Showing posts with label UAHS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UAHS. Show all posts

Friday, 19 December 2014

UAHS 2015 Programme of Events

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) works to promote appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture of all periods and encourages the conservation, restoration and re-use of Ulster’s built heritage to regenerate and sustain our communities. The organisation has developed a programme of public events for 2015.

William Kent: An Appreciation
Thursday 29 January
Lecture by Professor James Stevens Curl
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 7.30pm

Annual General Meeting of the Society
Wednesday 18 February
Guest speaker, Dr David Fleming, Chair of the Irish Georgian Society
Belmont Tower, Belfast, 7pm

Derry / Londonderry: Walled City Treasure Hunt & Tour of the City
Saturday 28 March

Visit to Galgorm / Gracehill
Saturday 25 April

Historic Houses of Co.Tyrone
Saturday 9 May 

Architectural Pub Tour 
Thursday 11 June 

IGS / UAHS Summer School in Counties Armagh & Monaghan
Thursday 25 June - Saturday 27 June

Visit to Counties Cavan and Monaghan
Saturday 4 July

Visit to Central Belfast featuring Riddel’s Warehouse
Saturday 18 July

Teddy Bears Picnic at Marlacoo House, Portadown
Saturday 25 July

Roller Derby, Belfast

Historic Houses of Fingal
Saturday 22 August

Architects of Ulster: Young and Mackenzie, a Transformational Provincial Practice 1850 - 1960
Thursday 27 August
Lecture by Dr Paul Harron
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 7.30pm

Wilhemena Geddes
Lecture by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe
Ulster Museum, Belfast

Culture Night, Belfast 
Friday 18 September

Weekend in South Oxfordshire
Friday 25 - Monday 28 September 

Visit to the Yacht Club & Oratory, Dun Laoghaire
Saturday 3 October 

War Memorials
Thursday 5 November
Lecture by Professor Keith Jeffery
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 7.30pm

Open House
Saturday 5 December
66 Donegall Pass, Belfast, 10am - 2pm

For more information, please

Thursday, 11 April 2013

[Retro]Fit for the Future? | Thurs 18th April, 6pm, PLACE

PLACE present an evening of discussion exploring lessons learnt from the recent retrofit of McMaster Street and the benefits of architectural restoration.

Contributing to the discussion will be Siobhan Brown, Assistant Director, Hearth, Declan Allison, Campaigner, Friends of the Earth, and Michael Briggs, Director, East Belfast Community Development Agency.

This event follows the recent launch of the UAHS and Hearth project 'Quality Streets' - a short animation demonstrating the retrofit of traditional terraced houses.

Date: Thursday 18th April

Time: 6pm

Venue: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE

Cost: Voluntary donation

Click to Enlarge.

Monday, 8 April 2013

'Quality Streets' Launch | Templemore Baths, 12th April, 12pm

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society launch 'Quality Streets' on Friday 12th April at 12pm. The short animation, produced in partnership with Hearth Housing Association, demonstrates how traditional terraced housing can be retro-fitted using energy efficient measures, looking at McMaster Street in East Belfast as an example.

McMaster Street, Belfast. Photo by Gary Potter.

Date: 12th April 2013
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Templemore Baths, Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FW
Tea and coffee provided.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

UAHS Heritage Time Conference | Tues 30 Oct 2012, ChristChurch, Belfast

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society present a conference aimed at promoting the continued use, sustainable reuse and adaption of historic buildings at the heart of communities by the government, local groups and private individuals. Heritage Time will take place at ChristChurch, Belfast on Tuesday 30th October 2012, 9am - 3pm. The application to attend (see end of post) should be returned to the UAHS by post or email: [email protected]

Credit: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Using Tax Incentives to Revive Historic Buildings

The UAHS and RICS present a seminar next Friday 22nd June at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Click the flyer below for details.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

UAHS/Home and Dry 'Spotlight on lime' Seminar: 20th April

Click the flyer above for more details of this event. Registration through the UAHS: [email protected] / 028 9055 0213

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Press response: Community Telegraph, 1st September

The article by Michael Wolsey in last Thursday's Community Telegraph. Click to enlarge.
"Time to get rid of ugly scar in city centre"
Community Telegraph, 1st September 2011
Response from PLACE

Michael Wolsey, writing in last week's Community Telegraph, addressed the state of the northern part of Belfast City Centre, around Royal Avenue, North Street and Garfield Street. PLACE welcomes the article and the fact that it will bring important urban issues to the attention of a wide audience.

"While the article is well-intentioned", said PLACE Director Michael Hegarty, "it ignores a number of current initiatives."

- The Forum for Alternative Belfast have highlighted the state of Garfield Street and suggested solutions in a number of their publications.

- The Let's Get it Right campaign led by the UAHS and CAF is particularly focused on this part of town.

- PLACE hosted two events focusing on public space and the design in the Cathedral Quarter during Belfast Exposed's Exchange Mechanism series in 2010. The real opportunity in this area was highlighted by Michael McGarry, Professor of Architecture at Queen's during these events: "Royal Avenue to York Street - in any other city it would be the grand boulevard," he said.

- Meanwhile, work to explore new opportunities in this area is ongoing by groups and organisations as diverse as adhoc, lecturers including Saul Golden at University of Ulster, Cathedral Quarter Steering Group, Belfast City Centre Management, Belfast Regeneration Office, Belfast City Council and others.

While the results may not yet be evident, PLACE would argue that the kind of partnerships Mr. Wolsey advocates are in fact happening, and there are many people working hard to rehabilitate this part of Belfast.

Friday, 9 April 2010

"Bank Square Regeneration" from NvTv

Bank Square Regeneration from Northern Visions/NvTv on Vimeo.

Northern Visions have produced this video documenting the regeneration efforts at Bank Square. The video highlights the multiple interests in the area. Raymond Holbeach of RPS outlines the RPS scheme while several others give their responses, some of which are below:

Raymond Holbeach, RPS
- Extending Streets Ahead project from nearby Royal Avenue.
- RPS scheme is a kickstart to the regeneration of the area.
- Looked at the other squares in Belfast - good and bad things

Declan Hill, Forum for Alternative Belfast
- Talked about FAB's plans for the square.
- Reducing size of Castlecourt service yard; adding small units along its exterior.

Joby Fox, King Street Arts
- Reopening Berry Street is key.
- Disenfranchised physically from Royal Avenue.

Rita Harkin, UAHS
- "When you've got a focus on this area through a masterplan, we shouldn't just be looking at the surface treatment. [Issues like reopening Berry Street] will unlock the street and enliven it."

Bob McCoubrey, Mourne Seafood Bar
- "We want people to come in and say, this feels like Belfast; this doesn't feel like Brussels or London or Milton Keynes. It feels like something unique to Belfast. And what they gave us is something very bland."

The submission to the West Side Regeneration District Draft Regeneration Plan, hosted by PLACE in September 2008 is available for download from the PLACE site: click here.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Job vacancy at the UAHS

Our colleagues at the UAHS seek a Heritage Projects Officer:


(Initially 3 years, 36¼ hours per week)
Salary £20,000-£22,000

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS), Ulster’s leading built heritage charity, is seeking a person with a deep interest in, and commitment to, the protection of the built heritage of Northern Ireland.

This post is designed to develop opportunities created by a partnership agreement between the UAHS and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The post holder will manage and update the online Built Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland register. A core task will be to broker the successful conservation of listed buildings at risk using a range of mechanisms tailored to individual cases. The post holder will also undertake supplementary activities aimed at encouraging owners to conserve and re-use built heritage at risk.

Applicants should possess an honours degree in architecture, history of art or architecture, or an equivalent or higher qualification in a relevant subject, such as building conservation, or show evidence of significant relevant experience.

A knowledge of Ulster’s architectural history and a familiarity with legislation, policy and practice relating to historic buildings and conservation areas will be desirable. Applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills and must possess a high level of competence in IT applications and be able to work on their own initiative.

Further details including an application form and job description are available to download from the Society’s website or
contact the Administrator at [email protected] or tel. 028 9055 0213

Completed application forms must be returned to
UAHS, 66 Donegal Pass, Belfast, BT7 1BU
to arrive no later than 5pm on Friday 9th April 2010.

More info:

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

UAHS - Liam McCormick lecture - 11th March, 7.30pm

Info from the UAHS on their Liam McCormick lecture, 11th March at 7.30pm:
The modern movement in architecture came late to Ireland and while there were a few buildings of significance completed before the second world-war, the impact of international modernism was largely felt after the war - the work of Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier being of particular importance in this regard. The name that stands out as the central figure in the development of modern church architecture, not just in Ulster but in Ireland as a whole, is that of Liam McCormick. Over a period of four decades this gifted architect was responsible for an impressive series of outstanding churches, many of them were built in his own home county of Donegal. His most famous example is the RIAI Gold Medal-winning Church of St Aengus at Burt which was to bring him unprecedented acclaim and lead to his eventual international reputation. This lecture will examine the influence of le Corbusier in Ireland with a particular focus on the church architecture of Liam McCormick and the significance of a sense of place in his work.

Liam Kelly is a Professor of Irish Visual Culture at the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast. He holds a BA (Hons.) degree in the History of European Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and a Ph.D from Trinity College, Dublin. He is a writer and broadcaster on contemporary Irish and international art. His publications include Thinking Long - Contemporary Art in the North of Ireland; The City as Art (ed.) and The Disembodied Eye. He has also curated both solo and thematic exhibitions in Ireland, Australia, USA, France, Slovenia and Hong Kong.

This lecture will take place at the University of Ulster, Belfast (Art College) and is open to non-members. Lecture fee: £7.

More info: Contact the UAHS

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Friday, 2 October 2009

UAHS win right to challenge Queen Street development

Following on from their objection back in August, the UAHS have now won the right to challenge the redevelopment of the EdCo/Athletic Stores building on Belfast's Queen Street.

A surveyors report on the condition of the building concluded that it was now over 110 years old and at the end of its useful life.

It was stressed that the plan was to replace it with a "sympathetic" development without the major faults and safety risks said to currently exist.

The developer's legal team criticised the UAHS for taking 11 months to bring an objection to the planning application, claiming this had caused significant financial pressures.

It was also stressed that the current building was, in parts, dangerous and beyond economic repair.

But granting leave to seek a judicial review, Mr Justice Weatherup held it may be arguable that the proper approach to its removal was not followed.

"When it comes to conservation area buildings it seems to me there are considerations that go beyond the economic case," he said.

He stressed, however, that the case simply called for further explanation from planning authorities which may satisfy the court.

Listing the full judicial review hearing for December, Mr Justice Weatherup was told by a lawyer for the developer that he would recommend giving an undertaking not to carry out any work on the site until proceedings are completed.

Speaking outside the court, Rita Harkin, research officer with the UAHS, said: "This is an absolutely critical case which will expose just how effective conservation areas are in conserving the historic buildings which give them their character."

BBC News: Challenge to Victorian demolition
PLACE Blog: UAHS objection to redevelopment on Queen Street

Friday, 7 August 2009

UAHS objection to redevelopment on Queen Street

Image: EdCo and Athletic Stores, Queen Street, Belfast by Gerry Ward on flickr

From the BBC news site:
Heritage campaigners may launch a legal bid to stop a developer from demolishing an Edwardian building in Belfast city centre and replacing it with a nine storey apartment block.

The former warehouse was constructed in 1911 and stands at the corner of Queen Street and College Street.

It is located within Belfast City Centre Conservation Area, but a planning application to tear it down was passed in June this year with only one objection lodged.

The developer, Carlisle Property Developments Ltd, wants to transform the site into a tower block which will include 69 new apartments, street level shops and an underground car park.

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) wants a judicial review of the decision and hopes to hear back from the Department of Environment on the issue within days.

BBC News: Belfast building to be demolished (August 7th 2009)

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Minister Joins Celebration Of Historic Graveyard Restoration Project

Rainey Monument after restoration

Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson MP MLA, today joined The Follies Trust at Knockbreda Parish Church in the Castlereagh Borough Council area to celebrate the conservation of two listed mausolea within the historic graveyard, as well as the launch of a related publication, Knockbreda - its monuments and people.

The event marked the culmination of several years of hard work by The Follies Trust, a charity and all-Ireland building preservation trust, which has raised substantial funds through lectures, donations and grant aid to restore the 18th century Greg and Rainey mausolea. Both B+ listed structures were at serious risk due to disrepair but have now been saved for the benefit of present and future generations.

The book, edited by Lydia Wilson, gives a fascinating insight into the people memorialised at Knockbreda - from merchant princes to paupers. It has contributions from Hugh Dixon, Prof James Stevens Curl, Dr Finbar McCormick, Nini Rogers and others.

Speaking before the launch, the Chairman of The Follies Trust, Primrose Wilson CBE, enthused:

“Follies are joyful little buildings which aim to please!”

“These gorgeous structures proclaim to the world the importance of the people buried in them - they played a major role in making Belfast a great industrial city. The mausolea are part of Belfast’s heritage and have received a new lease of life since their restoration."

“The Follies Trust is proud to have played its part in rejuvenating this part of our history. Today at our celebration we are delighted to be joined by the Minister and descendants of the Greg and Rainey families who have traveled from Glasgow, London and Cambridge to be with us.”