Opening of a Victorian-themed tea room in the former Natwest building in Bradford

The old NatWest, in Hustlergate, dates from the 1860s and is Grade II* listed, making it one of the most protected heritage buildings in the city centre.

But the bank has stood empty since NatWest consolidated its two downtown branches into their building next to Broadway in 2017.

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Now the Hustlergate building will get a new lease on life after a planning application to convert the Great Banking Hall into a tea room was approved by Bradford Council. Built for the Bradford Commercial Bank to designs by local architects Andrews and Pepper, the bank has an ornately decorated ceiling as well as a majestic exterior.

Hustlergate in Bradford

The application to convert the building into a Victorian themed tea room has been submitted by Withernsea Investments.

In his application report he said: “In order to complement the interior of the building, it is proposed to renovate and modify the ground floor to accommodate a local upscale cafe/tea room, with a Victorian influence.”

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Discussing the plans for the building, council conservation officer Jon Ackroyd said: ‘It sits next to the Grade I listed Wool Exchange and contributes to one of the most significant heritage streetscapes in the city. city ​​center at the junction of Bank Street, Tyrell Street and Hustlergate.

“It employs an exuberant Gothic style with details from the 13th century. The corner tower above the main entrance is the most prominent feature, but the whole building has a multitude of architectural features, with polished granite corner wells with Gothic window openings, balconies stone pierced and gabled stone dormers and wooden capped dormers on the roof. ”

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