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Branch Committee

Chair and Branch representative on Council: Sheila Stones london@ihbc.org.uk
Secretary: David Andrews
Treasurer: Jenny Tonkins
Events: Christine White
Membership Secretary: Vacant
HEF Branch representative: Amy Davidson
Newsletter Editor: vacant

Please do not hesitate to contact any of us.

Follow us on Twitter @IHBCLondon

Branch Business Plan

London Branch Business Plan 2012-13

London Branch Business Plan 2008-09

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London’s membership is diversified with representatives from most 33 boroughs, national organisations and associations; and from architects, planners and other professionals of the buildings industry.

This diversity is very important to our membership. It gives us the opportunity to share and develop our knowledge by having meaningful debates, presentations and discussions. In addition to a regular newsletter, we have set-up a Yahoo group e-mail to communicate efficiently between members.

With our members continuous professional development in mind, we organise various events, visits, talks and a yearly conference. Your input to any of those is encouraged, so please do not hesitate to contact any of the committee members to discuss your suggestions.

Finally, if you are interested in becoming a member and would like to discuss the entry requirements informally, please contact us.

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If you wish to suggest a speaker or subject for a talk, or if you have worked on a site you could take a group on, please contact our events organiser, Christine White at Christine.White@enfield.gov.uk

Past events:

IHBC London Branch / CIfA London – HS2 in London & IHBC London Branch AGM

HS2 in London: Get up to speed on infrastructure and the historic environment

25 July - 14:00 - 16:55 £10

The enabling works are under way and construction works are due to start this year. What have been the key heritage considerations? How are the decisions being made and who’s doing the work? What are the various roles of heritage professionals in a large-scale infrastructure project such as HS2? Have they found anything yet? What lessons have been learned?

Answers to these questions and more from those involved at both strategic and project levels in the private and public sectors – HS2 and Atkins, Historic England, Camden Council and MOLA Headland Infrastructure.

COST £10 for members (IHBC, CIfA London Group) & £15 for non-members.

IHBC AGM attendance is free

Please stay and join us for networking and a complimentary glass of wine/beer/soft drink.

Care and Conservation of Decorative Plaster Ceilings

Monday 25th March 2019

HS1 Ltd Offices,
5th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

TRAIN STATIONS – Kings Cross / St Pancras

Join us for an evening of talks on the survey and preservation of historic plaster ceilings.

We will start with a presentation by Richard Ireland on the stylistic development of plaster ceilings together with an overview of their investigation, defects and repair. This will be followed by Kevin Clark from the heritage team at Conisbee Consulting Engineers who will talk about some of their recent work accessing, inspecting and appraising the structure that supports such ceilings, often in highly challenging conditions.

Richard Ireland is the UK's leading conservator of historic plaster and paint. He operates principally as an independent consultant and practitioner but also advises for public bodies. Richard's projects typically involve a combination of archaeological investigation, scientific analysis, and contextual historic research. Conisbee is an award winning civil and structural engineering design practice with offices in London, Norwich and Cambridge with a specialism in heritage engineering and CARE registered engineers. Together, these two talks will provide us with an understanding of the methodologies applied to care for these important architectural features.

The talks will be followed by a Q&A and the opportunity to network around a glass of wine afterwards.

COST – £5 (including Eventbrite booking fee)

Seminar on PINS, IHBC, SAVE

Thursday 14th February 2019
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL

Join us for this not to be missed opportunity to hear from Christa Masters of HM Planning Inspectorate, David McDonald of IHBC & Henrietta Billings of SAVE.

The Planning Inspectorate
PINS deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales. Christa will review some recent appeal decisions on the interpretation of legislation and policy relating to the conservation of historic structures and sites, as well as best practice to help Inspectors on heritage cases (covering content and presentation of cases).

Modernising the IHBC
David McDonald, IHBC President will introduce plans to review the IHBC's governance. Since its inception over twenty years ago, the Institute's constitution has not been changed. It has been recognised that it has some inherent weaknesses with regards to a number of issues including the requirements of the Charities Commission, the ability to act internationally and possible working towards chartership status. This will be an opportunity for London Members to hear more about governance and comment on how the IHBC can take it forward into the future.

Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain's Heritage will talk about the organisation's work and campaigns with particular reference to its role in appeals.
• 1.30 - 2.00 Welcome
• 2.00 - 2.45 Christa Masters, PINS
• 2.45 - 3.30 David McDonald, IHBC
• 3.30 - 3.50 Tea/coffee
• 3.50 - 4.35 Henrietta Billings, SAVE
• 4.35 - 4.50 Q&A
• 4.50 - 5.00 Closing remarks

COST: £5 (inc Eventbrite booking fee)

IHBC London Branch Christmas Drinks Event

The Black Friar
174 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EG
Monday 3rd December 2018 - 6pm onwards

Join us at the splendid Black Friar, a Grade II* listed building, built in 1875 on the site of a former Dominican friary. Remodeled in 1905 and 1917 by the architect Herbert Fuller-Clark. Much of the internal decoration was done by the sculptors Frederick T Callcott and Henry Poole. The building was nearly demolished in the 1960s, until it was saved by a campaign spearheaded by poet Sir John Betjeman. It is on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

NOTE: On the day, all branch members will receive a red envelope containing a £5 contribution towards your first drink.

TIME – From 6pm onwards

TRAIN STATIONS – Blackfriars (Rail)


Hope to see you there.

London Branch – MATE session

28 November 2018
Lichfields’ offices, 14 Regent’s Wharf, All Saints Street, London N1 9RL

We are holding another Membership Application Training Event (from 6.00 – 8.30 pm) the main aim of which is to assist people in upgrading their membership from either Affiliate/Associate to Full membership.

There will be a presentation from Kate Kendall, IHBC Education, Training & Standards Liaison Officer followed by small group discussions.

Kate Kendall said: ‘These events are a great way for prospective applicants to find out how to understand their skills, knowledge and experience in the context of IHBC membership criteria and accreditation. And all this is free too, offered to anyone interested in IHBC membership as part of the IHBC’s charitable support for the care of the built and historic environment.’

To book your FREE place please email Kate Kendall LETS@ihbc.org.uk

Find out more at https://mate.ihbc.org.uk/

Tour of
Turner's House
40 Sandycombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR
Saturday 11th August 2018

Join us for a return visit to Turners House, to see the now completed HLF supported restoration project and worthy winner of the RIBA London Conservation Project of the Year 2018. The tour will be led by Gary Butler of Butler Hegarty Architects.

Built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner, working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself. The Turner’s House Trust was set up in 2005 and with Butler and Hegarty architects has led a fascinating project to restore the house to its original appearance, open it to visitors, display the Livermore Collection of Turner material, and set up a programme of activities and learning opportunities.

London Branch AGM 2018, drinks
and talk by Conisbee Consulting Engineers
Tuesday 17th July 2018

HS1 Ltd Offices,
5th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Join us at HS1 offices which enjoy good views over this part of north London and hear from members of Conisbee’s heritage team on some of their recent work appraising historic plaster ceilings, surveying industrial gasholders and examining the fabric of a unique country house.

Conisbee is an award winning civil and structural engineering design practice with offices in London, Norwich and Cambridge. Conisbee has a specialism in heritage engineering with engineers who are CARE registered.

TIME – The AGM starts at 6.00pm
COST – Free
All members attending the AGM will receive a free glass of wine.

Slipping through the cracks?
10 April 2018

London Branch – A joint seminar by IHBC and CIfA London branches: Slipping through the cracks? Joined up thinking to protect non designated heritage assets
£10 for members (IHBC, CIfA London Group) & £15 for non-members
Amid changing legislation and strategies, how do we combat the threats of demolition and permitted development, particularly in relation to the forthcoming revised London Plan?
The seminar will be of particular interest to those concerned over the protection of London’s historic environment and those involved in delivering conservation and protection outcomes.

Tour of Grade II* Percy House

25 January 2018

Join the London Branch for a tour of PERCY HOUSE. This Grade II* listed building with F3 architects. Percy House is a mid C18th house with late C17th forecourt walls and railings. The HLF awarded the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation a grant for the restoration of Percy House to provide an employment, enterprise and skills hub. These works form part of the wider regeneration of the area.

Creative Conservation:
Partnerships and Public Value

Thursday 4th October 2018

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4LE

Back to the Future:
The next 50 years for Conservation Areas

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4LE

Event website

Annual Conference

Character Building
Identifying and conserving historic landscapes
Tuesday 4th October 2016

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Conference site

Annual Conference

Setting the Scene
Identifying and conserving historic landscapes
Thursday 8th October 2015

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Conference site

Annual Conference

The Regeneration Game
Heritage,Community and Business
Tuesday 7th October 2014

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Conference site

Tour of Sandycombe Lodge / Turners House
40 Sandycombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR
Saturday 17th May 2014

The Inside Story
Dealing with Historic Interiors

Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Website and booking: http://insidestory.ihbc.org.uk

Challenging Conservation
Heritage at the Crossroads
IHBC London Branch Day Conference
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St. Andrews Place, Regents Park, London NW1 4LE
Full details

IHBC at The Listed Property Show

Branch Members were on IHBC duty on a stand at the Listed Property Show at Olympia on 19-20 February, a free event which was billed as being designed to 'banish owners' domestic nightmares and ensure another 12 months of healthy home-ownership'. We were among window and door manufacturers, specialist craftsmen and adjacent to Charles Brooking's architectural salvage collection. We had a wide variety of queries from property owners, potential IHBC members and other exhibitors keen to advertise in our publications. We were pleased to take the opportunity to raise the Institute's profile and we actively encouraged a diverse range of people to apply for membership.

Visits to historic places such as:
- The Old Royal Naval College, the painted hall and chapel,
- St Paul’s Church, Deptford and Fulham where Brian Lofthouse of Thomas Ford Partnership lead the tour,
- visit to St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square with the project architect,
- Visit to Strawberry Hill lead by Kevin Rogers and organised by the Strawberry Hill Trust,
- St Paul’s Cathedral – talk and tour by Martin Stancliffe of Purcell Miller Tritton, resident architect,
- Chandos House, built by Robert and James Adam – talk by Philip Little of ESA Design Ltd

Days out to:
- Kew Gardens Marianne North Gallery and the Pagoda and Kew Palace with tour and talks by Donald Insall and Harvey Murray-Smith, house manager of the Palace,
- Danson House, visit with Richare Lee of English Heritage followed by a visit to the Red House, Bexley Heath.

- Conservation of Cinema Theatres by Richard Gray of Cinema Association
- Brunel’s newly discovered bridge at Paddington Station – visit and talk by Graham King of Westminster Council
- Funerary Monuments by Dr Roger Bowdler, English Heritage

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Conservation Officers Group (COG)

The COG meetings are typically held three times a year and are open to all local authority conservation officers. The boroughs take it in turns to play host, with Historic England co-ordinating. At each meeting the hosting borough’s conservation officers present their high-profile, controversial or other projects of interest, and there are typically other presentations on aspects of policy, practical topics or issues affecting conservation of the historic environment in London. The meetings typically conclude with a visit, for example a recent meeting at Haringey held at Alexandra Palace finished with a tour around the areas of the Palace affected by the recent conservation and redevelopment works, including those areas altered during the 1930s by the BBC.

The co-ordinator for the meetings is Rachael MacMillan, who can be contacted at Rachael.Mcmillan@HistoricEngland.org.uk.
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From Bauhaus to Brutalism and Beyond:
Conserving Post-War Buildings and Places
Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4LE

Conference fee: IHBC Members £100 & Non-Members £145
(to include lunch and refreshments)
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Sponsored by:

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At the100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, it is appropriate that we examine its legacy in a UK context and specifically our stock of post-war buildings. We will not only examine the significance of these buildings and places, but also how we can make them remain fit for purpose in term of their use, state of repair and thermal efficiency. Should we deal with them according to tried and tested conservation philosophy and techniques or do they demand a more radical approach?

Twentieth Century Buildings: Conservation Solutions was the subject of an IHBC London Conference in 2005. In returning to the theme, we will evaluate how time and attitudes have changed. A number of Case Studies will illustrate these issues and the difficult decisions which have to be taken, including improving thermal performance, replacement of original windows, and meeting current building regulations requirements.

Further details to follow on the conference website - keep updated via the IHBC NewsBlogs

The London Branch committee has organised very successful conferences over the last few years.

Past conferences:

In 2018 - Creative Conservation: Partnerships and Public Value Conference site

In 2017 - Back to the Future: The next 50 years of conservation areas Conference site

In 2016 - Character Building: Putting Heritage and the Heart of Placemaking and Planning Conference site

In 2015 - Setting the Scene: Identifying and Conserving Historic landscapes Conference site

In 2014 - The Regeneration Game: Heritage, Community and Business Conference site

In 2013 - A Risky Business: Practical solutions for rescuing heritage assets Conference site

In 2012 - The Inside Story: Dealing with Historic Interiors (link to website)

In 2011 - Challenging Conservation: Heritage at the Crossroads (link to website)

In 2008 - Tall storeys - do high buildings complement the historic environment (link to flyer, PDF)

In 2007 - Renewable energy and the historic environment. (link to flyer, PDF)

In 2006 - Retail Therapy, Heritage and Urban Design in Town Centres. (link to flyer, PDF)

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Winter 2013/Spring 2014
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Summer 2012 PDF download

Winter 2011
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Autumn/Winter 2010,
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No.12 Autumn 2009 (
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No.11 Spring 2009 (
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No. 10 Summer 2008 (
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No. 9 February 2008 (
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No.8 October 2007 (
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No.7 June 2007
No.6 November 2006
No.5 June 2006
No.4 January 2006
No. 3 February 2005
No. 2 September 2004
No. 1 May 2004

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