Friday, 7 March 2014

Hearth's “Spring School”: Abandoned Gems Into Heritage Jewels / Ards Town Hall, Thurs 27 March, 9am - 4.30pm

Hearth Housing Association will be running a “Spring School”, a one day workshop on the issues of dereliction and regeneration. The aim of the day is to help statutory bodies, professionals, historic building owners and potential purchasers to realise the full value of our built heritage and to find practical solutions and new ideas to collectively revive neglected areas. 

Court Street, Newtownards. Credit: John McDonald on

Reuse of existing buildings is important for sustainable development. Current legislation and the economic climate can often make it difficult to use existing buildings and the temptation is to demolish. Dereliction and vacant heritage properties are blighting our streetscapes contributing to serious environmental, economic and social decline.

How can we make the most of neglected buildings, like the 19th century terrace at Court Street, Newtownards, to generate economic gains as well as environmental benefits?

Programme outline

Morning Sessions 1 & 2 - A broad look at dereliction, vacant buildings, & regeneration will include:
  • Mayor of Ards Borough Council
  • Dawson Stelfox, Consarc
  • Rita Harkin, former UAHS Research Officer
  • Lorraine Robinson, UAHS 
  • Teresa McGrath, Queens University
  • Joseph Birt, Building Control. 
Presentations will cover topics such as:
  • The economic value of heritage buildings 
  • The justification for retention of heritage buildings 
  • The issues & opportunities surrounding vacant and derelict buildings 
  • Impact on local tourism & trade 
  • A look at Court St and its history
  • Hearth, who own two properties on Court St, will use their own real life case study to serve as a useful  tool for developing an educational base for regeneration amongst key decision makers and stake holders. 

Questions and Answer will follow each session

Free Lunch Tea & Coffee Provided

Afternoon Session 3
Site Visit to Court Street:
A guided tour and first hand view of the dereliction and potential in the area. 

Discussion groups:
Return to the Town Hall for group workshops using Hearth's Court St case study Presentation on workshop ideas and final Q&A session.

How to Register
The Spring Workshop is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential. To reserve a place please email [email protected]

Contact Siobhan or Clare at Hearth if you have any queries on 028 90530121.

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