Bank Chambers

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Bank Chambers is an office building on Portland Street, Manchester, England. Its heavy and imposing appearance gives away its previous use as a bullion bank vault by the Bank of England. The Bank of England vacated the building in the 1990s and the building is now used as offices.

Portland Street, Manchester

Portland Street is a street which runs from Piccadilly at its junction with Newton Street southwards to Oxford Street at its junction with Chepstow Street in Manchester, England. The major buildings of Portland Street include the largest former warehouse in the city centre, Watts Warehouse, the former Bank of England Building and other former warehouses on the corners of Princess Street.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

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Background

The building was built in 1971 and designed by the architecture practice Aukett Fitzroy Robertson. [1] The building is bomb-proof with a 16-inch exterior wall of concrete and wide cavity existed for security patrols. Every Tuesday the surrounding roads would be temporary closed to allow the transportation of money. [2]

The building was vacated in the 1990s and office developer Bruntwood bought the building. It was subsequently renovated with Grade A office space. The existing vault space has since been converted into space for servers and data farms for companies. [3]

Bruntwood

Bruntwood is a family-owned property company offering office space, serviced offices, retail space and virtual offices in the north of England and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. They own several high-profile buildings in the Manchester area, as well as in Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. They own one-third of the office space in Manchester city centre and also donate 10% of all annual profits to arts, cultural and community charities.

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References

  1. "Bank Chambers Also known as Bank of England Northern Headquarters and Bank House". skyscrapernews.com. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  2. "Bank Chambers - Offices". Bruntwood. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  3. "Daisy Group completes £1m data centre upgrade". Manchester Evening News. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-23.

Coordinates: 53°28′45″N2°14′17″W / 53.47920°N 2.23812°W / 53.47920; -2.23812

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