NIEA SECOND SURVEY OF BUILDINGS OF ARCHITECTURAL OR HISTORICAL INTEREST

Client: NIEA

Alastair Coey Architects was contracted to carry out the NIEA statutory resurvey of historic buildings in Antrim, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey in 2008-2009, Omagh and Strabane districts in 2009-2010, and Belfast, Castlereagh, North Down, Lisburn and Banbridge districts in 2010-2013.

The Northern Ireland survey is one of the most comprehensive types of listing survey that exists in the British Isles. It includes structures ranging in age and complexity from the humble thatched farmstead to the grandest houses, industrial structures from canals, mills and infrastructure, and buildings of social interest such as schools and churches. Detailed reports are produced on all currently listed structures, involving a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of the property and its setting features, and a detailed history of the development of the building and associated persons of interest. A brief assessment of the impact of alterations is also carried out. In addition, a detailed scoping exercise is undertaken, involving the assessment of every building of potential historic interest shown on Ordnance Survey maps, which will be considered for new listings. This often includes more humble buildings of high cultural significance, which were once considered common, but are now increasingly rare.

We have developed considerable expertise in identification of regional typologies, identified through variation in plan form, thatch material and fixing methods, and particular features such as the bed outshot. Our team have expertise across a range of fields, including classical architecture, industrial archaeology, and modern buildings.