Digital Construction Week Call for Papers closes 15th May 2019

websiteDigital Construction Week (DCW) has issued a call for papers, offering the chance to present live on stage at DCW – on and share your experiences and expertise with the entire industry. If you have an innovative project or story to share with entries closing 15 May.

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Call for ‘best practice’ etc. events for London’s Urban Tree Festival: 18-19 May – closing Easter Monday

logoThe Museum of Walking is calling for events for the Urban Tree Festival, on 18-19  May, closing Easter Monday.

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IHBC offers sympathies to Paris – and Europe and beyond – on Notre Dame fire, as scale of damage continues under review

websiteWith the assessment of the scale of the fire damage to Notre Dame and its causes still ongoing, the IHBC offers its sympathies to the people of France, to Europe and to the world.

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IHBC responds to HE guidance on terraced housing

housesThe IHBC has responded to a consultation on Historic England’s (HE) ‘Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing: A guide to managing change’, welcoming the guidance but offering advice on what more could be included and how it could be improved.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (union) doorstep’: Dudley council to undertake Unite’s pioneering construction charter

websiteDudley Council is to become the latest local council in the West Midlands to use its influence to support local construction workers by signing up to Unite’s construction charter, a pioneering agreement to ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of the council meet the highest standards.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (engineering) doorstep’: HE’s new guidance on piling reported to engineers

publication coverGround Engineering News has updated readers on Historic England’s (HE) publication of its guidance on piling.

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Sheffield councillors decline to determine planning application before consultation concluded

websiteSheffield councillors refused to make a decision on a planning application after finding out the public consultation hadn’t yet finished.

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Big Ben’s iconic clock face restored to original blue colour

websiteBig Ben’s famous clock face has been unveiled in its new blue colour following more than a year of restoration.

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Ornate Victorian pool found beneath fishpond in Wales

websiteA Victorian ‘pool’ structure hidden within the fishpond of Ham Manor in Llantwit Major, Wales was discovered during a restoration of the gardens.

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More school trips are needed to inspire a passion for heritage

books and pencilsResearch carried out on behalf of insurer Ecclesiastical shows that millions of young people never visit museums, galleries or theatres.

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£3.7 million to fund 5 new garden towns across the country

landscape and buildings£3.7 to fund 5 new garden towns will provide up to 64,000 much-needed homes across England.

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HE consults on advice note on ‘Statements of Heritage Significance’: Closing 10 May

logoHistoric England (HE) is in consultation on an Advice Note on Statements of Significance, to help advise on ways to satisfy the requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for applicants for heritage-related consents to provide information on heritage significance, with the consultation closing on 10 May 2019.

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Heritage Alliance receives Resilience Funding

logoThe Heritage Alliance (THA), the umbrella body for the heritage sector in England, has been awarded a two year resilient heritage grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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IHBC’s ‘IMHO’ spotlight on ‘Heritage and Access in C21’: Dame Caroline Spelman on making Parliament fit for the 21st century

buildings and riverParliament’s Restoration and Renewal presents an ideal opportunity to improve disability access and provide essential educational facilities, Dame Caroline Spelman has argued.

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IHBC’s newest Context out: – Featuring Scotland’s ‘Highlands and Islands’, and far beyond…

publication coverThe latest issue of IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, themed around practice issues relating to – or in parallel with –  conservation in Scotland’s ‘Highlands and Islands’, including the challenges and achievements of working in diverse rural areas, with regular features also on offer such as book reviews, reports from officers and much, much more.

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IHBC’s 2019 Nottingham School Branch host offers free pre-School evening, 7 May: ‘Contemporary challenges and solutions for protecting heritage…’

websiteIn advance of Nottingham hosting the IHBC’s 2019 Annual School on 4-6 July,  the East Midlands regional branch is hosting a special free event on ‘Contemporary challenges and solutions for protecting heritage in the East Midlands’, on Tuesday 7 May from 5.30, in the Urban Room, Nottingham, with booking essential.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £1.4M+ costed work: NLHF etc. seek impact evaluation of Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) funding, closing 29/04, value £90-100k

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 for NewsBlog readers this week features a call from a partnership between The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), the National Trust (NT) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for an impact evaluation of the Future Parks Accelerator (FPA), a UK-wide initiative to ‘support local authorities and communities transform the way their urban green space estates are funded and managed’, closing 29 April and valued at £90 – £100k.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from Belfast’s doorstep’: Proposal to turn Clarence Chambers into new offices given the green light despite heritage and civic concerns

websiteNewry businessman Brian McConville’s bid to redevelop the listed Clarence Chambers building in the centre of Belfast into a modern office development has won the approval of planning officials despite heritage and civic concerns.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Local concerns over ‘bridge of scrapes’ plan, from The Northern Echo

websiteThe Northern Echo has highlighted how a £500,000 plan to transform a historic bridge and make it more suitable as a busy commuter route has been recommended for approval, against specialist advice.

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Partial destruction at listed Derbyshire house, dating back to the 1600s, leads to prosecution

buildingsA married couple and a joiner have been prosecuted after destroying parts of a historic Derbyshire house dating back to the 1600s.

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Plas Mawr, Conwy – ‘Finest Elizabethan town house in Britain’ on the market

buildingPlas Mawr, an Elizabethan town house in Conwy, is up for sale — after more than 25 years in the care of Cadw.

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England’s £3.75M for nearly 200 pocket parks, to help ‘transform the nation’

peopleGovernment has announced winners in a £3.75 million fund to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks in England.

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RTPI to Malthouse: More dead frontages would kill off high streets

shop frontsRepresenting part of its concerns over government plans to relax permitted development rights (PDRs), The  Royal Town Planning institute (RTPI) has urged Housing and Planning Minister Kit Malthouse to drop proposals that would add homes to high streets without developers having to apply for planning permission.

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House of Commons Garden tourism inquiry launched: closing 7 May

formal gardenThe Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) Committee of the House of Commons has launched an inquiry on garden tourism seeking written evidence on how gardens contribute to UK tourism, the economy and to our national heritage, closing 7 May. 

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Norwich Anglia Square: Government calls in tower block plan

websiteAn inquiry will decide on a £250m redevelopment of a shopping complex, including 1,250 new homes, after plans were called in by the government.

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