News from UAHS

Launch of Heritage Angel Awards NI! Apply or Nominate Now.


The Inaugural Launch of the Heritage Angel NI Awards took place this week in Belfast.  The scheme funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Department for Communities, is administered by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.   The Awards seek to celebrate the efforts of people who go to extraordinary lengths to protect, save and share their local heritage.  They also recognise those who champion their local heritage by sharing and practising forgotten craft skills.  In addition they celebrate young people, recognising their efforts to learn about heritage. 


Hilden Mill- Hope for a Heritage Led Future?


UAHS welcomes the news that Barbour Campbell’s Mill, Hilden has been acquired by a new owner. The Society hopes sale spurs Hilden's heritage led future.


Belfast's Next 15 Years? UAHS Responds to Proposed Plans.


UAHS responds to the Belfast City Council Preferred Options Paper, for the Local Development Plan, on a basis of the Society’s core principals of the conservation, re-use and heritage-led regeneration of Northern Ireland’s national built heritage asset. Our principals recognise how the intrinsic value of the asset contributes to prosperity, tourist income generation, culture and pride of place, and a general sense of wellbeing related to living within, and interacting with, urban and rural built environment. Particularly the historic built environment.

Development plans should, in as much as this is ever possible, anticipate infrastructure and economic supply and demand needs, with periodic review enabling adaptation to suit unforeseeable change. However, there are always defining constants, as detailed above, which remain through the lifetime of plans and beyond.  These constants should be the foundations that decision makers carry through to lead policy from one plan period to the next, delivering rolling improvement in the living and visiting experience of the area and reaping the resulting economic benefits.

Unfortunately, in complete contrast to the philosophy of carefully considered planning, the photograph on page 4 of the Preferred Options Paper, is indicative of the ‘any development is good’ policies of the past. This image shows the surviving elements of the historic individuality and ‘liveability’ of this area of Belfast completely overwhelmed by bland and inappropriately scaled blocks. The standard ‘trick’ of photographing at night adds an impression of ‘sparkle’ to an image of Belfast that is in the main, dull and devoid of the individuality which is key to the attraction of destination cities.

UAHS~IGS Summer School-Returns June 2017!


Conservation without Frontiers: Exploring the Connection between Buildings and Places in North West Ulster

UAHS and IGS’s biennial Summer School is back for 2017!

Once again, this special event brings together students, experts and enthusiasts to explore, discuss, debate and enjoy issues relating to our shared Irish heritage in the context of Derry City & Strabane and Donegal. The event will focus on conservation and heritage led regeneration in the built environment of North West Ulster.

There will be many opportunities to visit and engage with the history and heritage of the area through talks, site visits to vernacular and civic buildings of architectural interest, demonstrations of traditional building skills and open discussions.

Speakers include: Dr. Brian Lacey, Paddy Matthews, Dr. Andrew McClelland, Dr. Edward McParland, Dr. Fidelma Mullane, Ronan O'Donnell, Dr. Barry O'Reilly, Dr. Greg Stevenson and Prof. Alistair Rowan.


Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right.


As demolition in the area of Upper North Street continues, unabated, this weekend, a deadline approaches for phase one of consultation on plans to remove yet more of Belfast’s built heritage. Pre application deadline, Monday 3rd April at 5pm.

A large portion of the Cathedral Quarter Conservation Area- Lower North Street, and Donegall Street is proposed for demolition. Including a number of unlisted historic buildings.



Wiping the Face from Historic Belfast.


Demolition continued over the weekend 10th-12th March, of the remaining Victorian Warehouses on Belfast’s Kent and Union Streets, despite early warning to Belfast City Council by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS).

Contractors, presumed to be working on behalf of the recorded buildings’ owner, ES North Street, commenced demolition of the warehouses on Friday 10th of March. ES North Street shares directors with the McAleer and Rushe Group, who partner Belfast City Council (BCC) on a number of development projects.


Listed Bank Suffers Damage in Latest North Street Demolition.


PRESS RELEASE: 27th February, 2017.

Following on the loss of three 'nearly listed' buildings on Belfast's North Street, November 2016, further demolition has caused structural damage to B+ listed, landmark, Art Deco building, former Bank of Ireland, 92-100 Royal Avenue, located on a junction with North Street. With repeated demolitions, what is being done to stop the destruction of our built heritage?

Marks of Time: Exhibition 16th January-10th February.


In a follow up to his 2013 exhibition and book in support of the City of Culture, architect Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect in the Historic Environment Division in the Department for Communities has spent his spare time over the last year looking in depth at the built heritage of Strabane. The result is an exhibition which will run in the Alley Theatre in Strabane from 16th January to 10 February. As with the previous exhibition, a series of pen and watercolour sketches is used to tell the story of the area from earliest times to the present and how this has left a mark on its buildings. The exhibition is free to all with proceeds from any sales going to local Strabane homeless charity Gable, which is part of Shelter-NI.


UAHS is Recruiting-Heritage Communications & Events Officer Required.


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society seeks to employ a Heritage Communications & Events Officer to December 2020, subject to annual review and continuation of funding.

UAHS Announces Move to Old Museum Building.


Press Release: UAHS Announces Move to Old Museum Building

UAHS is on the move! We are delighted to announce that in early January 2017 the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is moving to the Old Museum building at 7 College Square North, Belfast.

Listing Survey Years Behind Schedule.


UAHS welcomes the Northern Ireland Audit Office's acknowledgement that Northern Ireland's built heritage is 'an irreplaceable cultural asset' and 'a vital and non-renewable component of our economy' making 'a significant contribution to a number of outcomes in the draft Programme for Government 2016-2021. The report highlights that the second survey of listed buildings in Northern Ireland remains significantly behind schedule.

Heritage of North Belfast: Nearly Listed, Now Lost.


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is outraged at the demolition of historic buildings at 95-107 North Street, Belfast which took place over the weekend 26th-27th November. On 11th March 2016 UAHS submitted to the Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division a listing request for these three buildings. It is understood that after assessment, the case for listing was affirmed by both the Department and the Historic Buildings Council and was due to go before Belfast City Council's December meeting. The case for listing had progressed smoothly, and it is very alarming that demolition took place apparently coincidentally, just before listing for the protection of these buildings was likely to be confirmed.

Annual Heritage Angel Awards for Northern Ireland from 2017.


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society will be introducing Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland in 2017. The awards will be supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Department for Communities.

From 2017-20 the Heritage Angel Awards will acknowledge and profile the achievement of people-individuals, groups and communities in their projects and best practice to conserve, record, protect and celebrate heritage in Northern Ireland. UAHS will be highlighting the importance of heritage projects and work of the heritage sector to wider society, showcasing best conservation practice and construction in heritage work and skills.  Overall the awards aim to recognise and profile achievement, to inspire and increase activity to help conserve and protect built heritage.

New UAHS Publication: Young & MacKenzie- A Transformational Provincial Practice 1850-1960.


A fascinating and colourful new book on a prolific Ulster architectural practice and family dynasty has been published by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and launched on 17th November at one of the keynote Belfast buildings which the firm designed and worked from for much of the twentieth century. 

UAHS Invites Members to Upcoming EGM.


For almost fifty years now your Society has been in the vanguard of campaigning, protecting and highlighting the importance of the unique asset that is our built heritage - the streetscapes and countryside, the towns and villages for people and communities. 

While such value and potential is increasingly being recognised, the UAHS still has a significant role to play in independently promoting the protection, conservation and heritage-led regeneration. It is vital that the UAHS remains as relevant and effective as it can be as we move into our 50th year.

Waterside Station: Back On Track?


UAHS is delighted that the Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, has announced that the listed Waterside Station will be the core of a new transport hub for Derry~Londonderry.

The building has been on the Built Heritage at Risk Register for Northern Ireland since 2012. The Society has been closely involved in discussions on the options for a new transport hub with the position that a heritage led scheme based on the listed Station represents maximum benefit to the historic city.

Red Brick Belfast!


The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is delighted to be embarking on an innovative project, with the Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT) and a wide range of other partners, using the arts to explore red brick heritage in the Village area of south Belfast and across the city. Red Brick Belfast received £10,000 through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Sharing Heritage programme.

6 young unemployed men and 6 women from the area will work closely with a range of practitioners from architecture, archaeology, ceramics and digital arts backgrounds for 12 weeks, beginning at the end of September, to record and interpret the Donegall Road (Village) Area of Townscape Character, where red brick terraces, factories and churches deserve greater attention.

EHOD Heritage Heroes 2016!


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society has come together with the Department for Communities: Historic Environment Division, to recognise some of Northern Ireland’s Heritage Heroes!  

From the many places open to visitors for this year’s European Heritage Open Days, five buildings have been chosen to demonstrate the great work being done to protect built heritage in Northern Ireland.

“Heritage Heroes” highlights the hard work of voluntary groups and individuals who have made a real difference to our built heritage.  It acknowledges some recently completed projects and those that are progressing towards being achieved.  Why not visit this weekend for EHOD, 10th-11th September 2016.

workshops on Heritage Research and Recording and Heritage Protection in Derry and Omagh

New Your Architecture, Your Heritage workshops for the Autumn!


UAHS is announcing new training workshops on Heritage Research and Recording and Heritage Protection as part of its continuing Your Architecture, Your Heritage programme. 

Press Release: Ewart's Warehouse, Belfast. Concerns Remain Following Approval.


UAHS remains deeply concerned by the decision by Belfast City Council to approve planning permission for Ewart’s Warehouse. We are always eager to support applications for the re-use of historic buildings where at all possible, particularly buildings at risk. There are, unfortunately, cases that we regret we cannot support.  We have suggested that the detail made available prior to this approval was insufficient to allow the proper consideration and to justify compliance against policy.

On Tuesday 27th July, UAHS attended the planning committee in Belfast City Hall and made a verbal presentation highlighting our concerns. Application was approved. The applicant's conservation consultant stated that UAHS had won the battle to save Ewart's from a facade retention but, with full permission granted in advance of the necessary evidence to confirm 'victory' we remain sceptical. UAHS media profile 28/07/16, BBC Newsline. Ref: LA04/2015/0094/LBC.

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