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When the Bank commenced its programme of establishing Permanent Branches, it was a requirement of Birmingham City Council that "the intention of persons intending to build is particularly directed to the BYE-LAWS FOR REGULATING THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STREETS AND NEW BUILDINGS and the penalties thereby provided in case of the contravention of such Bye Laws, which penalties will be strictly enforced".
 
In enforcing the provisions of these Bye Laws, the Council required that a NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ERECT BUILDINGS be submitted. This Notice required an applicant to complete a form consisting of 12 questions following a statement that "It is my intention to erect certain buildings in this City, and that the following particulars relate thereto"
 
 
The following are the Questions and Answers
relating to the Bank's first building application.
The application was made regarding  Sparkbrook Branch.
 
 
Questions. 
Answers. 
 1
 Christian and Surname in full,
 Address and occupation of person
 for whom buildings to be erected
 For the Birmingham Municipal Bank
 2
 Description of Buildings and of the
 Materials to be used in construction
 of same
 Stone facing
 Brick backing
 3  Situation of Buildings  161 Stratford Road
 4
 Level or intended level of Cellar, or
 Ground Floor, with reference to
 surface or Street
 6" above footpath level
 5
 Area of clear open space at rear of
 Building exclusively belonging
 thereto
 Not interfered with
 6  Distance across such open space               "
 7  Description of Ventilation  Fanlights
 8
 Width of Street or open space
 opposite Buildings
               -
 9  Size and Description of Drains  No alterations to drains
 10  Inclination of Drains                -
 11  Description of Outlet or Drains                -
 12  How supplied with Water  Off mains
 
AND I herewith leave at the Offices of your Surveyor detail Plans and Sections of every floor of
such intended new Buildings drawn to a scale of not less than one Inch to every eight feet,
showing the position, form and the dimensions of the several parts of such Buildings, and of the Water Closet, Privy, Cesspool, Ashpit, Well and all other Appurtenances, and also a Block Plan drawn to a
scale of not less than one inch to every forty-four feet, showing the position of the Buildings
and Appurtenances of the properties immediately adjoining, the width and level of the street, the
level of the lowest floor of the intended Building, and of the Yard or Ground belonging thereto.
 
A Report ('PLANS FOR NEW BUILDINGS' - see below), that was attached to the NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ERECT BUILDINGS and the Architect's plans, was circulated to various Departments of the Corporation for their input and comments prior to the Application being submitted to the Plans Sub-Committee.
Extracts from the plans submitted with the Bank's applications are reproduced on this website
and can be viewed via the Branch Name link in the following table:
 
Plan
Number
Branch
Address
Architect
Date Plan
Passed
Notes
32182
 161 Stratford  Road
 Gerald McMichael
 December 3rd 1920
 
 
 Kings Heath
 73 High Street
 Gerald McMichael
 
 Plans not found
33532
 526 Moseley Road
 Gerald McMichael
 February 17th 1922
 
33630
 479 Coventry Road,
 corner Langley Road
 Gerald McMichael
 April 7th 1922
 
33868
 523 & 525 Bristol Road
 A McKewan
 June 2nd 1922  
 Mr McKewan worked in the
 same office as Gerald McMichael
34099
 117-118 Great Lister Street
 Gerald McMichael
 July 21st 1922
 
34321
 22 High Street, Aston
 Gerald McMichael
 September 1st 1922
 
34338
 101 Aston Road North
 Gerald McMichael
 September 1st 1922
 
34787
 155 & 157 Dudley Road
 Gerald McMichael
 December 8th 1922
 
 
 Stirchley
 1507 Pershore Road
 City Surveyor
 
 Plans not found
35528
 Hockley
 2 Soho Hill
 Gerald McMichael
 
 Plans not found
 
 Harborne
 283 High Street
 City Surveyor
 
 Plans not found
35404
 Soho Road,
 corner Grove Lane
 Gerald McMichael
 May 4th 1923
 Handsworth was the Bank's
 first  purpose built branch
 
 Ladywood
 300 Monument Road
 City Surveyor
 
 Plans not found
 
 Lozells
 116 Villa Road
 City Surveyor
 
 Plans not found
37523
 1176 & 1178 Coventry Road
 Gerald McMichael
 June 27th 1924
 
37890
 154 & 156 Alum Rock Road
 Gerald McMichael
 August 22nd 1924
 
38162
 1111 Warwick Road
 Gerald McMichael
 October 20th 1924
 Joint application with Gas Dept.
 
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