Bank Buildings


Jan 3, 2023
Restored Bank Buildings after a four year restoration after being damaged by fire in 2018

Today, marks the first anniversary of the reopening of Bank Buildings, damaged by fire in 2018.

The Bank Buildings  was designed and built between 1899 and 1900 by W. H. Lynn as a department store and warehouse.

It was owned by the firm of Robertson, Ledlie, Ferguson & Co and was built on the site of a bank erected in 1785, from which it takes its name.

Since 1979, it has been owned by the Dublin-based company Primark.

On 28 August 2018, during a £30 million two-year renovation, the building was gutted by fire, severely damaging most of the internal structure.

Primark opted to restore the building to its Victorian appearance while expanding the size of the store. The store reopened on 1 November 2022.

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