Given that Brits are among the world’s most prolific drinkers (we drink an average of 11.6 litres of pure alcohol a year says the World Health Organisation) the media attention around the listing of 21 inter-war pubs was unsurprising.
It did, however,obscure several interesting new listings in Belfast, including some Brutalist corkers.
Among the 19 newbies is YRM’s fantastic 1965 Somerton Road synagogue and BDP’s chunky but non-shouty 1976 Northern Ireland headquarters for Danske Bank (pictured).
Readers may remember that 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 occupier Northern Bank.
Who says a building needs to function to merit heritage protection?