Author Archives: Joanna Theobald

IHBC Launches new ‘Guidance Note’ on ToolBox: Alterations to Listed Buildings’

The IHBC’s latest Toolbox Guidance Note, on ‘Alterations to Listed Buildings’ has been issued following UK-wide consultation.

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Parliamentary Inquiry Open: ‘21st Century Places: Values and benefits’ APPG call for evidence closes 29 January

Westminster’s new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ‘Conservation, Places and People’ (CPP APPG), chaired by Layla Moran MP and with the IHBC as its Secretariat, has launched its first Inquiry into ‘21st Century Places – Values & Benefits‘, a wide-ranging … Continue reading

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IHBC research signpost: Resources on the Buildings of Ireland

A ‘Buildings of Ireland’ programme has created links to Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage publications and statutory guidance, relevant legislation, local contacts, resources and reports etc.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £290+K costed works: Island authority seeks Design Guide, closing 02/02, valued at £40K.

The 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 second pick features … Continue reading

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Gang members jailed after £2M lead thefts from churches in Lincolnshire and beyond

A prolific gang stripped the lead from dozens of rural churches across England, including Billingborough and Normanton – causing utter devastation to village communities – reports The Grantham Journal, as part of a two-year crime spree that left churches with … Continue reading

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Plymouth and more set to receive millions from Future High Streets etc. funds

Towns and cities across Devon and Cornwall are celebrating after being awarded millions of pounds to transform their town centres, as Plymouth, along with Paignton, Newton Abbot, Barnstaple and Penzance have received confirmation of the success of their bids from … Continue reading

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Parliament’s ‘Northern Estate’ refurbishment plans halted

Parliament’s Northern Estate programme to refurbish nearby Westminster buildings for use by MPs during the restoration of the House of Commons has been shut down, with a letter informing the delivery teams ‘of closure of the Northern Estate Programme’ in … Continue reading

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Hollywood stars join fight to save Oscar Wilde’s prison from developers

Hollywood actors Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench are among those campaigning to transform Reading’s former jail – which housed Oscar Wilde between 1895 and 1897, but has been derelict since 2013, before it was put up for sale … Continue reading

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UKGBC launches project to develop a ‘Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap’ for COP26

United Kingdome Green Building Council (UKGBC) is embarking on an ambitious new project: the development of a net zero whole life carbon roadmap, for launch at COP26.

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Winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards announced

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards – celebrating innovation and best practice in street design across the UK – hgave been announced. image: Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower – LocalGov website

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SLC: Scotland’s new protocol on local authority management of Common Good Land

Clear expectations on the management of Common Good land by local authorities will help make the most of this unique form of ownership for communities, says the latest protocol from the Scottish Land Commission (SLC).

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Membership of England’s Urban Centre Recovery Task Force

Details have been announced of the task force members who have offered their time and expert advice as government considers how best to support our cities to thrive. image: for illustration purposes only – Fiona Newton

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Historic Old Course clubhouse to host female lockers for first time after revamp approved

Ambitious plans to transform the Royal and Ancient (R&A) clubhouse at the Old Course in St Andrews have been given the green light, and will see the female locker rooms located within the main clubhouse for the very first time.

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IHBC hosts HESPR forum: ‘Exploring new support initiatives with HESPR members’

The IHBC is exploring new initiatives to support its commercial conservation quality-assurance ‘HESPR’ network at their first virtual forum, on 19 January 2021, including an offer of up to 15 minutes free guidance to prospective clients to help raise awareness … Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR second pick from £198+K costed works: National heritage partnership seeks ‘walks’, closing 01/02, valued £69K+

The 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 second pick features … Continue reading

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IHBC research signpost: ARCHIDICT an illustrative multilingual dictionary

ARCHIDICT is an illustrative multilingual dictionary for architects, builders, construction workers, designers, architectural technologists and all those interested in architecture and design.

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Cardiff Museum of Military Medicine plans go-head despite petition

Plans have been approved for a museum of military medicine on the site of a playground and open space in Cardiff Bay despite thousands of objections.

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DSWA congratulates new master craftsman

The Dry Stone Walling Association(DSWA) introduces a new master craftsman Simon Morphet from High Bentham in Yorkshire who has become one of the youngest people to successfully achieve the Dry Stone Walling Association’s Master Craftsman qualification.

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Procurement rule changes to help SMEs

The government is hoping to make it easier for small, local businesses to win public sector contracts, under planned changes to procurement rules. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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Industry leaders back £525bn home improvement plan

The Construction Leadership Council is calling for a national education programme for UK homeowners to persuade them to spend £525bn on getting the builders in. image: for illustration purposes only

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Thousands of trees planted as Network Rail’s £1 million pledge takes root across the country

Network Rail has joined forces with national conservation charity The Tree Council to plant more than 80,000 trees and hedgerows across the country this winter, as part of a four-year, £1 million tree planting pledge.

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URBACT on small cities surviving Covid-19: ‘Without frequent sharing we would have felt more alone’

Cities have been using agility, creativity and community spirit to respond to the challenges of Covid-19, and URBACT shares stories from some of their network of smaller municipalities, where helping residents and businesses through the crisis goes hand-in-hand with sustainable … Continue reading

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£165M+ in repayable finance announced to support Culture Recovery Fund

£165 million is being offered to organisations including the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company, as support in the form of major loans from the Culture Recovery Fund. image: Open Government Licence v 3.0

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New STBA Website

The STBA has launched its new website: https://www.stbauk.org.

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Caithness Iron Age stone tower conserved

Conservation work has been completed on an Iron Age drystone tower that was damaged by Victorian archaeologists.

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