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Londonderry Magee Conservation Area

Location: Co. Londonderry
Designation Date: 6 June 2006
Development in the Area began in the mid to late 19th century. The central campus now includes the Gothic main building, the traditional red-brick buildings (former professor's houses), the Aberfoyle building and the Georgian Foyle Arts Centre building.  There have been a number of contemporary additions to the campus in recent years.

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While the Magee campus forms the core of the conservation area, there area a number of other distinct features, such as the Northwest Regional College (Lawrence Building) along Strand Road and the former Foyle and Londonderry School House (known as the Foyle Arts Centre) on Lawrence Hill, both of which are of great architectural and local significance.
The area surrounding Magee is also of note.  Characterised by rows of terraced properties, such as Aberfoyle Terrace, these commonly feature narrow frntages, natural slate roofs and taditional fenestration such as sliding sash windows.
The characteristics of the built form of the many non-residential listed buildings and the relationship between buildings, garden walls and landscaping combine to merit the area's status as one of three conservation areas within the city.

The Design Guide

The design guide generally provides information on the planning context, character appraisal and historic development and gives guidelines for future development proposals.
The Guide aims to encourage a well cared for historic environment by promoting the retention of authentic historic fabric and the use of appropriate materials and historic construction methods for repairs.  It fosters a context for the evolution of high quality contemporary architecture and landscape architecture in extensions and new build proposals.  It is intended to be sufficiently robust to discourage poor quality design proposals and inappropriate approaches to conservation

The Baseline Audit

The baseline Audit examines the local distinctiveness of the Magee Conservation Area, identifying what makes it special; by assessing its character, plan form, its landscape and setting and its historic and archaeological background.  It identifies the problems and pressures that the area faces as well as its capacity for change.

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