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

Featured News
22/6/2017

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?

Featured News
24/5/2017

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.

Featured News
28/4/2017

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!

Featured News
19/4/2017

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.

Featured News
2/4/2017

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.

Featured News
14/3/2017

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.

Featured News
27/2/2017

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?

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