News from UAHS

UAHS Invites Members to Upcoming EGM.

27/10/2016

For almost fifty years now your Society has been in the vanguard of campaigning, protecting and highlighting the importance of the unique asset that is our built heritage - the streetscapes and countryside, the towns and villages for people and communities. 

While such value and potential is increasingly being recognised, the UAHS still has a significant role to play in independently promoting the protection, conservation and heritage-led regeneration. It is vital that the UAHS remains as relevant and effective as it can be as we move into our 50th year.

Waterside Station: Back On Track?

12/10/2016

UAHS is delighted that the Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, has announced that the listed Waterside Station will be the core of a new transport hub for Derry~Londonderry.

The building has been on the Built Heritage at Risk Register for Northern Ireland since 2012. The Society has been closely involved in discussions on the options for a new transport hub with the position that a heritage led scheme based on the listed Station represents maximum benefit to the historic city.

Red Brick Belfast!

19/9/2016

The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is delighted to be embarking on an innovative project, with the Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT) and a wide range of other partners, using the arts to explore red brick heritage in the Village area of south Belfast and across the city. Red Brick Belfast received £10,000 through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Sharing Heritage programme.

6 young unemployed men and 6 women from the area will work closely with a range of practitioners from architecture, archaeology, ceramics and digital arts backgrounds for 12 weeks, beginning at the end of September, to record and interpret the Donegall Road (Village) Area of Townscape Character, where red brick terraces, factories and churches deserve greater attention.

EHOD Heritage Heroes 2016!

5/9/2016

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society has come together with the Department for Communities: Historic Environment Division, to recognise some of Northern Ireland’s Heritage Heroes!  

From the many places open to visitors for this year’s European Heritage Open Days, five buildings have been chosen to demonstrate the great work being done to protect built heritage in Northern Ireland.

“Heritage Heroes” highlights the hard work of voluntary groups and individuals who have made a real difference to our built heritage.  It acknowledges some recently completed projects and those that are progressing towards being achieved.  Why not visit this weekend for EHOD, 10th-11th September 2016.

workshops on Heritage Research and Recording and Heritage Protection in Derry and Omagh

New Your Architecture, Your Heritage workshops for the Autumn!

24/8/2016

UAHS is announcing new training workshops on Heritage Research and Recording and Heritage Protection as part of its continuing Your Architecture, Your Heritage programme. 

Press Release: Ewart's Warehouse, Belfast. Concerns Remain Following Approval.

11/8/2016

UAHS remains deeply concerned by the decision by Belfast City Council to approve planning permission for Ewart’s Warehouse. We are always eager to support applications for the re-use of historic buildings where at all possible, particularly buildings at risk. There are, unfortunately, cases that we regret we cannot support.  We have suggested that the detail made available prior to this approval was insufficient to allow the proper consideration and to justify compliance against policy.

On Tuesday 27th July, UAHS attended the planning committee in Belfast City Hall and made a verbal presentation highlighting our concerns. Application was approved. The applicant's conservation consultant stated that UAHS had won the battle to save Ewart's from a facade retention but, with full permission granted in advance of the necessary evidence to confirm 'victory' we remain sceptical. UAHS media profile 28/07/16, BBC Newsline. Ref: LA04/2015/0094/LBC.

Press Release: Unenforced Neglect Threatens Holywood Listed Building.

22/7/2016

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.

2/6/2016

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.

2/6/2016

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.

2/6/2016

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.

6/5/2016

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

25/4/2016

'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!

25/4/2016

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

23/4/2016

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.

25/2/2016

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

21/1/2016

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?

21/12/2015

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!

7/12/2015

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.

30/11/2015

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.

9/11/2015

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...

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