IHBC features ‘Heritage from the (European) doorstep’: Green light for UK’s Stonehenge project

The controversial plan to construct a €1.9 billion road tunnel close to the prehistoric site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, has been approved by the UK government, reports Construction Europe.

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Victorian Society comments ‘should not be brushed aside’ says judge in Birmingham skyscraper challenge

A proposed high-rise development has raised major concerns over the impact on Birmingham’s historic buildings, and the judgment stated that Victorian Society comments ‘should not be brushed aside’!

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NCT on ‘The House of Good’ and the value of Churches: Churches are so much more than places of worship

The National Churches Trust (NCT) has published The House of Good, a new report on the value of churches that highlights how ‘Churches are so much more than places of worship’. Continue reading

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England’s Green Homes Grant extended for extra year: Works must end by March 2022

Homeowners across England will have until the end of March 2022 to have energy efficiency upgrades to their homes completed through the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme.

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RTPI: Measuring What Matters: Planning Outcomes Research

logoThe Royal Town Planning Institute(RTPI) has issues research from across the UK and Ireland into how authorities can measure the outcomes of planning.

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Heritage Fund blog update from Ros Kerslake: We’re backing the heritage sector to adapt and thrive again

Ros KerslakeAs everyone around the UK face the challenges of responding to COVID-19 amid varying guidance and restrictions, the Chief Executive of the Heritage Fund, Ros Kerslake, shares The Fund’s latest plans to support the heritage community.

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MHCLG: ‘Guidance for the owners and operators of urban centres and green spaces …’

DCLG 2 Marsham Street LondonEngland’s Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)has issued Guidance for the owners and operators of urban centres and green spaces to help social distancing, that ‘applies in England only and does not impose any legal obligations.’

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Become a Trustee for The Heritage Alliance: Closing 1 December!

logoThe Heritage Alliance (THA) is currently looking for new Trustees to join its dynamic organisation in February 2021, closing 01/12.

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and King’s College London launch £150,000 Awards for Civic Arts Organisations

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), in partnership with King’s College London, has opened submissions for a new award that celebrates the civic role of arts organisations in society.

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DON’T FORGET VOTE BY PROXY even if joining in the IHBC’s 2020 AGM: ‘Help the IHBC move past the pandemic’ with our historic modernisation!

general people imageALL IHBC members with a say at the online AGM on 3 December are called on to vote in advance ‘by proxy’, even if attending – votes during the AGM take precedence, so these can be changed on the day – and ‘help the IHBC move past the pandemic’ by modernising our governance and planning our future. Continue reading

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IHBC’s HESPR listings reaches ‘50’ with Rock Davidson Associates: 50th practice on IHBC’s HESPR register of services

Rock Davidson Associates – a small experienced practice in the Midlands specialising in historic building assessments and  historic building conservation – is the latest company to join the IHBC’s conservation and heritage services ‘HESPR’ quality assurance register, as membership of the listing and support service celebrates reaching the half century mark.logo

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IHBC NewsBlog readers’ update from DBW on ‘Building People’: Focus on ‘diversity, skills, careers and social value’

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki as well as the ‘construction industry knowledge base’ – has developed a microsite focused on diversity, skills, careers and social value to help ‘make construction and the built environment less fragmented’, introduced here by DBW lead Gregor Harvie.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week from £20K+ costed works: Welsh council calls for proposals linked to a country park development, closing 30/11

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails its members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and the IHBC Director’s top pick this week features a call from a Welsh council for architectural advice & design proposals linked to a country park development, closing 30/11.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Grimsby urban explorer uncovers ‘forgotten village’ in Lincolnshire woods

An urban explorer has uncovered a ‘forgotten village’ within a Lincolnshire woods, the Grimsby Telegraph has reported.

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Wales extends investment in decarbonising social housing: ORP for a green recovery

The Welsh Government has given the green light and a further £10M to a major new programme that will transform social housing across Wales, boost the economy and open the door to a new Welsh industry: the Optimised Retrofit Programme (ORP), a key part of the Welsh Government’s plans for a green recovery.

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Wellcome Trust agrees £506m takeover of Urban & Civic

The Wellcome Trust has agreed a £506 million takeover of a London-listed developer that specialises in building huge developments in commuter hotspots on brownfield sites.

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CLC on England’s White Paper: Unlock ‘Levelling Up’ with ‘Fourth Zone’

The response to England’s Planning White Paper consultation the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has called for the creation of a so called ‘fourth zone’ that would unlock tricky regeneration opportunities that have been blocked by existing planning rules.

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FMB & partners: Government misses potential £15Bn economic boost and job creation without VAT relief

logoThe Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the Government cut VAT on home improvement works to 5% to boost jobs and stimulate the economy.

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HES: £194,349 awarded to coasts and waters heritage projects

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has awarded funding to eighteen projects across the country.

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New charity launches with a mission to protect local nature, wildlife and heritage: ‘Habitats & Heritage’

On 5 November 2020 ‘Habitats & Heritage’, a new charity dedicated to looking after the natural and historic environment in south and west London has launched, a result of the merger of Environment Trust and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN), and now the leading environmental and heritage charity in the area.

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New COTAC Newsletter now out

logoCOTAC’s fourth Newsletter has been published, with news, updates and more from across COTAC and its networks, including heritage data, understanding conservation and climate change.

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Row over China’s plan to build its largest European embassy in London’s East End as consultation begins

China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming has written to the mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs to say he believes councillors are ‘attempting to disrupt’ the new embassy.

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IHBC’s latest HESPR registered practice: Artifex Conservation Architects, joins nearly 50 HESPR service providers working to IHBC standards

Artifex Conservation Architects has become the latest company to join the IHBC’s conservation and heritage services ‘HESPR’ quality assurance register, the IHBC’s listing and support service that nears 50 service providers working to IHBC standards.

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IHBC’s pre-AGM event is free (IHBC members only; 5.30 on, 03/12), and you can donate to the IHBC CREATIVE Conservation Fund on application… or after, if you missed it!

general people imageIf lucky enough to be an IHBC member (any category) and able to join the IHBC’s 2020 AGM and free pre-AGM proceedings from 5.30PM on 3 December – with a filmed welcome from Griff Rhys Jones and School updates –you can also donate to the new IHBC CREATIVE Conservation Fund, our dedicated fund exclusively delivering on the IHBC’s charitable activities.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: ‘Chinese ruins transformed into museum’

The IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, with notices from across the development sector’s publications, and this week features Dezeen’s ‘Chinese ruins transformed into museum.

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