374-378 Newtownards Road
Description of chosen placeThe building has three ground floor retail units, a garage and one upper floor apartment. It’s been vacant for at least 15 years and has been left unmaintained. Fire damage to the property can be clearly seen in the Google Maps Photos (May 2014). Some remedial work has taken place on the building – the upper floor windows have been boarded up and the façade has been cleaned. Visually, the walls look structurally sound, but the roof has been damaged beyond repair. The upper floor windows are mostly missing and there’s no external windows/doors behind the shutters on the ground floor. The ground floor is in average condition but with the damaged roof the upper floor will have extensive damp, mould, and water damage.
What do you imagine the space could be?I imagine bringing the building back to its former glory. Rather than renovation, I see restoration with some required modern touches that still hold true to what the building may have looked like back in the day. Bringing out the original Belfast Brick and giving the windows a hint of class with a Georgian Arch. It would be great to have accommodation on ground and first floor plans but to be realistic to the area and its needs and uses I would finish the ground floor with some lovely full height glass windows for retail units, while maintaining the first floor for some modern apartments.
Submitted byPaul McVeigh
February 19, 2023