A Celebration of the UK’s First Conservation Area Stamford 50

21 September 2017

The town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, was the first to be designated as a Conservation Area and, in recognition of this, Bidwells is working with South Kesteven District Council to mark the event with a one-day conference on Thursday 21 September 2017 in the Arts Centre in Stamford.

The event is being organised by Bidwells, and is supported by RIBA, Historic England, RTPI, IHBC and Civic Voice.

The day will bring together a range of speakers who represent different professions and stakeholders whose life or work is influenced by the existence of Conservation Areas. The speakers will draw out what lessons have been learnt over the last 50 years and how the application of legislation has affected the way our environments have grown.

The programme for the day will be available shortly. Have a look at the confirmed speakers here…

Insight Tour: Duff House

1 June 2017
Duff House

Architect William Adam designed Duff House for William Duff, Lord Braco (later 1st Earl Fife) an astute businessman and politician who wanted not only to succeed, but also to be seen to succeed

In 1735 work began on Adams’ design with elaborately carved details being produced in Adam’s own stonework’s in Queensferry. In 1741 worked stopped. Copies of Adam’s original plans, which hang in the buildings study, show the grand curved east and west wings that were never built. By the 1950s, the building had fallen into disrepair and was taken into state care. An extensive programme of conservation works were undertaken and in 1995 Duff House reopened.

This spring and summer a further programme of conservation works will take place including the repointing of chimneys and re-capping of their flues. On this Insight Tour join Historic Environment Scotland’s District Architect, on the high level scaffolding at Duff House, to see and hear about this latest programme of conservation works.

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The Only Way is Ethics!

14 July 2017

This IHBC South Branch Summer Seminar seeks to cover a range of topics directly relating to the IHBC’s Membership Competencies and Code of Conduct. The sessions will consider philosophical aspects of conservation, and their application to real life situations. Good professional conduct relies upon the individual to give accurate, consistent advice, and to understand the wider context within which we operate. Through consideration of applicable law and policy, professional conduct and the balance of conservation values against the needs of building owners and occupiers, this seminar will provide a comprehensive philosophical update and plenty of examples of the application of conservation principles in practice.

Further information on the South Branch webpage and IHBC South Branch Ethics Booking Form