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October 2018

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October

PLACE

October 19 @ 10:00 - October 21 @ 16:00
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street
Belfast, BT1 1FP United Kingdom

PLACE relocated to Spencer House in April 2014. After years of vacancy and with thanks to support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, PLACE’s principal funder, we were able to strip back the interior to reveal the original ceiling and pillars of this listed building. Historically, the building played host to The Hammond Typewriter Company, a flour merchant, the Weekly Irish Times brand office and for many years was home to JC Mayrs & Company, cabinet maker and house furnishers.…

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19
October

FULLY BOOKED – Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office

October 19 @ 10:00 - 11:00
Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office, Corporation Square
Belfast, BT1 3AL United Kingdom

For more than 150 years, the Harbour Office has been the headquarters of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners: the body charged with the operation, maintenance and development of Belfast Harbour. The first section of the building, designed by the Commissioners’ engineer George Smith, and erected at a cost of some £8,000, was opened in 1854. A subsequent extension, by the celebrated Belfast architect William Henry Lynn, was completed in 1895 at a cost of £14,349. The architectural style reflects that of…

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19
October

Belfast Boat Club (Friday)

October 19 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road
Belfast, BT9 5FJ United Kingdom

Belfast Boat Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier multi-sports and leisure clubs. Set on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, Belfast Boat Club aims to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Belfast Boat Club's impressive facilities play host to international sporting events, tournaments and numerous outreach projects within the local community. Open Access: Visit the Boat Club to see around all day on Friday, Saturday…

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19
October

Giant’s Park – 4×4 Guided Tours

October 19 @ 12:00 - 16:00
Giant’s Park, Dargan Road
Belfast, BT3 9LZ United Kingdom

At 340 acres, Giant’s Park at North Foreshore is the largest development site in the city. Belfast City Council is transforming this former landfill facility into a safe, sustainable asset which attracts investors and creates jobs for the city. In 1973 the site started to be reclaimed from the sea. Between then and the site’s closure in 2007, some 10 million tonnes of waste were deposited at this location. In 2016, the Council commenced marketing part of the land (approx.…

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19
October

Belfast Masonic Hall

October 19 @ 13:00 - 14:00
Belfast Masonic Hall, 13-21 Arthur Square
Belfast, BT1 5PY United Kingdom

The Masonic Hall at Arthur Square was completed in 1870 to designs by Sir Charles Lanyon, famous Belfast architect and lodge member at the time. The four-storey building sits on a busy five-point commercial intersection, around which many of the most prominent and imposing buildings of the age were convened. The Hall suffered a serious fire in 1918 and has undergone much modernisation. There are rooms for Masonic Ritual decorated with many symbolic items, including original artwork by John Luke,…

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19
October

The Boat

October 19 @ 13:00 - 14:00
The Boat, 49 Queens Square
Belfast, BT1 3HU United Kingdom

The Boat came from a commissioning process by the Laganside Corporation. The site, which was left over from a new road built alongside Custom House Square, is only 200m/sq in area. The developers’ brief was unusual, but inspirational and open-ended - to design an architectural set-piece. The small footprint and significant location resulted in the highly sculptural building that stands today. As well as apartments with stunning views, The Boat is an important hub for offices including the British Council…

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19
October

Infinity Farm: Rooftop Apiary at Skainos

October 19 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Vault Artist Studios, Tower Street
Belfast, BT5 4FH United Kingdom

Innovative urban agriculturalists Infinity Farm invite visitors to join them for a special tour of their new workshop space and their rooftop apiary. Get a demonstration from the beekeepers at the new Vault Artists Studios before taking a walk to the Skainos Centre to see the roof-garden and the bees! If you can’t attend the tour, the Infinity Farm space is also open on Saturday 20 Oct as part of Belfast Open Studios - see Vault Artist Studios for more…

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19
October

Raidió Fáilte / Líonra Uladh

October 19 @ 16:15 - 17:30
Raidió Fáilte, Divis Street
Belfast, BT12 4QB United Kingdom

Raidió Fáilte is a community-based Irish language station in a purpose-built four-storey ‘radio house’ at the junction of the Falls Road and the Westlink. Vacant since the construction of the Westlink in 1983, the site is bounded to the rear by the two-storey dwellings in the Divis neighbourhood. A small walled courtyard off the Falls Road leads into a ground floor exhibition and meeting space which are open to the public. This floor features a coffee dock and archive facilities,…

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20
October

IKEA Belfast (Saturday)

October 20 @ 09:15 - 10:30
IKEA Belfast, Holywood Exchange 306 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9EJ United Kingdom

IKEA Belfast opened its doors on 13 December 2007. The 29,000m/sq store - the equivalent area of five and a half football pitches - accommodates a showroom, a 437-seat restaurant (which is the largest eatery in Northern Ireland), a warehouse, crèche, staff facilities and customer services area. There are many sustainable features throughout the store. In addition to exploring these areas, this guided tour will take you to spaces that customers have never before been able to explore. Join IKEA’s…

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20
October

FULLY BOOKED – The former Belfast Telegraph Print Hall

October 20 @ 10:00 - 11:00
The former Belfast Telegraph Print Hall, 124-144 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1ND United Kingdom

The Belfast Telegraph was founded in 1870 by brothers William and George Baird. As the firm grew in size the decision was taken to establish a new headquarters building at the newly laid out Royal Avenue. Henry Seaver was selected as architect and the building was completed in red brick and Dumfries red sandstone by H&J Martin, the same company to build the Central Library and later City Hall. The former Belfast Telegraph newspaper printing press, once at the beating…

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20
October

Flax House

October 20 @ 10:00 - 11:00
Flax House, 83-91 Adelaide Street
Belfast, BT2 8FF United Kingdom

Flax House is a five storey red-brick warehouse building designed by Young & Mackenzie and completed 1907 for cotton handkerchief manufacturers McBride & Williams. Throughout the 20 century, the building was leased to linen companies - then a booming industry in Belfast. In 2016, after 30 years of partial dereliction, construction work commenced under new ownership to refurbish and repurpose the building. GMR Architects retained as many original features as possible, including exposed beams and brickwork, as well as adding…

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20
October

Belfast Boat Club (Saturday)

October 20 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road
Belfast, BT9 5FJ United Kingdom

Belfast Boat Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier multi-sports and leisure clubs. Set on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, Belfast Boat Club aims to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Belfast Boat Club's impressive facilities play host to international sporting events, tournaments and numerous outreach projects within the local community. Open Access: Visit the Boat Club to see around all day on Friday, Saturday…

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20
October

Avenue Artists’ B&B

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Avenue Artists’ B&B, 22 Allworthy Avenue `
Belfast, BT14 6BU United Kingdom

This house is the third in a row of six incongruously grand yet oddly squat buildings amongst North Belfast’s Edwardian architecture. It was built in 1906 by a Captain Allworthy for whom the street is named. Which Allworthy he was, exactly, is a matter of some debate on local interest online forums – Edward, Samuel or Ignatius? Curator Jane Morrow bought the property in 2017, and has been renovating it into an artists’ B&B. Avenue offers introductions to Belfast’s cultural…

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20
October

Ulster University York Street Campus – Phase One

October 20 @ 11:30 - 13:00
Ulster University, 25-51 York Street
Belfast, BT15 1ED United Kingdom

The ambitious £263m redevelopment of Ulster University’s Belfast campus will be a transformational space designed for thinking, creativity, problem-solving, research, collaboration and innovation. The completed campus will bring over 15,000 new students and staff to a vibrant learning environment in the heart of Belfast. The first phase of the landmark development opened in 2015 and is home to the Belfast School of Art. This is an opportunity to see the new campus with architects from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Learn…

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20
October

FULLY BOOKED – The Great Light

October 20 @ 11:30 - 12:30
The Great Light, Titanic Walkway Queens Road
Belfast, BT3 9AD United Kingdom

Join us for this interactive tour of the Great Light - one of the largest lighthouse optics of its kind ever built. The tour will bring to life the story of lighthouses, changes in technology through the ages, lightkeepers’ memories and the role of these buildings in the maritime and industrial history of Belfast and beyond. For this year’s Open House Belfast, HIVE Choir will be creating new works specifically for the buildings and spaces featured in the festival programme…

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20
October

FULLY BOOKED – The former Bank of Ireland

October 20 @ 12:00 - 14:00
The former Bank of Ireland, 104 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 United Kingdom

A five-storey Art Deco building constructed in steel frame, clad in Portland limestone, with a tiered clock tower on chamfered corner to North Street. The building has been Grade B+ listed since October 1990, and has lain vacant since the Bank of Ireland relocated to new premises at Donegall Square South in 2005. This is a very special opportunity to see inside this icon of Belfast. Booking info: Due to popular demand, there will be two tours of this building…

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20
October

St Patrick’s Primary School (former Edmund Rice Primary)

October 20 @ 12:00 - 14:00
St Patrick’s Primary School, 25 Pim Street
Belfast, BT15 2BN United Kingdom

The teaching order of the Christian Brothers arrived in Belfast in 1866 to manage St Mary’s PES, Divis Street. From 1867 they managed St Patrick’s Primary School in Donegall Street until the school was replaced by Edmund Rice Primary, Pim Street in 1967. In 2013, Edmund Rice Primary (Pim Street) was amalgamated with Star of the Sea Primary and the school is now called St Patrick’s Primary. At present, both sites are used but work will soon begin to erect…

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20
October

Queen’s University: Lanyon Building Conservation and Restoration Project

October 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

Queen’s University is investing £5.5m in the conservation of its foundation college, known as the Lanyon Building after its architect, the Victorian polymath Sir Charles Lanyon. It is the public face of the University and receives many visitors every year supplementing the hundreds of students and staff that move through the central entrance hall on a daily basis. The conservation works will take nearly two years to complete and consist of repairs to stonework, brickwork, windows and rainwater goods. Booking…

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20
October

Queen’s University: Main Site Tower

October 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

The redevelopment of the former Library Tower as a prestigious home for the School of Law involved retention of part of the Tower’s structural frame and removal of the three upper floors. A three-storey building connects the refurbished Tower and the Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), effectively creating a single building, within which a series of central atrium spaces provide light and natural ventilation. School of Law staff and student facilities are on the upper floors, while the ground floor offers…

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20
October

Queen’s University: Graduate School (150-year Anniversary)

October 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

Sitting adjacent the iconic Lanyon Building is the former Lynn Library, designed by W.H. Lynn and now beautifully restored as the QUB Graduate School. Completed in 1868, the building was later extended by Lynn in 1910 and a number of alterations, including the insertion of a mezzanine, were completed during the 1950s and 1980s. Following an extensive refurbishment project led by Consarc Conservation the building reopened to provide a new hub for postgraduate students. Don’t miss an opportunity to admire…

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20
October

Blick Shared Studios (Saturday)

October 20 @ 14:00 - 17:00
Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 6RY United Kingdom

Blick Shared Studios provides workspace, services and support for the creative industries in Belfast. For Open House we will host an exhibition of one of our resident creative businesses. 51 Malone Road was built between 1886 and 1887 and was designed by architect, William Eaton (1854-1896). There are a number of architectural features of this property that still exist from its erection in 1887; including the full-height, bowed, bay windows and the conical state roof, a trademark of the nine…

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21
October

Belfast Boat Club (Sunday)

October 21 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road
Belfast, BT9 5FJ United Kingdom

Belfast Boat Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier multi-sports and leisure clubs. Set on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, Belfast Boat Club aims to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Belfast Boat Club's impressive facilities play host to international sporting events, tournaments and numerous outreach projects within the local community. Open Access: Visit the Boat Club to see around all day on Friday, Saturday…

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21
October

FULLY BOOKED – IKEA Belfast (Sunday)

October 21 @ 11:15 - 12:30
IKEA Belfast, Holywood Exchange 306 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9EJ United Kingdom

IKEA Belfast opened its doors on 13 December 2007. The 29,000m/sq store - the equivalent area of five and a half football pitches - accommodates a showroom, a 437-seat restaurant (which is the largest eatery in Northern Ireland), a warehouse, crèche, staff facilities and customer services area. There are many sustainable features throughout the store. In addition to exploring these areas, this guided tour will take you to spaces that customers have never before been able to explore. Join IKEA’s…

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21
October

The Birth of the Cathedral Quarter

October 21 @ 13:30 - 15:00
Hill Street, 41-43 Hill Street
Belfast, BT1 2LA United Kingdom

Architect Barrie Todd leads a tour along Hill Street which saw the redevelopment of the Cathedral Quarter in the late 1980s. Barrie’s practice was the first new tenant in what was then known as the “Northside” in 1989, a collection of mostly run-down streets and disused warehouses. Todd Architects’ refurbishment of a former sack merchants was the first of many innovative transformations of heritage buildings that would see various creative, cultural and commercial tenants breathe new life into buildings along…

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21
October

Blick Shared Studios (Sunday)

October 21 @ 14:00 - 17:00
Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 6RY United Kingdom

Blick Shared Studios provides workspace, services and support for the creative industries in Belfast. For Open House we will host an exhibition of one of our resident creative businesses. 51 Malone Road was built between 1886 and 1887 and was designed by architect, William Eaton (1854-1896). There are a number of architectural features of this property that still exist from its erection in 1887; including the full-height, bowed, bay windows and the conical state roof, a trademark of the nine…

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