Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Short university courses to provide flexible training

Learners will be able to upskill or retrain at a pace that fits their lives through short university and college courses supported by bespoke loans. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Specialist insurer warns heritage properties to take action to deter smash and grab thieves

Specialist heritage insurer Ecclesiastical is warning historical properties to take precautions following a spate of smash and grab raids across the country.

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Architect wins battle to save his award-winning project: 15 Clerkenwell Close

London architect Amin Taha has won his battle against planners to save his award-winning project, 15 Clerkenwell Close, which had faced a demolition order from the London borough of Islington.

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Welsh Consolidation Bill: Making planning and historic environment law simpler & more accessible

Mick Antoniw, the Welsh Government’s Counsel General, has launched a new programme to improve the accessibility of Welsh law, where ‘planning law will be simplified and modernised through a consolidation Bill’.

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CIAT President highlights concerns over semiotics in review of regulation of architects

A message from Eddie Weir President of CIAT has highlighted the need for clarity on the ‘views and opinions’ sought in the recent call for evidence for the review of the regulation of architects.

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Scottish Government appoints Dr Fiona Simpson as chief planner

The Scottish Government has appointed Dr Fiona Simpson as its new chief planner.

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ARB architects’ survey to help shape future CPD, closing 29/11

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has launched a survey inviting architects to help shape the regulator’s approach to continuing professional development (CPD), closing 29 November.

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TCI Opinion Piece: … what does the Cabinet reshuffle mean for consultation?

The Consultation Institute (TCI) offers its take on what the re-shuffle might mean for consultation. image: for illustration purposes only – Open Government Licence v3.0

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Welsh government confirms £5m town centre funding

The Welsh government has confirmed that £5m of loan funding will be made available to support the regeneration of town centres.

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PM renames MHCLG: ‘Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ takes over

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – reports on the government announcement that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) would be renamed the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with … Continue reading

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National Inclusion Week 2021, 27 September-3 October

Inclusion Week 2021 will take place from 27 September – 3 October, and is designed to celebrate everyday inclusion in all its forms, with organisations from across the globe celebrating, sharing and inspiring inclusion practices.

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DCMS announces rules for Live Events Reinsurance Scheme

Headline scheme rules for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme have been published by Department for Digital, Culture Medial and Sport (DCMS).

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RIBA announces 2021 National Award winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 54 winners of the 2021 RIBA National Awards for architecture, to recognise the UK’s best new buildings and provide an insight into the UK’s design and economic trends.

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Every grave in the Church of England’s 19,000 graveyards is being digitally mapped

Throughout history, paper records have been lost to fire, flood or deterioration, but a project is under way to digitally map the graves in 19,000 Church of England graveyards so the records will be protected.

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Dorman Long: Experts stand by Grade II listing of tower

A 1950s tower which had its last-minute Grade II listing revoked so it could be flattened merited the status, Historic England has reiterated.

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Climate change: Construction companies told to stop knocking down buildings

Britain’s top engineers are urging the government to stop buildings being demolished, as the co-Author of a new report steered by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prof. Rebecca Lunn concluded that: ‘Our biggest failure is that we build buildings, then … Continue reading

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Historic England’s CE talks collaboration, sustainability and how HE aiding the Build Back Better agenda

Historic England’s Chief Executive (CE) Duncan Wilson in an interview with the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREIIF) has spoken about the crucial role of historic buildings in the Build Back Better and Net Zero Agendas. image: for … Continue reading

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The Museum Freelance CPD Fund Opens – closing 4/10

The Museum Freelance is delighted to announced that they have secured funding to provide 28 grants of £500 for freelancers who work with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives and libraries in the UK to use for their Continuous Professional Development … Continue reading

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IHBC Update from the BCC: Fully funded trade and craft courses – New flier on up to 20 places now out

The Building Crafts College in Stratford has secured funding for up to 20 places across 2 Diploma courses – in Bench Joinery and Stonemasonry – with a new flier now out detailing these exceptional opportunities.

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AHRC Collaborative knowledge exchange projects on the theme of place, closing 5/10

The AHRC has opened a new grant programme for UK researchers, who can apply to lead a one-year knowledge exchange project that will bring arts and humanities research to local and regional decision makers with an £800,000 and a maximum … Continue reading

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National Trust seeks new Board Chair

The National Trust is seeking to recruit a new Chair of its Board of Trustees, with the ideal candidate someone who will bring different experiences and new ideas together with the skills and talent to Chair the Board and Council.

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AHF’s EDI commitments: So ‘historic buildings.. evolve and be places that still matter to us’

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has published its ‘commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)’… ‘To enable historic buildings to evolve and be places that still matter to us’.

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Repair plan to save Leith’s historic Victoria Swing Bridge

A major investment is to be made to save Leith’s historic Victoria Swing Bridge in Edinburgh.

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Retrofit internal wall insultation: best practice

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) has issues guidance for designers, surveyors, project managers and installers about retrofit internal wall insulation.

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National Heritage Memorial Fund Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) have announced the publication of the 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts for the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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