I'd been inside the newly refurbished Marks and Spencer store in the centre of Belfast last week at lunchtime. The coincidence that they'd moved Menswear down to the first floor next to Women's Lingerie wasn't lost on me. Someone had their thinking cap on.
But it was only today that I saw the front of the building, with the hoarding removed. A flush front wall of glass, bit like a massive Apple iPhone/iTouch!
And the wall of copper to the side ... that will either be stolen in a daring raid some night, or will be allowed to slowly turn a shade of M&S green. If it lasts, the glass and copper will sit well with the City Hall and the buildings around. And the huge surface of glass (unimaginable ten years ago) reflects the buildings around, rather than imposing its own style on the street. Full marks to the architect. Just a pity that the cash points below the copper look so tatty!