Belfast City – St Malachy’s Convent of Mercy School for girls
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The school was built as The Matthew Bowen School for young ladies! It was known as St Malachy’s Convent of Mercy School for girls when my sister in the 1940s.
Sussex Place – The former St. Malachy’s School at Sussex Place, built in 1878, was the first building purchased by BBPT, with the assistance of an Architectural Heritage Fund acquisition loan. Plans for the building, which are being developed in consultation with the local Markets community, are still under consideration.
Sussex Place is located in Belfast’s Linen Conservation Area, directly behind City Hall, but the rapid development of large-scale office buildings in the immediate vicinity has meant a loss of character for much of the area. The former school building, listed as Grade B, is important as a link with the area’s past and its particular identity. In architectural and character terms, it relates to the adjacent former Convent House and the surrounding restored housing of Sussex Place and Joy Street. Above all, Sussex Place will serve as a reminder that regeneration does not have to mean the loss of historic buildings.
The building has been secured, insured and initial works carried out to prevent further deterioration of the fabric. Initial architectural research and design proposals are under way, with a further decision on the proposed scheme to be taken at a further date.