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.
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.
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.
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.
Older buildings are at risk from attempts to make them energy efficient. Everyone in the property and construction industry needs to understand that the one size fits all approach is not the answer for millions of older buildings – that are treated as if they were modern. At this event, introduced and chaired by Professor John Edwards, Guest Editor of IHBC’s Context special edition on Green Retrofit we will explore:
Fundamental differences between new and older buildings
Comparing and contrasting energy efficiency assessment methods
Making existing fabric more energy efficient – without retrofit
A combined process of retrofit and other energy efficiency works – finding optimum solutions
Role of Building Regulations
Role of British and European Standards
Guidance and Tools – good and bad
Why dampness is one of the most important issues to understand
Competencies required from individuals
Quality Management on site
Professor John Edwards, MA, DipBldgCons, BCAS, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC
Until April 2014 John held one of the UK’s most senior building conservation positions as Assistant Director of Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and prior to that John worked for English Heritage. Whilst at Cadw John initiated and led the Welsh Governments first live energy efficiency research project concerning traditional buildings. John is a Director of Edwards Hart a multi-disciplined consultancy practice where he leads on building conservation, sustainability, energy efficiency, building pathology, standard setting, training and project management and operates across the UK and Ireland. John has contributed to numerous European and British Standards and includes lead authorship of BS7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings. John is also co-author of the RICS Conservation Guidance Note, co-author of CIOB Carbon Action 2050 guidance on retrofit, and guidance on the maintenance and operation of buildings. John has contributed to the development of National Occupational Standards for the UK Governments 'Green Deal', is the Co-founder of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, is a member of the BSI committee for the Conservation of tangible cultural heritage and a member of the UK Green Construction Panel. John is also Professor on Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David and a Trustee of the IHBC.
Networking and refreshments from 5pm. Glass of wine or other refreshment included in ticket price.
Open to members: £10 and non-members: £15. Reductions for members of UAHS and IHBC.