Published: 4th October 2018

Vote for our Heritage Angel

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society have revealed the final Heritage Angel Awards shortlist, and the former Harland & Wolff HQ Building & Drawing Offices has made the list.  These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage- individuals or groups, who have rescued an historic building or site, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place.

The Angel Awards are not just about heritage, but the people that make heritage projects happen. Showcasing what is possible when people take interest in and get involved with the care and consideration of our heritage.

Comprising 15 projects across five different categories, the shortlist showcases a range of diverse heritage initiatives across Northern Ireland.  The 2018 shortlist includes private owners; volunteers; community groups; apprentices; craftsmen and young people. All of whom have developed their interest in heritage, in different ways and applied their interest into quality schemes in Northern Ireland.

The overall winner in each of the categories will be named at the Northern Ireland Heritage Angel Awards ceremony on Tuesday 6 November at the Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry. The event will also celebrate ‘Heritage in Song and Word’, where local artists including Brigid O’Neill; Glenn Patterson; Eilidh Patterson and Eoin O’Callaghan will perform material around the heritage theme.

Members of the public can also cast their vote for their choice from the shortlist online at  This is open until Friday 19th  October.  

The Awards are funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; Derry and Strabane District Council and the Department for Communities.  An overall UK winner will be selected and celebrated at the London ceremony on Tuesday 27th November.

Nicola McVeigh, Chief Executive Ulster Architectural Heritage Society: “We were truly overwhelmed with quantity and quality of applications/nominations received in this the second year of the Heritage Angel Awards in Northern Ireland, which has highlighted the continued strength of interest in preserving our historic buildings and sites for future generations. Our judges now have the difficult task of choosing our overall winners. I’m looking forward to celebrating the success and hard work of all our finalists on 6th November at the Guildhall.”

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber: “Protecting architectural heritage is a vital part of cultural life. Architecture is the most vulnerable art form and one that I have been passionate about all my life. I’m delighted my Foundation can support the Heritage Angel Awards for the second year in Northern Ireland and shine a spotlight on those who have made a significant contribution towards protecting the country’s heritage. By raising awareness of the impact individuals can have, our aim is to inspire others to get involved and work together to save and protect Northern Ireland’s heritage for our future generations”.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle: “On behalf of Derry City and Strabane District Council, I would like to congratulate all the nominees who have been shortlisted for the awards which will be held in the city for the first time this year. “We are delighted and proud to be hosting the ceremony and the Guildhall’s Main Hall will prove a fitting backdrop to the event.

“The awards are an ideal way to recognise and acknowledge the selfless contribution of the many groups and individuals who promote and celebrate our local heritage, work that often goes unseen behind the scenes.”


Project: Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices

One of the Titanic Foundation’s objectives is to preserve the maritime heritage assets in the Titanic Quarter and the Foundation was keen to continue to retain the heritage of the Headquarters Building & Drawing Offices for future generations.

This project has seen the listed building transformed into a unique hotel, retaining its original features and has developed the most historically important rooms such as the Drawing Offices into spaces for public use.  The B+ listed building was in danger of being lost, and decades of inoccupation had caused significant damage.

The Foundation consulted 130 former Harland & Wolff employees, who provided a unique insight into the original use of different areas of the building which proved critical in the rescue of the building and its component parts.  As the building was restored, some exciting discoveries were made, including historic tiles in pristine condition that were the same as those which were on board the RMS Olympic & Titanic. Where possible these have been reused and repurposed, with the Design Team coming up with some inspiring suggestions and the ceramic tiles now line the bar in one of the Drawing Offices.

As a boutique hotel, visitors can stay in the rooms which were once technical drawing offices, and through an agreed access strategy with the hotel operator, Titanic Foundation ensures the heritage rooms are open to the public through guided tours and events; securing the building’s place as a part of the local community and as a visitor attraction.

Ulster Architectural Heritage

For more information on the awards and the work of  the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, follow the links below:

UAH Website:

Heritage Angel Awards NI Website:

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