Author: CHB

Historic England objects to Manchester towers

Proposals for two tall buildings in the heart of Manchester would damage the city’s historic core, according to Historic England, which has objected to the development plans in their advice to Manchester City Council. The design, height and colour of the development on Jackson’s Row would dominate the Deansgate/Peter Street conservation area and dwarf the nationally-important Grade II* listed Central Library and Grade I listed Town Hall, which is one of the best in England for its expression of the city’s huge ambition during the Industrial Revolution. 3D modelling carried out by the developers as part of the planning application shows how aggressively the proposed...

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Golden future for Ingoldsby church

St Bartholomew’s, a Grade I listed rural parish church in Ingoldsby, Lincolnshire, is celebrating the installation of much-needed modern facilities. The National Churches Trust awarded the church a £5,000 Community Grant in June 2016, helping to fund a project to connect to the water supply and install a sink and serving unit for refreshments. The funding also helped to pay for a new cupboard for hymn books and to house the wheelchair and the portable wheelchair ramp. A small church with a big history A church was recorded in Ingoldsby in the Domesday Book, which was probably a wooden...

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Third phase of Cambodia temple restoration by Indian archaeologists begins

The place shot to fame after being featured in Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s hit film Tomb Raider. But it is the Indian archaeologists who are restoring Ta Prohm temple near Angkor Wat to its ancient glory and the project has now entered in its third phase. The temple dating back to 12th century is said to be dedicated to the Hindu deity Brahma and is part of the Angkor Wat temple complex. The third phase of the project has been launched by a team from the Archaeological Survey of India and is being carried out under the supervision of...

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Alternative Tourism & Highgate Cemetery – by Michael A. Gill

A few weeks before Christmas, at the start of what now appears to be Britain’s Monsoon Season, I accepted a kind and much sought after invitation from Justin Bickersteth of the ‘Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust’– a guided tour of the famous West Cemetery. This film-set perfect vision of the Victorian obsession with death and its earthly presence has appeared on screen many times, if not in actuality then in imitation. If Hollywood set designers are asked to build a dramatic Cemetery scene, this is what they produce. Built on one of the highest points of London’s highest borough,...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple set to reopen following two-year restoration

After spending more than $23 million dollars and experiencing two delays, the finish line is finally in sight for the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. Built for a Unitarian Universalist congregation between 1905 and 1908, the poured-in-place concrete structure is considered by many—including Wright himself—to be the architect’s most notable contribution to modern design. The multi-phase plan to repair the National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site had been in discussion for many years prior to work finally starting in the spring of 2015. Originally expected to be competed by the fall...

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