Queen’s former Malta home Villa Guardamangia on sale

websiteThe Queen’s former Malta home, Villa Guardamangia, has been put up for sale for nearly €6m (£5.3m), reports the BBC.

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IHBC member? Make your life easier and remind your colleagues about IHBC’s FREE taster NewsBlogs: ‘Accessible sector news, by email, for anyone in the UK and beyond’

IHBC members are encouraged to remind all colleagues that they can take up a 6-month ‘taster’ of free email news updates –  our NewsBlogs – and experience key IHBC member privileges while also getting CPD benefits by improving their understanding of just what built and historic environment conservation entails.

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IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Award highlighted to DBW’s 10,000 users: Closing 31 July

graphicThe IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Award has been featured by Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki and self-styled ‘knowledge base for the construction industry’ – with posts both on the Home Page of its 6.5 million users-a-year web site, and on its email alert, which boasts 10,000 registered users.

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Need a CPD boost that looks ahead to IHBC’s 2020 Annual School, in Brighton, on ‘Old Towns – New Futures’? HE references 5 Historic High Streets types

townscape plus peopleHistoric England (HE) references around 5,000 high streets in the United Kingdom and, while traditionally the epicentre of community life, their role has dramatically changed in the last few decades, so they have outlined ‘five of the most distinctive styles of British high street’.

image: Nottingham by Fiona Newton

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IHBC responds to HE consultation on Historic Environment Advisor Apprenticeships

IHBC consultations webpageThe IHBC submitted its response to the Historic England (HE)-led consultation on Historic Environment Advisor Apprenticeship. 

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Swindon Advertiser jubilant as £1.35M Carriage Works cultural institute gets the go-ahead

websiteThe regeneration of some of the most famous buildings in Swindon – and a vital part of the town’s industrial heritage – will continue, The Swindon Advertiser happily reports, as planning permission has been granted by Swindon Borough Council for the next phase of converting the old GWR Carriage Works, running along London Street.

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IHBC CPD Boost: Do you know your JCT and contract updates? See the latest in the free download ‘JCT: From contract to construction’

websiteThe free ebook. ‘JCT: From contract to construction’, looks at the latest insights on construction contracts from the JCT (in origin, the ‘Joint Contracts Tribunal’) and the evolution of its offerings in an ever-changing business and political environment.

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RTPI nominations for Awards for Planning Excellence in the English Regions open to 28 June

logoEntries for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence in the English Regions for 2019 are open until 28 June.

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New open access book: London’s Urban Landscape

publication coverUCL Press has announced the publication of a new free open access book likely to be of interest, ‘London’s Urban Landscape: Another Way of Telling’, edited by Christopher Tilley.

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Empty homes brought back into use in South Ayrshire

housesFigures reveal that South Ayrshire Council has more than exceeded its targets for bringing empty homes back into use.

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Victorian Society 2019 Conservation Award for West Midlands etc., now open: Closing 31 December

logoVictorian Society announces 2019 Conservation Award – which seeks to recognise the best work carried out to Victorian and Edwardian buildings in Birmingham and the West Midlands – are now open for nominations, and close on 31 December.

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IHBC’s signpost to the future, from the BBC: If a house was designed by machine, how would it look?

websiteA house designed using algorithms and machines chose complex, organic-looking forms, which were stronger and more efficient than straight lines, so the BBC asks if all the houses of the future look like this?

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REMINDER: This sound like you? Then maybe you could be IHBC’s new ‘Professional Development (PD) Officer –

  • PASSIONATE about conservation
  • LOVE travel and seeing new and old places
  • ENJOY working with people
  • ZEST for learning and education
  • BORED with regular commutes
  • PREFER flexible working
  • INHERENTLY self-motivated
  • UNDERSTAND leadership
  • NATURAL communicator, online and in person
  • STRIVE for new skills and networks
  • APPRECIATE fulfilling but hard work 

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IHBC 2019 Nottingham Full School getting full, as tour options narrow, so book now to maximise CPD benefits… and help avoid disasters too!

flyerWith more than 180 delegates already booked for the IHBC’s 2019 Day School in Nottingham in July, its networking value is self-evident, but if you are thinking of the Full (3-day) School, do book soon, as tour options are narrowing fast, with tours of the ‘Cave City’ on Thursday and ‘Rock Cemetery & Catacombs’ and ‘Castle Transformation Project’ on Saturday all now closed.

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IHBC Green Panel headlines urgent call for carbon data on refurbs etc., for new Heritage Counts report on ‘Understanding Carbon…’: closes 14 June

personThere is an urgent call out for data for inclusion in a forthcoming Heritage Counts report on ‘Understanding Carbon in the Historic Environment’, with a deadline of 14 June, as John Preston, IHBC Green Panel convenor, has highlighted.

image: John Preston, IHBC Green Panel convenor

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £100M+ costed opportunities this week: States of Jersey seeks ‘placemaking strategy’ etc. for the future Fort Regent, closing 18/06, no value stated

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 the States of Jersey for a ‘placemaking strategy and programme of events… reimagining’ the future Fort Regent, closing 18 June and no value stated.

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IHBC CPD Yearbook boost via DBW: Conservation in action at Scotland’s Engine Shed, from ‘paddlers’ to ‘divers’

building and peopleFrom Historic Environment Scotland (HES), The Engine Shed is Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre in Stirling, and it uses a simple model to target diverse audiences, as all is now explained via the IHBC’s 2018 Yearbook and Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki and self-styled ‘knowledge base for the construction industry’.

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IHBC CPD boost from URBACT: ‘What on earth do the arts and culture have to do with climate change?’

buildingsClaire Buckley, Lead Expert and Director of Environmental Sustainability at Julie’s Bicycle, says that time is of the essence concerning climate action for the arts and culture sector in a new article from URBACT, ‘the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe’.

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Remembering D-Day – England’s Second World War sites given protection

websiteTo mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, six Second World War concrete structures built as replica landing craft for training, nine sunken army tanks, two armoured bulldozers and components of Mulberry floating harbours in Dorset, Devon and West Sussex are being granted protection by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

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RTPI Cymru calls for more resourcing for planning in light of Wales Audit Office report

personA major new report by the Wales Audit Office has concluded that under resourced planning services in Wales are struggling to manage a complex system ‘in the face of insufficient capacity and reduced resources’.

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GMB welcomes decision to cancel Sutton Estate demolition

websiteGMB London, part of one of Britain’s largest and fastest growing trade unions, has welcomed the decision by Clarion Housing to cancel the demolition proposal of Sutton Estate in Chelsea following a campaign by residents and unions.

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RICS reports that ‘young surveyors are on the rise’

websiteRICS reports that young surveyors are on the rise, as more female surveyors are being recognised for their talent.

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RTPI President praises work of Heritage Partnership in Bury St Edmunds

peopleWork to help develop a better understanding of the heritage significance of the Abbey in Bury St Edmunds has been praised by RTPI President Ian Tant.

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Eugene Viollet-le-Duc left guide for restoring Notre Dame

websiteDetail minded architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc is still the man to go to when it comes to restoring Notre Dame, even though he died nearly 140 years ago he left substantial documentation on the cathedral.

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IHBC’s CPD support for 2019 Nottingham School: Top notch content supported by analytics, guidance, certification and much more!

logoWith Continuing Professional Development (CPD) a mandatory duty for all accredited IHBC members (i.e. Full and Associate) and recommended for Affiliates (i.e non-accredited), the 2019 Annual School in Nottingham (4-6 July) on ‘Heritage, Risk & Resilience’, offers some of the best heritage learning around (up to 24 hours!), while the Institute is also offering analytics, guidance and certification to help support development of your skills and competences.

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