P G Fairhurst for H S Fairhurst and Son
1928 - 31
Original designs show that at the time this could have been, at seventeen storeys, Europe's tallest building. Lack of money prevented the full scheme being completed.
P Garland Fairhurst, Harry's son, had travelled to the United States and had returned enthused by the skyscrapers he had seen and at the earliest opportunity had attempted to construct one of his own. Elevations in the Fairhurst archive show the 17 storey building (perspective drawing above) and the proportions of the building we see today make more sense with this knowledge in mind.