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Raft of buildings listed in Belfast

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BDP’s 1976 Northern Ireland headquarters for Danske Bank is among 19 new buildings in Belfast granted listed status

In 2004, the building was the scene of Northern Ireland’s largest bank robbery when a gang got away with the equivalent of £26.5 million from previous occupiers Northern Bank.

Other buildings receiving protection include Yorke Rosenberg & Mardall’s 1965 Somerton Road synagogue and the former Northern Ireland War Memorial Building built between 1959 and 1962 to designs by J Michael Bowley.

The listings have been made as part of the Department of the Environment’s ongoing second survey of historic buildings and following consultation with Belfast City Council and the Historic Buildings Council of Northern Ireland.

Environment minister Mark Durkan said the process ‘recognises the rich and important cultural, historical and architectural tapestry of Belfast’s buildings.

‘Some of the buildings now listed are familiar architectural gems in Belfast’s skyline. Others are much less prominent in our streetscape, but are very important because of their historical significance.’

Both Danske Bank and the Belfast Telegraph, whose 19th Century headquarters was also listed, raised objections to listing during the consultation process, citing concerns over business development.

The department has also delisted six buildings and retained seven more which were considered for removal from the list, including the Kelly’s Cellars pub.

Durkan said: ‘Despite the fact that Kelly’s Cellars has been altered over the years I have concluded it is still of significant historic interest. Sufficient historic material survives to reflect this.’

He added that the consultation had thrown up proposals for listing a number of buildings owned by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, and that he would meet with the trust to discuss any possible impacts to future development plans.

There are currently 1,124 listed buildings within the Belfast City Council area, and six wards still remain to be surveyed.

Those changes in full:

New listings:

Belfast Telegraph Offices 124-132 Royal Avenue, Belfast 
Northern Ireland War Memorial Building, 9 Waring Street 
The Synagogue Somerton Road, Belfast 
Murray House - 4 Murray Street 
Murray House - 5 Murray Street 
Murray House - 6 Murray Street 
Murray House - 13-17 Grosvenor Road 
1,3,5 Castle Lane, 23-29 Corn Market .
1 Victoria Square (Kitchen Bar)
Direct Wine Shipments, 5-7 Corporation Square 
Danske (Northern) Bank, Donegall Square West 
Donegall Street Congregational Church 
Central Hall, 37-39 Rosemary Street, Belfast 
West Belfast Orange Hall, 342-34 Shankill Road 
Caretaker’s House West Belfast Orange Hall 
Albert Hall (aka Shankill Mission Hall) 110-120 Shankill Road 
Malvern Primary School Forster Street 
North Belfast Working Men’s Club 32 Danube Street. 
Westcourt Centre Former St Mary’s Christian Brothers School, Divis Street.

Retained on list:

Ulster Bank (Former Methodist Church) Portico of the former Methodist church retained on list.
4-8 Church Lane ( Miss Moran’s Tobacconists)
10 Church Lane 
Kelly’s Cellars, 30-32 Bank Street
11 College Place North, 
13 College Place North
Arthur Chambers, 4-14 Arthur Street

Delisted:

58-66 Royal Avenue Belfast
81-87 Royal Avenue Belfast
276 – 294 Tennent Street
Imperial House, Donegall Square, East Belfast
Fountain House, 17-21 Donegall Place, Belfast
Donegall Chambers, 11-15 Donegall Place, Belfast

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