A DESTINATION VENUE
‘The Ned presented many design and technical challenges. The Sydell Group has been delighted with the collaborative approach adopted by EPR Architects; they worked very hard with our team to achieve outstanding detailed design solutions delivered with service and diligence.’
Vice President, Development — UK
The Sydell Group
The bank’s original vault, complete with a twenty-tonne, two metre wide vault door has been converted into a bar. It is widely believed to be the inspiration for Fort Knox in James Bond’s Goldfinger.
An enormous volume of spiral steel reinforcements had to be removed from the vault walls.
Many of Lutyens’ original features have been restored and refurbished, such as the stone and marble staircases, period chandeliers, plasterwork, walnut panelling, green verdite columns, and parquet and black-and-white flooring. Fittings unique to the building’s heritage, such as wooden banking counters and safety deposit boxes have also been carefully preserved.