J3374 : Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (10)

taken 12 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (10)
Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (10)
See J3374 : Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (9) (November 2011). After a long series of events the former Swanston’s warehouse seems likely to be demolished. The following is an extract from an official press release issued on 20 April 2012:
“The Environment Minister Alex Attwood has concluded this is, with regret, the better way to proceed.
The existing building on the site is vacant apart from the Athletic Stores. The new development will replace it. The Minister has exhaustively considered options to save the existing building which is not listed but is in a Conservation Area.
The building has serious structural flaws and is leaning into the street. It has been concluded that foundations and structure could not be refurbished to provide units for modern living and working. Many heritage campaigners accept that the entire building cannot be saved and converted to give it a useful life.
The option to retain the facades fronting the streets with a new building behind have been considered. The necessary works would affect character and would not be financially viable. This option has been assessed at length but this is the conclusion unfortunately that has been drawn.
Alex Attwood said: "I said that I would ‘call in’ the papers on the Athletic Stores application. I did. I interrogated the Belfast Planning Team on the application. I asked for facts and figures to be produced and tested. I visited the location twice and on the second occasion I invited representatives from the Ulster Architectural Historical Society to join me. I wanted to demonstrate that any decision – whatever its nature – was made, having looked at the issue from every side.
In the final analysis, I conclude that the planning decision for a retail and residential development is the better one unfortunate though that is. I have worked to see if the building, even the façade, could be saved. It has been a hard decision but I believe the better one. In coming to this view, I have been mindful of the risky state of the building, the unhealthy state of the property market and the disproportionate and uneconomic costs to even save the facade.” ”.
This photograph (and others in the series) appears as a matter of neutral geographical and historical record only. They do not express any opinion, for or against, the proposed demolition.
The view is from Wellington Place (Newry Road on the Google map). Continue to J3374 : Nos 41-49 Queen Street, Belfast (April 2014).
Swanston Hall site, Belfast

No 29 Wellington Place is a late-Victorian building perhaps best known as “Parsons & Parsons”. It shares a rear boundary with nos 41-49 Queen Street – a building in more recent times occupied by “The Athletic Stores” but originally built, in 1911, as a linen warehouse. The proposed demolition and redevelopment of the latter has proved to be a matter of some considerable controversy. The current (September 2015) proposal is to redevelop both as “managed student accommodation”.
The site has the following planning permission “LA04/2015/1252/F Erection of purpose built managed student accommodation comprising 114 studios and 203 cluster rooms (317 units in total), retail unit (class A1) on ground floor of Queen Street, common room, management suite on ground floor of Wellington Place, reception, laundry room, cycle store, plant room and bin storage area. Retention of existing facades of 41-49 Queen Street, 24 College Street and 29 Wellington Place and demolition of buildings behind. The proposed building is 5 storeys behind Wellington Place façade, 7 storeys behind Queen Street façade with a setback floor at level 8 and 13 storey tower setback from the Queen Street frontage. (Amended Plans) 41-49 Queen Street 24-30 College Street and 29 Wellington Place Belfast”.
The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of neutral historical record only. I have no connection with the developers, objectors or any campaigners. I am not a member of the UAHS. I have no views about the development – for or against and will not enter into any correspondence on the subject.

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J3374, 3632 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Sunday, 22 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 April, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 336 741 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.8643N 5:56.0074W
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Irish: geotagged! J 336 740
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Belfast  Building (Vacant)  Development Site  Buildings at Risk 

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