Fit-out contractor gives ‘mindfulness app’ to workers

A fit-out contractor has given its employees a year-long subscription to the ‘mindfulness app’ Headspace to help support their mental wellbeing.

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Aberdeen lodges appeal against decision to protect tower blocks

Aberdeen City Council’s appeal against a decision to award protected status to eight blocks of 1960s high-rise flats has now reached the Scottish Government.

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Report on the State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021 published

The State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021 report is the first to present important facts and trends focusing predominantly on native woods and trees, and trees in towns and cities.

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Welwyn Garden City: New statue of founder Ebenezer Howard to mark centenary

A new statue of garden city movement founder Ebenezer Howard has finally been unveiled in one of the towns he planned,Welwyn Garden City, to mark its centenary.

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Whitfield Tabernacle Kingswood – ‘birthplace of Methodism’ – awarded a grant for essential repairs

A Grade I-listed church, Whitfield Tabernacle in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire has been awarded a £137,859 grant from historic England towards its restoration which will be used to stabilise the building which was destroyed by fire.

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Livingston housing bid supported by licensed premises confused with church

Councillors have rejected plans to build a housing complex for young people in Livingston due to a number of ‘significant errors’ in the planning application – which highlighted doubts as to ‘the robustness of neighbour consultation/ notification’.

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2021 Brighton Day School ‘catch up’: ‘Making changes’, anchored by Jan Gehl; ‘Examining changes’, led by Donovan Rypkema – BOOK NOW to ensure your access to our School’s unique learning and resources

The IHBC has posted the latest update on its virtual Brighton Day School virtual sessions, which offer a one-time-only suite of expertise on our ‘People Places’ theme – though as numbers and post-event access are limited, delegates should secure their place now by booking as soon as possible!

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IHBC welcomes first 16 School ‘Heritage MarketPlace’ stalls as HES, AMS, Rypkema’s ‘HSI’ and more enjoy 6+Months ’Billboard’ listing for c. £100+VAT, including a free Day School place too!

The IHBC is delighted to welcome the first stallholders and 16 stall listings  to the 2021 Brighton School ‘Heritage MarketPlace’, which offers access to the IHBC’s networks for 6 months and more, as well as Day School places for 18 June, all for only around £100+VAT!

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IHBC’s HESPR pick from £287K+ costed works this week: Council seeks a Heritage Sensitivity Assessment, closing 07 May

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 pick features this week features a The IHBC Director’s pick from the HESPR News and Tender Alert email for this week is a council’s call for a Heritage Sensitivity Assessment for a Local Plan, closing 07/05.

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IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: £1,000 fine for unauthorised work on LB in Tetbury

A 57-YEAR-OLD has been ordered to pay over £3,000 following unauthorised work on a listed building (LB) in Tetbury, reports The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

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New report from Cardiff University finds Welsh local authorities face substantial funding gap

pound signA new report published by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre shows that on current UK Government spending plans, funding for Welsh local authorities will fall short of the amount required to meet spending pressures over the next Senedd term.

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Independent HS2 panel looking for new members

HS2 imageThe panel that scrutinises design issues surrounding HS2 is looking for new members.

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New Chief Executive at RIAS: ‘… part of a programme of change’

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is delighted to announce that Tamsie Thomson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive as ‘part of a programme of change’.

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Arts Council: The Creative People and Places National Portfolio fund 2022-25 will soon open

Applications are open to both existing and new Creative People and Places consortia in eligible places.

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Planning for Coronavirus in Wales: New temporary permitted development rights to support economic recovery

Wales Gov welsh dragonWelsh Government are temporarily relaxing planning control for specified development through amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995.

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IHBC’s newest Context: Tackling ‘Urban Design’

The latest issue (no. 167) of the IHBC’s membership journal Context is now out, boasting a tight focus on Urban Design, with a distinctly  international take.

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IHBC welcomes Scotland’s celebration of new IHBC accredited member: Congratulations to Page\Park’s Natalia Burakowska

The IHBC has welcomed the high profile congratulations offered by one of Scotland’s lead practices –  Page\Park – on the conservation accreditation by the IHBC of staff member Natalia Burakowska.

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IHBC Research Signpost: RTPI Research Awards 2021 open for entries to 17/05

Entries are open now for this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence – which ‘promote planning research from RTPI-accredited planning schools and RTPI members’ – and close on 17 May.

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IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ double-up pick of the week: HS2 design panel backs scaled-back Euston station and seeks new members (closing 10/05)

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, featuring this week an HS2 independent design panel double-up, as the scaled-back Euston Station is supported and a search for 15 new members has commenced.

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Swansea Council approves measures to add ‘context’ to place names with links to slavery

Place names in Swansea with links to the slave trade or exploitation are to be accompanied by panels or digital bar codes to give a fuller historical context, while lesser-known figures from Swansea’s past will be recognised in the future in ‘a shift away from the traditional commemoration of industrialists and landowners’.

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Sir Laurie Magnus reappointed as Chair of Historic England

Sir Laurie Magnus has been reappointed by the Secretary of State as Chair of Historic England for a two year period, from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2023.

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HE’s Draft Industrial Heritage Strategy consultation open

logoHistoric England’s (HE) Draft Industrial Heritage Strategy is open for consultation until Monday 7 June 2021.

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Nominations for the 2021 Plowden Medal Conservation Award are open: Closing 30/06

Nominations for the 2021 Plowden Medal Conservation Award are open until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

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Halliday Fraser Munro invests in peatland restoration to offset carbon footprint

Architecture and planning practice Halliday Fraser Munro has become the first Scottish firm to invest in a pioneering peatland restoration project in Wester Ross in the north of Scotland.

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IHBC’s IMHO: JCT Contracts – Meeting the objectives of the Construction Playbook

Peter Hibberd (past chair of JCT – formerly The Joint Contracts Tribunal) – has explored how its resources support the objectives of the Construction Playbook Government Guidance (Guidance) on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes.

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