In this episode, we meet the conservation architect Andrew McClelland. He tells us about the hidden history of Castlecourt - one of the biggest city centre developments of the twentieth century in Belfast.
How does a big development like this happen in the city? And what else - demolished or unbuilt - might have stood in its place?
Andrew McClelland, pictured outside CastleCourt in Belfast. Photo: Rebekah McCabe.
Cover of the Heritage Newsletter, Summer 1985, showing the General Post Office on Royal Avenue: "...quite an imposing Victorian, Romanesque building - quite grimy in appearance through the accumulated pollution..." Image courtesy Ulster Architectural Heritage.
Torrens Market prior to demolition in 1987. Photo: NIEA.
Bank Square, adjacent to CastleCourt. The wall of the shopping centre's service yard, which effectively cut Berry Street in two, can be seen ahead. Photo: Rebekah McCabe.
Early plans for the Royal Avenue/Smithfield scheme, which retained Garfield Street to the north and Berry Street to the south.
A map of the Smithfield / Royal Avenue area in 1972, showing the street pattern and urban grain of the area.
A map of the same area in 1989, showing how Castlecourt built over the previous street pattern.
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