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Minister visits restoration works at Belfast Central Library

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Libraries Minister Nelson McCausland today visited Belfast Central Library to view the important stonework repairs being carried out to the façade of the historic building.

Libraries NI initiated the repair works to address weather damage to the landmark grade B listed building’s stonework and roof. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Speaking after his tour of the project, the Minister said: “The Northern Ireland Executive has committed nearly £850,000 to these restoration works in recognition of the significant role that Belfast Central Library plays in the cultural life of Northern Ireland.

“This work will ensure the safety of the public and also ensure that this iconic building is preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. The library is also a key part of the regeneration of the historic North West quadrant of the city.”

Libraries NI Chief Executive, Irene Knox said: “The restoration work at Belfast Central Library will support the library’s pivotal role as a hub for culture, learning, heritage and information in the life of the city.

The building’s facelift will maintain the historic integrity of the building, reinforcing the library’s important past whilst providing a welcoming environment for both customers and tourists.”

The Minister was accompanied on his tour of the building by Billy Martin, chairperson of H & J Martin, the building firm that originally constructed the library, and a descendant of the original Martin family. Also in attendance was David Patton, chairperson of the Patton Group, who are carrying out the repairs.

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