Design competition for Madrid: ‘Opera Truck – A Street Artist’s Portable Opera House’

A Madrid design competition from ArchDaily calls for the design of a portable structural pod for artists that can be placed in any public realm in context with the city, with registration by 18 April and submissions by 28 April 2020 (fees apply and awards on offer).

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RTPI Scotland seeks views on National Planning Framework 4: closing 17 January

Call for evidence and survey: RTPI Scotland is embarking on a project to support our members to inform and influence the early stages of preparation of National Planning Framework 4. This survey and call for evidence is looking for your reflections on how NPF3 has worked, and your ideas for improvement in NPF4.

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Ireland gives go-ahead for €1bn rural development fund

The Irish government has confirmed that it will make a €1bn investment over the next decade in the development of small towns, villages and rural areas as it launches a call for proposals under its €1Bn Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

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UK’s iconic first red public telephone box upgraded to GII*

The K2 prototype telephone box situated outside the Royal Academy in London – built as part of the 1924 competition that gave rise to the iconic design and first listed at Grade II in 1986 – has had its listing upgraded to Grade II*.

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New homes plan to replace derelict garages across West Midlands

Derelict garage sites across Walsall in the West Midlands could soon be transformed into new and energy efficient housing developments, after social landlord ‘whg’ revealed its modular homes vision.

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10-bedroom mansion in New York state was offered for only $50,000, with one catch… a restoration proposal (conservation plan)

Until 18 December 2019 a 6,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom Victorian mansion could’ve been yours for only $50,000, but there was one catch; you had to put together a restoration proposal for the historic property in order to be considered.

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REMINDER: We’re looking for your nominations for the IHBC Marsh Awards for both ‘retired IHBC members’ and ‘successful learners’!

The IHBC Marsh Award for Community Contribution (Retired Member) is offered to celebrate the contribution of a retired IHBC member to the community (e.g. through BPT involvement, neighbourhood planning, civic and local trusts with heritage interests).

IHBC Marsh Award for Successful Learning in Heritage Skills is designed to recognise the contribution of an individual for their significant learning in traditional building activities and craft skills.

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New Towns, New Year Quiz: Answers

The last edition of IHBC Newsblogs saw a slightly fiendish (if lighthearted) quiz on new towns, to celebrate the coming of a new decade and the latest issue of Context, No 162, themed around New Towns, while below are the answers so you can see how you got on! 

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IHBC’s 2020 CPD boost… out of Context: Steel windows –  fenestration in balance

IHBC members looking to learn more about repair techniques for steel windows will find the stand-alone article by Sophie Godfraind in the latest issue of Context, No 162, themed around New Towns, particularly useful as it gives examples of how to balance the heritage values of steel windows with maintenance and repair issues as they arise, while also stressing the importance of commissioning the right specialist to survey and assess conservation options.

image: IHBC Context 162 – Generator Building, Stow Maries by Sophie Godfraind

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Report on ‘Community ownership in Scotland: 2018’ now out

The annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland has been published.

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National Railway Heritage Awards presented

HRH The Princess Royal presented the National Railway Heritage Awards (NRHA) at a special ceremony to mark the competition’s 40th anniversary on Wednesday 4 December.

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RIBA publishes guide to building sustainably

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published a new guide to help RIBA members and the wider sector embed sustainable outcomes into practice.

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AHF Annual Review 2018/19 and Strategy for 2020-23 issued

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has announced the publication of its Annual Review for 2018/19 and the new Strategy for 2020-23.

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HE issues new and free guidance on Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Developing the Asset Information Model’

Historic England (HE) has published online its second guidance on Building Information Modelling (BIM) –‘BIM for Heritage – Developing the Asset Information Model‘ – with downloads that include Word templates to assist in the development individual Asset Information, Exchange Information and Organisational Information requirements.

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£1.15M Funding boost for the great British pub

England’s Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick is backing the great British pub with a new £1.15 million fund to benefit an estimated 100 communities.

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Graduates win the SPAB design prize for inventive schemes to revive industrial heritage

Each year, the SPAB’s Philip Webb Award celebrates new design in the context of historic buildings, and this year, first place was awarded jointly to University of Sheffield graduates Nikola Yanev and Olivia Hellman, for their schemes which gave imaginative new uses to derelict former factory buildings, with both winning schemes using a range of traditional repair techniques at the same time as embracing innovative new technologies and materials.

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IHBC’s suggestion for your New Year resolution: Become an author for Conservation Wiki on DBW!

websiteWhy not extend the reach of your skills, knowledge and experience in 2020 by contributing to Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) and the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki, and offer the 10,000 registered users – and many more viewers – from across the construction industry a chance to learn more about conservation.

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IHBC’s ‘New Towns, New Year’ Quiz… out of Context

At this seasonal time of year, why not test your knowledge on New Towns, using the latest issue of Context, No 162; with the answers to be published in the next issue of the IHBC NewsBlogs (no prizes, just for fun!).

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IHBC consultation on Corporate Plan 2020-25 (‘CP25’) ‘Stage 1’ scoping – First responses call extended to January 6

IHBC’s members and prospective members are asked to study, scrutinise and feed back on the IHBC’s evolving Corporate Plan for 2020-25 – called  CP25 – and let us know what we need to add, change or develop in the forward plans for our next five years, with the call for first responses extended to 6 January 2020.

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Give someone their fondest memories for 2020: IHBC Marsh Award nominations now open for ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’, closing 29/02/20

IHBC Marsh AwardsThe IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, has entered its successful fifth year with the launch of the two 2020 Awards – one celebrating civic contributions of retired IHBC members, and one for successful learning in heritage skills – with prizes for each that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Brighton 2020 Annual School, with a closing date for this year of 29 February 2020.

IHBC President launches next IHBC Marsh Awards: ‘Your new chance to nominate ‘retired IHBC members’ and/or ‘successful learners’ for our awards’, closing 29 Feb 2020

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More looking ahead to #IHBCBrighton2020 and ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’: ‘High streets face a bleak future without rethinking regeneration strategies’

street with commerical buildingsReflecting issues that will be encountered across the institute’s June 2020 Brighton School, on ‘OLD TOWNS : NEW FUTURES’, think tank Centre for Cities argues that, as many British High Streets face a bleak future, and policymakers fail to identify a clear economic focus to regeneration, government must focus on providing good jobs which boost spending power.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £300K+ costed opportunities this week: NI DC seeks PQQ applications for Visitor Centre plans, valued £276K, closing 20/01/2020

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 from a District Council (DC) in Northern Ireland (NI) for PQQ applications relating to Visitor Centre plans, closing 20 January, and valued at £276K.

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IHBC’s 2020 CPD boost… out of Context: Displacement and the first generation of post-war new towns

Displacement may not be a familiar headline in conservation circles, but the latest issue of Context, No 162, themed around new towns, includes Michael Asselmeyer’s important exploration of post-war new towns in Germany and how the arrival of millions of displaced people during and after the second world war prompted the building of the first generation of post-war new towns there.

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Lewisham Council investigating after Noah’s Ark pub in Deptford demolished without permission

Lewisham Council stated that ‘planning permission had not been granted for the demolition of the building’ and that it is ‘a criminal offence to demolish a building in a conservation area.’

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Competition: GII National Picture Theatre, Hull, restoration, closing 17/01

Hull City Council is seeking a design team to conserve and restore a ruined Grade II-listed former cinema, with applications closing 17 January.

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