The high street bank committed to keeping a branch open in Greater Manchester town centre

The historic listed bank building dates back to 1850.

A high street bank has committed to keeping a branch in Bury town centre by unveiling plans for a refurbishment.

The HSBC on the corner of Bolton Street and Silver Street is housed in a Grade II listed building.

Plans lodged with Bury Council within the past week plan to remodel the ground floor interior of the building, which dates back to 1850.

Documents in support of the application, said: “The bank is currently undertaking a national programme of ongoing refurbishment.

HSBC on the corner of Bolton Street in Bury Credit: google

“The existing layout will be unnecessary for proposed new equipment and a new layout to house the machines is proposed.

“The partition to be removed is believed to be modern and of no historic value.

“Removal of the partition will create a more generous entrance space.”

The plans will see the removal of three internal ATMs with them replaced by two newer models.

A heritage statement in support of the plans emphasised the ‘significant’ architectural and historical interest of the building, particularly its decorative stone façade.

It said: “The site is a significant asset to the surrounding area as it holds a prominent presence upon the corner of Bolton Street and Silver Street.

“The Grade II listed building is also sited within a conservation area, further emphasising its architectural merit.

“The architectural character and appearance is typical of banks of this and earlier periods, signifying solidity and respectability relating to the building’s use.

“The works, as a whole, are to enhance the customer experience. We believe the proposed works will respect the buildings original features and will not have a negative impact on the building or the surrounding area.”

Bury Council will now consider the plans for the refurbishment of the building.