Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

New trade and building apprentice opportunities supported by HE & partners, across timber, stone, plaster and more!

Historic England (HE)  and partners are offering new apprenticeship routes into the heritage sector, with special building-related opportunities ranging from carpentry & Joinery and stonemasonry and roofing. image: Historic England 

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UKGBC industry survey on market drivers etc. for net zero carbon buildings verification scheme, closing 19/07

A UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) invites industry feedback on market drivers, expectations and characteristics for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme through a survey that closes on 19 July.

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England’s The Heritage Alliance seeks new Chair: CV etc, by 31/07

The Heritage Alliance is looking for a Chair to lead the Board of Trustees and staff from Autumn 2021, to be formally appointed at our AGM in early 2022, with CV and cover due by 31 July.

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Edinburgh puts former Royal High School on open market

The former Royal High School has been put on the open market by the City of Edinburgh Council for interested parties to submit development proposals in return for a long lease of the building. image: for illustration purposes only – … Continue reading

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New plan from HES sets out how historic environment will support Scotland’s recovery

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has published its new Annual Operating plan for 2021-2022.

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Redruth’s Historic Buttermarket Listed

The Buttermarket in Redruth, Cornwall has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England. image: Redruth Buttermarket c. Historic England photographed by James O Davies

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CICV Forum introduces professional indemnity insurance guide

The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has unveiled a new guide to the crucial and increasingly complex issue of professional indemnity insurance (PII).

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Government commits to ‘nature-positive’ future in response to Dasgupta review

More of the Government’s largest new infrastructure projects must leave nature and biodiversity in an overall better state than before development, it was confirmed, as the Government commits to delivering a ‘nature positive future’. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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New free cloud-based financial planning tool for the Culture Sector

A new tool has been issued to help generate business plans for your museum, gallery, cultural or heritage project.

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IHBC’s signpost to a future: Warehouses are taking over the Earth!

As events like Amazon Prime Day send demand for next-day delivery soaring, speculative warehouse building is taking over vast swathes of land.

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Shock demolition of GII listed pub sparks council investigation

The Punch Bowl Inn in Hurst Green was flattened recently, with Ribble Valley Council saying they are ‘looking into it’.

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Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero launches renewable training centres

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, officially launched nine new Renewable & Energy Efficiency Training Centres for Scotland on 24 June 2021, supported by ESP and funded by our £20million Green Economy Fund.

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HE’s Apprentice scheme to aid heritage construction opens

The Hamish Ogston Foundation and Historic England have announced a £4.325 million programme that seeks to address ‘long-term and severe’ heritage skills shortages in the construction sector.

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Background update to Liverpool’s WHS: UNESCO’s proposal

The World Heritage Committee(WHC) has recommended that Liverpool should lose its World Heritage status. image: for illustration purposes only – Dave Chetwin

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RTPI launches Digital Skills Online Survey

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is carrying out a Digital Skills Online Survey.

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New heritage toolkit to improve community input in conservation

A new toolkit for heritage professionals has been issued to help understand and assess how people and communities value and relate to Scotland’s historic environment. image: University of Stirling website

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Government considers Ireland-Wales tunnel

A government-commissioned study is considering the feasibility of a tunnel beneath the Irish sea, linking Holyhead and Dublin, a minister has confirmed.

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£1.1 million funding for Cardiff’s Flat Holm island heritage and wildlife

Historic buildings on Flat Holm island will be repaired and renovated, island habitats improved for wildlife etc., after the island’s owners, Cardiff Council, secured more than £600K of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. image: for illustration purposes only … Continue reading

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Scotland’s CSIC: New plans unveiled to transform public spaces into sustainable office hubs

Responding to the changing working patterns of a post-Covid Scotland, the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has revealed new plans to help retrofit public spaces into out-of-town alternatives to city centre offices. image: for illustration purposes only – DBW

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London Futures: Building a new vision for London to 2050 and beyond

A new report published by Centre for London looks at how communities and councils can take a more active role in the stewardship of their local high street. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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The role of civil engineering in designing out loneliness

Bryn Noble, a civil engineer at WSP and one of past ICE President Andrew Wyllie’s Future Leaders, is calling on all civil engineers to help tackle a key part of our mental and social health. image: DBW article

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UCL and the National Trust partner to promote heritage science, conservation and cultural value

University College London(UCL) has signed a long-term strategic partnership with the National Trust to help conserve its historical sites and address important heritage challenges. image: UCL website – National Trust images, Mike Selby

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Eden Project picks Dundee waterfront site for Scottish home

The Eden Project has signed an agreement with the owners of the preferred site on the Dundee waterfront for its expansion into Scotland, and released the first image of how the new Eden Project Dundee visitor attraction might look. image: … Continue reading

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New Welsh Government commits to ‘A stronger, greener, fairer Wales for everyone’ with 5-year plan

The new Welsh Government’s 5-year plan shows how it will deliver on the promises made to voters during the Senedd 2021 election and how it will tackle the big challenges faced in Wales.

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The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme calls on all to get involved

The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme is encouraging all to get involved with the works planned for one of the most loved and recognised buildings in the world.

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