IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Plans for bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland scrapped – reports

Plans to build a tunnel or bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland have been scrapped, reports The Irish News.

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The NCT guide to ‘incredible churches in wild landscapes’, with 200+ churches to visit in UK National Parks

The NCT (National Churches Trust) has published a new guide to ‘incredible churches in wild landscapes’, with more than 200 churches to visit in the UK’s 15 National Parks.

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Record fine issued to London landlord over planning offence

A landlord who built extensions and converted them into flats and bedsits all without planning permission has been given a record fine after a council took her to court.

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Nearly £60m low carbon growth programme approved for Swansea

The UK and Welsh governments have approved the £58.7 million Swansea Bay City Deal’s Supporting Innovation and Low Carbon Growth programme.

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China vows to curb urban demolitions, preserve cultural heritage

China will put an end to large-scale urban demolitions and preserve old historical buildings as part of a programme to protect its cultural heritage, it said in new policy guidelines.

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IHBC members’ on-line ‘inclusive Council’ invites issued: ‘Join in shaping our activities and plans’ – Wed 13 Oct, 1.30PM on

All IHBC members IHBC should have received a personal email invitation from IHBC President Mike Brown to attend the forthcoming virtual meeting of IHBC’s new Council, at 1.30pm on Wednesday 13 October.

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Volunteer virtually with IHBC@COP26 on IHBC’s built and historic environment ‘Conservation Helpdesk+’, – because ‘Conserving our Places Conserves our Planet’

Volunteer at the virtual IHBC@COP26 ‘Conservation Helpdesk+’ and support IHBC and our partners’ advice, insights and learning across the global COP26 network, because ‘Conserving our Places Conserves our Planet’, just contact our COP26 conservation #IHBCHelpdesk.

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £145K+ works this week: BC seeks governance etc. consultants on heritage project, valued to £25K, closing 25/10

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 pick this week features the call from this week is the call from a Borough Council (BC) for governance etc. consultants on a Lottery-linked project, valued at £10K-25K, closing 25/10.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the cemetery’s step’: Paris Court Rules Brancusi’s ‘Kiss’ to stay

A decades-spanning legal battle over a Constantin Brancusi sculpture that has long been a beloved fixture of Paris’s Montparnasse Cemetery has ended in a win for the French state reports Art News.

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Boris Johnson pledges no homes will be built on green fields

Prime Minister signals softening of planning overhaul in conference speech after backlash from voters in Tory heartlands.

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National Lottery: From £1,000 to £10,000 UK funding to support communities’ action on climate change, closing 18/11

The National Lottery is offering from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change, closing 18 November.

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Edinburgh’s Royal High School to become ‘£55M national centre for music’

buildingsThe former Royal High School building in Edinburgh is to be transformed into a £55 million national centre for music after the City of Edinburgh Council agreed to the lease of the historic property.

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HE Research and Guidance on Re-Use of Mills

Historic England (HE) has commissioned and published a number of pieces of research into mills.

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Community council threatens legal action into ‘green belt giveaway’

A community council is considering taking legal action against a decision to approve a housing development in Glasgow in a case it said has ramifications for sensitive conservation areas across Scotland.

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Campaign hits roadblocks in search for construction transparency

Campaign group ‘Engineers Against Poverty’, investigating transparency in the UK construction and public works, has found significant barriers in access to information.

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JK Rowling table saved from cafe gutted by fire

A cafe table where JK Rowling wrote sections of her Harry Potter books has been salvaged from a huge fire, which devastated the building.

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IHBC’s new CPD Circular now out: Accessible cross-sector support, from Branch events & AGMs to COP26 hosting and craft opportunities

The new issue of the IHBC’s regular and free CPD Circular is out, with accessible information on learning opportunities and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), from CPD-linked virtual volunteering on our IHBC@COP26 #IHBCHelpdesk to funded craft training in London.

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IHBC CPD Signpost, via DBW: Project plans for building design and construction

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki and the ‘construction industry knowledge base’ – has issued detailed, step-by-step plans from the moment a new building becomes a possibility, right through to post occupancy evaluation.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick: ArchDaily  Wright’s Frederick Bagley House dodging demolition

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, and this week features ArchDaily on Wright’s Frederick Bagley House dodging demolition for restoration.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Listed Stewartby Brickworks chimneys demolition ‘captured on spectacular drone footage’… for more housing

Stewartby Brickworks chimneys, part of what was once the largest brickworks in the world, have been demolished, an act recorded for posterity as reported by BedfordshireLive.

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ARB responds to review of architects regulation

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) responds to departmental review of architects regulation.

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RIAS Awards 2021 – HES Conservation and Climate Change Award – Winner: Bell Street Stables

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards 2021 have been announced and Bell Street Stables conversion designed by Collective Architecture for Wheatley Housing Association wins Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Conservation and Climate Change Award.

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Government launches public consultation to make outdoor measures for high streets permanent

Proposed planning reforms to support hospitality businesses, markets and historic visitor attractions so that outdoor space can be used more easily are being proposed in a public consultation launched by Government UK.

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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.

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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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