Statement on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey re: fire at Bank Buildings
30 Aug 2018
As the recovery operation continues following the fire at
Bank Buildings, Belfast City Council hosted another multi-agency meeting at
City Hall this morning to share information on the current situation and
coordinate further actions.
The meeting was also attended by the Lord Mayor of
Belfast Councillor Deirdre Hargey.
Councillor Hargey said: “The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has
worked round the clock to extinguish the fire and keep the public safe, and
it’s encouraging to hear that the operation is being scaled back and the cordon
has been reduced.
"Fourteen businesses remain within the cordon and we have
uploaded a copy of the map on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/news. This can also be viewed here.
"Council is committed to doing everything it can to assist
in the recovery operation and keep Belfast city centre open for business, and
it’s important that as a city, we rally round to support those affected by this
“The first priority for all those involved in the recovery
operation must be to make the building and surrounding area safe. Bank
Buildings is an important part of Belfast’s built heritage and the damage to
this beautiful building has caused a real sense of sadness and shock.
effort will be made to preserve the building and save the façade. Structural
engineers continue to assess the building as far as is possible in the current
circumstances, and are currently looking at how they might be able to preserve
the façade; this is a complex piece of bespoke engineering and it will be some
time before the building can be properly assessed.
“Belfast City Council will continue to host meetings for key
holders and businesses to provide information and support in the days ahead.
“Council officers are also in close contact with businesses
in the immediate area of the fire to offer whatever support they can to ensure
they can continue to operate where possible.
"We are liaising with
representatives from Primark to assist in any way we can should they wish to
seek alternative accommodation within the city centre.”
Area cordon map - revised on 31 August 2018