IHBC’s 2020 AGM update 1: 3 December, online, with ‘CP25’ and new governance ‘Articles’, but Council+ postponed to 2021

The IHBC’s Council – its Board – has agreed to hold the Institute’s 2020 AGM on 3 December as an online, ‘virtual’ event, with voting planned on the new Corporate Plan (‘CP25’) and on modernising governance though the proposed new ‘Articles’, all with more details to come, including arrangements for the postponed Council+ programme.

…we shouldn’t let the pandemic derail our broader programme of AGM business…

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Don’t forget: IHBC’s HESPR-linked service promotion is now even more accessible to clients when using our map-based search

mapIHBC members, colleagues and client bodies can now find the office locations of HESPR members – IHBC’s Historic Environment Service Provider Recognition (HESPR) scheme – using our new map-based facility. For more details and links see the NewsBlog

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…find the right quality of service provider to carry out the conservation services needed…

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week from £2.1M+ costed works: Council seeks PM services, closing 1/10 and valued at £104K

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 Council’s call for a consultant for project management (PM) services relating to National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) funded works, valued at £104K and closing on 1 October.

…District Council’s call for a specialist consultant to provide technical project management services…

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Heritage Trail proposals to highlight landmarks in St Albans

Plans to create a Heritage Trail in St Albans city, highlighting historical buildings, famous faces and events, have been put forward by councillors, The Herts Advertiser notes.

 “…vital that we attract more visitors who will spend money…”

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New appointments for design and heritage in England’s planning: Nicholas Boys Smith and Charles O’Brien

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that Nicholas Boys Smith has been appointed to establish a new design body, tasked with driving up design standards, and Charles O’Brien – familiar from the Pevsner/Buildings of England publications – appointed as government’s new heritage adviser.

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…Charles O’Brien appointed as government’s new heritage adviser…

…consigning ‘anywhereville’ developments to history…

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Government’s £40M Green Recovery Challenge Fund: Up to £40M & 100% project costs!

fields and treesA fund of up to £40 million – with grants from £50k to £5 million, and uUp to 100% of project costs available  – intended to create jobs in nature recovery and conservation has been opened, with various deadlines in place.

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…committed to supporting the nature and environment sector…

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TCPA Report: ‘No place for place-making’, and how planning is bypassed via PDR

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has produced a report -‘No place for place-making’- that explores the impacts of permitted development rights (PDR) on planning and place-making, and what they tell us about the government’s planning reforms.

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Ireland’s Architectural heritage protection laws could be reviewed, looking to the UK’s staged approach

Recent reports suggest that Ireland’s architectural heritage protection laws could be reviewed in order to encourage renovation of derelict urban properties, according to rereports as the Irish system – ‘where buildings are either protected structures or not,’, was compared with the staged process in the UK.

…laws could be reviewed in order to encourage renovation of derelict urban properties…

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Rebuilding Heritage support programme: ‘From Survival to Sustainability’

Rebuilding Heritage is a free support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with support open to all and designed in response to training needs raised by the sector.

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Scotland’s PAS seeks EOIs for funding from the ‘smarter choices smarter places’ fund: Closing 28/09

Planning Aid for Scotland (pas) says that as they have been successful in gaining project funding from the Paths for All ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ fund to create mini, transport-focused action plans, they are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) by 28 September.

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Robert Jenrick’s speech on planning for the future: 21/09

A speech given at 21 September 2020, at the Creating Communities on Conference 2020 by The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).

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…an antiquated planning system…

…a more rational, predictable and popular system…

…rethinking our entire planning system from first principles…

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Green Homes Grant skills training competition, closing 14/10

The Green Homes Grant skills training competition provides funding for programmes which can deliver a suite of training solutions to support the Green Homes Grant scheme, closing 14 October 2020 at 11pm.

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BBC Visual and Data Journalism team visualise what coronavirus will do to our offices and homes

Visualisation of what coronavirus will do to our homes and offices: One day, the virus will subside. It could be eradicated. But even then, life will not simply return to the way it was before Covid-19. Spurred on by the coronavirus crisis, architects have been rethinking the buildings we inhabit.

 …’a lot of existing buildings become unmarketable,’…

…post-Covid homes will be part home, part workplace…

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IHBC submits evidence to Commons Select Committee Inquiry on ‘Supporting our High Streets after Covid-19’

The IHBC has submitted its evidence to the Commons Select Committee Inquiry into ‘Supporting our high streets after Covid-19’.

Culture is a driver of economic development.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: Construction Declares and the energy minister meeting, from Building

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, with notices from across the development sector’s publications, and this week features Building on how Construction Declares has called for a meeting with energy minister over the climate emergency.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Union Chain Bridge gets £250K injection for refurbishment

Border Country has reported on how the restoration work the 200-year-old Union Chain Bridge – which spans the England-Scotland border on the River Tweed between Horncliffe and Fishwick – has been given another boost as with a grant of £250,000 from Historic England topping up a £10.5 million refurbishment.

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The future of architect regulation: ARB’s call for evidence, closing 23 October

logoARB has launched its Call for Evidence a strand in its wider research programme to inform the review of its regulatory model and architects’ competence.

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CIAT Chartered Practice launched

Following approval by the Privy Council, The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has launched CIAT Chartered Practice.

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Heritage science case study: The benefits of burying stone, from HE via Stone Specialist

If historic masonry needs to be stored until it can be repaired it can be protected and preserved highly effectively by burying it in the right conditions, determines a three-year study by Barry Hunt and Carlota Grossi for Historic England reported on by the Stone Specialist.

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Oxford City Council announces new partner for Design Review Panel: Design South East

Oxford City Council has announced that Design South East will be its new partner for the Oxford Design Review Panel (ODRP).

The ODRP was established in 2014 to provide an independent design evaluation service…

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CIC launches Design Quality Indicator for Health 2

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched an updated version of its design quality evaluation tool, the Design Quality Indicator for Health 2 (DQIfH2), which will contribute to improved design, long term functionality and sustainability of future hospital new build and major adaption and refurbishment projects.

In 2010 the Department of Health commissioned the first DQI for Health as the default design quality evaluation tool for all healthcare projects…

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HES: Is history and heritage good for your health?

Scotland seascapeHistoric Environment Scotland’s (HES) Bryony Donnelly has ‘blogsplored’ how to boost mental and physical fitness – and navigate between the coronavirus pandemic, enforced social distancing and a lockdown – by spending time with Scotland’s history.

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IHBC’s new Context out now! Nourish your CPD with food, drink and conservation – all in new compostable envelopes too!

The latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, ranging widely across its nutrition-industry themes and the IHBC’s conservation own CPD skills framework of the Areas of Competence in the Conservation Cycle, all now delivered in sturdy compostable envelopes to reflect our wider sustainable service credentials.

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Construction Manager features launch of UK APPG: ‘Conservation, People and Places’, with IHBC as secretariat

logoConstruction Manager Magazine is one of the development sector lead publications to feature the launch of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ‘Conservation, People and Places’, with the IHBC supporting its Secretariat.

The group will examine how heritage can be used to help places adapt…

Vice-chairs include: the former chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency Lord Kerslake

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week from £487K+ costed posts: Council seeks archaeological scheme, closing 13/10, valued £230K

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 The IHBC Director’s pick from the HESPR News and Tender Alert email for this week features a Council’s call for a ‘Scheme of Archaeological Investigation for contractors’, closing 13/10 and contract valued at £230K.

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