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Heritage Angel Awards- Shortlist Announced!

Featured News
9/10/2017

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.

Featured News
29/9/2017

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.

New Listings-New Dawn for Protection of Built Heritage in Belfast?

Featured News
25/9/2017

As the first buildings are listed by issue of Building Preservation Notice since devolved powers in 2015, can this actually be interpreted as a game changer for protection of Belfast’s historic buildings?

It goes without saying that the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) welcomes Belfast City Council’s decision to endorse the listing of prominent Victorian buildings 156-164 and 166-174 North Street, the 120 year old Windsor and Merchants buildings.

Any action attributing value and protection to the City’s remaining historic fabric, given decades of incremental losses, must deliver due credit to Belfast City Council and the members of the City Council Planning Committee.

There was apparent ease in the way that ‘almost listed’ buildings at 97-105 North Street were demolished last year. Belfast City Council had been informed of the buildings’ significance and of the intention to list.  The Council’s power to serve a Building Preservation Notice (BPN) could have been used to protect the buildings in the interim but no such action was taken. The demolition of these buildings added to the previous loss of the Elephant Buildings and bar, now a carpark, and added further to the almost complete demise of Upper North Street, once one of Belfast’s most attractive principal historic trading streets.

Seacoast Cottage Shines Light on Cuts to Historic Environment Funding

Featured News
21/8/2017

The case of Seacoast Cottage serves to shine a light on the lack of funding available to protect some of Northern Ireland’s most important historic buildings.

This B1 Listed thatched cottage is one of over 500 buildings currently recorded to be ‘at risk’. In early 2015, structural issues combined with extreme weather caused partial collapse of the thatched roof. As a consequence the cottage has been deemed structurally unsound and at risk of complete collapse. One of only approximately 150 thatched buildings remaining in Northern Ireland, this six-bay, basalt built, marram thatched cottage survives as a family home, having been in the family of the current owner for four generations. Until 2015, the current owner had self- maintained the thatch without requests for grant assistance. However, the collapse of the thatched roof has meant that the family now need urgent help, and the case is deemed critical.

UAHS is Recruiting- Heritage Events Assistants Required! EXTENDED DEADLINE!

Featured News
14/8/2017

UAHS runs an events programme and projects that involve events activity, such as the Heritage Angel Awards, European Heritage Open Days, and our biannual summer school. In a Heritage Events Assistant role with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, (UAHS) you will help to deliver these events, for example welcoming, guiding and explaining the work of the UAHS, and the value of membership to our members and the general public. You may help to outreach programmes at locations throughout Northern Ireland and the nine counties of Ulster.

Heritage Angel Awards to feature 'Buildings of Belfast-Heritage in Song'!

Featured News
9/8/2017

Buildings of Belfast – Heritage in Song

Local artists to support first ever Heritage Awards for Northern Ireland

 

New Future for Former Methodist Church?

Featured News
25/7/2017

Approvals have been granted for well known building at risk, former Methodist Church at University Road to be turned into a public house. With a proposed spend of £2 million by established chain JD Wetherspoon.

The former Methodist Church, University Road, Belfast was built in 1865 to designs by architect W.J. Barre. It is grade B listed and is an important building within the Queen’s Conservation Area. The building is mid Victorian design of red, yellow and blue brick with stone. It’s campanile, or free standing Italian style bell tower, stands prominently on University Road, framing the street with the spires of the nearby Crescent and Moravian listed churches.

 

 

Heritage Angel Awards: Information Events!

Featured News
20/7/2017

From 26th July the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society will be out, across Northern Ireland, helping you to find out all about the Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland. UAHS will be supported at these events by our funder and partner, the Department for Communities.

The Heritage Angel Awards, is an exciting new project for Northern Ireland, launched in June. The annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage. For example, individuals and communities who have rescued an historic building, completed heritage projects, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place.

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

Featured News
3/7/2017

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.

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.

 

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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