RECO Build will start this month a £500,000 conversion of a 1837 listed bank building in the heart of Sheffield City centre that will keep its historic façade of stone columns and also its unique dome in a high ceiling that is topped with a circular skylight.
The national construction company plans to create two units from the former HSBC Bank Building that was previously the head office of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Bank. The ground floor will be an in-keeping Tesco store and the other floor as permission for leisure use and could be a restaurant.
“It is like converting the Pantheon in Rome, which also has entrance columns and a magnificent dome, although this has a S1 postcode,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson.
The former bank is among a clutch of historic buildings on Church Street in Sheffield centre (S1 is the postcode) including Cutler’s Hall, home of the Cutlers’ Company that was set up in 1624, seeking to set and maintain standards of Sheffield cutlery.
RECO Build also plans to retain some of the bank’s interior featured wood panelling and plaster work to be sympathetic to its former use and heritage.