Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

BEFS highlights lack of R&M in ‘Economy for Scotland: Report’ despite advocacy

The Report from the independent Advisory Group established by the Scottish Government to advise on Scotland’s economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been issued, but despite sector advocacy fails to make explicit the ‘shovel ready’ repair … Continue reading

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RIAS Elects Youngest Ever Candidate as President

Christina Gaiger FRIAS has been elected the next President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), taking over from Robin Webster OBE at the Incorporation’s AGM on 30th June 2020.

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Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) and partners awarded £0.5M by NLHF for ‘building the resilience of the heritage sector’

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) has announced that in a partnership led by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) and with greenspace Scotland, it has been awarded £497,300 from National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), to support major investment in building the resilience … Continue reading

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Historic Houses on 70th Anniversary of the Gowers Report

The publication of the Gowers Report in June 1950 was a seminal moment in the postwar rescue of Britain’s country house heritage, and Historic Houses celebrates its legacy.

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Scotland’s free resource to help UK construction sector attract more women into industry

An industry guide has been published to support the construction industry to attract and retain women into the sector.

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Nominations for 7 Most Endangered 2021 programme closes 7 September: ‘Let’s save Europe’s endangered heritage sites together’, says Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra has opened Nominations for the 7 Most Endangered 2021.

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Scotland invests £78m to help construction sector return to work

More than £78 million is to be invested into the construction sector as part of a new Return to Work package to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus pandemic. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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MPs are asked for views on £4bn Parliament restoration plan

MPs and peers are being asked for their views on the planned restoration and renewal of the Houses of Parliament. image: Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

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AA director loses two votes of no confidence

The Architectural Association (AA) school is in turmoil after director Eva Franch i Gilabert lost two votes of confidence in her leadership.

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PM announces England’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ strategy to beat the pandemic

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the most radical reforms to England’s planning system since the Second World War, making it ‘easier to build better homes where people want to live’. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Build, Build, Build Needs Repair, Repair, Repair, says FMB

The Prime Minister is right to call for ‘build, build, build’ but not let’s not forget the need to repair, repair repairs, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in its response to the government’s boost to infrastructure funding. image: … Continue reading

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Jenrick on England’s building and coronavirus recovery

Measures to help the construction industry boost building and return to work safely will be introduced this week including extension of planning permission deadlines.

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England’s councils’ planning powers under threat

Planning powers could be shifted from local authorities to development corporations as part of a planned economic stimulus package. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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Don’t let planning deregulation lead to poor quality housing, says CPRE

CPRE, the countryside charity, argues that, as calls grow for more cuts to the rules for planning and developing, the hazards of rushing towards deregulation are substantial as ‘It’s already far too easy to build poor quality homes.’ image: for … Continue reading

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HE on new PDRs: The essential detail, from their Planning Bulletin

Historic England’s Planning Bulletin for June outlines impacts on Permitted Development Rights (PDRs) linked to new planning regulations.

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COVID-19 survey shows ‘significant’ impact on Scotland’s heritage sector

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published the findings of research into the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s heritage sector, coinciding with the first meeting of the COVID Historic Environment Resilience Forum (CHERF), itself focussed practical steps to tackle the immediate … Continue reading

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International Women in Engineering Day 2020

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) was created on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary and to focus attention on the great opportunities for women in engineering. Within a short time, the … Continue reading

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Tony Pidgley CBE, 1947-2020: ‘a man always ahead of the game’!

Berkeley Group’s Chief Executive Rob Perrins has paid tribute to the Group’s founder and Chairman, Tony Pidgley CBE.

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Farnham awarded World Craft City status in first for England, third for Europe

Farnham has been awarded the prestigious World Craft City status by the World Craft Council.

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IHBC’s COVID-19 signpost 118: NLHF – Heritage funding deadline extended

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF)  has announced that the deadline to apply for emergency grants has been extended to the end of July.

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UK National Commission reports on National Value of UNESCO to the UK

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has published new research showing that UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value.

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THA Call for questions – July Heritage Chat: ‘Adapting teaching and learning to an online environment’, 16 July

The Heritage Alliance’s (THA) next Heritage Chat will take place on Thursday 16 July (13:00-14:00) and will explore ‘Adapting teaching and learning to an online environment’.

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Welsh Councillor voices concern over delegated planning powers

A Welsh Councillor in Powys County Council (PCC) has raised concern over delegated planning powers, indicating that county councillors may have been unaware of the consequences of what they were voting for.

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IHBC signpost: Some tips from MUF on how not to be a starchitect!

Reading Design has relayed some tips on how not to be a Starchitect.

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Exeter CC secures landmark museum ruling at Royal Courts of Justice

Exeter City Council has secured a landmark ruling over the rateable valuation of the city’s Grade II listed Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM).

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