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Halifax Headquarters


Location Client Completion Awards
Halifax, UK Halifax plc 1974, 1996 & 2002 5

Project details

Iconic 20th century building.

The Grade II listed Halifax Building was designed in 1968-1974 with further sympathetic interior refurbishments by BDP in 1996 and 2002.

The elegant design integrates structure and services, and provides the greatest degree of flexibility.

The organisation of work process was best served by a horizontal relationship of working groups and departments. The automated storage area for a quarter of the country's title deeds and correspondence was situated below ground for maximum security.

The Halifax Building is a remarkable office building; its striking design arises out of the particular innovations in its structure and planning. It fully deserves designation in the national context

English Heritage

A quite remarkable building of its period (early 1970s).

Hugh Pearman architectural critic


  • to design a visually striking head office for the Halifax Building Society
  • use of the highest quality materials throughout
  • create an innovative automated document storage and retrieval system


  • one of the most architecturally influential buildings of the 20th century
  • a collaborative and humane work environment
  • though no longer a head office it continues to function as a highly efficient commercial building
  • RIBA Award for Architecture 1975, European Architectural Heritage Year Award 1975, Manchester Society of Architects Award 1997, BCO Award 2000, National Lighting Award 2000

Integrated services

architecture, interior design, environmental engineering, structural engineering,landscape architecture, lighting