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

Latest 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...

UAHS~IGS Summer School-Returns June 2017!

Latest 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.

 

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

Latest News
16/1/2017

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.

Latest News
4/1/2017

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.

Latest News
15/12/2016

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.

Latest News
13/12/2016

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.

Latest News
1/12/2016

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.

Latest News
29/11/2016

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.

Latest News
29/11/2016

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. 

Waterside Station: Back On Track?

Latest News
12/10/2016

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!

Latest News
19/9/2016

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!

Latest News
5/9/2016

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!

Latest News
24/8/2016

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.

Latest News
11/8/2016

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.

Press Release: Unenforced Neglect Threatens Holywood Listed Building.

Latest News
22/7/2016

1 Stewarts Place Holywood is under threat due its partitial collapse yesterday 21st July. UAHS calls for full and proper consideration of the options for repair and reuse of this fine stucco listed building located in Holywood Conservation Area and on the Buildings at Risk Register.  The building is now at severe risk following the recent submission of a planning application for its demolition.  UAHS belives that the building could and should be saved. 

Have Your Say! Consultation on Heritage Funding.

Latest News
2/6/2016

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society encourages our members and the wider public to respond to consultation on the Historic Environment Fund.

This consultation is particularly important in the context of recent reductions in funding to the historic built environment in Northern Ireland including the withdrawal of Grant Aid for listed buildings.

We recommend that steps for the reinstatement of grant aid are taken through the funding framework and its implimentation, particularly for endangered thatch buildings and other of our most vulnerable buildings at risk.

 

Have Your Say! Consultation on Heritage Funding.

Latest News
2/6/2016

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society encourages our members and the wider public to respond to consultation on the Historic Environment Fund from the Historic Environment Unit. Have your say on the draft policy proposals for the strategic direction of funding for the historic environment, as outlined below:

 

Have Your Say! Consultation on Conservation of Churches.

Latest News
2/6/2016

Our churches are often among the most treasured of heritage buildings, both for their architectural value and as a visual record of the ecclesiastical history at the centre of many local communities.  Their protection and ongoing sustainable use is important.

Ewart's Warehouse: No to Demolition.

Latest News
6/5/2016

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society welcomes the conclusions of a structural report about the substantial demolition of Ewart’s Warehouse, Bedford Street, Belfast.

The independent report, commissioned by the Department of the Environment, states that ‘Demolition of the building for reasons of structural deficiencies is considered unsubstantiated’, describing the building as ‘robust’ and ‘capable of refurbishment’.

This echoes concerns raised by the Society in 2015.

New Exhibition- Belfast: A Changing City

Latest News
25/4/2016

'Changing City' is a photography and map exhibition to articulate key changes to Belfast's built environment since the 1800s.

Inspired by 'The Changing Face of Belfast', 1969, by Noel Nesbitt, and the work of the UAHS since the 1967, it focuses on past and present photographs and maps.

Your Architecture, Your Heritage - new events programme!

Latest News
25/4/2016

We are pleased to launch a series of events for all those interested or involved in built heritage across Northern Ireland.

Wanted: Heritage Ambassadors for NI- Election 2016

Latest News
23/4/2016

In the lead up to the Northern Ireland elections 2016, UAHS seeks heritage ambassadors to put our historic built environment high on the political agenda.

Listed Courthouse Closures- A Call for Care.

Latest News
25/2/2016

On 8th February 2016, Justice Minister David Ford announced his decision to rationalise the court estate and close a further five courthouses, including three important listed buildings.  This followed on from a consultation by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service.

This announcement confirms the closure of three examples of important civic architecture in Northern Ireland, at Armagh, Ballymena and Magherafelt.

Current Northside Plans Deemed Refused

Latest News
21/1/2016

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society has been informed by Belfast City Council that application for the Northside Regeneration Plan is currently deemed refused. We understand this to be the case because an environmental statement, or extension to time to submit, was not received by the 15th January 2016 (6 months from the EIA determination).

Demolition of the Orpheus-What's Next?

Latest News
21/12/2015

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society acknowledges with regret the ongoing demolition of the Orpheus building, York Street, Belfast which commenced last weekend, 12th-13th December...

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