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Former Water Office (Marks & Spencer)

  •   1 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB

Italian Gothic style 4 storey building with side tower on East façade. Tooled ashlar sandstone, smooth for quoins and details on doors/windows. Stone cornice. Originally had steep pitched roof with dormers and large stone chimneys, all lost in 1941 blitz. Originally Richardson Sons and Owden’s warehouse, later the Water Office and now Marks and Spencers.

Stone Information

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  • Stonework Construction:
    Regular-coursed tooled & plain ashlar
  • Stonework Condition:
    Sandstone blockwork is in reasonable condition but with some evidence of isolated stone block deterioration and surface loss through flaking and granular disintegration.
  • Condition Assessment (QUB):
    Stage 1 – A façade in this condition will only require localised remedial treatment concentrating on individual blocks. Stage 1 classification may also indicate that no intervention is needed with only periodic re-assessment of the façade is recommended.
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Architect Information

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  • Architect:
    Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon
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