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Built Heritage at Risk in Northern Ireland

Last updated: 6 June 2013

County Goal, Crumlin Road, Belfast, BeforeThe historic environment is an important part of the local scene and another way of raising publicity and attracting interest is by highlighting buildings and structures that are in poor shape or seem unwanted. People who are interested in heritage and looking for a project might see them and be encouraged to take them on.

To this end, we sponsor a register of buildings that are under threat from neglect, ignorance or future development. This is published as the Built Heritage at Risk in Northern Ireland Register online and in print.

The setting up and development of the Register is done on our behalf by The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS)Opens in New window and they are the first point of contact if you feel a building or structure should be added to the register or if you have further information about such a property. County Gaol, Crumlin Road, Belfast, After

The register includes buildings, listed and unlisted, and monuments. It ranks the buildings according to their appearance and whether they are in use but cannot do a very detailed survey, and buildings might be in better, or worse, condition than they appeared to be when added to the register. However, it is a simple way of making sure buildings in need of help are known to as many people as possible.

If you have any queries on any of the information contained in the BHARNI Register you should contact UAHS on 028 9055 0213 or email

Main Street, Kircubbin, BeforeThe project aims to heighten public awareness of structures that appear to be 'at risk'; provide help and advice for existing owners who may wish to engage upon a suitable scheme of repair; and offer assistance to potential new restoring owners who are looking for suitable properties.

In addition to the comprehensive online Register, seven printed Buildings at Risk catalogues have been published since 1993, with an eighth publication, 'BHAR: Some Options and Solutions', reviewing what the project had achieved up to 2000.

Main Street, Kircubbin, AfterBuildings at Risk Northern Ireland (Volume 8) (.PDF 1.94Mb)Opens in New window.

This is the latest in a series of publications aimed at highlighting the plight of historic buildings at risk throughout Northern Ireland. A wide selection of buildings are featured, representing just under one quarter of the total number on the online BHARNI Register. The 'Good News'Opens in New window, 'Bad News'Opens in New window sections give updates on buildings featured in previous catalogues, while the case study section champions successful restoration projects on former buildings at risk.

Front Cover - Buildings at risk brochure (.PDF 242Kb)Opens in New window

Good News (.PDF 1.45Mb)Opens in New window

Bad News (.PDF 897Kb)Opens in New window

Still at risk (.PDF 1.29Mb)Opens in New window

Buildings at risk City of Belfast (.PDF 668Kb)Opens in New window

Buildings at risk County Antrim (.790Kb)Opens in New window

Buildings at risk County Armagh (.PDF 784Kb)Opens in New window

Buildings at risk County Down (.PDF 954Kb)

Buildings at risk County Fermanagh (.PDF 820Kb)Opens in New window

Buildings at risk County Londonderry (.PDF 745Kb)Opens in New window

Buildings at risk County Tyrone (.PDF 716Kb)Opens in New window

UHAS Case Studies (.PDF 1.66Mb)Opens in New window

Alternatively, free printed copies are available (postage and packaging may be applicable) from the address below.

Complementary publications: the 'Directory of Funds for Historic Buildings Northern Ireland ' and the 'Directory of Traditional Building Skills' can also be obtained for free from the address below (postage and packaging may be applicable).

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
66 Donegall Pass

Tel: 028 9055 0213
Fax: 028 9055 0214

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