Bank Chambers

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Bank Chambers from New York Street.

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.

Background[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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. 

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Coordinates: 53°28′45″N 2°14′17″W / 53.47920°N 2.23812°W / 53.47920; -2.23812