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Heritage at Risk(v1.0)
Austins 
2-6 The Diamond
Ferryquay Street
Londonderry
County Londonderry
BT48 6HR
C Gerrow 11/02/2020 00:00:00

HB Ref No:
HB01/19/019

Address
Austins 2-6 The Diamond Ferryquay Street Londonderry County Londonderry BT48 6HR

Townland:
Londonderry

Status:
Currently at Risk

Listing Grade:
A



BARNI Number:
BARNI 01/19/012

Conservation Area:
Yes

Condition:
Fair

Industrial Archeology:
No

Occupancy:
Vacant

Vernacular:
No

Degree of Risk:
Moderate

Thatched:
No

Availability:
Unavailable

Monument:
No

Current Building Use:
Shop

Derelict:
No



Description

Asymmetric multi-bay five-storey over basement stucco-fronted Edwardian Freestyle purpose-built department store, dated 1907, to the designs of local architect M.A. Robinson, with octagonal plan six-storey corner tower. Austin’s is the oldest family-owned department store in the world, having been established in Londonderry in 1830 and so predating Harrod’s Department Store in London by 15 years and Macys’s Department Store in New York by 25 years. Whilst the interior retains only its impressive staircase, the exterior retains much of its flamboyant detailing and remains one of the more impressive buildings in the city, dominating The Diamond. The building ceased trading commercially in 2016 and has lain empty since, however there is a local group who are interested in bringing the building back to life for the benefit of the community. Externally the building is in fair condition however from review the building is suffering from water ingress into the interior of the building which should be addressed imminently to ensure no further deterioration of the building fabric occurs. Refs: HERoNI