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
The branch explores ‘Heritage in Law’ in its 2017 Conference, supported by Historic England which takes place in Bristol on 9 June with reduced rates for IHBC members.
Including the recommendation that ‘the current measure of % of A-listed buildings on the Buildings at Risk Register is replaced with % of pre-1919 dwellings classified as having disrepair to critical elements.’
Originally the ‘Newsletter’ of the predecessor organisation, the ACO, Context is today the historic environment practitioner’s best source for accessible expertise in contemporary conservation.
Director’s top pick this week features a call from Greenham Parish Council for a Project Manager to lead on the refurbishment of the iconic control tower of the former Greenham Common airfield.
The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum has submitted the Order as the group intends to provide 40 more affordable homes than the Royal Mail scheme that has already been granted permission.
The HLF is changing the way it funds places of worship as From September 2017, the current Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications.
Locality, the link group for community-led neighbourhood organisations, seeks to uncover what is needed to reinvigorate local democracy and empower communities.
£250 million scheme to build a three-tower housing complex on the edge of Liverpool’s business district has secured approval.