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Listed Building Survey gathers pace across Belfast

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced that its survey work to identify and review listed buildings in Belfast is gathering pace.
Thursday, 6 February 2014

Survey work for this year is now underway in North, West and parts of East Belfast. This follows work last year in Central Belfast.

The aim of this ‘Second Survey’ is to produce high quality records, based upon detailed research. These will help to explain clearly why such buildings are protected by listing. Such knowledge can help ensure that the potential of our built heritage is fully understood and that appropriate decisions are taken for individual listed buildings. All of the North is to be covered by 2020 with close to 60% now surveyed.

Mark H Durkan said: ‘This work to record and explain the importance of historic buildings is a vital part of my Department’s ongoing commitment to realising the full economic and social value of our built heritage. With detailed knowledge we are in a much better place to work with owners and partners to realise the potential of this important resource for the benefit of all.

“A good example of this is Conway Mill in West Belfast, which was listed some years ago as part of the ad-hoc second survey (in advance of the current systematic survey). As a result of the listing, this important building has been protected, becoming grant eligible for Heritage Lottery Funding and DOE’s Listed Building Grant Aid. The result is conservation and economic development. Knowledge from the record influenced how the Department advised on its subsequent conversion for community use.”

Letters will issue soon to listed building owners in Belfast. Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) architects will be visiting Belfast City Council, to explain the process in more detail, and to seek their views on potential new listings. Results of the survey will be published on NIEA’s website.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Second Survey commenced in 1997 and is programmed to be completed in 2020.
  2. Listed buildings are defined under article 42 of the Planning Order (1991) as ‘buildings of special architectural or historic interest’.
  3. Electoral wards being surveyed in Belfast include the final part of East Belfast and all of North and West Belfast. These are: Orangefield, Island, Sydenham, Bloomfield, Shandon, Belmont, Stormont, Ballyhackamore, Finaghy, Ladybrook, Suffolk, Andersonstown, Milltown, Donegall, St James, Whiterock, Highfield, Clonard, Grosvenor, Woodvale, Ballygomartin, Ligoniel, Ardoyne, Ballysillan, Cliftonville, Cavehill, Castleview, Fortwilliam, Grove, Duncairn, Bellevue.
  4. For further information contact DOE Press Office on 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.