Upper floors are in line for refurbishment. Credit: Walker Singleton

Original building society HQ hits Halifax market

Both office and retail spaces are available to let at the 63,200 sq ft four-storey building, home to the organisation’s first branch in 1853.

Although the headquarters function moved in the 1970s to the modernist megaplex in the town still occupied by Lloyds Group, the Branch 001 building remained operational until September 2022.

Space available in the building comprises two retail units with frontage on King Edward Street, two retail units on Alexandra Street, the former banking hall, and offices on the upper floors, which are in line for refurbishment.

The Halifax office of agent Walker Singleton is marketing the space.

Upper floors offer a combination of open plan and private office accommodation, ranging in size from 3,000 sq ft to 31,215 sq ft. All offices available to let at the property benefit from lift access, air conditioning, energy efficient systems and modern kitchen facilities.

The former Halifax Building Society banking hall provides 7,150 sq ft of open plan retail space, with the potential to be split into two units.

For the retail space, the ground floor retail units located on King Edward Street are sized at 1,200 sq ft and 1,640 sq ft, with the two units on Alexandrea Street sized at 925 sq ft and 4,625 sq ft respectively.

A full refurbishment programme is to be undertaken on all of the retail units to provide air conditioning, new WC and kitchen units, as well as new plaster and paint work.

Walker Singleton director Ryan Barker said: “The history, location and versatility of the spaces within this iconic building opens up a multitude of possibilities for its usage.

“With interest growing in the space available, we strongly encourage any interested parties to get in touch and view this property for themselves.”

As well as Halifax, Walker Singleton has offices in Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford and employs 50 people across commercial and industrial property; residential property; machinery and business assets; and land and property auctions.

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