HSBC hub arrives by crane after bank damaged by fire

The new HSBC temporary branch was delivered by crane to Sudbury. ANL-150930-111203001
The new HSBC temporary branch was delivered by crane to Sudbury. ANL-150930-111203001

A temporary branch of a bank severely damaged by fire in Sudbury was delivered to the town centre by crane on Sunday.

The older part of the HSBC building and the roof was damaged as a fire ripped through a Georgian property next to the bank, leaving 20 people homeless.

The bank has been closed since the fire on September 6, however from Friday customers will again be able to access a number of services after a temporary branch was delivered and put into the heart of the town centre, opposite the bank building.

Lesley Wilson, the manager of the Sudbury branch, said: “It has been a fantastic joint effort from within HSBC and the local council to make arrangements for a temporary branch so quickly.

“The majority of my team and I have lived and worked in Sudbury for over 20 years, and the branch is like a second home to us all so it has been a very emotional time for everyone involved.

“I am very grateful for all of the support the community, other banks and other retailers have given us since the fire, and I am pleased we will be opening the doors of the temporary branch on Friday.

“We are looking forward to serving all our loyal Sudbury customers again, and we thank them for their support and patience.”

The temporary branch, which was recently used at the Open Golf Championships, has three till positions and a small room where pre-booked appointments will be carried out, including mortgage applications, interviews, personal finance and planning appointments.

The temporary branch will keep the same opening hours, 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Mrs Wilson added: “Unfortunately we have not been able to provide an ATM within the temporary branch, but there are other free ATMs available in the local area.”

Investigations into the fire are continuing but a Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman suggested it may have started in a kitchen area.

The spokesman stressed that the investigation was yet to be concluded, but said early evidence suggested the Celebrities Nails premises in Market Hill was the probable source.

He said: “The severe damage to the buildings has presented challenges as far as the investigation is concerned.

“However, the evidence to date indicates that the fire could have started in the nail bar, somewhere in the kitchen area. But we do need to carry out more work before we can confirm this.

“Items have been removed from the nail bar, which are to be examined forensically by the loss adjusters. This may provide further clues to the cause of fire.

“We should receive some feedback in the next week or two and can then start to draw our investigation to a conclusion.”