Organisations caring for places of worship have until February to apply for a prestigious conservation award organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
Buildings and Property
A Government task force has launched an online survey asking for advice on how to look after church buildings and how to keep them part of local communities.
The Allchurches Trust has announced a grants scheme to enable churches to install roof alarms to deter metal thieves.
Churches can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a roof alarm system. The alarm system must be approved by their insurer, and the church’s governing body must commit to maintain the system for five years. The closing date for applications is February 28th 2107.
Gloucester Cathedral is installing solar panels as part of plan to make ancient building fit for the future.
Gloucester Cathedral plans to install up to 200 solar panels on on its roof. The panels will generate 25,000 kilowatts of energy - and will enable the Cathedral to reduce its energy bills by a quarter.
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.
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.
Community groups across England have come together to list their local pubs as community assets in order to protect them from redevelopment.
The new US embassy in London is one of the first construction sites to achieve a five star rating under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is the national scheme to reward developers that run safe and considerate construction sites. It was designed to improve the image of the construction industry and to promote site safety.