The Architectural Heritage Fund would like to warmly congratulate all the worthy winners and those highly commended at the Heritage Angels NI awards, which took place in Belfast's Grand Opera House on 7th November.
AHF supported Hearth Revolving Fund with a £50,000 loan to aid its heroic restoration of the then ruinous Category B+ listed Sion Mills stables, which was a close contender for the Best Rescue of an Historic Building award. The highly distinctive building, built in 1884 in this special model linen village, near Strabane, now houses a restaurant and museum and is helping to inject life into this area of deprivation.
Hearty congratulations too to Ulster Architectural Heritage for bringing the Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland for the first time, to showcase the efforts of local individuals or groups, who have saved historic buildings and places. The night was hugely boosted by celebrated local musicians, who were commissioned to write and perform tributes to Northern Ireland's historic built environment through a HLF funded 'Heritage in Song' project.