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Tender Document
Broad Street Head Offices
April 1932
Following the Bank Committee's decision to construct new Head Offices (to the design of T Cecil Howitt) in Broad Street, a Tender Document was issued in April 1932. This Document consisted of 337 pages, the first section providing general information and conditions:
 
The Form of Tender (pages 2 to 4)
 
General Conditions (pages 5 to 26)
 
General Preliminaries (including a "Description of new Building") (pages 27 to 42)
 
Plan of Site (page 43)
 
The remaining sections of the Tender Document contained detailed technical specifications under the headings listed in the following table. Many of these specifications are lengthy and extremely detailed, and only portions of them have been reproduced here - the main criteria being to include information that supplements the description of the building included in the 1933 souvenir booklet. As a consequence, 337 pages of the Tender Document have been summarised into 63 pages of this website. However, two of the shorter sections of the Tender document have been reproduced in full as an illustration of the general layout of the specifications:
 
 Sections
 Page Numbers 
 Taking Down, etc
 44 to 46 
 Excavator
 47 to 53
 54 to 64
 Drains
 65 to 77
 Bricklayer, Pavings and Patent Hollow Block Floors
 78 to 108
 109 to 121
 Asphalte
 122 to 123
 Hoardings and Gantry
 124 to 134
 Carpenter, Joiner, Rubber Paving, Linoleum and Ironmongery
 135 to 191
 192 to 213
 Plasterer
 214 to 239
 Plumber
 240 to 259
 Gasfitter
 260 to 264
 Electric Light and Power, Bells, Neon Lights, Clocks, Dictaphone and Telephones
 265 to 276
 Lifts
 277 to 283
 Vacuum Plant and Pneumatic Tube Plant
 284 to 288
 Hot Water Services
 289 to 292
 Heating
 293 to 303
 Ventilation
 304 to 316
 Glazier
 317 to 322
 Painter and Decorator
 323 to 334
 Summary
 335 to 337
The builder bidding for the contract was required to allow for certain Provisional Amounts that were specified in the Tender Document. These Provisional Amounts provide an insight into the cost of a number of aspects of the new building:
Page
Number 
Description 
Amount
() 
 53
 Trial Hole already executed  
 20
 53
 Temporary Hoardings
 30
 69
 Connection to Public Sewer
 45
 95
 Grates, Surrounds, Hearths, Chimney Pieces, Ranges, Gas Copper and Cooker
 33
 96
 Bronze Sliding Doors
 465
 102
 Floor Tiles and Skirting
 205
 103
 Granolithic Pavings and Stairs
 263
 104
 Granolithic Staircases
 270
 105
 Terrazzo Pavings
 210
 106
 Patent Hollow Block Floors and Flats with Casings 
 2,630
 116
 Portland Stone
 10,800
 117
 Granite Plinth
 2,080
 118
 Taking down & rebuilding Stone Arch to Masonic Temple with Gates
 200
 118
 Stone Paving to three small areas at front and side
 35
 118
 Marble Work to North East & North West Stairs & Landings
 Marble Paving to Entrance Hall, Lobbies No 1 & 2
 503
 119
 Marble Paving to Entrance Hall, Lobbies No 1 & 2,
 Corridors No 1 & 2, Ante Rooms No 1 & 2
 690
 119
 Marble Paving to Public Space
 422
 119
 Marble Dadoes to Entrance Hall, Lobbies No 1 & 2,
 Corridors No 1 & 2, Ante Rooms No 1 & 2
 2,010
 120
 Marble Finishings and Linings to Banking Hall
 3,585
 120
 Marble Shelves (2) with brackets over radiators
 4
 123
 Asphalte Tanking to Basement and covering to Flats
 1,265
 130
 Granite Footpath Crossing
 27
 130
 Electrical Installation to Hoarding
 25
 134
 Temporary Lighting Points (3) controlled from Masonic Table
 12
 149
 1" tongued & grooved Japanese Oak Flooring
 168
 149
 1" Oak Block Flooring
 41
 150
 1" Teak Block Flooring
 278
 170
 Quarter Veneering to Door Panels
 14
 173
 Wall Panelling and Screens
 1,060
 174
 Walnut Panelling etc to Walls of General Manager's Room
 267
 175
 Walnut Panelling etc to Walls of Committee Room
 489
 175
 Wall and Ceiling Finishings to Luncheon Room
 155
 182
 Battleship Linoleum in Ruboleum
 309
 183
 Bitumen felt underlining to Linoleum
 7
 183
 Rubber Paving
 552
 185
 Bronze semi-circular Fanlight
 148
 185
 Ironmongery
 272
 195
 Constructional Steelwork
 6,590
 196
 Steel interlacing mattress or other approved Strong Room reinforcement
 1,500
 200
 Iron Fireproof Door
 18
 201
 Aluminium Sills
 89
 201
 Bronze Letter Slip
 10
 201
 Bronze Door and Frame to Letter Box
 3
 201
 Bronze Rail to Balcony
 3
 201
 Metal Windows
 329
 203
 Metal Sash Windows
 348
 203
 Metal Casements (20) to Lantern Lights
 44
 204
 Lantern Lights (12) with Concrete Frame
 319
 205
 Laylights (24)
 190
 205
 Wrot Iron External Grilles to Windows
 69
 206
 Wrot Iron External Grilles to Stairs Windows
 24
 206
 Internal Wrot Iron Grilles to Stairs Windows
 24
 206
 Wrot Iron Grilles and Gates to Internal Corridors
 110
 207
 Wrot Iron Internal Grilles to Lifts and Stairs
 98
 207
 Strong Room Steel Doors and Frames 
 1,975
 208
 Night Safe
 180
 208
 Bronze Grilles to Windows
 238
 209
 Bronze Grilles to Radiator Recesses
 18
 209
 Bronze Lamps to Loggia
 134
 209
 Bronze Folding Doors to Balcony
 35
 210
 Bronze Doors and Grilles to Banking Hall
 3,081
 210
 Bronze Vestibule Door in two leaves with frame & architraves
 335
 211
 Patent Glazing with all flashings, wall bearers, gutters and lead safes under gutters
 319
 212
 Wrot Iron Balustrade
 54
 212
 Wrot Iron Balustrade
 322
 233
 Fibrous Plaster Modelled Panels
 20
 234
 Glazed Wall Tiling, Skirtings, etc executed complete on cement backing
 214
 235
 Fibrous Plaster Work to Banking Hall
 843
 236
 Fibrous Plaster Work to Entrance Hall, Lobbies 1 & 2, Corridors 1 & 2
 376
 236
 Fibrous Plaster Work to North East & North West Stairs, Basement Corridor No 1,
 Basement Lobbies Nos 1 & 2, First Floor Corridors Nos 1 & 2, Second Floor Corridor No 1
 & two Vestibules extending landings
 324
 237
 Fibrous Plaster Work to Barrel Ceiling and Spandrill End to Committee Room
 157
 237
 Stuc Work
 874
 244
 Rainwater Heads
 4
 248
 Waste Pipe Heads
 4
 252
 1" Connection to Main in Broad Street with piping up to and including meter in
 Basement and all excavations and making good roadway and footpath
 28
 253
 Sanitary Fittings
 174
 262
 2" Gas Service from Main with connection and all piping up to and including meter in
 Basement and all excavations and making good roadway
 6
 263
 6" Gas Service from Main with connection and all piping up to and including meter and
 including connection to Boiler
 146
 263
 Kitchen & Servery Fittings fixed complete with gas installation and connection
 243
 266
 Electric Light & Power Installation
 1,853
 267
 Electric Bells wired & fixed
 98
 268
 Electric Alarm Bells wired & fixed
 64
 269
 Neon Lights
 531
 270
 Keepalite Plant
 110
 271
 Electric Wiring to Clocks
 69
 274
 Conduit Tubes for Dictaphones
 50
 275
 Conduit Tubes for Telephones
 90
 278
 Passenger Lift
 1,675
 279
 Cork Lining to Motor Beds
 51
 280
 Passenger and Book etc Lift
 649
 282
 Cork Lining to Motor Bed
 26
 282
 Service Lift
 260
 285
 Vacuum Cleaning Plant
 334
 287
 Pneumatic Tube Plant
 309
 290
 Hot Water Services
 520
 294
 Heating Installation
 2,755
 301
 Iron Draught Stabilisers (3)
 7
 305
 Mechanical Ventilation Installation
 1,560
 316
 Bronze Ventilation Gratings (4)
 10
 321
 Leaded Lights
 96
 321
 Special Leaded Lights
 130
 321
 Copper Light Glazing
 140
 334
 Signwriting
 20
 336
 Contingencies to be expended only as directed by the Architect
 500
     
 
 Total:
 61,368
At the end of the tender process, the contract was awarded to W J Whittall & Son Limited. The amount of the contract is not known, but a report to the City Council stated that construction was completed 2,931 14s. 7d. under contract. The total cost of the building, including furniture and fittings, was approximately 85,000. In addition, the land was purchased for 13,441.