Showing posts with label West Side. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Side. Show all posts

Friday, 18 November 2011

The Past in the Present: Should the Athletic Stores be saved?

In this series, The Past in the Present, we explore how the historic urban character of a city can be part of a dynamic and continually evolving contemporary society, with an aim to spark debate on the topic of conservation and heritage in our cities and further afield.

Series Curated by Ailish Killilea & Anna Skoura

A need to harness "the positive long-term economic benefits of using quintessentially Belfast buildings for 21st century uses" was highlighted yesterday in a letter to the Planning Committee by The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and Forum for Alternative Belfast. The two campaign groups were lobbying the Committee not to approve demolition of the Athletic Stores/Swanston's Linen Warehouse on Queen St in Belfast. View the illustrated letter below.

UAHS/FAB letter. Click to enlarge.

UAHS/FAB letter. Click to enlarge.

The latest news today, according to the UAHS, is that the building was recommended for demolition at last night's meeting.

Update 18th November: The UAHS has today written an open letter to the Minister for the Environment asking for his intervention in the case. See the letter below.

Letter from the UAHS to Minister for the Environment Alex Attwood. Click to enlarge.

Update 21st November: Belfast City Council approves demolition of Athletic Stores building in Belfast
 - BBC News website

What do you think? Should the Athletic Stores be saved?

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.