Town centre buildings listed by Minister

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced nine new listed buildings for the Causeway Coast and Glens council area.

In Coleraine town these include the library, Georgian buildings between 11 and 17 Bridge Street, detached Georgian houses at 88 Lodge Road and 46 Mountsandel Road, and the 1957 telephone exchange.

The St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Parish Centre at 50 Brook Street, a well-preserved example of a 19th century urban school on a prominent corner in the town centre has also been listed.

Listings outside of the town include 26 Boveedy Road, a mid-nineteenth century former manse, and Dartress Bridge, an early 19th century bridge on the Sconce Road, Articlave.

Mark H Durkan said: “This is a boost for Coleraine and the surrounding area. The listing of these buildings brings the total to 896 protected buildings in the new Causeway Coast and Glens council area.

“Collectively, these buildings form an important resource which has the potential to contribute to marketing of the area as a great place to work, visit and invest.”

There are seven structures which no longer merit listing as these have either been completely demolished or significantly altered. These include 1-11 Kingsgate Street which is a single entry covering a terrace partly demolished and considerably changed since listing. Dunboe Presbyterian Church, where an extension has obscured the original elevation, is also no longer listed.

Minister Durkan continued: “It is essential that we preserve and protect our historic environment by listing the correct buildings. This is why my Department has carried out a detailed review.”