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rigy

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HSBC 100 king street manchester visited March 2010

formally the midland bank this place is huge and a bit of a maze inside. There is not much on the upper floors these were mainly offices but have a fantastic lightwell running down the centre.

The ground floor remains pretty intact as if the bank closed its doors yesterday (although slightly outdated). the main attraction has got to be the volts down in the basement there like nothin i ve ever seen before.

A little history
It was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928. Built 1933-5.The building is a grade II* listed building [1]

A castle-like Art Deco building, surrounded moat-like by roads on all four sides, is the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens. Built with the help of engineers Whinney, Son & Austen Hall between 1933 and 1935, it features carvings by the local sculptor John Ashton Floyd. The building is constructed of Portland stone around a steel frame.

The layered style of the period is shown in the use of set back features and arches around the lower levels making this a truly classic Art Deco building.

The branch was re-branded as HSBC Bank after the takeover of Midland Bank by HSBC in the 1990s. The bank closed on 6 June 2008 when HSBC relocated their Manchester branch to St Ann's Square.

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couple of externals from the web

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Thanks for looking :thumb
 

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