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October 2017
27
October

The former Blood Transfusion Building

October 27 @ 10:00 - 11:00
The former Blood Transfusion Building, 89 Durham Street
Belfast, BT12 4GB United Kingdom

Work is well underway on the redevelopment of the former Blood Transfusion Building in Durham Street in Belfast to create 23 much needed new homes for people on the housing waiting list.The project by Clanmil Housing Group will see the Grade B2 listed building sympathetically restored, renovated and extended to provide apartments for active older people with new family housing to the rear. The landmark building was designed for the Belfast Corporation by Young & Mackenzie, who were responsible for…

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27
October

Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office

October 27 @ 10:00 - 11:00
Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s 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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27
October

Carnegie Library

October 27 @ 10:00 - 10:45
Carnegie Library, 46 Oldpark Rd
Belfast, Antrim BT14 6FR United Kingdom

Scots-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie gifted 2500 libraries across the English-speaking world, a hundred on the island of Ireland and three in Belfast. Through a conservation-led restoration, Carnegie Oldpark is due to be restored to combined community and commercial use, as a home for local small businesses and a focus for community activity.
Come along on this special tour where you will be able to view all the rooms of the library, with original features retained (although some are well-hidden!).

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27
October

Ormeau Baths

October 27 @ 10:00 - 16:00
Ormeau Baths, 18 Ormeau Ave
Belfast, BT2 8HS United Kingdom

The founders of the Ormeau Baths co-workspace have created an entrepreneurial hub in the former bath house and gallery that will help the best and brightest indigenous tech start-ups access new markets, networks, funding and hands on expertise to provide them the opportunity to scale their businesses outside of Northern Ireland into international markets. The building itself allows for those businesses to work and connect, in a modern flexible way and relies on the creation of community - which coming…

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27
October

Belfast Central Library

October 27 @ 11:00 - 12:00
Belfast Central Library, 126 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1EA United Kingdom

This Grade ‘A’ listed library is one of the few remaining historical buildings in Belfast still used for its original purpose.
Expansion of the original site over 128 years means that a large part of the building is not usually accessible, so this tour provides an opportunity to get an exclusive look behind the scenes of this Libraries NI landmark to see the hidden treasures.

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27
October

Girdwood Hub

October 27 @ 11:00 - 12:00
Girdwood Hub, 10 Girdwood Avenue
Belfast, BT14 6EG United Kingdom

The building is designed by Michael Whitley Architects with Paul Griffith and Rebekah Milliken as team leads. The overall site previously behind the barracks security fence is 13.6 acres. The tender was secured by the architects in 2012 with Belfast City Council as client. The council did significant work to compose a community vision.The building, with an area of 48,000 sq ft., consists of two principle long forms and the atrium reception is cranked at an angle to accommodate entry.…

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27
October

The former St Malachy’s Convent of Mercy

October 27 @ 12:00 - 13:00
The former St Malachy’s Convent of Mercy, Sussex Place
Belfast, BT2 8LN United Kingdom

This building in the Linen Quarter was completed in 1880, but in recent times fell into a poor state of repair. After being used as a school and a Presbytery for St Malachy's, it was completely abandoned in the 1980s and has survived the loss of many historical internal features. The aim of the current development is to restore the building to its rightful state and convert it into 12 apartments for private rental. This will ensure the long term…

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27
October

Titanic Hotel Belfast & Drawing Offices

October 27 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Titanic Hotel Belfast & Drawing Offices, 2 Queens Rd
Belfast, BT3 9DT United Kingdom

Join Titanic Foundation for a guided tour of the newly opened Titanic Hotel Belfast.
The tour will focus on the heritage spaces within the former Harland & Wolff Headquarters Building and Drawing Offices, the most significant and oldest structure remaining of Belfast's shipbuilding industry on Queen's Island.
Dating from 1889 many of the original features in the B+ Listed building have been retained and restored with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Programmed in partnership with Titanic Foundation

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27
October

Former Synagogue

October 27 @ 14:00 - 14:45
Former Synagogue, Annesley Street
Belfast, BT15 2AA United Kingdom

The former Synagogue at Annesley Street closed in 1965 when the Jewish community moved to a modern Synagogue on the Somerton Road. Five decades later it sits largely intact, a silent witness to the conflict that began in the surrounding streets.The Synagogue was opened in 1904 and served the 708 members of the Jewish community that resided in Belfast in 1901. Designed by Young and Mackenzie, it is listed B2. The building comprises the main volume with its gallery and…

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27
October

A hard hat tour showcasing ‘Designing for Dementia’ with a tour of Cullingtree Meadows

October 27 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Cullingtree Meadows, 106 Cullingtree Road
Belfast, BT12 4BA United Kingdom

Clanmil Housing Group, in partnership with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, has been working with Knox & Clayton Architects and Glasgiven Construction to develop a new dementia care facility at the Grosvenor Road in the city of Belfast. The facility will provide 24-hour specialist care and support, delivered by Trust staff, tailored to each tenant's assessed needs, helping them live independently in their own apartment. This development aims to show-case best practice in 'designing for dementia' which includes a…

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27
October

Grand Central Hotel

October 27 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Grand Central Hotel, 9 Bedford Street
Belfast, BT2 United Kingdom

Pat O'Hare, Project Manager for Graham Construction and Duane McCreadie, Assistant Project Manager for Graham Construction will take us on a tour showing the transformation of Windsor House from an iconic office block to the new Grand Central Hotel. The development will offer 300 luxury bedrooms, a restaurant, bistro, rooftop lounge, retail units and a range of superbly appointed offices.
Programmed in partnership with ICE

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27
October

Raidió Fàilte

October 27 @ 14:30 - 16:00
Raidió Fáilte, Divis Street
Belfast, United Kingdom

The project is to house Raidió Fàilte - a community-based Irish language station - in a purpose built 4 storey 'radio house' at the junction of the Falls Road and the Westlink motorway. The site has been vacant since the construction of the motorway and is bounded to the rear by the 2 storey dwellings in the Divis neighbourhood.Entrance to the building is directly from the Falls Road via a small walled courtyard into an open public ground floor space…

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27
October

Colàiste Feirste

October 27 @ 16:00 - 17:00
Coláiste Feirste, 7 Beechview Park
Belfast, BT12 7PY United Kingdom

The project is a new sports building for the 650 pupil Irish language medium secondary school. The building sits into the sloped terrain and provides level access from the upper level school classroom blocks and administration and the lower level playing pitches and the Falls Road entrance. The design is a taut dark brick form that contains sports halls, gymnasium, classroom, fitness suite and changing facilities and has been designed to open views and connections to the various sports activities…

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28
October

The Old Belfast Telegraph Building

October 28 @ 10:00 - 11:00
The Old Belfast Telegraph Building, 124 - 144 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1DN 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 the City Hall. The building was extended on numerous occasions during the…

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28
October

Clare House

October 28 @ 10:00 - 12:30
Clare House, 303 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9ED United Kingdom

Originally constructed speculatively as a call centre office shell Clare House was in 2006 was fitted out in accordance with the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) Workplace 2010 standards for use as NICS offices. It was purchased by the Northern Ireland Executive in May 2015 and is now the headquarters of the Department of Finance. It accommodates the Minister of Finance as well as the Department of Finance Permanent Secretary and up to 400 other staff. As a flagship project…

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28
October

Transport House

October 28 @ 11:00 - 11:45
Transport House, 102 High Street
Belfast, BT1 2DL United Kingdom

An iconic modernist office building built for the Amalgamated Transport & General Workers Union. Transport House was designed in the 'International Style' by J.J. Brennan and is clad in a unique green faience, including a distinctive tiled mural depicting Belfast's diverse industries. The building was opened in 1959 and in 1994 it was one of the youngest buildings in the city to be listed. It fell out of use in recent years however the union Unite now propose to refurbish…

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28
October

The former Bank of Ireland

October 28 @ 12:00 - 13:00
The former Bank of Ireland, 104 Royal Ave
Belfast, BT1 1DL United Kingdom

A five-storey Art Deco building constructed in steel frame, clad in portland limestone, with tiered clock tower on chamfered corner to North Street. The building is now (since October 1990) grade B+ listed (HB26/50/187).The building has lay vacant since the Bank of Ireland relocated to a new building at Donegall Square South in 2005.
This is a very special opportunity to see inside this city icon.

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28
October

Transport House

October 28 @ 12:15 - 13:00
Transport House, 102 High Street
Belfast, BT1 2DL United Kingdom

An iconic modernist office building built for the Amalgamated Transport & General Workers Union. Transport House was designed in the 'International Style' by J.J. Brennan and is clad in a unique green faience, including a distinctive tiled mural depicting Belfast's diverse industries. The building was opened in 1959 and in 1994 it was one of the youngest buildings in the city to be listed. It fell out of use in recent years however the union Unite now propose to refurbish…

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28
October

Carlisle Memorial Church

October 28 @ 13:00 - 13:30
Carlisle Memorial Church, 25 Clifton St
Belfast, BT15 2BE United Kingdom

Building open for viewing between 1pm-3pm
Carlisle Memorial Church was opened to 1876 to the High Victorian Gothic designs of W. H. Lynn.
Known as the 'Methodist Cathedral', it was bequeathed to the city by James Carlisle in memory of his deceased children.
The church closed in 1980 and quickly fell into significant disrepair. Belfast Buildings Trust took over ownership in 2011 and completed Phase 1 Capital Repair Works in June 2015.

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28
October

The former Bank of Ireland

October 28 @ 13:00 - 14:00
The former Bank of Ireland, 104 Royal Ave
Belfast, BT1 1DL United Kingdom

A five-storey Art Deco building constructed in steel frame, clad in portland limestone, with tiered clock tower on chamfered corner to North Street. The building is now (since October 1990) grade B+ listed (HB26/50/187).
The building has lay vacant since the Bank of Ireland relocated to a new building at Donegall Square South in 2005.
This is a very special opportunity to see inside this city icon.

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28
October

Transport House

October 28 @ 13:30 - 14:15
Transport House, 102 High Street
Belfast, BT1 2DL United Kingdom

An iconic modernist office building built for the Amalgamated Transport & General Workers Union. Transport House was designed in the 'International Style' by J.J. Brennan and is clad in a unique green faience, including a distinctive tiled mural depicting Belfast's diverse industries. The building was opened in 1959 and in 1994 it was one of the youngest buildings in the city to be listed. It fell out of use in recent years however the union Unite now propose to refurbish…

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28
October

The Sail Loft

October 28 @ 14:00 - 15:00
The Sail Loft, Donegall Quay
Belfast, BT1 3EA United Kingdom

Tedfords Ship Chandlers, Sail & Tentmakers, was started by James Tedford in the 1850’s. The warehouse adjacent to the shop was an earlier building, reputed to have been built between 1760 and 1790, and is where ships sails were made. Gable fronted and of plain stucco, it has a projecting roof over hoist doors at first and second floor level which until recently bore a painted ship’s figurehead. The building’s interior is uncompromising. Original massive single piece timber beams span…

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28
October

Queen’s University Graduate School and Main Site Tower – combined tour

October 28 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Graduate School and Main Site Tower, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

Graduate School 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…

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28
October

Queen’s University Computer Science Building

October 28 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Computer Science Building, 18 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 5BN United Kingdom

At a total project value of £13 million the building just opened in September 2016. Project managed by Faithful & Gould and designed by Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects the building is 4 storey’s high and was built utilising part of the existing structural frame of the former Bernard Crossland Building with a new multi-storey link to the adjacent terraces at 14 and 16 Malone Road. The facility provides accommodation of around 5,025m2 incorporating student hub facilities, computer laboratories, specialised laboratories, an…

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28
October

Carlisle Memorial Church

October 28 @ 14:00 - 14:30
Carlisle Memorial Church, 25 Clifton St
Belfast, BT15 2BE United Kingdom

Building open for viewing between 1pm-3pm
Carlisle Memorial Church was opened to 1876 to the High Victorian Gothic designs of W. H. Lynn.
Known as the 'Methodist Cathedral', it was bequeathed to the city by James Carlisle in memory of his deceased children.
The church closed in 1980 and quickly fell into significant disrepair. Belfast Buildings Trust took over ownership in 2011 and completed Phase 1 Capital Repair Works in June 2015.

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28
October

Laganview House

October 28 @ 15:00 - 17:00
Laganview House, Ann St
Belfast, BT1 4QG United Kingdom

A four storey red brick building designed by Millar & Symes of Dublin for Bank of Ireland, and built by Mr R. Corry between April 1899 and 1900. The building was occupied by the Bank of Ireland’s Queen’s Bridge branch with the upper floors being rented out as office space to other businesses. The building was converted to offices c1989-1990 and was occupied until recently by the NI Housing Executive. An exciting opportunity to see inside this beautiful riverside building.…

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28
October

Queen’s University Graduate School and Main Site Tower – combined tour

October 28 @ 15:00 - 16:00
Queen’s University Graduate School and Main Site Tower, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

Graduate School 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…

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28
October

Queen’s University Computer Science Building

October 28 @ 15:00 - 16:00
Queen’s University Computer Science Building, 18 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 5BN United Kingdom

At a total project value of £13 million the building just opened in September 2016. Project managed by Faithful & Gould and designed by Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects the building is 4 storey’s high and was built utilising part of the existing structural frame of the former Bernard Crossland Building with a new multi-storey link to the adjacent terraces at 14 and 16 Malone Road. The facility provides accommodation of around 5,025m2 incorporating student hub facilities, computer laboratories, specialised laboratories, an…

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28
October

St. Joseph’s

October 28 @ 15:00 - 16:00
St. Joseph’s Church, Princes Dock St
Belfast, BT1 3AA United Kingdom

A late 19th Century deconsecrated church. The grade B listed, two-storey church is designed in Italian Romanesque style, with early French gothic detail by Belfast architect Timothy Hevey. Work was completed by Co. Down architect Mortimer Thompson when Hevey died before building work commenced in 1878. St Joseph's Church features a tall central tower and spire above a recessed porch entrance with carved columns and flanked by side aisles with flying buttresses. Sailortown Cultural and Historical Society (SCHS) was established…

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28
October

St Brigid’s Church

October 28 @ 15:00 - 17:30
St. Brigid’s Church, Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 6FP United Kingdom

The Award winning St Brigid’s Church was the result of an RSUA Design Competition held in 1990 from which Kennedy FitzGerald & Associates were selected. The assessors noted that the design achieved “an excellent balance of form and purpose and a building which has a simple hall section, most elegantly detailed, clearly a calm and comfortable place to be, the roof forming a uniting canopy above ministers and congregation”. Reinterpretation of the traditional plan form to contemporary needs, together with…

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28
October

Bullitt Hotel

October 28 @ 16:00 - 17:00
Bullitt Hotel, 40a Church Lane
Belfast, BT1 4QN United Kingdom

Opened last year, this new hotel is accommodated within the structure of a 1960’s office building formally known as Lagan House. Named after the Steve McQueen movie of the same name, Bullitt, the complex features 43 bedrooms, three bars, a courtyard garden, 68-seater restaurant ‘Taylor and Clay’, an espresso bar and a private event space. The Bullitt Hotel has been developed by the Beannchor Group who say “Our vision for Bullitt is to create a new and exciting hospitality concept.…

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29
October

The Strand Arts Centre

October 29 @ 11:00 - 12:00
The Strand Arts Centre, 156 Holywood Road
Belfast, BT4 1NY United Kingdom

Northern Ireland’s oldest cinema est.1935. Opened as a one screen cinema it changed into a variety theatre (1984), refurbished into a 4 screen cinema (1988) and is now a vibrant independent Arts Centre with daily cinema (2013). RPP architects won an RIA architectural award in 1998 for renovating the façade. On the tour you will see our Art Deco and shipyard influenced design (curved walls, porthole doors and lighting), 35mm film and digital projectors. You will also hear about the…

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29
October

Frames complex

October 29 @ 11:00 - 11:30
Frames complex, 2-14 Little Donegall St
Belfast, BT1 2JD United Kingdom

Building open from 10am - 12 noon A five-storey red-brick building designed by William J. Fennell for Robert Watson & Co., cabinet makers and upholsterers. The furniture showroom and factory building was built by James Kidd in two phases. The front four-storey section at Library Square (including the tower) was completed in 1898 and the rear five storey section at Union Street was completed in 1907. R. Watson & Co. occupied Library House, as it was known, until closing in…

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29
October

Carnegie Library

October 29 @ 14:00 - 14:45
Carnegie Library, 46 Oldpark Rd
Belfast, Antrim BT14 6FR United Kingdom

Scots-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie gifted 2500 libraries across the English-speaking world, a hundred on the island of Ireland and three in Belfast. Through a conservation-led restoration, Carnegie Oldpark is due to be restored to combined community and commercial use, as a home for local small businesses and a focus for community activity.
Come along on this special tour where you will be able to view all the rooms of the library, with original features retained (although some are well-hidden!).

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29
October

Europa Hotel

October 29 @ 15:00 - 15:45
Europa Hotel, 11 - 15 Great Victoria Street
Belfast, BT2 7AP United Kingdom

The Europa Hotel is built on the site of the former Great Northern Railway Companys Belfast Terminus. The hotel was opened in July 1971 as Belfast's then tallest building and first hotel in the city to offer en-suites for all bedrooms. The building is closely linked to Belfast's recent history as the meeting point for many journalists during the Troubles, and itself being the target of many bomb attacks - over 40. Following a series of bombings the building was…

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29
October

Europa Hotel

October 29 @ 16:00 - 16:45
Europa Hotel, 11 - 15 Great Victoria Street
Belfast, BT2 7AP United Kingdom

The Europa Hotel is built on the site of the former Great Northern Railway Companys Belfast Terminus. The hotel was opened in July 1971 as Belfast's then tallest building and first hotel in the city to offer en-suites for all bedrooms. The building is closely linked to Belfast's recent history as the meeting point for many journalists during the Troubles, and itself being the target of many bomb attacks - over 40. Following a series of bombings the building was…

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