CIAT Chartered Practice launched

Following approval by the Privy Council, The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has launched CIAT Chartered Practice.

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Heritage science case study: The benefits of burying stone, from HE via Stone Specialist

If historic masonry needs to be stored until it can be repaired it can be protected and preserved highly effectively by burying it in the right conditions, determines a three-year study by Barry Hunt and Carlota Grossi for Historic England reported on by the Stone Specialist.

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Oxford City Council announces new partner for Design Review Panel: Design South East

Oxford City Council has announced that Design South East will be its new partner for the Oxford Design Review Panel (ODRP).

The ODRP was established in 2014 to provide an independent design evaluation service…

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CIC launches Design Quality Indicator for Health 2

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched an updated version of its design quality evaluation tool, the Design Quality Indicator for Health 2 (DQIfH2), which will contribute to improved design, long term functionality and sustainability of future hospital new build and major adaption and refurbishment projects.

In 2010 the Department of Health commissioned the first DQI for Health as the default design quality evaluation tool for all healthcare projects…

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HES: Is history and heritage good for your health?

Scotland seascapeHistoric Environment Scotland’s (HES) Bryony Donnelly has ‘blogsplored’ how to boost mental and physical fitness – and navigate between the coronavirus pandemic, enforced social distancing and a lockdown – by spending time with Scotland’s history.

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IHBC’s new Context out now! Nourish your CPD with food, drink and conservation – all in new compostable envelopes too!

The latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, ranging widely across its nutrition-industry themes and the IHBC’s conservation own CPD skills framework of the Areas of Competence in the Conservation Cycle, all now delivered in sturdy compostable envelopes to reflect our wider sustainable service credentials.

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Construction Manager features launch of UK APPG: ‘Conservation, People and Places’, with IHBC as secretariat

logoConstruction Manager Magazine is one of the development sector lead publications to feature the launch of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ‘Conservation, People and Places’, with the IHBC supporting its Secretariat.

The group will examine how heritage can be used to help places adapt…

Vice-chairs include: the former chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency Lord Kerslake

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IHBC’s HESPR pick this week from £487K+ costed posts: Council seeks archaeological scheme, closing 13/10, valued £230K

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 The IHBC Director’s pick from the HESPR News and Tender Alert email for this week features a Council’s call for a ‘Scheme of Archaeological Investigation for contractors’, closing 13/10 and contract valued at £230K.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Housing developer fined for breaking a tree preservation order in Tring

Housing Development Company W E Black Limited was fined at St Albans Magistrates’ Court for breaking a tree preservation order, Hemel Today has reported.

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CLC calls for expansion to national retrofitting programme

Construction Leadership Council (CLC) co-chair Andy Mitchell has written to the Chancellor to call on the government to fund a long-term retrofitting programme for UK homes to make them greener.

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Government’s Kickstart Scheme launched

The government has launched the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment – and and opened it for applications from employers.

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Scottish construction recovery plan unveiled

A draft recovery plan for the construction sector in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF).

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£9.5m to Reduce Carbon Footprint in Wales

A new programme worth up to £9.5 million will help reduce the carbon footprint of existing social housing in Wales.

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Victorian Society starts legal challenge against Liverpool City Council’s zip wire decision

An application was filed on Friday to request leave for a judicial review into Liverpool City Council’s decision to allow a zip wire in the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.

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RIBA’s new Education and Professional Development framework – ‘The Way Ahead’ – emphasises safety, climate & ethics

The Way Ahead outlines RIBA’s new Education and Professional Development Framework, signifying a new direction for architectural education and continuing professional development with a greater emphasis on health and life safety, the climate emergency and professional ethics.

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SGSAH new research opportunities align practice and research: Collaborative Doctoral Awards – Partner Organisations, deadline 5/10

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) has introduced a new range of research opportunities to align research more closely with practice, as the Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme offers options for ideas generated by industry partners to be the starting point for research, and with a Partner proposals deadline of 5 October.

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Denmark’s 300-year-old homes of the future

On Læsø, houses are thatched with thick, heavy bundles of silvery seaweed that have the potential to be a contemporary building material around the world.

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IHBC’s new Home Page launched: Prioritising non-specialist users while continuing our familiar menu – but refresh your browser to get the refreshed service!

The IHBC is piloting a new web Home Page to make it easier for non-specialist users and clients to access our support and guidance – including our HESPR list of businesses and our accredited members – while also keeping familiar routes to favoured links and pages.

‘We’ve designed this new interface so that anyone less familiar with our work – including general users seeking to commission work – can benefit more readily from our work and that of our members.’

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IHBC’s latest ‘CPD Circular’ now out! From England’s planning White Paper to Retrofit, IHBC trustees shape sector policy, practice, and more

The IHBC has issued its latest ‘CPD Circular’, with post-lockdown event planning content that includes the IHBC’s own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support, the ‘IHBC Recognised CPD Providers’ CPD service, with content from across the sector that, naturally, includes plenty of expertise from IHBC trustees and volunteers, including Trustee and Communications Committee Secretary Dave Chetwyn’s contributions to a Consultation Institute webinar on England’s Planning White Paper, and IHBC Trustee and Wales Branch representative John Edwards with courses on ‘Energy efficiency and Retrofitting’.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: ‘Architects may face revalidation every five years’, from RIBA via BD

logoThe 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 the RIBA’s ‘biggest professional shake-up for 60 years’, as described by Building Design (BD).

The RIBA has announced what it says may be the biggest shake-up of the profession since the 1950s….

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Two of Britain’s first public toilets for women given protected status

While the UK saw a boom in the building of public loos from the 1850s onwards, the vast majority were strictly for men, which prompted a campaign for facilities to be provided for women, as reported by INews following new designations described by Historic England head of listing, Dr Deborah Mays, as representing ‘the gradual opening up of a world of new leisure and work opportunities previously unavailable to women’.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Conservation ‘Flushing’ dream house refurbishment plans

Plans have been unveiled for the renovation of a £2.75 million waterfront property which has been described as a ‘dream house’, reports The Falmouth Packet.

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Four in ten homes granted planning permission go unbuilt, research shows

The backlog of unbuilt homes that have been granted planning permission has grown by 100,00 in the last year, new research has revealed.

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HES welcomes £21M+ extra funding and grant support

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has welcomed confirmation of an additional £21.3 million funding from the Scottish Government (SG) to help manage the impacts of COVID-19.

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Crown Commercial Services launches SME Customer Engagement Survey

Crown Commercial Services has launched an SME Customer Engagement Survey to shape its commercial expertise in ways that can help buyers across central government, public and third sectors access and assist SMEs take up the usage of CCS services.

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