Heritage projects keeping history alive honoured

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Primark Bank Buildings reopening
After it was destroyed by fire, the restoration of the historic five-storey Bank Buildings in Belfast took four years and cost £100m (Liam McBurney/PA)

From Belfast’s Bank Buildings and a Georgian guesthouse in Hillsborough to children’s schemes in Fermanagh and the stories of Belfast’s entries, a wide range of projects which showcase the best examples of restoration and preservation have been shortlisted for this year’s Heritage Angel Awards.

The awards celebrate the unsung heroes who are painstakingly conserving local history across Northern Ireland. A total of 53 submissions have now been assessed by a panel of experts from the heritage sector and 18 projects have been selected across six categories.

Templemore Baths
Templemore Baths in east Belfast is shortlisted in the Heritage Angel Awards 'Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place over £1 million' category

All the heritage hopefuls have done tremendous work in preserving historical sites and buildings across Northern Ireland. They span the restoration of Templemore Baths in east Belfast and safeguarding St Joseph’s Church in the city’s Sailortown area, to the conversion of Caledon Wool Store into a creche and the craftsmen keeping traditional masonry, thatching and plastermoulding skills alive.

The overall winner in each category will be named at the Northern Ireland Heritage Angel Awards ceremony hosted by Wendy Austin on Wednesday March 27 at The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena.

Additionally, the public’s favourite project from the 18 shortlisted submissions will receive the Public Vote Award. The judges will also select an individual who will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose foundation is a co-sponsor, said “protecting architectural heritage is a vital part of cultural life”.

“Architecture is the most vulnerable art form and one that I have been passionate about all my life,” he said.

“By raising awareness of the impact individuals can have, our aim is to inspire others to get involved and work together to save and project Northern Ireland’s heritage for our future generations.”

Voting and full details of all the shortlisted entries can be found at About the Heritage Angel Awards - Heritage Angel Awards ( and tickets for the event on March 27 can be reserved from Heritage Angels Award 2024 Public Vote - Heritage Angel Awards (