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Waterside Plans - A Missed Opportunity for Derry

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On 22nd November, 2017, Ulster Architectural Heritage addressed a public meeting regarding the restoration of Waterside Station, Derry~Londonderry.

Derry is blessed with historic assets that other towns and cities in NI have long since lost or degraded beyond recognition.

Notable terminus station architecture such as Bangor and the magnificent Belfast stations at Great Victoria Street and Queen’s Quay long since bulldozed, and the unusually quirky Portrush terminus abandoned by Translink to an uncertain fate.

Unique river frontages in Newry sacrificed to ill conceived road schemes, carparking and the service bays of supermarkets, the dismal Laganside in Belfast and the inexcusable concrete cloned retail parks on Ballymena and Enniskillen river and lakeside.

New book 'Glamour and Gloom' launches in time for Christmas!

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New UAHS publication lauched 'Glamour and Gloom: 1930s Architecture in Belfast'

Fire - A Foe of Belfast's Built Heritage.

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The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is deeply concerned by fire at 150 year old building at 16-18 Donegall Street, Belfast, Friday last, and again on Monday afternoon.  The NI Fire and Rescue service are to be commended on the speed and efficiency of their response on Friday, which undoubtedly saved this building and probably others close by. It seems likely that damage caused on Friday may not have been sufficiently pleasing, and arsonist(s) returned on Monday to further damage this building. Despite the double arson attack, with intervention by the emergency services, the building appears relatively sound. Restoration should be possible and, indeed, is the appropriate response to such wanton damage of Belfast's built heritage.

Heritage Angel Awards- Shortlist Announced!

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The search for Northern Ireland’s first Heritage Angels is moving forward with the final Heritage Angel Awards shortlist revealed today.  These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage- individuals or groups, who have rescued an historic building or site, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place.

Application Submitted for Phase 1: Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.

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Application Submitted for Phase 1: Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. UAHS speaks out about the application process, and the effect proposals would, if approved, have on Belfast and its heritage.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Pre-Application Consultation #2

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In April 2017, UAHS advised that a large portion of the Cathedral Quarter Conservation Area- Lower North Street, and Donegall Street is proposed for demolition by way of the ‘Belfast City Regeneration Project’ previously referred to as ‘Royal Exchange’. A campaign led by Save CQ saw over 2000 people object to the proposals. Read the previous article here.

Round two of the pre-application consultation sessions are in the MAC on Monday, 3rd (2pm-8pm) and Tuesday 4th July (9am-2pm). The original timeframe for comment before Friday 7th of July was unnecessarily short.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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