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Buildings at Risk
The Buildings at Risk Register for Northern Ireland highlights properties of architectural or historic merit throughout the country that are considered to be at risk or under threat. The Buildings at Risk Register was established in 1993 and is funded and managed by Historic Environment Division of DOE in partnership with the Ulster Architectural Society[UAHS]
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Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
Entries to the Buildings at Risk Register have been included primarily on the basis of an external visual inspection of their condition. All listed buildings that are considered to be 'at risk' are included and this has been extended to include a number of scheduled historic monuments.
A number of non-listed buildings, particularly those situated within a conservation area, which have local, historic and architectural significance and which make a contribution to the urban or rural setting, are also included.
Risk is assessed primarily on the basis of condition and occupancy. Buildings which can be described as being in a ruinous, very poor, or a poor condition, are included within the Register regardless of their current occupancy status.
Condition is the primary consideration for inclusion of scheduled monuments. This is expressed differently to buildings and includes the terms: well preserved; substantial remains; and, some remains.
A building or monument which is generally in a good or fair condition can also be included in the Register for reasons other than those based on an assessment of its condition. This may be due to several factors including recent functional redundancy or perhaps a threat of demolition.
Comments on condition and degree of risk are intended only as guidance and a full condition survey may be required to establish a comprehensive picture of condition. Details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct. However, potential purchasers should not rely on them as statements of fact and should satisfy themselves as to their correctness by inspection or other means.
Existing owners of buildings or monuments included on the Buildings at Risk Register, or potentially restoring purchasers, are strongly advised in the first instance to contact the Historic Environment Division of DOE for advice and assistance before any restoration and repair work is undertaken or proposed.
Where restoration and reuse of a building, or conservation of a scheduled monument, is advocated in the Register, this is done solely on the basis that any necessary planning permissions will be obtained in advance. When this involves work to a listed building, Listed Building Consent must be sought and where work to a scheduled monument is envisaged, Scheduled Monument Consent must be sought.
Scheduled historic monuments will not normally be suitable for restoration, but they can be conserved for local educational and visitor enjoyment.
Work to unlisted buildings in a Conservation Area may also require Conservation Area Consent and advice from the local Planning Service Conservation Officer, where applicable, should be sought from the outset.
Existing owners of buildings included on the Buildings at Risk Register or potentially restoring purchasers are strongly advised in the first instance to contact the DOE for advice and assistance before any restoration and repair work is undertaken or proposed.
Appropriate professional advice should also be sought, and the 'Directory of Traditional Building Skills', available from the offices of both the Historic Environment Division and the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, should prove helpful in the sourcing of professionals and craftsmen with the necessary skills and experience for work to historic buildings and monuments.
The 'Directory of Funds for Historic Buildings Northern Ireland' may also assist with the sourcing of grant aid for the proposed work.
Only where it is specifically stated are buildings included on the Register either 'for sale' or 'to let' and whilst every effort is made to keep these records up-to-date, from time-to-time details will change. When we become aware of these changes, the Register will be updated accordingly.
Neither the Historic Environment Division of DOE nor the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society act in an estate agency capacity but where a building is indicated as being 'for sale' or 'to let' the UAHS may be contacted (028 9055 0213) for the relevant estate agent details.
Inclusion on the Register does not give automatic right of access whatsoever to a property or its surrounding land.
Neither the Historic Environment Division of DOE nor the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society can accept responsibility for the results of any actions undertaken on the basis of the information provided in the Register.
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