Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Professional

Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens

9 November 2017

Housing shortages, pollution and sustainability, healthcare, infrastructure, creating opportunities for all – these are just some of the pressing issues facing our cities and communities. New thinking is allowing city regions to explore solutions and create smarter, more connected places that can enhance service delivery and improve citizen’s lives. With seven billion people expected to be living in cities and communities in the next 30 years, cities need to reinvent themselves in the way they communicate, plan and respond to the complex needs of their people.

Technology, data and information can be a catalyst for change and ensure that our cities and communities are resilient places ready for the future.Using digital innovation to enhance services and policy outcomes is key to allowing leaders to make better decisions for their local areas and for citizens to be better informed. By utilising data, sensors and smart technology city regions and communities are developing new ways to tackle some of the biggest societal problems.

How can policy makers keep the end user in mind, ensuring citizen’s endorsement and active participation in local decisions?

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SAVE Britain’s Heritage Lecture

16 October 2017

We are delighted to announce this year’s SAVE lecture by architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright entitled:

Just a certificate on the wall? UNESCO World Heritage status and the battle for the city’

How can we balance World Heritage Site protection with the demands of a living, breathing city – or are the two hopelessly incompatible? Is World Heritage status an essential brake on steroidal development, or is it, in the words of the mayor of Liverpool, “just a certificate on the wall”? Variously attacked for leading to the “museumification” of sites, the mass influx of tourists, the displacement of local residents, and for being toothless to enforce protection anyhow, is UNESCO listing fit for purpose, or is it an outmoded hangover from another age?

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. Trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, he worked for a number of practices, including OMA in Rotterdam and muf in London, as well as in strategic urban planning for the mayor of London’s Architecture and Urbanism Unit. He has written extensively on architecture and design for a wide range of publications and is a regular visiting critic and lecturer at architecture schools internationally.
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Theatres Trust | Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking

17 October 2017

Theatres Trust Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking will take place on Tuesday 17
October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, discussing the role of theatres and wider
cultural infrastructure within placemaking. The conference will examine and debate a
number of issues around this vital topic, including the contribution theatre buildings can
make towards the regeneration, economic growth, vibrancy and well-being of a community.

There will be inspiring case studies and opportunities to debate a range of topics, including: the contribution of theatre buildings to regeneration, economic growth and wellbeing; local authorities championing theatre buildings and wider cultural provision in their plans; encouraging and supporting local communities to value and protect their local theatre and to take an active role in cultural planning; how to design and run our theatres as democratic, inclusive environments to foster a sense of ownership and civic pride and how planners, developers and theatres can work together to ensure excellent cultural infrastructure.

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Communicating World Heritage Conference

7 – 10 October 2017
Museum of Iron in Coalbrookdale

As part of the AHRC Collaborative doctoral research between the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and IGMT, a two day conference is planned for the 7-8th October 2017.

The conference is the product of the research programme which started in 2014 and has been focussed on the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The four researchers have been examining the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest in communicating World Heritage Values.

The research themes were Education within the World Heritage Site (Jamie Davies), Specialist groups and World Heritage- Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial World Heritage Site (Joe Raine), Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Coralie Acheson) and the communities of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (Malgorzata Trelka).

The event will immediately be followed (9th-10th of October) by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences.

Delegates will hear from some of the most influential Leaders in Heritage before considering the key audiences to target in a series of session themes. It is important that we understand how we can best communicate with ‘Governments and the Public Sector’, talk to ‘Business and Funders’, and address the needs of ‘Young People and Communities’, as well as how we communicate with each other (World Heritage Sites, Europe and the UNESCO family) and with the wider world, including the media.

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Specifications, Tenders & Procurement In Heritage Ironwork

17 November 2017

Event Description

A day of practical guidance which will lead you through the process of writing and understanding specifications on historic ironwork, highlighting pointers and pitfalls in the tendering and procurement process.  Includes a tour of the Cathedral.


  • Condition reports
  • Choosing a method of repair
  • Conservation principles
  • Historical significance & cultural context
  • Purpose of works
  • Environment, Timing and Budget


  • How to budget for a tendering process
  • Examples of how NOT to tender
  • What legal and commercial issues should you be aware of?
  • Specifying a material which will ensure the right level of workmanship
  • Improving tendering techniques


  • How to get the best value
  • Lines of communication on site
  • The value of a proper paper trail
  • How to procure / choose a company for the works

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