HSBC 25th May 2009
Explorers: j3bu, bungle666, Thompski
Woah, this one was pretty ontop. Especially as the explorers that went a few days after us got a visit from the police, ah well least they got to see it.
The Midland Bank building (later to become HSBC) was designed in 1928 by Edwin Lutyens as a classic art deco building. It was constructed between 1933 and 1935. It is a Grade II listing building and is quite eccentric, surrounded on all sides by roads and featuring a central courtyard which is inaccessible except from through windows. John Ashton Floyd provided many carving throughout. The carvings on the roof which would be unseen from street level and even from inside the building are quite spectacular.
In the mid 1990’s the midland bank was taken over by HSBC however many features of the building still remind you that you are in a midland bank. The banisters on the stairs still feature a “M.B.” motif.
On the 6th of June 2008 the King Street branch closed its doors as a bank for the very last time as HSBC relocated their Manchester branch to St Ann’s Square, it is unknown what the building will now be used for.