13/12/2012 – MINISTER DEENIHAN LAUNCHES NEW HISTORIC REUSE MANUAL – SHAPING THE FUTURE
Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today (13th December 2012) officially launched his Departments new publication Shaping the Future – Case Studies in adaptation and reuse in Historic Urban Environments.
The purpose of this reuse manual is the showing, via case studies, of a selection of examples of what has been happening in recent years in Ireland in terms of reuse, from the objectives of town and area plans to building case studies. The study is not intended to be exhaustive nor is it intended to say that solutions which may suit a particular case are universally applicable, each case is different. They are presented as contributions to the debate, describing the aims and objectives of the parties involved. The publication sets out to inform planning authorities, developers and designers that evidence-based quality principles will ensure that future planning of our historic cities, towns, villages and historic properties is focused on the creation of vibrant, quality places.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Deenihan said “As Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, I hold the view that the natural and built heritage of Ireland is a national asset. This national asset has always made an important contribution to the economic activity of communities at both local and regional level. Now, there is a growing awareness of the economic potential of the historic environment and the benefits that arise from investing in our built heritage, especially for the communities which are the custodians of that heritage.
In simple terms, if historic buildings are to survive they must continue to be used, and that means in certain circumstances they must be adapted to new and modern uses. This is not only a heritage issue, it is also an economic and environmental issue. Heritage-led regeneration through reuse presents an opportunity to encourage the enhancement and protection of both the existing built heritage and the wider historic building stock “