Building society’s historic former HQ up for sale with £1.5m price tag

Halifax Building Society’s former headquarters on the town’s Commercial Street is up for sale freehold for £1.5m.

The 63,200 sq ft four-storey building was also home to Halifax Building Society’s first branch, called Branch 001, and opened in 1853.

It remained operational until last September, when it was closed by Lloyds Banking Group, and is now for sale along with adjoining retail units.

The building has been brought to market by Halifax-based property consultancy Walker Singleton, which was itself established in the town in 1889.

The ground floor comprises a main banking hall with meeting rooms and staff facilities. The first, second, third, fourth and basement levels have been separated off from the trading branch at the ground floor.

Alongside the former Halifax headquarters, the sale also includes the adjoining ground floor retail units at 17 and 19 King Edward Street and 16 Alexandra Street.

Walker Singleton director, Ryan Barker, said: “The former building society headquarters is one of the most historically significant and recognisable sites in Halifax town centre.

“The size, location and prominence of the building means it provides an excellent development opportunity to revive this landmark and create modern commercial space for the town.”