Midland Bank building, King Street, ManchesterEdit profile
The Midland Bank building on King Street, Manchester, was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928. Built 1933-5.The building is a grade II* listed building
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 proportions are ingeniously calculated, as Lutyens..adored to do. The top stage is two-thirds of the stage from the obelisks to the next set-back, and that middle stage is two-thirds of the bottom stage." The major work of Lutyens in Manchester, the bank is "the King of King Street".
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. It is unknown what the building will now be used for and the building is currently for sale.