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Opposition lines up against changes to Museum of Ulster

Opposition to planned changes to the Museum of Ulster in Belfast, hailed as the province's 'best Modern building', is gathering momentum.

The '60s building, credited to Francis Pym, is subject to a planning application for a series of hugely controversial changes to its fabric.

Despite the support of Northern Ireland's Environment and Heritage Service, several major players are lining up against the plans by Hamiltons Architects.

Unusually, this includes the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which normally refuses to comment on planning applications.

The proposal includes changes to the building's entrance, which has a celebrated canopy, and the multi-level interior.

Other opposition to the alterations has come from the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and Docomomo.

The planning application is expected to be decided in March, with a recommendation from Northern Ireland's Planning Service expected imminently.

by Ed Dorrell

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