Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

IHBC issues 2024 AGM reminders: To voting members, ‘Please complete your proxy form’, and for all, to register in advance for Robyn Pender on ‘… energy in buildings…’, 30/04

IHBC’s Chair David McDonald has reminded voting members to complete proxy voting forms – SHORT or LONG as suits – as back-up arrangements for voting at our 2024 AGM on 30 April, while reminding all to register in advance for … Continue reading

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Copenhagen and Paris mayors discuss lessons learned after fires wreck landmarks

After a fire devastated the Danish city’s 400-year-old stock exchange building the mayors of Copenhagen and Paris have been in touch to see what can be learned from the catastrophic fire at Notre Dame cathedral. image for illustration

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Joint statement on England’s Natural and Historic Environment published by NE, HE and Lottery: ‘Integrating the Management of the Natural and Historic Environment’

‘Integrating the Management of the Natural and Historic Environment’ is a Joint Statement between Natural England (NE), Historic England (HE), and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). image for illustration – Peter Badcock

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Architects etc. – Professional Practical Experience Commission – Call for evidence, to 24/04

The ARB’s independent Professional Practical Experience Commission is investigating the challenges faced by architecture students in the UK in seeking opportunities for suitable work experience, with a consultation open to 24 April.

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Office for Place Update: Free Places at 2024 Design Code Schools for LPA officers

The Office for Place is supporting Urban Design Learning for local planning authority (LPA) Officers to run two Code Schools later in the year. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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CIC: Government must make up for lost time with an improved plan for healthier, climate resilient homes and buildings

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has responded to the Future Homes and Buildings Standards consultations, calling on government to accelerate the futureproofing and decarbonisation of our homes.

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York Minster receives generous donation towards new Centre of Excellence for Heritage Skills and Estate Management

York Minster is delighted to announce the exceptionally generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation towards its new Centre of Excellence for Heritage Skills and Estate Management. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Nearly 70 museums and libraries across England to benefit from £33 million boost

Every part of England will receive funding through the latest round of the Cultural Investment Fund, Government writes. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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APPAG Inquiry on Archaeology and Metal-detecting in England launched

The All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group (APPAG) has launched a call for evidence on Archaeology and metal–detecting welcoming written submissions by deadline of 30 April 2024.

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UK Heritage Pulse Panel 2024: Survey spotlights budget pressures etc

In January 2024, 162 UK Heritage Pulse panel members responded to a survey which asked whether their organisation is currently experiencing costs or budget pressures. image for illustration

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Scottish Government issues guidance on Chief Planning Officers: Head of Profession, Professional Adviser, & more

New guidance issued by the Scottish Government to be taken into consideration by local authorities when appointing the role of Chief Planning Officer, offers clarity on the role and responsibilities and how it contributes to the wider aims of the … Continue reading

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England consults on accelerated planning system, ‘10 weeks and fee refunds’ for major commercial applications, to 01/05

A consultation on a new accelerated Planning service for major commercial applications in England has been launched, proposing decision times in 10 weeks and fee refund if not met, closing 01/05. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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‘Still a significant burden’: RIBA responds to reduced ARB accreditation fee

RIBA has responded to the Architects Registration Board’s (ARB) changes to its new annual fee for UK architecture schools to accredit their courses. image for illustration

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SAVE and Architects’ Journal launch ideas competition for M&S Oxford Street site with ‘re:store’

SAVE and The Architects’ Journal are launching a new ideas competition for alternative uses and the wider revitalisation of the M&S Oxford Street building and its surroundings in London’s West End, with re:store! image for illustration: Gary Rogers / Marks and Spencer – Commons … Continue reading

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QEST announces Heritage Craft Sustainability Awards: Deadline 24/05

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) has announced a Sustainability Award with two £1,000 prizes (Heritage Crafts and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) with a deadline for entries of Friday 24 May 2024. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Volunteering adds £4.6bn to UK economy each year, researchers estimate

Volunteering in professional and managerial positions in the UK produces £4.6bn-worth of productivity gains each year, £4,551 per volunteer, according to a new report. image for illustration

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State of Construction Apprenticeship Report 2024 published: 5% decrease in UK construction apprenticeships

Fresh data analysis, from the Construction Apprenticeship Report 2024, conducted by Protrade, has revealed that there has been a 5% decrease in the uptake of construction apprenticeships across the UK in the last 12 months. image for illustration: Open Government … Continue reading

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The Corner, Darvel, East Ayrshire, wins SCT’s My Place Awards 2024!

The Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) My Place Awards, supported by the Scottish Government, celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality, with the winning and commended entries were announced at a ceremony at The Trades Hall, Glasgow on … Continue reading

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Innovate UK-funded project ‘a game-changing project to revolutionise the retrofit industry’

A new consortium funded by Innovate UK as part of their Net Zero Heat programme has been formed to tackle the multiple barriers to retrofitting homes, with a new approach to deliver one million homes per year. image for illustration

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Investing in heritage skills for Fife

A new generation of skilled professionals, with expert training in traditional construction crafts, are ready to support historic buildings across Fife after successfully completing a range of specialist qualifications. image: by Fife Historic Buildings Trust

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Landscape and Carbon: New report tackling carbon reduction in the landscape sector launched by LI and BALI

‘Landscape and Carbon’ is a new report on carbon reduction in the UK landscape sector by the Landscape Institute (LI) and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), intended as a direct response to the UK’s target to reach net … Continue reading

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Auction, courtesy of SPAB: Secure your ‘piece of the past’ – and help the future – bidding closes 07/04

Items are now on sale as part of an online auction of 17th to 19th century furniture, textiles and porcelain – with furniture generously bequeathed to SPAB in 1939 by Evelyn Stannus – as bidding, starting from £35, closes on … Continue reading

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Heritage Building Retrofit Toolkit developed by City of London in collaboration with IHBC HESPR member Purcell

IHBC HESPR member Purcell, in collaboration with the City of London, has developed a toolkit that is designed to provide clear and actionable guidance for owners, occupiers and caretakers of historic and listed buildings to help them reduce carbon and … Continue reading

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British Safety Council calls on new Government to put health, safety and wellbeing at the heart of economic growth

In advance of the next UK General Election, the British Safety Council (BSC) has published a manifesto containing policies to support better productivity and growth. image for illustration

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Government saves over 80 community spaces from closure

Community assets including pubs, music venues and sports clubs saved from closure thanks to a major £33.5million package announced by the Government. image for illustration

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