Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Welsh Government’s plan to tackle town centre regeneration

Town centres are at the heart of Welsh life, but more needs to be done to help their regeneration according to two new reports, according to the South Wales Argus.

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AHF: We are seeking two new trustees!

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is seeking to appoint two new trustees to join its Board.

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THA announces Pam Alexander OBE as new Chair

The Heritage Alliance has announced that Pam Alexander OBE has agreed to be its new Chair, from 4 November. image: THA

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HSE: Who is responsible for the death of builders?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined its approach to preventing unnecessary deaths caused by exposure to dust on construction sites, centred on a new ‘Dust Kills’ campaign. image: Dust Kills website

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National Infrastructure Planning Reform Programme: stakeholder survey announced, closing 17/12

As part of the review of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) process and all its interactions Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MCHLG) [Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities] invites views on the NSIP process, with the … Continue reading

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30 years in the making: HE opens aerial photography project to the public

Historic England (HE) has opened an aerial photography project to the public, with a virtual aerial map for researchers reaching back up to 6000 years ago.

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ARB on ‘Modernising architectural education and training’

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is arguing that the way we educate and train architects in the UK needs to change, as ‘we need to ensure architects acquire the right skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours’

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Department for Levelling Up etc. (DLUHC) on ‘Our Governance’ and Board

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has outlined its board’s role to advise and support ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals, focusing on getting policy translated into results.

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RICS sets new standards of conduct

Revised rules of conduct from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) highlight transparency, ethical behaviour and sustainability for RICS’ regulated members and firms.

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Scotland’s new Local Place Plans regulations laid in Parliament

New regulations that provide for the preparation, submission and registration of Local Place Plans (LPPs) have been laid in the Scottish Parliament. image for illustration purposes only: By Mary and Angus Hogg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62139071

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Elizabeth Tower conservation set to complete in 2022

The conservation of the Elizabeth Tower has moved another step closer to completion today, as further details about the progress of the works are unveiled after a year of unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. images are reproduced … Continue reading

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The NCT guide to ‘incredible churches in wild landscapes’, with 200+ churches to visit in UK National Parks

The NCT (National Churches Trust) has published a new guide to ‘incredible churches in wild landscapes’, with more than 200 churches to visit in the UK’s 15 National Parks.

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Record fine issued to London landlord over planning offence

A landlord who built extensions and converted them into flats and bedsits all without planning permission has been given a record fine after a council took her to court.

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Nearly £60m low carbon growth programme approved for Swansea

The UK and Welsh governments have approved the £58.7 million Swansea Bay City Deal’s Supporting Innovation and Low Carbon Growth programme. image: for illustration purposes only

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China vows to curb urban demolitions, preserve cultural heritage

China will put an end to large-scale urban demolitions and preserve old historical buildings as part of a programme to protect its cultural heritage, it said in new policy guidelines.

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Boris Johnson pledges no homes will be built on green fields

Prime Minister signals softening of planning overhaul in conference speech after backlash from voters in Tory heartlands. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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National Lottery: From £1,000 to £10,000 UK funding to support communities’ action on climate change, closing 18/11

The National Lottery is offering from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change, closing 18 November.

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Edinburgh’s Royal High School to become ‘£55M national centre for music’

The former Royal High School building in Edinburgh is to be transformed into a £55 million national centre for music after the City of Edinburgh Council agreed to the lease of the historic property. image: Cockburn Association

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HE Research and Guidance on Re-Use of Mills

Historic England (HE) has commissioned and published a number of pieces of research into mills.

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Community council threatens legal action into ‘green belt giveaway’

A community council is considering taking legal action against a decision to approve a housing development in Glasgow in a case it said has ramifications for sensitive conservation areas across Scotland. image: Carmunnock Community Council

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Campaign hits roadblocks in search for construction transparency

Campaign group ‘Engineers Against Poverty’, investigating transparency in the UK construction and public works, has found significant barriers in access to information.

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JK Rowling table saved from cafe gutted by fire

A cafe table where JK Rowling wrote sections of her Harry Potter books has been salvaged from a huge fire, which devastated the building.

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ARB responds to review of architects regulation

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) responds to departmental review of architects regulation.

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RIAS Awards 2021 – HES Conservation and Climate Change Award – Winner: Bell Street Stables

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards 2021 have been announced and Bell Street Stables conversion designed by Collective Architecture for Wheatley Housing Association wins Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Conservation and Climate Change Award.

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Government launches public consultation to make outdoor measures for high streets permanent

Proposed planning reforms to support hospitality businesses, markets and historic visitor attractions so that outdoor space can be used more easily are being proposed in a public consultation launched by Government UK. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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