Bank House added to National Heritage List for England

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19/02/2015

Bank House, 27 King Street, Leeds, a former Bank of England regional headquarters building, 1969-71, is the most architecturally ambitious and accomplished example of the Bank of England’s 1960s programme of rebuilding regional centres. Photo: James O. Davies, English Heritage.

English Heritage announces iconic Walker Morris office to be Grade II-listed

Walker Morris’ office building at Bank House has been selected as one of 14 post-World War Two office buildings to be added to the National Heritage List for England.

English Heritage offered 23 buildings for assessment, and it is from that list that the 14 were selected by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The new additions celebrate the work of leading modern architects and show how architecture has responded to radical changes in the way we work.  This follows an English Heritage project to assess commercial buildings from 1964 to 1984.

Bank House at 27 King Street, Leeds, was designed and built by Building Design Partnership and was the Bank of England regional headquarters building from 1969-71. It regarded as a milestone project for BDP marrying engineering complexity with architectural finesse.

bank-house-leeds_1 from Building design partnership wesbite need permission to use

Image of Bank House circa 1971 courtesy of BDP

Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey, said:

“Listed buildings are not just about historic houses and ancient monuments, they also serve to protect our recent heritage and preserve the best examples of our fantastic architecture. This group of listings reflect the changing face of our working environment and represent the very best in design and it’s entirely right that they be listed Grade II.”

Nick Bridgland, designation team leader for English Heritage in the north said:

“Bank House is a boldly designed and executed office building by a well-respected practice. Its powerful street-presence is offset by the use of good quality materials. This architectural finesse and historic interest mean it fully deserves listing at Grade II.”