Gove formally calls on residential property developer industry for new approach to building safety

Letter from the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove to the residential property developer industry on a new approach to building safety.

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Ministers plan law to order independent reviews of RICS governance

Ministers are planning to legislate to give government the power to order regular reviews of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) governance.

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QEST offers financial assistance to training costs for craftspeople: now open for applications: Next round closes 14/02

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers funding to help people continue their training’, with current round closing 14/02 and an online guidance session 20/01.

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Only days left to enter AJ Small Projects 2022: Closing 21 January

Now in its 27th year, the annual Architects Journal (AJ) Small Projects Award, run in association with Marley, celebrates completed projects with a contract value of £299,000 and under, which closes on 21 January.

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IHBC’s IMHO signpost: Sexism in the construction industry

Samuel Hunt, Co-Founder and CEO of MaterialsMarket.com, gives his view about sexism in the construction industry to PBC Today.

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IHBC’s latest CPD Circular: Accessible cross-sector support, from philosophy in WM’s Conservation Hours & NI ‘Saving the 21stC’ to the IHBC’s 2022 School MarketPlace

The IHBC’s regular and free CPD Circular is out, signposting sector-wide learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from IHBC Branches –  ‘Philosophy’ (West Midlands); ‘Saving the 21st Century’ (Northern Ireland) – to the Aberdeen 2022 School MarketPlace and much more besides.

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IHBC’s HESPR Alert news throwback from December: Director’s selection

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance service – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the Director’s occasional news listing this month features updates from a single December issue of the Alert.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage form the urban doorstep’: Mayor announces ambitious new plans to rewild London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a new £600,000 Rewild London Fund, to help restore London’s most precious wildlife sites and create more natural habitats for plants and animals to thrive.

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NHS Scotland ready to digitise its assets with interactive guide

NHS Scotland is set to digitise the design, build, and maintenance of its assets with the help of an interactive toolkit from the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH).

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Changes to approved document L and F and new approved document O

Changes to approved document L and F and Overheating Approved Document Requirement 01: Overheating mitigation Regulations 40B.

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ICE on the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has published an insights paper assessing the impact of previous UK active travel strategies and what the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy needs to cover.

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National Trust for Scotland ‘Facing Our Past’ project publishes interim report

National Trust for Scotland have been working on a new project – ‘Facing Our Past’ – to research the legacies of slavery in Scotland as part of the wider, extensive research undertaken into topics and issues of interest and concern to the Trust. Continue reading

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Civil engineer quashes apprenticeship myths

At 18, India Jean-Jacques has already made an impressive start to her civil engineering career, and she  now explains her path into the ‘boundless’ sector and debunks some common misconceptions.

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How Natural England’s Green Infrastructure Framework can help create better places to live: With feedback welcome

Natural England reports on the Green Infrastructure (GI) Framework, a commitment in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan to the greening of our towns and cities, and seeks feedback.

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IHBC Marsh Awards 2022 launched: ‘Your chance to nominate retired IHBC members and/or successful learners’, closing 31 March

The IHBC’s Marsh Awards, developed in partnership with the Marsh Trust, has launched the two 2022 Awards – for civic contributions by retired members, and for successful learning in heritage skills – with prizes that include £500 and a free place at the IHBC’s Aberdeen 2022 Annual School in June, and with a closing date of 31 March 2022. Continue reading

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IHBC’s Blog-News ‘out of Context’: IHBC Chair explores climate warnings, fire, flood and values

IHBC Chair David McDonald’s blog ‘Notes from the Chair’ in the most recent issue of Context drills into the heart of global warming and the historic environment, inspired by the IHBC@COP26 Helpdesk+ services.

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IHBC’s HESPR Alert tender throwback from December: A week of opportunities from £115KM+ works, with opportunities across design, WHS advice & more

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance service – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, while the Director’s new occasional ‘throwback’ listing boasts an impressive suite of opportunities.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage form the doorstep’: Scottish Housing Network highlights help for residents facing £330k bill for Aberdeen tenement works

An Aberdeen property management firm has secured heritage funding to support residents of a city centre tenement who were facing a £330,000 bill for major roof works, Scottish Housing News reports.

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New £5M fund launched to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee

A new £5million programme will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

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CSCS Smart Check app: Early adopters sought

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Smart Check app will be rolled out from April 2022, allowing all cards displaying the CSCS logo to be electronically verified using a single app, and if you wish to be an early adopter of the CSCS Smart Check app, please contact communications@cscs.co.uk to register your interest.

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Facilitation fund: Countryside Stewardship applications open: Closing 02/02

countrysideFunding to help groups of farmers, foresters and land managers improve the natural environment is now available through the 2022 Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund agreements, closing 02 February.

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Independent Review of Public Sector Construction Frameworks now out: ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’

The review commissioned by Lord Agnew and led by Professor Mosey with a brief to create a new ‘Gold Standard’ for public sector frameworks and framework controls has been published.

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12 European heritage sites shortlisted by Europa Nostra for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2022

The 12 most threatened heritage sites in Europe shortlisted for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2022 have just been announced by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural and Natural Heritage – and the European Investment Bank Institute.

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Ohio police ask for help finding thieves who stole entire bridge

Someone first stole the deck boards and then came back for the rest of the structure, leaving police baffled, reports The Guardian.

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IHBC-SAHGB 2021 annual research awards headlined to 15K construction sector users of Designing Buildings & IHBC’s Conservation Wiki

The IHBC-SAHGB 2021 annual research awards winners has been featured on the digital Newsletter from Designing Buildings to the 15K+ registered users of the ‘construction wiki’ and IHBC’s Conservation Wiki.

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