Historic Belfast buildings must be protected
WE are pleased that Ulster University is moving its main campus to the centre of Belfast. We think this will be positive for the vibrancy of the city centre.
However, we are disappointed that it was not possible to creatively incorporate the old Co-op building into this development.
It is important that the value of heritage and character buildings are recognised for the potential they have to enhance the city centre and attract tourism.
The city centre is the showcase for Northern Ireland urban life. Companies wishing to set up in an area will be attracted by a city which retains its historic buildings, integrated with its contemporary buildings.
Hopefully, we will not see any more demolitions of the heritage of the city and the value of townscape and city vernacular together with heritage-led regeneration will be given greater priority.
This will then pay economic dividends.
Chairperson, Belfast Civic Trust