Tyne and Wear HER(15120): Newcastle, Market Street, Northern Counties Building Society - Details
Newcastle, Market Street, Northern Counties Building Society
In 1964 Ryder and Yates refurbished the head office of the Northern Counties Permanent Building Society on Market Street. It included a new banking hall and offices. The Market Street façade had two large display windows made of Formica and glass on a steel frame, to promote the company's services. The stonework of the façade was painted black. When the company merged with the Rock Building Society, Ryder and Yates designed a solid elevation for the building with the name 'Northern Rock' in large glass-fibre reinforced plastic letters and a corner revolving door. A drawing of medieval Newcastle was printed onto a white Formica board. Ryder and Yates also refurbished the Society's offices in St. Mary's Place, and at Gateshead and Carlisle. The Grainger building is listed grade 2 (HER 9189).
Rutter Carroll, 2009, Ryder and Yates - Twentieth Century Architects, pp 59-60; Carroll, Rutter, 2012, Ryder (RIBA Publishing)