HE’s new LPA project opportunity: Data supply & reconciliation between the National Record (NRHE) and HERs

logoHistoric England (HE) is seeking proposals from local authorities, or partnerships led by a local authority, wishing to take part in the transfer and reconciliation of the terrestrial component of the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) with their local Historic Environment Records (HERs), with applicants encouraged to submit at any time during the current financial year.

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HES: Heritage donation for Community Foodbanks

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is donating food products stocked across its sites to local community food banks and homeless charities.

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Government rejects bid to turn Oscar Wilde’s ‘Reading Gaol’ GII prison into an arts centre

A campaign to convert the Grade II-listed (GII) former ‘Reading Gaol’ prison, backed by Reading council and luminaries including Stephen Fry, has been rejected by the Ministry of Justice.

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CBA Announce Neil Redfern as new Executive Director

The CBA has announced that Neil Redfern will take the post of Executive Director of The Council for British Archaeology(CBA).

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IHBC’s 2020 ‘Virtual School’ – #IHBCVirtualSchool2020 – Programme outline available: Heritage Reflections and Speculations from a Global Pandemic, June 19, online and interactive, sessions starting at £15+VAT

With most leads agreed – including Carl Elefante, 94th President of The American Institute of Architects and architect Plácido González Martínez, Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, and Executive Editor of digital journal Built Heritage – and with delegate places limited, book now to secure your place on the CPD heritage highlight for 2020, the IHBC’s ‘Virtual School’ Virtual School #IHBCVirtualSchool2020 to hear and join global reflections and speculations on the heritage impacts of the COVID-19, with single session fees starting at £15+ VAT for IHBC members.

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IHBC’s new ‘CPD Circular’: Making ‘lockdown-compliant’ training and CPD more accessible, with guidance too!

The IHBC has circulated its current ‘CPD Circular’, with lockdown-compliant briefing and content, that still offers the same consolidated access to the best of the IHBC’s own Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as opportunities from ‘IHBC Recognised CPD Providers’ and other conservation CPD priority events.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 25: HE announces Covid-19 emergency response fund, closing 3 May

logoHistoric England has launched an emergency fund to help tackle the impact of Coronavirus on the heritage sector, with grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus and grants of £50,000 also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills, closing 3 May with awards from mid-May.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 26: Update from the Welsh Government & Cadw

The heritage Legislation and Policy Team in the Welsh Government has issued its  most recent update on delevopments there, including on issues relating to COVID-19.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 27: COVID-19 checklist, from the RIBA

The RIBA has urged all members to carefully consider the implications of the current period of disruption for themselves and their businesses, and to keep up to date with all official advice and guidance, in a report last updated on 2 April.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 28: ESPON resource seeks and offers local and regional responses to COVID19

EU link body ESPON hosts a web resource that seeks to ‘pool best practices and local/regional initiatives and territorial policy responses’ and continues to seek new links to relevant resources.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 29: Government calls for building control inspections to continue

Building control bodies are being urged to undertake normal, regular site inspections where they can be done safely, under new government coronavirus guidelines as, in an update on the application of Building Regulations during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Ministry for Housing, Local Government and Communities (MHCLG) said that building control bodies should check regularly with those carrying out the work.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week from £23M+ costed works: Scottish Council seeks PM for village regen, closing 12/05, no value stated

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 from a Scottish Council for a project manager (PM) for a village regeneration project, closing 12 May, and no value stated.

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IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Netflix set to move into TV studios on Ashford railway works site

Video streaming giant Netflix is set to make new film and TV studios in Ashford its UK base, KentOnline understands.

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BEFS calls for case studies for OPiT report 2020,  closing 24/07

BEFS logo on websiteBuilt Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is calling for projects representing ‘best practice case study to illustrate the breadth of activity undertaken in the historic environment in Scotland’, so they can be added to their Historic Environment Case Studies database and be linked to the Our Place in Time (OPiT) performance report 2020, closing Friday 24 July 2020.

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New service launched linking up organisations and senior advisors that ‘bridges the gap between work and retirement for construction professionals’

A new service has been launched that bridges the gap between work and retirement for construction professionals. ProTem.online is a network that capitalises on the experience of professionals approaching retirement, enabling organisations to hire some of the best brains in the country.

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Bridge collapses in Italy, newest crumbling infrastructure

A huge bridge section has collapsed in Tuscany, the latest case of Italy’s infrastructure crumbling after years of neglect.

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IHBC’s 2020 Virtual School now booking: ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’, Heritage Reflections & Speculations from a Global Pandemic, June 19, online and interactive, sessions starting at £15+VAT

With some speakers agreed – including architect Carl Elefante, 94th President of The American Institute of Architects – and delegate places limited, booking has been opened on the IHBC’s CPD highlight for 2020, our ‘Virtual School’, as we look ahead to our Brighton 2021 School by featuring lead authorities exploring ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’ theme, now reflecting and speculating on the heritage impacts of the global pandemic, with single session fees starting at £15+ VAT for IHBC members.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest’/’Sector News’  pick of the week, from the IHBC: BD on variations in ‘virtual’ planning committees

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 this week features the Building Design (BD) update on variations across the use of virtual support by planning committees.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 21: PD rights for creation of medical facilities comes into effect, but do not change LBC

Emergency legislation on Permitted development (PD) rights, that allows councils and health providers in England to establish facilities to support the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, came into force on 9 April and while work can be undertaken in conservation areas, national parks, the Broads and to a listed building, it ‘does not remove the need for listed building consent (LBC) should that be considered necessary’.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 22: BEFS calls for reference to HES grants in measures tied to COVID-19 heritage sector funding

BEFS logo on websiteBEFS has… written to Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, calling for heritage measures to specify reference to the grants delivered through Historic Environment Scotland.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost update 23: HE survey results

logoHistoric England (HE) has published results form the recent short survey on how sector bodies are being affected by the current pandemic.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 24: Update from THA

logoNoting that the current coronavirus outbreak is causing concern amongst across its membership and the sector more widely The Heritage Alliance (THA) is continuing to advocate on behalf of the sector, including with regular meetings and communications with DCMS.

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IHBC’s ‘Conservation from the doorstep’: Call to protect Leeds’ heritage buildings on Notre Dame fire anniversary

A fire safety expert has called for tighter laws forcing owners of heritage buildings to boost their protective measures after hundreds of fires in historic buildings in the last 12 months, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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IHBC’s ‘Conservation from the doorstep’: Bicycle mural in Milton Keynes could be dismantled and used as school signposts

The Milton Keynes Citizen reports on how heritage campaigners are objecting to a plan to dismantle an historic bicycle mural and use it for school signposts.

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IHBC’s CPD Boost, under COVID-19: See Web Cams of surreally empty city streets, Venice, New York, London & Beyond, courtesy of Open Culture

‘… empty cities seem a little more dystopian to me. Dystopias are ‘a kind of surrealism’, writes Kim Stanley Robinson for Open Culture, accompanied by views of empty streets.

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