Plans to convert this empty former bank in Hull city centre have been revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 May 2018

A landmark former bank is being lined up as the latest residential development in the city centre.

The former Lloyds TSB Bank at the junction of Bond Street and George Street closed for business just over four years ago.

Constructed in the 1970s, it was a replacement for the original Hull Saving Bank which was built at the same site in 1883.

In 1969 it became the first bank in Hull to open an automatic cash point.

Now the empty building is being lined up for major conversion works to be turned into an apartment complex.

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Planning consent has already been granted to convert the upper floors into 32 one and two-bed flats.

Its owners are applying to Hull City Council for to change the use of the former ground floor into a further 14 flats.

The Hull Savings Bank in George Street, 1932.

The project is Sheffield-based developer Mark Harrison's first in Hull.

He said: "The prices in places like Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Nottingham have gone through the roof but there is a lot going on in Hull and that’s why I like it.

"I normally sell developments for other developers but this will be my first big job."

The change of use application maps out plans for six one-bed flats and a further eight one-bed mezzanine studio flats in what used to be the old banking hall.

An internal view of the banking hall in the old Hull Savings Bank in George Street in 1972.

The existing main entrance on the corner of George Street and Bond Street would be retained under the plans while the old bank vaults would be reused for secure cycle parking.

However, the application proposes big changes to the exterior look at the building with proposals for more windows and a new contemporary clock set cedar-boarded facade.

Both versions of the bank also featured clocks overlooking the George Street junction.

A planning and design statement accompanying the application says: "The proposed new flats units are intended to supplement the previously approval for residential development on the upper floors and with the improvement works to the main elevations will create a flagship conversion in the centre of the city."

The clock on the original Hull Savings Bank on the corner of George Street and Bond Street

The site is next to the K2 mixed-use development currently taking shape in a former high-rise council office block in Bond Street and directly opposite the proposed new £130m Albion Square scheme.

It's also just a stone's throw from the former Queens Gardens police station which is currently being converted into apartments.

The application is expected to go before planning councillors later this summer.

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