Potential buyers were touring the empty Nat West building in Fore St this week. The Grade II listed Victorian building closed for business over a year ago but until the pavement ATM was removed recently there could be no public viewings of the rather spooky premises.
An impressive staircase leads to the two upper floors, which are likely to be converted into flats if the planning application for the nearby HSBC building is any guide. Nat West are looking for in the region of £280,00 for the vast building.
According to the estate agent on duty there have yet to be any firm offers. The firm has 40 more shuttered bank buildings to dispose of in the South West alone – with more due to close next week.
As one viewer put it: “It’s just astonishing to think that the huge volumes of transactions once processed in this building by teams of workers can now happen more or less on a laptop.”