IHBC submits response to ‘Parliament Restoration and Renewal’ plans review

The IHBC has submitted its response to the call for relevant information ‘on the vital restoration and renewal of the Houses of Parliament’, as part of a review into the renovation plans, which closed 7 August.

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IHBC welcomes 8th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

The IHBC has welcomed the line-up for the 8th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival, just announced, from The Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum and SPAB, with all the organisers and presenters donating their time to ‘Celebrate Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings’.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: Government rules out VAT reduction on domestic work, from Building

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, which this week features Building’s report on the Government’s ruling out of VAT reduction on domestic work.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Heritage group to spend £120k to restore Martello Tower

Historic England is splashing out almost £120,000 to save a historic Martello Tower in Clacton, reports The Harwich and Manningtree Standard.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: PLBC granted for Dover’s Maison Dieu restoration

stained glass imageAmbitious plans to restore Dover’s Grade I Listed Maison Dieu have taken a major step forward with planning and listed building consent, as the £9m plans will transform the Maison Dieu as the heritage centrepiece in the ongoing regeneration of Dover town centre.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Edme’s old factory buildings in Mistley saved from demolition

Plans to bulldoze Mistley factory’s boiler house and stand-by generator house in a conservation area have been refused by Tendring Council, reports The Harwich and Manningtree Standard.

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New Parliamentary inquiry: Supporting our high streets after Covid-19, closes 14/09

street with commerical buildingsThis new inquiry will investigate how businesses and amenities in local areas can be supported through the economic challenges of the pandemic, and how government at all levels can provide the necessary support to help them thrive in the long term, with the submission date closing 14 September.

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New uses for Northern Ireland’s oldest surviving synagogue

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has awarded a Project Viability Grant to Development Trusts NI (DTNI) to enable them to test their idea of converting the Annesley Street synagogue in north Belfast into their own offices; a centre for participative democracy; and the venue for a semi-permanent exhibition on Belfast’s Jewish community.

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District council wins legal battle after planning inspector miscalculated its housing land supply

East Cambridgeshire District Council earlier this month won a legal challenge against the Planning Inspectorate, who conceded that a planning inspector had miscalculated the authority’s housing land supply.

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Apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Closes 9 September

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, can bring sustainable benefits to winners, with winners are invited to a reception in Buckingham Palace, and applications are open until the 9 September.

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Dismantling planning system will lead to failure of building agenda, warns RTPI

RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills issued an open letter in response to announcements by Westminster about a ‘radical overhaul’ of England’s planning system.

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Church Monuments Society biennial prize Essay competition

The Council of the Church Monuments Society is offering a biennial prize of £500 for its Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year, with the next closing date for new entries of 31 December 2020.

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Council to consult on the ‘appropriateness’ of some monuments and street names

logoCouncil to consult on the ‘appropriateness’ of some monuments and street names. The authority said it was aware that ‘what may have been accepted in the past, is no longer acceptable today’.

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Design Council launches report on ‘what people need from their homes’, for 2030

Part of the government-backed Home of 2030 competition being run by BRE, Design Council, RIBA Competitions and the Ministry of Building Innovation + Education (MOBIE), A Public Vision for the Home of 2030 has been developed by Design Council to inform the second stage of the Home of 2030 competition as well as providing guidance for the housing sector as a whole.

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IHBC on England’s ‘Planning for the future’: Aspects to be cautiously welcomed but alarm over local plan proposals founded more on legacy of prejudice than power of evidence

While provisionally welcoming [many] aspects of the England’s White Paper consultation on ‘Planning for the future’ (closing 12 weeks from 6 August), the IHBC has registered its serious concern over a ‘worryingly simplistic’ strategy for local plans highlighted by Robert Jenrick in his recent Telegraph article: Proposal 1’s ‘categorisation of land into areas of growth, renewal or protection’, that seems more of a ‘pickle or perish’ approach rooted in ‘the failed prejudices of the past’, when government should instead ‘pay due attention to the evidence’.

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…IHBC has registered its serious concern over a ‘worryingly simplistic’ strategy for local plans…

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IHBC Recognised CPD Provider ESC update for ‘Energy Efficiency for Traditional Buildings’ course dates

Following on from the launch by Welsh company The Environment Study Centre (ESC) of a new on-line course for professionals seeking a qualification in dealing with the retrofitting of older and traditional buildings, programme dates have been released.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £5.6+ costed works this week: National cultural body calls for PM etc. services, closing 28/08, valued £1.5-£5M

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 national cultural institution’s call for Project Management (PM) and related services linked to its listed home, closing 28/08 and valued £1.5-£5M.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Scottish capital’s historic observatory set to be transformed into artistic retreat

An historic observatory is set to become a base for international artists to stay in while visiting Scotland’s capital city, reports The National.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: From empty shops to ‘vibrant’ restaurants, as the Lowestoft Masterplan reinvigorates the town

An ambitious masterplan has been unveiled to breathe fresh life into Lowestoft over the next 10 to 15 years, but what does it include, asks The Lowestoft Journal?

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Crowdfunder launched to aid legal challenge bid over Manston airport development consent

A crowdfunder has been launched in a bid to apply for a Judicial Review over the decision to approve a Development Consent Order for Manston airport, reports The Isle of Thanet News.

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Government rules out VAT reduction on domestic work:  Could cost the exchequer £6Bn annually

buildingsIn response to a question asked by Sarah Olney (Richmond Park), Financial secretary Jesse Norman ruled out VAT reduction on residential extensions and alterations in a written statement to the House of Commons, saying this reduction would cost the exchequer £6Billion a year.

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Trustee vacancies at Architectural Heritage Fund (x2): includes conservation, architectural history skills etc., closing 24 August

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is currently seeking two new trustees to join its Board, with skills sought including conservation, community led regeneration, architecture, architectural history, historic building professional and social investment etc., closing 24 August.

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Hundreds of employers sign up for Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme

Hundreds of construction employers have signed up to support the Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme as it went live on 24 July.

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Grand Bequest: Could this new app be the key to saving Edinburgh’s crumbling and at-risk historic buildings?

Grand Bequest aims to make it easier for people who are concerned about a building to join together, crowdfund, buy and restore it.

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Suffolk Coast and Heaths: England’s first ‘beauty extension’ since 1991

More estuary shoreline and woodlands have become England’s first extension to an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in nearly 30 years.

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