News from UAHS

Crumlin Road Courthouse Fire Damaged


A fire took hold at the Crumlin Road Courthouse on 12th March. A quick response from the Fire Service has ensured that important original interiors have remained intact.  Owners need strong guidance on how to safeguard empty buildings at risk.

'At Risk' Historic Buildings Highlighted in New Catalogue


The Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson MP MLA, today launched the Built Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland Catalogue, Volume 8, at Crumlin Road Gaol in north Belfast. This is the eighth catalogue to have been published by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. 

Heritage Society Welcomes Research into Traditional Building Craft Skills in Ireland


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society today welcomed the launch of Traditional Building Craft Skills: Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge - Skills Needs Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Ireland. 

Linen Warehouse Demolition Consent Quashed


The Department today acknowledged that it had not followed proper process and quashed decisions to allow demolition and replacement of the Athletic Stores, Belfast.

Merry Christmas


The Committee, staff and volunteers of the UAHS wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Look Before You Leak


New leaflet encourages homeowners to clean their gutters and undertake regular, routine maintenance.

Info Flash- New Rural Planning Policy Announced!


The Department of the Environment is currently undertaking a public consultation into the replacement of draft PPS14, now to be known as Planning Policy Statement 21: Sustainable Development in the Countryside. 

Listed Buildings Owners' Forum Success


Around 800 owners availed of the opportunity to meet with NIEA staff at this welcome event, organised by the Society's Home and Dry team.

Raise a Glass to the Cathedral Quarter


Cathedral Conservation Area Buildings at Risk beer mat launched in tandem with Cathedral Quarter ale.

No Last Rights for Oldpark Church


The Department and developer ignore local communities' wishes.

Sion Mills Stable Block Roof Collapses


The distinctive roof of the B+ listed Sion Mills stable block has collapsed following work carried out by the owner five years after Northern Ireland's first Repairs Notice was served.

Heritage Society Welcomes New Funding For Listed Buildings


Many years of campaigning by the UAHS have borne fruit with the announcement of new funding arrangements for owners of listed buildings in Northern Ireland. 

Unauthorised Demolition of Listed 'Piney Ridge'


B1 listed 'Piney Ridge', Malone Road, Belfast, was demolished without consent during the Easter holidays. The Society has called upon the DoE to act swiftly to punish this offence, helping ensure that others are deterred from pursuing the same course of action.



Lose or Reuse tackles one of the key issues of the 21st century - sustainability. In this book theory and practice combine to demonstrate how sustainability, much discussed but rarely defined, can be achieved. Each chapter concludes with a pertinent local case study demonstrating how a better future can be assured through the socially and environmentally responsible restoration of historic buildings.

Info Flash - Listed Building Grant Consultation - Have Your Say!


The Environment and Heritage Service is currently undertaking a public consultation into the future of their grant aid programme for listed buildings in Northern Ireland. It runs for a period of eight weeks until Friday 18th April 2008. 

Society Endorses 'Listing' of Bessbrook Mill


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is delighted that the former Bessbrook Mill complex in County Armagh has been 'listed' Grade B1 by Environment and Heritage Service following a successful campaign led by concerned locals, with active support from UAHS. 

DSD Minister Supports Heritage-Led Regeneration


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society welcomed Department for Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie to its AGM at the Meter House, Belfast Gasworks.

Heritage Society Concern at PPS14 Emerging Findings


The future of draft Planning Policy Statement 14: Sustainable Development in the Countryside is uncertain following the publication of the Emerging Findings of a Stormont Executive Sub-Committee.

'Frames' Offered Protection


The distinctive 1907 building known as 'Frames' in Belfast has been temporarily added to the list following threat of demolition.

Terraced Demolished in Ballycastle Conservation Area


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society was horrified by the demolition, without consent, of an important Victorian terrace at Quay Road in the Ballycastle Conservation Area and has called upon Planning Service to respond with swift enforcement action and detailed replication of the buildings.

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