Donovan Rypkema, lead US heritage economist, co-anchors IHBC’s 2021 Day School, and eyes ‘innovative format’ of School MarketPlace for ‘the chance to share…’

Donovan Rypkema – the lead heritage economist in the US – will anchor the afternoon session of the IHBC’s 2021 Brighton School, on June 18, while his business networks look at taking 3 stalls at the MarketPlace, recognising the ‘innovative format and the chance to share… in a virtual, intimate setting’!

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IHBC Chair offers sympathies on Peter Ainsworth’s sudden passing: ‘a passionate advocate for heritage’

On behalf of the IHBC, Chair David McDonald has offered sympathies on the sudden passing of Peter Ainsworth, ‘a passionate advocate for heritage’.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £1M+ costed works this week: Call for tenders linked to conservation architectural services, valued at £660K, closing 04/05

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 pick features this week features a call for tenders for a framework for conservation architectural service, valued at £660K and closing 4 May.

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CLC Survey: Professional Indemnity Insurance restrictions harming industry

Significant cost increases and the new restrictions on professional indemnity (PI) insurance are preventing companies taking on projects, and could delay essential work, a pan-industry survey of over 1,000 firms, carried out by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), has found.

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HES: New technical guidance to help protect historic buildings from climate change published

New technical guidance that explores the different methods of measuring moisture in historic buildings – which could help protect them from the impacts of climate change – has been issued by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

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Commonplace funded to ‘reimagine planning notices’ in England

Commonplace has been selected by Innovate UK and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to help ‘reimagine’ planning notices for the 21st?century.

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Appointments to the Design Commission for Wales

Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government, has announced four new appointments to the Board of Directors of the Design Commission for Wales (DCFW).

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High Court bid to extend local authority remote meetings beyond 6 May

A claim brought by ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) and LLG (Lawyers in Local Government), along with Hertfordshire County Council has been issued in the High Court to allow for the continuation of local authority remote meetings beyond the 6th May 2021.

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NLHF and Young Foundation ask ‘How can innovation help us do the best we can for the future of heritage?’ – workshops 19/20 April

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and The Young Foundation are asking ‘How can innovation help us do the best we can for the future of heritage’ as NLHF undertakes new research into accelerating emerging ideas that will support heritage in the future, with workshops on 19 and 20 April.

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England’s Chief Planner letter relays to LA planners new PDR and heritage protection controls

DCLG 2 Marsham Street LondonJoanna Averley, England’s Chief Planner, has written to local authority (LA) planners confirming that new permitted development rights (PDR)–  heavily criticised by built environment bodies – take from 1 August and, to protect heritage assets, planning application will be required for removing unlisted statues etc., with exceptions that include listing etc., cemeteries, consecrated land, certain curtilages, and the grounds of museums etc.

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BT dials up ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme – with almost 4,000 red phone boxes available for local communities to adopt for just £1

BT has revealed that almost 4,000 of its iconic red phone boxes across the UK are up for grabs – as it urges local communities to take advantage of a scheme to help transform them for the 21st Century.

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IHBC welcomes £400M for 2,700+ arts, culture, heritage organisation etc., especially for smaller charities

The IHBC has welcomed the news that £400M has been allocated across more than 2,700 arts, culture, heritage organisations etc. to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover.

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IHBC welcomes new entry to ‘Recognised Courses’ list– Liverpool’s MA in Sustainable Heritage Management – with ‘virtual’ insights to course (‘All welcome’) 13/04

The IHBC is delighted to welcome a new entry on its list of Recognised Courses, this time the MA in Sustainable Heritage Management from Liverpool University’s School, with a free ‘virtual’ insights event for the course on open offer on 13 April.

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IHBC’s Heritage signpost: New ‘Heritage Counts’ Research issued – ‘Know your Home, know your carbon…’

The new Heritage Counts report ‘Know your home, know your carbon: reducing carbon emissions in traditional homes‘ was launched at England’s recent Heritage Day, which noted that ‘Carefully retrofitting our historic homes could save up to 84% in carbon emissions’.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: IHBC’s consultation on extending HESPR members’ advisory profile

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 plans for launching a new HESPR-linked service offering 15-minutes free advice (with opt-outs) under consultation.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Work to save Hurst Castle wall was ‘just days away’ before collapse

WORK to strengthen Hurst Castle was just days away from starting when a huge section collapsed into the sea, New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne has reported, writes The Advertiser and Times.

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Welsh Government Consultation on Heritage Partnership Agreements – Draft Regulations and Guidance

The Welsh Government wants to introduce agreements for the management of the historic environment and it has launched a consultation concerning draft Regulations and Guidance which it has issued, closing 12 April 2021.

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Construction Sector Backs CLC National Retrofit Strategy

Fifty organisations, including representatives of the energy and water sectors, are backing the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘National Retrofit Strategy’ which sets out a twenty-year blueprint to transform the nation’s housing stock to make it greener and more energy efficient.

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Consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency etc. homes, closes 30/04

logoA consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes, closes 30 Apr 2021.

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Wates launches free sustainability innovation network

Wates has launched an online marketplace that will connect companies free of charge with partners who can offer solutions to help meet sustainability targets.

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Hoskins Architects wins Civic Trust Award for Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp

Hoskins Architects transformational project at Aberdeen Art Gallery has won the National Panel Special Award at the Civic Trust Awards.

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Shared regional principles for protecting, restoring and enhancing the environment in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc Leadership Group (Ox-Cam Arc Leaders) says it is putting environment at heart of all decisions as its ‘New Environment Principles’ set out a clear ambition to protect, restore, enhance and create new nature areas and natural capital assets across the Arc region.

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More than 85 abandoned railways put forward for restoration

The third and final round of the Restoring Your Railway ideas fund has now closed, with more than 85 bids received to restore old railway lines to their former glory.

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Serious about your staffing plans or career direction? Stay ahead with ‘IHBC Jobs etc.’: Roles like HES Designation Head call for conservation-related skills across UK’s public, private and third sectors!

To help employers and practitioners the IHBC regularly updates NewsBlog readers on the diverse career opportunities advertised on our ‘IHBC Jobs etc.’ service, and recent posts include a rich variety of roles from Scotland’s HES Head of Designation to a flurry of conservation-specific roles, so sign up for free alerts and ‘stay ahead’ with the IHBC’s ‘Jobs etc.’ service!

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See IHBC’s priority CPD taster from John Edwards, on ‘Retrofit of Traditional Buildings’ on YouTube

On 26 March the IHBC, led by Prof. John Edwards, hosted a free one-hour CPD webinar ‘Introduction to Building Survey for Retrofit’ for sector professionals – introducing the broad concepts of retrofit and relevant standards and guidance in advance of a more substantial programme later in the year, and it is now available on YouTube.

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