Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

New Chair appointed to Historic Environment Scotland: Hugh Hall

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, Ms Gilruth has announced the appointment of Hugh Hall as Chair of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

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Housing crisis needs action on planning, SMEs and housing for elderly, says Lords report

The Built Environment Committee has published its report, ‘Meeting housing demand’, which concludes that the Government must address barriers to building much needed new homes. Too many people currently live in expensive, unsuitable, and poor-quality homes and housing supply needs … Continue reading

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New report highlights the impact of retrofit programmes on social housing customers

A new report launched by Orbit details how the decarbonisation retrofit programme will impact Orbit’s customers, both during the retrofit works and post-works, with a particular focus on fuel poverty, thermal comfort, and mental and physical wellbeing.

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A clever map tool will tell you facts about (basically) any street or building, via Wikipedia!

You can explore your local area with the ‘Wikipedia Around’ tool… just tap the ‘get current position’ button and it’ll bring up loads of relevant Wikipedia articles!

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Targeted funds of £65 million for Scotland’s culture and events to help ease impact of pandemic

Details of a financial package worth £65 million for culture and major events to help ease impact of pandemic have been confirmed by the Culture Secretary Angus Robertson.

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Plans unveiled to restore 300,000 hectares of habitat across England

The new schemes unveiled by UK Government will support nature recovery and climate action by rewarding farmers in their local area, alongside sustainable and profitable food production. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Building collapses after foundation blunders

A building contractor has been prosecuted after carrying out unsafe excavation works that resulted in the partial collapse of a residential building.

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New digital model of Skara Brae helps investigate impacts of climate change

3D scans show how Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is investigating climate change impacts at the World Heritage site in Orkney. image: HES

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Top 20 new articles in 2021 from DB announced

Designing Buildings (DB) lists the most popular new articles in 2021. image: DB

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Gove formally calls on residential property developer industry for new approach to building safety

Letter from the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove to the residential property developer industry on a new approach to building safety. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Ministers plan law to order independent reviews of RICS governance

Ministers are planning to legislate to give government the power to order regular reviews of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) governance. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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QEST offers financial assistance to training costs for craftspeople: now open for applications: Next round closes 14/02

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers funding to help people continue their training’, with current round closing 14/02 and an online guidance session 20/01.

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Only days left to enter AJ Small Projects 2022: Closing 21 January

Now in its 27th year, the annual Architects Journal (AJ) Small Projects Award, run in association with Marley, celebrates completed projects with a contract value of £299,000 and under, which closes on 21 January.

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NHS Scotland ready to digitise its assets with interactive guide

NHS Scotland is set to digitise the design, build, and maintenance of its assets with the help of an interactive toolkit from the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH). image: Victoria Hospital, Glasgow – Michal Klajban, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Changes to approved document L and F and new approved document O

Changes to approved document L and F and Overheating Approved Document Requirement 01: Overheating mitigation Regulations 40B.

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ICE on the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has published an insights paper assessing the impact of previous UK active travel strategies and what the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy needs to cover. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government … Continue reading

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National Trust for Scotland ‘Facing Our Past’ project publishes interim report

National Trust for Scotland have been working on a new project – ‘Facing Our Past’ – to research the legacies of slavery in Scotland as part of the wider, extensive research undertaken into topics and issues of interest and concern … Continue reading

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Civil engineer quashes apprenticeship myths

At 18, India Jean-Jacques has already made an impressive start to her civil engineering career, and she  now explains her path into the ‘boundless’ sector and debunks some common misconceptions.

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How Natural England’s Green Infrastructure Framework can help create better places to live: With feedback welcome

Natural England reports on the Green Infrastructure (GI) Framework, a commitment in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan to the greening of our towns and cities, and seeks feedback. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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New £5M fund launched to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee

A new £5million programme will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

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CSCS Smart Check app: Early adopters sought

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Smart Check app will be rolled out from April 2022, allowing all cards displaying the CSCS logo to be electronically verified using a single app, and if you wish to be an early adopter … Continue reading

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Facilitation fund: Countryside Stewardship applications open: Closing 02/02

Funding to help groups of farmers, foresters and land managers improve the natural environment is now available through the 2022 Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund agreements, closing 02 February. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Independent Review of Public Sector Construction Frameworks now out: ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’

The review commissioned by Lord Agnew and led by Professor Mosey with a brief to create a new ‘Gold Standard’ for public sector frameworks and framework controls has been published.

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12 European heritage sites shortlisted by Europa Nostra for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2022

The 12 most threatened heritage sites in Europe shortlisted for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2022 have just been announced by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural and Natural Heritage – and the European … Continue reading

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Ohio police ask for help finding thieves who stole entire bridge

Someone first stole the deck boards and then came back for the rest of the structure, leaving police baffled, reports The Guardian. image: for illustration purposes only – LASZLO ILYES from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia … Continue reading

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