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Bank Committee: December 18th 1922

 

1284 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Ladywood Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the question of the reconstruction of these premises, the present buildings being in a very dilapidated condition. They have had before them a scheme for the demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of new buildings, which has received the sanction of the Public Works and Town Planning Committee. A plan has been submitted by the City Surveyor which provides for the erection of a one storey Bank and a small dwellinghouse at an approximate cost of 1,500, and also for rounding off the corner of Icknield Port Road and Monument Road, which was an improvement required by the Public Works and Town Planning Committee.

 

On the demolition of the existing buildings there will be a piece of land vacant, which would not be utilised in the erection of the new buildings above referred to, and adjoining such land is a strip of land of which the leasehold interest has been acquired by your Committee. It is thought that, if the freehold interest of the latter could be secured, a number of lock-up shops could be erected on the areas referred to in connection with the Bank building Scheme.

 

Your Sub-Committee have authorised that negotiations be entered into for the purchase of the freehold interest referred to.

 

They now recommend that the erection of a one storey Bank and dwellinghouse on the lines of the plan prepared by the City Surveyor be approved, and that tenders be obtained for the carrying out of the necessary work.

 

In connection with the reconstruction scheme, it has been necessary to make arrangements to obtain vacant possession of the shop, dwellinghouse and outbuildings at present occupied by Mrs Johnson (No 300, Monument Road) and the sum of 200 has been agreed as compensation in this case, vacant possession to be given by 1st February next. Your Sub-Committee now ask that the payment to Mrs Johnson of the sum to be approved, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to sign any necessary document in the matter. They also recommend that the costs of Mrs Johnson's Solicitors (Messrs Clarke & Co) amounting to 7. 7. 0. be paid by the Bank, your Sub-Committee recognising that Messrs Clarke & Co have been of great assistance in obtaining the acquiescence of Mrs Johnson to this arrangement.

 

1286 RESOLVED:- That the proposed demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a one storey bank and dwellinghouse at the Ladywood Branch on the lines indicated on the plan prepared by the City Surveyor be approved, and that the General Manager be directed to obtain Tenders for the carrying out of the required work.

 

1287 RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to notify the Public Works Department that, in view of the proposal to utilise a strip of the Bank's freehold land for improving the corner of Monument Road and Icknield Port Road, a payment should be made to the Bank in respect thereof, or, alternatively, that no charge should be made by the Public Works Department in respect of services rendered in connection with the reconstruction of the Bank's premises in Monument Road.

 

1288 RESOLVED:- That the payment of the sum of 200 to Mrs Johnson in consideration of vacant possession of No 300 Monument Road being given to the Bank, and of the sum of 7. 7. 0. in respect of Solicitor's costs in the matter be approved; and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into any necessary documents.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 8th 1923

 

On Minute No 205, the General Manager reported that negotiations had been carried out for the purchase of the freehold of the strip of land adjacent to the Branch Bank premises Nos 299 and 300, Monument Road, which was required in connection with the Bank reconstruction scheme, and the purchase price had been agreed at the price of 50, plus professional charges.

 

227    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to confirm the action taken in the matter and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare, and, if necessary, affix the Corporate Seal to any requisite document.

 

Bank Committee: January 15th 1923

 

1309 On Minute No 1287, the General Manager reported that the Public Works Department would pay for the portion of land at the corner of Monument Road and Icknield Port Road which would be thrown into the public footpath when the alterations to the premises were dealt with.

 

On Minute No 1288 (300 Monument Road - payment to Mrs Johnson) the following report of the Town Clerk was presented:

 

December 23rd 1922

 

300, Monument Road.

Mrs Johnson and the Corporation.

 

I have to report that in accordance with your instructions an Agreement has been entered into with Mrs Johnson, the tenant of the above property, whereby she is to give up possession at February 1st upon payment of 200 and to be at liberty to remove fixtures at any time before February 15th.

 

I have made the following payments:

   Vendor's Solicitors costs                       7. 7. 0.

    Stamp Duty                                                        6d.

 

1310 RESOLVED:- That the report be approved and Minute No 1288 discharged.

 

1315 The following Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Ladywood Branch

 

Your Committee at their last meeting authorised that negotiations should be proceeded with for the purchase of the freehold of a strip of land adjacent to the branch Bank premises Nos 299 and 300 Monument Road, the leasehold interest of which has already been acquired by the Bank.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the purchase of this freehold interest has now been agreed at the sum of 50, plus professional charges, and they ask that their action in the matter be confirmed, and that the Town Clerk be authorised to prepare and if necessary attach the Corporate Seal to any requisite document.

 

1316 RESOLVED:- That the action taken in agreeing the purchase of the freehold interest in the strip of land to 299 and 300 Monument Road at the sum of 50, plus professional charges be confirmed, and that the Town Clerk be authorised to enter into and if necessary affix the Corporate Seal to any requisite documents.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 12th 1923

 

On Minute No 206, a revised plan was submitted prepared by the City Surveyor with reference to the reconstruction scheme at the Ladywood Branch. The General Manager pointed out that the plan was not according to his directions as regarded the arrangements of the banking office and as prepared was quite unsuitable for the work of the Bank. He also pointed out that the design was not in accordance with the general design adopted by the Bank Committee, and he understood that the building was to be in terra-cotta. He also informed the Sub-Committee that the present estimated cost of 1,869 was as against the figure of 1,500 estimated by the City Surveyor when he outlined the scheme to the Sub-Committee, which discrepancy was owing to the question of foundations not having been fully provided for, and that a sum of 300 was now added in reference thereto. The Sub-Committee considered these various points, and

 

249     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be directed to inform the City Surveyor that it is essential that the building should follow in design the Small Heath branch and have a stone front; that the banking office should be arranged in accordance with the General Manager's wishes; and that a fresh plan should be submitted showing the proposals of the City Surveyor for erecting lock-up shops on that portion of the land in Icknield Port Road which would be available after demolition of the stabling and slaughterhouse.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 12th 1923

 

282 On Minute No 249 (Reconstruction of Ladywood Branch) the City Surveyor stated that he would submit plan, amended to meet the requirements of the Sub-Committee, at a special meeting to be held on Monday next, the 19th March.

 

The City Surveyor pointed out that in connection with the reconstruction of these premises under the Building Bye-Laws it would be necessary to provide a certain amount of space behind the building, and it would therefore only be possible to erect two lock-up shops.

 

In reference to this portion of the scheme, the City Surveyor thought it would be very desirable to have the space not required for Bank purposes left vacant instead of erecting shops, and this question was deferred until consideration of the plan at the meeting above referred to.

 

With regard to the demolition of the existing buildings, the City Surveyor stated that this had been put off for a few days to enable Mrs Johnson to sell stock and loose fittings. He stated that on the demolition being proceeded with a temporary hut would be erected on a portion of the land for the purpose of carrying on the business of the Bank during progress of the work.

 

Special Meeting of the General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 19th 1923

 

On Minute 249 (Reconstruction of premises, Monument Road) the General Manager submitted a revised plan prepared by the City Surveyor embodying the alterations desired by the Sub-Committee.

 

The plan submitted was approved to the Bank building being of stone or of terra-cotta resembling stone and the general design being according to that adopted at the Branches already altered, provision to be made for a plainer design around the doorway and a small adjustment in layout of counter in Banking Hall. It was decided that the scheme as regards the erection of shops be held over until the Bank and House is erected and the Sub-Committee have an opportunity of ascertaining what space is available and the desirability or otherwise of allowing the land to remain as an open space.

 

300    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager in consultation with the City Surveyor, be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the work, and submit same to this Sub-Committee.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 9th 1923

 

319 On Minute No 300 (Ladywood Branch Reconstruction) - Revised plan of the reconstruction prepared by the City Surveyor was submitted and approved.

 

Bank Committee: April 16th 1923

 

On Minute No 1316 (Acquisition of freehold land adjacent to Monument Road Branch) the Town Clerk presented the following Report to the completion of the purchase:

 

March 29th 1923

 

George J Mason Ltd to the Corporation.

300 Monument Road.

 

I have to report that the purchase of the Ground Rent of 19/9d. has been completed in accordance with your instructions.

 

I have made the following payments:

    Purchase Money            50. 0. 0.

   Vendors' costs                    5. 0. 0.

   Stamp Duty                               5. 0.

 

1387 RESOLVED:- That the foregoing Report of the Town Clerk be approved and the action taken in making the payments referred to, confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 14th 1923

 

On Minute No 300 (Reconstruction of Ladywood Branch) the General Manager reported that an advertisement had been issued inviting tenders for the carrying out of this work and 15 applications had been received for Bills of Quantities. It was:

 

339    RESOLVED:- That the time for the completion of the work be fixed at six months from the date of the order to commence, and that a meeting be held at the call of the Chairman to consider the tenders when received.

 

Bank Committee: May 28th 1923

 

1443 RESOLVED: That a special Meeting of this Committee be held at 12:30pm on Monday next, the 4th June, to consider Tenders for the reconstruction of premises at Monument Road, Ladywood.

 

Bank Committee: June 4th 1923

 

The following tenders for the erection of new branch premises at Ladywood were opened and considered:

 
Ladywood
 
1446 RESOLVED: That, in view of the amounts of the above Tenders, and the large disparity between these Tenders and the estimate of the City Surveyor for the cost of carrying out the work, the Tenders be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee to consider and report their recommendations thereon in due course.
 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 11th 1923

 

On Minute No 300 (re-construction of Ladywood Branch premises) the following communication from the General Committee was received:

Branch premises at Ladywood.

 

1446 RESOLVED:- That, in view of the amounts of the above tenders and the large disparity between these tenders and the estimate of the City Surveyor for the cost of carrying out the work, the tenders be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee to consider and report their recommendations thereon in due course.

 

The City Surveyor attended the Meeting and it was explained that the difference between the amount of the tenders referred to and the original estimate of the City Surveyor was in the main accounted for by the fact that the quantities were prepared on plans and specifications drawn up on a more elaborate scale than was the intention of the Bank Committee, and that Bank furniture and fittings had been included.

 

After consideration it was:

 

357    RESOLVED:- That a modified scheme be prepared for the alterations to cost between 2,000 and 2,500, fresh tenders being obtained in due course for the carrying out of the work, and that in the meantime the original tenderers be notified that revised Bills of Quantities etc, are in course of preparation.
 
 

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No 
 Name of Tenderer
Amount of
Tender () 
 1
 Barnsley, John and Sons
 4433
 2
 Bishop, William
 4677
 3
 Cooper, William & Son
 6050
 4
 Cox, P W
 4690
 5
 Elvins, T & Sons
 4370
 6
 Fenwick, R Ltd
 4619
 7
 Gibbs, W Harvey
 4550
 8
 Green, C & Sons Ltd
 4584
 9
 Harper, J E & Son Ltd
 4273
 10
 Harris, J T
 5768
 11
 Sapcote, William & Sons
 4455
 12
 Seckerson & Co Ltd
 4620
 13
 Surman, S & Sons
 4566
 14
 Webb, E & J
 5725
 15
 Whitehouse, B & Sons
 5125
 16
 Wilkinson, W Ltd
 5498