Bank House & Bank Chambers - Charlotte Street, Manchester, UK

Fitzroy Robinson & Partners
Date Built
Portland Street & Charlotte Street
This modern block was built in 1971 to a design by the architects Fitzroy Robinson & Partners.  It was built as the northern headquarters of the Bank of England, replacing Charles Cockerell's building on King Street.  The Bank has moved out of the building and in 2011 it is part of the Bruntwood fleet of offices in Central Manchester.  The building is now regarded a two entities.  At the Charlotte Street end you will find the 12 storey tower block known as Bank House.

The tower sits beside Bank Chambers, of which Bruntwood says this, "Bank Chambers was home to the Bank of England until Bruntwood acquired the building. The outer wall is 16 inches thick and was built to withstand bomb attacks, making it one of the safest buildings in Manchester. There’s even a small gap between the inner and outer walls, which is rumoured to have been patrolled by guard dogs. Every Tuesday the surrounding roads were closed off to allow the delivery of the prestigious Gold bullion. The bank, in its heyday, saw hundreds of millions of pounds pass through its vaults every week. The car parking for Bank Chambers is also a little more secure than most, being located inside the old bank vault!"