England’s government departments new departmental plans: THA member update

websiteAn update from the link body for England’s heritage bodies – The Heritage Alliance (THA) – has summarised the heritage threads in recent departmental plans.

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Scotland’s Culture Secretary orders review as St Peter’s Seminary future again uncertain with closure of arts company NVA

edinburgh view Fiona Newton IHBCSt Peter’s Seminary, one of Scotland’s most acclaimed modernist buildings – with plans featured at the IHBC’s Edinburgh Annual School in 2014 – seemed to have found new hope with the ground breaking arts company NVA, but that future has been derailed since the announcement that the company will close in September this year.

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Mayor of London unveils £1.1bn vision for East Bank 

websiteThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out his £1.1bn vision for East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – aimed at establishing a new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth, and welcomed a £151m contribution now secured by the Government.

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Hostelling Scotland partner with Scottish Civic Trust and ScotRail on exciting new project for the Year of Young People 2018: Closing 5 July

websiteHostelling Scotland has partnered with Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days and ScotRail on an exciting new project for the ‘Year of Young People 2018’, as the Braw Buildings Project offers young people in Scotland the chance to stay in one of 6 Youth Hostels across Scotland and take part in Doors Open Days, with a deadline for applications of 5 July.

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IHBC & partners on Design & the NPPF –update on government ‘getting serious on design’

logosThe IHBC and partners including Civic Voice, Place Alliance and the Urban Design Group, have written to the Secretary of State at England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) asking government ‘to use the opportunity provided by the revision of the National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] to more forcefully demonstrate the desire of the Government to see better design everywhere’.

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Going to School in Belfast 2018? Don’t forget your CPD preparations 

The IHBC is continually exploring new support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at our Annual Schools – they are ‘Schools’ after all – and for 2018 members can now also prepare better for studies, talks, visits and networking by using our web guidance and links on the Belfast School site, especially for the Day School speakers and tours on the Thursday and the Saturday.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Restoration of Sunderland’s Fulwell Mill sails complete 

websiteThe restoration of Sunderland’s historic Fulwell Mill – built in 1808 and closed to the public since 2012 on health and safety grounds – has taken a major step forward with the ‘replacement of its four sails completed’, the Sunderland Echo tells its readers.

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Historic Chapels Trust and CCT partnering for strategic review

websiteThe Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) and the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) will be working together in 2018/19 as the CCT takes over the day to day running of HCT, including its 20 historic chapels, for a period of one year whilst a strategic review of HCT takes place.

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THA & members’ response to VAT policy enquiry: Highlighting ‘…current VAT regime [as] one of the biggest threats to the future of our built heritage’

logoInformed by members, including the IHBC, The Heritage Alliance (THA) has responded to the Treasury Committee’s VAT inquiry setting out concerns over the impact of VAT policy on the UK’s built heritage and suggesting how this could be mitigated.

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DCMS calls for more research on diversity and place-making now under fire 

websiteSenior arts researchers have hit back at a report from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that is taken as implying knowledge gaps in key policy areas, saying it highlights the Department’s limited awareness of existing research literature and lack of institutional memory.

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CPRE says countryside being lost to housing at alarming rate, despite increase in brownfield development 

house roofNew government data shows that despite promising signs of an increase in brownfield development, greenfield land is still being lost to housing development at an unnecessary rate. The amount of farmland, forests, gardens and greenfield land lost to housing development each year has increased by 58% over the past 4 years, according to an analysis by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

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Scottish Council on Archives: Consultation for users of online archive catalogues, closing 22 June

logoThe Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) is consulting with users of archive and public records services on plans for a new portal to ‘bring together catalogues from across the country in one place and be a user-friendly’, with the survey closing 22 June.

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New powers for England’s councils to deliver homes for local families

housesMinistry of Housing, Communities and Local Government(MHCLG) has announced that England’s Councils will receive new powers to help them deliver the homes their communities need – including launching ‘New Town Development Corporations’.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London

buildingIf you don’t have the luxury of visiting the new Globe Theatre in London, writes Open Culture, taking a tour, or seeing a performance lovingly-recreated with all of the costuming (and even pronunciation) from Jacobean England, you can get the flavour of this wondrous achievement through an app for iPhone and iPad users.

 

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IHBC’s fifth NewsBlog Branches Update: Explore Branch CPD events across the UK

IHBC Branches OS MapThis 5th issue of our IHBC Branches Update reviews local CPD opportunities – and much more – currently on offer from our Branches across the UK!

Members and non-members can browse IHBC Branch and partnering events ranging from the restoration of Manchester Town Hall to thatching in East Anglia, as well as our upcoming Annual School in Belfast, the major UK event for the period.

And for these and other CPD opportunities also don’t forget to check out the IHBC’s online Event Calendar.

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Going to School in Belfast? Reminder: Don’t forget the CPD profile! 

logoThe IHBC continues to develop new support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at our Annual Schools – they are ‘Schools’ after all – and for 2018 members can now assess projected skills and themes using a pilot CPD matrix suite, which can also promote School attendance and benefits to employers and sponsors.

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IHBC HESPR’s top pick this week: Lakeland Arts seeks QS services for Abbot Hall site, closing 11/06, value £80k 

HESPR logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – the Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition scheme – offers members weekly ‘News and Tender Alert’ emails, with the IHBC Director’s top pick for NewsBlog readers this week featuring Lakeland Arts calling for a Quantity Surveyor (QS) to oversee the redevelopment of the Abbot Hall site, closing 11 June and valued at £80,000.

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IHBC ‘CPD boost’ on early learning, from DBW: Between the campus and the workplace – ‘Transition’ support and experiences for engineers

personDesigning Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host partner of the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki, and one of the most popular construction industry websites –has featured ‘transition’ learning support strategies from the engineering sector that may be of interest to early career members, trainers and educators etc., explored by Patrick Waterhouse, author of ‘Initial Professional Development for Civil Engineers’.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: £750,000 boost for regeneration of Dundee’s historic buildings 

websiteThe Scottish Government has awarded Dundee £750,000 to help restore some of the city’s most historic buildings, reports the city’s Courier.

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Government commits to major building safety reforms with strong sanctions and regulations looming large 

Welcoming Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Government has made a series of commitments to major building safety reforms, including ‘major reform of the regulatory system… [and] ..restructuring building regulations’.

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Southbank Centre issued with a COI again as DCMS turns down listing recommendation again

websiteThe Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has turned down the landmark brutalist Southbank Centre for listing and issued a Certificate of Immunity (COI), which means that the building cannot be reassessed again for another five years.

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BEFS workshop update on HESPS replacement, with interim survey closing 17 June

websiteFollowing a BEFS (Built Environment Forum Scotland) workshop on the replacement of Scotland’s Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statements (HESPS) a report is now available, while in advance of the consultation Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking views on the approach they are taking in a short survey by 17 June.

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LGA launches ‘Revitalising town centres’ for Council leaders 

publication coverEngland’s Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a handbook that aims to provide guidance on how to approach the revitalisation of town and city centres by delivering long-term impacts and using broad principles that can be tailored to meet local needs.

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Landscape Institute Scotland Travel Award for graduate landscape architects: Closes 22 June 

multi image bannerThis Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) award is intended to benefit future generations of graduate landscape architects in Scotland as well as the practice of landscape architecture by bringing overseas experience and knowledge back to the country, and closes on 22 June.

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World Heritage UK Starts First Ever Review of all UK Sites 

websiteWorld Heritage UK, the body which represents all Britain’s World Heritage Sites, has started a major review of all 31 World Heritage Sites.

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