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Belfast beauty revealed again as scaffolding comes down on The MAC

The MAC before the work in 2015. The exterior brickwork appeared to be in considerable disrepair, with stone tiles falling off the six-storey building
The MAC before the work in 2015. The exterior brickwork appeared to be in considerable disrepair, with stone tiles falling off the six-storey building
The crumbling exterior before the extensive work took place
The crumbling exterior before the extensive work took place
The crumbling exterior before the extensive work took place

Belfast's MAC venue celebrated the scaffolding coming down around its building after four years of repair work.

Stonework at the entrance of the £18m award winning building begun to crumble in 2015 - just three years after it first opened.

Large chunks of basalt stone tiles had fallen from the exterior of the six-storey arts venue, situated in the city's Cathedral Quarter.

Contractors were called in urgently to assess the extent of the damage and carry out necessary repair work.

The visible deterioration of parts of the building sparked concern at the time.

One councillor said there needed to be a full investigation into how it could happen and the cost.

The four years of work meant it was under scaffolding for longer than it wasn't since opening in 2012.

The Mac said there was a problem with its basalt cladding and work was needed on the façade to identify the cause and scale of the issue.

The arts venue boasts two theatres, three visual art galleries, a dance studio, workshops, a cafe and a bar.

On Saturday the venue's Twitter account updated followers on the scaffolding coming down.

"We are delighted that the structure is finally coming down and revealing the beauty of the building once again," it tweeted.

In 2013 the building was recognised for its architectural excellence with a National Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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