Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

IHBC CPD boost: Urban planning needs to look back first, as shown by three cities in Ghana

Months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have begun discussing what the ‘new normal’ might look like in metropolitan environments, reports The Conversation. image: for illustration purposes only

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Historic Royal Palaces opens consultation on shedding 145 jobs

More than 140 jobs are at risk at Historic Royal Palaces, which has started consulting on redundancies after predicting a 90% loss of income. image: By Michael Coppins – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=94298389

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WorldGBC: Sustainable building strategy to boost health and wellbeing

Sustainable buildings can help tackle the climate emergency and boost health and wellbeing in the wake of Covid-19, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has argued.

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Royal Charter International Research Award for Young Constructors 2021, closing date 31/10

The Royal Charter International Research Award for Young Constructors 2021 is open as The Worshipful Company of Constructors, in collaboration with the BRE Trust, invites applicants, with a closing date of 31/10.

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New appointments for design and heritage in England’s planning: Nicholas Boys Smith and Charles O’Brien

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that Nicholas Boys Smith has been appointed to establish a new design body, tasked with driving up design standards, and Charles O’Brien – familiar from the Pevsner/Buildings of England … Continue reading

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Government’s £40M Green Recovery Challenge Fund: Up to £40M & 100% project costs!

A fund of up to £40 million – with grants from £50k to £5 million, and uUp to 100% of project costs available  – intended to create jobs in nature recovery and conservation has been opened, with various deadlines in … Continue reading

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TCPA Report: ‘No place for place-making’, and how planning is bypassed via PDR

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has produced a report -‘No place for place-making’- that explores the impacts of permitted development rights (PDR) on planning and place-making, and what they tell us about the government’s planning reforms. image: Open … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Architectural heritage protection laws could be reviewed, looking to the UK’s staged approach

Recent reports suggest that Ireland’s architectural heritage protection laws could be reviewed in order to encourage renovation of derelict urban properties, according to rereports as the Irish system – ‘where buildings are either protected structures or not,’, was compared with … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Heritage support programme: ‘From Survival to Sustainability’

Rebuilding Heritage is a free support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with support open to all and designed in response to training needs … Continue reading

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Scotland’s PAS seeks EOIs for funding from the ‘smarter choices smarter places’ fund: Closing 28/09

Planning Aid for Scotland (pas) says that as they have been successful in gaining project funding from the Paths for All ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ fund to create mini, transport-focused action plans, they are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) by … Continue reading

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Robert Jenrick’s speech on planning for the future: 21/09

A speech given at 21 September 2020, at the Creating Communities on Conference 2020 by The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). image: Open Government Licence v3.0 …an … Continue reading

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Green Homes Grant skills training competition, closing 14/10

The Green Homes Grant skills training competition provides funding for programmes which can deliver a suite of training solutions to support the Green Homes Grant scheme, closing 14 October 2020 at 11pm.

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BBC Visual and Data Journalism team visualise what coronavirus will do to our offices and homes

Visualisation of what coronavirus will do to our homes and offices: One day, the virus will subside. It could be eradicated. But even then, life will not simply return to the way it was before Covid-19. Spurred on by the … Continue reading

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The future of architect regulation: ARB’s call for evidence, closing 23 October

ARB has launched its Call for Evidence a strand in its wider research programme to inform the review of its regulatory model and architects’ competence.

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CIAT Chartered Practice launched

Following approval by the Privy Council, The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has launched CIAT Chartered Practice.

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Heritage science case study: The benefits of burying stone, from HE via Stone Specialist

If historic masonry needs to be stored until it can be repaired it can be protected and preserved highly effectively by burying it in the right conditions, determines a three-year study by Barry Hunt and Carlota Grossi for Historic England … Continue reading

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Oxford City Council announces new partner for Design Review Panel: Design South East

Oxford City Council has announced that Design South East will be its new partner for the Oxford Design Review Panel (ODRP). The ODRP was established in 2014 to provide an independent design evaluation service…

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CIC launches Design Quality Indicator for Health 2

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched an updated version of its design quality evaluation tool, the Design Quality Indicator for Health 2 (DQIfH2), which will contribute to improved design, long term functionality and sustainability of future hospital new build … Continue reading

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HES: Is history and heritage good for your health?

Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Bryony Donnelly has ‘blogsplored’ how to boost mental and physical fitness – and navigate between the coronavirus pandemic, enforced social distancing and a lockdown – by spending time with Scotland’s history. image: for illustration purposes only … Continue reading

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CLC calls for expansion to national retrofitting programme

Construction Leadership Council (CLC) co-chair Andy Mitchell has written to the Chancellor to call on the government to fund a long-term retrofitting programme for UK homes to make them greener.

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Government’s Kickstart Scheme launched

The government has launched the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment – and and opened it for applications … Continue reading

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Scottish construction recovery plan unveiled

A draft recovery plan for the construction sector in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF). image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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£9.5m to Reduce Carbon Footprint in Wales

A new programme worth up to £9.5 million will help reduce the carbon footprint of existing social housing in Wales.

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Victorian Society starts legal challenge against Liverpool City Council’s zip wire decision

An application was filed on Friday to request leave for a judicial review into Liverpool City Council’s decision to allow a zip wire in the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. image: Victorian Society website

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RIBA’s new Education and Professional Development framework – ‘The Way Ahead’ – emphasises safety, climate & ethics

The Way Ahead outlines RIBA’s new Education and Professional Development Framework, signifying a new direction for architectural education and continuing professional development with a greater emphasis on health and life safety, the climate emergency and professional ethics. image: RIBA website

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