Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced nine new listed buildings for the Causeway Coast and Glens council area.
In Coleraine town these include the library, Georgian buildings between 11 and 17 Bridge Street, detached Georgian houses at 88 Lodge Road and 46 Mountsandel Road, and the 1957 telephone exchange.
The St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Parish Centre at 50 Brook Street, a well-preserved example of a 19th century urban school on a prominent corner in the town centre has also been listed.
Listings outside of the town include 26 Boveedy Road, a mid-nineteenth century former manse, and Dartress Bridge, an early 19th century bridge on the Sconce Road, Articlave.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is a boost for Coleraine and the surrounding area. The listing of these buildings brings the total to 896 protected buildings in the new Causeway Coast and Glens council area.
“Collectively, these buildings form an important resource which has the potential to contribute to marketing of the area as a great place to work, visit and invest.”
There are seven structures which no longer merit listing as these have either been completely demolished or significantly altered. These include 1-11 Kingsgate Street which is a single entry covering a terrace partly demolished and considerably changed since listing. Dunboe Presbyterian Church, where an extension has obscured the original elevation, is also no longer listed.
Minister Durkan continued: “It is essential that we preserve and protect our historic environment by listing the correct buildings. This is why my Department has carried out a detailed review of historic buildings in the former Coleraine Council area over the past two years. This will assist owners, the public and council officials to make the right decisions for their future. These detailed records will also mean that the new Council will have much more scope in the event of unauthorised change.
“If a building no longer meets listed building criteria, it is not appropriate that the full controls of listings are applied. However, some may still have some heritage interest and their exteriors may continue to be protected through other designations such as being in a Conservation Area. Reports have been issued to each owner to assist with this. These are also available for everyone to view online.
“Our built heritage is a precious and finite resource. It is important that we work together to ensure that it is valued and enjoyed into the future and that its potential to contribute to our economic and social wellbeing and regeneration is fully realised.”
- HB03/17/021 88 Lodge Road, Coleraine. This fine one and a half storey late Georgian House is one of the earliest buildings on Lodge Road.
- HB03/17/022 Telephone Exchange, Nursery Ave, Coleraine. One of the largest telephone Exchanges built in N Ireland, it is little changed and an important building from this mid-twentieth century period.
- HB03/18/038 Parish Centre, 50 Brook Street, Coleraine. Built in 1871 as a school for the Church of Ireland this public building now used as a Parish Centre is both architecturally interesting and of considerable social interest to the local community.
- HB03/18/039 Coleraine Library, Queen Street, Coleraine. Designed by local architects Dalzell and Campbell and constructed in 1969, this modernist public library has a prominent location between Queen’s Street and Circular Road. Its unusual hexagonal design creates an airy and spacious interior well suited to it public use, and along with the telephone exchange is an important building from this period.
- HB03/18/040 17 Bridge Street , Coleraine. A commercial building dating from 1820 with a rare bow shaped shopfront which continues to the first floor.
- HB03/18/041 11-15 Bridge Street, Coleraine. This substantial commercial building originally constructed as three houses, is a prominent building in Bridge Street and a relatively intact and rare survivor from the Georgian period in Coleraine town centre.
- HB03/01/018 26 Boveedy Road, Kilrea. Well proportioned and detailed former manse constructed in a restrained Georgian style and complemented by a mature setting.
- HB03/12/044 Dartress Bridge, Sconce Road, Articlave. Good example of a segmental skew-arched masonry road bridge of mid –nineteenth century date.
- HB03/17/020 Mountsandel Cottage, 46 Mountsandel Road, Coleraine. Detached single storey Georgian house of a similar age and design to 88 Lodge Road. It retains most of its historic detailing internally and externally and is enhanced by an extensive mature setting.