An owner with common sense and respect for traditional materials and construction methods, can be a building's greatest asset. When a building needs more than simple repair, however, it is important to use a professional practitioner to give correct guidance. The Department of the Environment encourages this by offering a high level of grant aid on professional fees incurred during the course of a building contract on many listed buildings.
In order to undertake satisfactory repair a craftsman of ability is required. The Directory is based on information recently supplied to the Society by the organisations and individuals concerned, and lists people who have experience of working with historic buildings. However, whilst great care has been taken in the compilation of the Directory of Traditional Building Skills, the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of its contents, for the consequences of using this information, or for poor workmanship carried out by any of the practitioners or contractors listed here. The Society is unable to give specific recommendations nor does the inclusion of an individual firm in the Directory imply any form of accreditation by the Society or by NIEA, but NIEA do formally recognise the conservation accreditation schemes of the professional bodies (eg. RIBA, RICS, RIAI) which are a sign of a rigorous assessment process and a true quality mark - see the websites of the professional bodies for more information.
Readers are reminded that Listed Building Consent is required before starting any work on a listed building – this covers any changes to the interior as well as to the exterior, and includes the replacement of windows and doors. Works to scheduled monuments may also require Scheduled Monument Consent. Further information about listed buildings and scheduled monuments can be obtained from the Department of Communities, Historic Environment Division:
Department of Communities, Historic Environment Division, Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street, Town Parks, Belfast, BT2 7EG. Tel: 028 9082 3177.
Buildings in conservation areas are also protected, and advice should always be sought from the local Divisional Planning Office before starting work.
Advice about grants and other funding assistance can be found on the 'Funding' section of our website. Other information that should also prove informative for owners of buildings can be found under the 'Information' and 'Home & Dry' sections of our website. A list of useful contacts can also be found in the 'Useful addresses and contact details' section.