Last edited 16 Dec 2018

Conservation articles and news

Your FIRST FREE IHBC Xmas gift to colleagues

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Tell them about IHBC’s Conservation Wiki – Our free digital digest for the development and construction sector.

IHBC - Out of Context Quiz

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CPD check-up and prize: ‘Who said that?’ – And what would you say back? FREE BS7913 for the best responses…

IHBC Chair at 2018 Heritage Day: A personal take and update

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IHBC’s Chair James Caird attended the 2018 Heritage Day, led by England’s heritage link body, The Heritage Alliance (THA), and offers readers an update on his day.

IHBC raises objections in high-level Historic Environment Advisor Apprenticeship

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IHBC has lodged its concerns and objections to current proposals submitted by Historic England's 'Trailblazer' Group to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for approval.

Latest IHBC Council+ corners the tables to see how best to deliver member services

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IHBC has concluded the 7th Council+ meeting, the institute’s UK-wide forum for volunteers’ national oversight and development, which took place in London.

DesigningBuildings Wiki features IHBC Context celebrating 50 years of the TCPA

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Tucked away in Part V of the Town and Country Planning Ace was a revolution in heritage conservation that Timothy Cantell has explored in IHBC’s Context.

IHBC’s technical CPD boost

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UK Green Building Council has reported on the launch of Hawkins/Brown’s new tool to quickly visualise the embodied carbon of buildings at any point in the building lifecycle.

AHF - new partnership Heritage Impact Fund to be launched in early 2019

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The Architectural Heritage Fund has announced the fund as part of its ongoing work to increase the levels of social investment supporting the heritage sector.

BRE and USGBC announce new partnership

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Two built environment organisations have announced the first building quality and performance partnership of its kind partnering to raise global sustainability standards.

Civic Voice: Guidance tool for communities to identify local heritage assets

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A resource developed as part of Civic Voice’s Big Conservation Conversation and their ‘Local Heritage List’ campaign.

Landmark - online archive of History Albums now accessible

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Landmark’s History Albums is now available online making the detailed research undertaken on each Landmark digitally available to all.

Joint Committee on draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill

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Call for evidence, closing 18 January, inviting views on whether the governance structures for the Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Programme are appropriate.

Updates on programme on planning reform in England

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The latest version of the Planning Directorate Newsletter brings readers up to date with the England’s programme of planning reform.

Specialist contractors call for government regulation of the construction industry
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The chairman of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group wants to government to set up a statutory authority to regulate construction industry practice.


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Wellcome’s Living with Buildings exhibition on until to 3 March in London examines the positive and negative influence buildings have on our physical and mental health.

The economic value of culture - a benefit transfer study on museums in England

New research has been published to help understand the visitor and non-visitor value of cultural engagement at 4 cultural institutions in England – is this transferrable?

England - Open Doors pilot scheme closing 31 Dec

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Government in England’s pilot scheme to match landlords struggling to find tenants for their empty properties with community groups looking for space.

RTPI to investigate strategic infrastructure planning

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New research commissioned from University of the West of England in partnership with PBA (part of Stantec), on how strategic infrastructure planning is carried out.

Scottish Lochside House named House of the Year 2018

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Lochside House, a breathtaking new home in the West Highlands designed by HaysomWardMiller Architects has been named the 2018 RIBA House of the Year.