News from UAHS

Press Release: Unenforced Neglect Threatens Holywood Listed Building.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

New Exhibition- Belfast: A Changing City


'Changing City' is a photography and map exhibition to articulate key changes to Belfast's built environment since the 1800s.

Inspired by 'The Changing Face of Belfast', 1969, by Noel Nesbitt, and the work of the UAHS since the 1967, it focuses on past and present photographs and maps.

Your Architecture, Your Heritage - new events programme!


We are pleased to launch a series of events for all those interested or involved in built heritage across Northern Ireland.

Wanted: Heritage Ambassadors for NI- Election 2016


In the lead up to the Northern Ireland elections 2016, UAHS seeks heritage ambassadors to put our historic built environment high on the political agenda.

Listed Courthouse Closures- A Call for Care.


On 8th February 2016, Justice Minister David Ford announced his decision to rationalise the court estate and close a further five courthouses, including three important listed buildings.  This followed on from a consultation by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service.

This announcement confirms the closure of three examples of important civic architecture in Northern Ireland, at Armagh, Ballymena and Magherafelt.

Current Northside Plans Deemed Refused


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society has been informed by Belfast City Council that application for the Northside Regeneration Plan is currently deemed refused. We understand this to be the case because an environmental statement, or extension to time to submit, was not received by the 15th January 2016 (6 months from the EIA determination).

Demolition of the Orpheus-What's Next?


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society acknowledges with regret the ongoing demolition of the Orpheus building, York Street, Belfast which commenced last weekend, 12th-13th December...

UAHS Survey: Have Your Say!


UAHS is currently welcoming feedback from both members and non-members through our online survey. Participate to be added to the draw for 1 years FREE membership and a FREE publication of your choice.

More Demolition Proposed for North Belfast.


Amidst the recent and ongoing demolition of buildings in North Belfast, including the Orpheus, York Street, the proposed demolition of the popular 'Sunflower Bar' is now in the headlines. We propose that the Sunflower and other, unlisted buildings should be incorporated into proposals for the regeneration of North Belfast. We need your help!


Report released on Protection of Built Heritage in NI.


A report released today by Detail Data looks into care for historic buildings in Northern Ireland. Highlighting issues affecting the protection of our historic buildings...

UAHS supports proposals to list WWII hangars in Derry.


We call upon our members to join us and support proposals the proposals to list WII hangers.

If you would like to join us in supporting this proposal please email:

UAHS celebrates launch of latest book: Central Belfast, 2nd Edition.


On Friday 23rd October Marcus Patton's Central Belfast-An Historical Gazetteer, 2nd Edition was launched at the Ulster Hall by Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council...

UAHS condemns the demolition of Art Deco Buildings in Belfast.


The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society acknowledges with regret the demolition of the Metropole building, York Street over the weekend of 17-18th October, and the anticipated demolition of the adjacent Orpheus building...

UAHS calls for a heritage led future for Bank of Ireland, Belfast.


UAHS hope for a heritage led regeneration of Bank of Ireland, Royal Avenue after recent acquisition.

UAHS and Hearth at European Heritage Open Days 2015


UAHS and Hearth are soon to reveal Riddel's Warehouse as part of EHOD 2015.

Fire at Crumlin Road Court House, Belfast.


UAHS are concerned to hear of a second fire at Crumlin Road Court House on 15th June 2015.

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