be about’.

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#IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’ – New web summaries on content, context, CPD, and more, so sign up for news now

More details are now online on the theme, context and CPD benefits of IHBC’s 2020 Annual School – the institute’s Brighton School on 18-20 June, sponsored  by  the Heritage Collective – when we will explore ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’, and offering potential CPD hours (@20+), career benefits and more. 

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Looking back to #IHBCNottingham2019, IHBC’s 2019 Annual School on ‘Heritage Risk and Resilience’: ‘Floods overwhelm Venice, swamping basilica and squares’

Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency after ‘apocalyptic’ floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings, in a story that harks back to the IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School theme and talks, notably James Innerdale’s review of ‘… flooding in old buildings’, and Conservation Officer Helen Brownlie’s detailed ‘… case study from Cockermouth’.

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IHBC CPD boost via DBW on party walls, rights of light and PDR

Designing Buildings Wikipedia (DBW) – host platform for IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – has featured an introduction to party walls, rights of light and permitted development rights (PDR).

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NCT and Bill Bryson says we must protect our church heritage

church spireThe National Churches Trust (NCT), with Bill Bryson (NCT Vice President), has revealed a record number of funding applications for maintenance this year and the hidden toll that winter can take on church buildings.

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THA writes to MPS etc with 2019 Heritage Manifesto

The Heritage Alliance (THA) has written to all MPs and key decision-makers with our new 2019 Heritage Manifesto, produced in advance of the election on 12 December, and asks stakeholders to use its Manifesto and support their messages.

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Landmark agreement to boost repopulation in Scotland by supporting ‘attractive places to live, work and bring up families’

publication coverCouncils across the Highlands and Islands are backing the Scottish Government policy to tackle rural population decline, as it ‘endorsed the Scottish Government’s population programme to make all communities attractive places to live, work and bring up families.’

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Lancing Chapel Completion Campaign

The Friends of Lancing Chapel and the College – ‘now in the exciting position of being able to add the final touch to this glorious Gothic masterpiece’ – have announced the launch of the Chapel Completion Campaign as they seek ‘another £350,000  to complete the Chapel’.

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2020 Street Design Awards are now open for entries: Closing 28 Feb

The Street Design Awards 2020 have now been launched to celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

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Housing Minister announces new champion for modern ‘MMC’ housebuilding

personMark Farmer is appointed to be the new Champion for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) by Government.

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AEA Consulting releases the 2018 Cultural Infrastructure Index

AEA Consulting has released the 2018 Cultural Infrastructure Indexwhich seeks to measure investment in capital projects in the cultural sector, identifying projects with a budget of US$10 million or more that were publicly announced or completed within a calendar year.

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Ayodhya verdict: Indian top court gives holy site to Hindus

The BBC has reported on how India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the disputed holy site of Ayodhya in northern India should be given to Hindus who want a temple built there.

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LAST CHANCE: IHBC’s great ‘FREE CPD’ opportunity: Still chances to join us at Council+, London GII* venue, 28 November, on ‘CPD…’ (Expenses paid; numbers restricted)

Apply now by contacting Fiona at operations@ihbc.org.uk to register to find out more about how the IHBC is integrating the CPD across its operations, and help us improve our services to you, in London on 28 November (Expenses paid; numbers restricted), at the Grade II* Art Workers Guild.

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Don’t forget: IHBC’s great ‘FREE CPD’ opportunity: Still chances to join us at Council+, London GII* venue, 28 November, on ‘CPD…’ (Expenses paid; numbers restricted)

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’… with MHCLG: People urged to shape Town Deals in #MyTown campaign

The #MyTown campaign gives people a say in how a new generation of Town Deals, each worth up to £25 million, says England’s Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), in a statement that looks ahead to issues for the IHBC’s forthcoming 2020 Brighton Annual School, and #IHBCBrighton2020.

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