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At last, good news about a bank

New owner promises to leave Leicester bank's 'superb' main hall almost untouched

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Good news from Leicester Victorian Society. The former HSBC bank in Granby Street has been purchased and the new owner promises to retain the main banking hall. The bank, designed by Leicester architect John Goddard in the 1870s, was unoccupied.

According to press reports, the new owner is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It intends to convert the bank into a place of worship with a number of community facilities.

Leicester Victorian Society group Chairman John Goodall commented, "The buildings sub-committee has been given a guided tour of the complete building and shown details of the plans, which appear eminently suitable. The superb former banking hall is to remain virtually untouched, other than the provision of underfloor heating and relocating the main counter."

Plans also include a library, reading room, yoga studio and other facilities around the principal worship space.

Wednesday 1 August, 2012

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