THE history of an old bank in Delph will be kept at the heart of its renovation into a restaurant and bar, says developers.
Work is now underway to transform the building on King Street, which was formerly used by NatWest, and give it a new lease of life.
And the developers – also of The Italian Job and Bank Chambers in Newhey and Milan Bar in Lees – are making sure the history of the building is maintained.
They revealed on their ‘The Bank, Delph’ Facebook page: “In recent years the bank’s heartbeat has slowed as the building lay dormant… this is about to change!
“Our vision of all-day casual dining with the community at its core is central to our plans for the historic building.
“We intend to keep all the original features in the main banking hall and kindly ask for anyone to get in touch with old pictures and stories that we can bring to life once more.
“Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting progress updates, concepts and job opportunities along with competitions and details of our launch schedules.”
The building covers 240 sqm over two floors and a cellar area and is shared with a computer software company.
The office renovations are complete, and the final phase of the project which incorporates a bar and casual dining space is expected to be completed by Spring, with a storyboard of pictures being created to chart the progress.
Their pizzeria and cocktail bar Bank Chambers is housed in a former Barclays bank building and they are using aspects of that successful concept in their latest project.
They added: “We’re looking forward to creating a brand new menu concept for this one.
“It’ll be different to anything we have done before and it’s very exciting for the whole team.
“Casual dining, premium cocktails and great coffee are central to the plans.”