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Heritage Lottery Fund launches new £8million resilience programme

Aug 1st 2016 -- Annette McGill

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help charities build their resilience. The programme will offer grants of £3,000 and £250,000.

The application guidelines suggest several areas which could be of interest to charity facilities managers and others responsible for strategy for charity property.

HLF says the grants could be used for:

50 Things to do in a Church

Jul 29th 2016 -- Annette McGill

The National Churches Trust has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of churches to local people and communities.  The campaign, entitled “50 Things to do in a Church” celebrates the many and diverse ways church buildings are used, and asks the public to share their favourite things to do in a church or chapel.  

Choice, control and space – what workers want

Jun 18th 2016 -- Annette McGill

A new study of workers' office preferences shows that comfort, temperature and lighting are the most important considerations driving wellbeing.

The research, commissioned by the British Council for Offices and property consultants Savills, looked at at what workers want from their offices and aimed to identify likely trends which will affect the future of workspace design.

Pollutant warning over 'airtight' modern buildings

May 13th 2016 -- Annette McGill

In the drive to cut energy bills and increase environmental sustainability, architects, designers and facilities managers are increasingly seeking to make buildings airtight.

However new research in Scotland shows that new and refurbished properties designed to be airtight are risking a build-up of harmful chemicals and moisture if people do not use ventilation correctly.