Historic places attract people, activity and investment, giving new life to their communities and helping make places more competitive. They play a central role in regenerating towns, cities and rural areas all around the UK, in particular, helping to repopulate inner-city areas.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in the United Kingdom. It exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all. It has a network of regional and national branches around the UK.
IHBC members come from a range of professional disciplines in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including conservation officers, planners, architects, regeneration practitioners and academics. The work of members varies from overseeing small-scale traditional repairs to managing multi-million pound area regeneration projects.
Using internationally-recognised standards, IHBC assesses and regulates conservation practitioners. It works to provide regular training, continuing professional development (CPD) and education events, as well as lobbying at international, national, regional and local levels.
For more information, see the IHBC’s website.
IHBC is passionate about making knowledge freely-available. This helps defragment the industry, spread best practice, promote innovation and prevent mistakes.
Conservation Wiki has been created to further this ambition and IHBC is calling on its members, and others to contribute to this valuable and growing resource for the benefit of all.
Featured articles and news
James is among those representing heritage sector organisations to attend the meeting hosted by the Secretary of State (SoS) for Culture Media and Sport (CMS) today (24/1).
The Director’s top pick is from the University of London for the restoration of its Grade II listed Theatre building, Goldsmiths College’s former chapel.
The Civic Voice, with the support of Robert Jendrick MP, has secured a House of Commons debate (26/1) on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of conservation areas.
The Heritage Alliance (THA) notes that although grants for the restoration of historic buildings form part of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme, none were issued in 2016.
England’s new Housing White Paper could make matters worse if it sets rigid housing numbers without considering local factors.
The city’s historic Fawcett Street and Old Sunderland secures special status from Historic England.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland issues policy proposal for Tenement Health Check to tackle risks from a perceived lack of maintenance.
A property development company has been fined after ignoring heritage planners and removing historic fixtures from a listed building without consent, according to the Lincolnite.
The huge costs of proposals have resulted in a Select Committee investigation by Members of Parliament.