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STBA research project update: On people-centred ‘CALECHE renovation’

The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) has announced success in a new people-focussed renovation project from the EU, CALECHE: Coherent, Acceptable, Low Emission Cultural Heritage Efficient renovation.

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Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) launch date confirmed by UK Government: 12/02

The UK Government has confirmed that Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) will go live on 12 February 2024 as from this date major development (unless otherwise exempt) will have to deliver net gains for biodiversity leading to positive outcomes for nature, … Continue reading

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Scotland’s draft Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030 Consultation: Closing 15/03

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation setting out proposals for the Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030, its strategic plan to deliver Scotland’s sustainable resource and circular economy ambitions to 2030. image for illustration

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the defence doorstep’: Four museums and one arts centre at risk of closure due to Local Authority funding

Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) has confirmed that five of the venues it operates in the county – four museums and one arts centre – are at risk of closure as a result of local authority funding challenges. image for illustration

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National Churches Trust launches ‘Every Church Counts’, a six point plan to save the UK’s churches

The National Churches Trust (NCT) has launched Every Church Counts, a six point plan to save the UK’s churches.

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Campaign for National Parks launches ‘Save Our National Parks’ campaign, marking the 75 anniversary of National Parks

The Campaign for National Parks, the independent charity dedicated to securing the future of National Parks in England and Wales, has launched a ‘Save Our National Parks’ campaign in this, marking the 75 anniversary year of the founding of National … Continue reading

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PM appoints Towns Tsar: Adam Hawksbee

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has appointed Adam Hawksbee, Deputy Director of the think tank Onward, as interim Chair for the new Towns Unit.

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SAVE Britain’s Heritage calls for all four Beatles’ birthplaces to be celebrated with ‘group listing’

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has submitted listing applications and written to the Secretary of State for Culture to call for official recognition of all four Beatles’ birthplaces in honour of the buildings’ importance to the band’s story and the nation’s cultural … Continue reading

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Lesley Lokko to receive Royal Gold Medal 2024 for architecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that Professor Lesley Lokko, the acclaimed Ghanaian-Scottish architect, educator, author and curator, will receive the Royal Gold Medal 2024 for architecture.

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SMF Survey indicates 1 in 5 local government managers question senior leadership’s effectiveness

A survey by think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) has found suggests that 1 in 5 local government managers question senior leadership’s effectiveness, say they are plagued by low morale and recruitment problems. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Joanna Killian next LGA Chief Executive

Joanna Killian has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) image: LGA website

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Audit Wales research report: Sustainable development? – making best use of brownfield land and empty buildings

A new report from Audit Wales examines how Welsh Councils are supporting repurposing and regeneration of vacant properties and brownfield sites. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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The Heritage Alliance: Seeking new Chair and Trustees

The Heritage Alliance (THA) is seeking new trustees and a chair, with support events offing further guidance.

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Design Council seeks Design Council Experts to help lead the design industry to Design for Planet

The Design Council has called for Design Experts to join them so as to place the planet at the heart of their work advocating for design, sharing knowledge about best practice and helping to deliver advice and programmes. image for … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Committee: Government plan urgently needed to address ‘the silent killer’ of heatwaves

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has called on government to as it launches its ‘Fifth Report – Heat resilience and sustainable cooling’. image for illustration: Joanna Theobald

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SPAB joins calls to Safeguard Welsh Heritage

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings(SPAB) joins calls to safeguard Welsh Heritage. image for illustration: Fiona Newton

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HE launches new guidance on ‘Understanding Special Historic Interest in Listing’

Historic England (HE) has published this guidance to help people better understand special historic interest, one of the two main criteria used to decide whether a building can be listed or not: special historic interest being about the connection between … Continue reading

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St. Paul’s Cathedral Joins the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship

St. Paul’s Cathedral has officially become the newest member of the prestigious Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF), a collaborative milestone marking ‘a transformative phase in St. Paul’s history’. image: for illustration by © User: Colin / Wikimedia Commons

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UK Government: Over 70 pubs, theatres and museums rescued by government package

The UK Government has announced £25M of levelling up funding to save cherished places like pubs, theatres and museums through its Community Ownership Fund. image for illustration: Open Government Licence v3.0

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British Museum signs £50m funding deal with BP

The British Museum has struck a £50m deal with energy giant BP to help fund a major renovation programme. image for illustration: Seán O’Reilly

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Looking back to Christmas 2023: Nearly 5,000 churches across the United Kingdom benefit from £42 million conservation fund

The UK Government has updated on the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, supporting the protection of religious buildings representing all faiths and denominations, benefiting local communities. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Government consults on ratifying 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage: closing 29/02

A Government consultation on the initial implementation stage of the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will close on 29 February 2024.

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THA’s ‘Heritage Day 2024’, hybrid on 7/03 from 9am: Last Chance to Get ‘Early Bird’ (10%off) tickets (to 28/01)

‘Early bird’ tickets – with a 10% discount – are still available for Heritage Day 2024, but will close at noon on Sunday 28 January. Make sure to take advantage of this great deal before it’s gone!

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National Retrofit Hub establishes six thematic working groups

The National Retrofit Hub have established six thematic working groups, made up of a wide range of industry experts, with outputs to help enable faster delivery of retrofit across the UK. image for illustration

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National Churches Trust launches blueprint to save churches from closure: Every Church Counts

The National Churches Trust (NCT) has launched its latest campaign, Every Church Counts. image: NCT

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