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Beacon goes to Belfast!   
28 June 2018
 
Senior Heritage Consultant Emma attends the IHBC Annual School in Belfast.

We couldn’t give up the opportunity to attend this year’s IHBC Annual School, and with the location in Belfast we had to go!

The theme of the school was ‘Our Shared Heritage’ and focused on how communication, negotiation and transformation is key for successful projects.

On the Thursday afternoon I attended the Queen’s University tour to see the restoration of the Landon Building. This included stone repairs, repointing and the mammoth task of restoring the windows. With the works now completed to the northern wing, it’s safe to say that the building will look magnificent once the final phases are complete! As a company, a lot of our work is with universities and colleges therefore this tour provided much thought as to approaches taken.

The Friday was the main conference day held at Riddle Hall at Queen’s University. Highlights of the day were Quintin Oliver’s talk regarding the importance of negotiation across communities both locally and globally, and Rita Harkin’s presentation on the Red Brick Belfast project which sought to involve local communities in their built environment. There was then the AGM and later on, the Annual School Dinner was held at Belfast City Hall the Friday evening where we had some delicious food and wine.

For the Saturday tour I attended the Ards Pennisula day trip. We headed out to Mount Stewart to learn about the restoration of the hour and enjoyed a walk through the fabulous gardens. We then headed further down the Loch to Portaferry to see the effects of the Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme and the restored Presbyterian church, the Portico.

Belfast is an amazing city to explore and the conference provided some interesting insights. Thanks go to IHBC Northern Ireland for organising this brilliant event.