A bank is set to carry out revamps at its Southend and Basildon branches after a controversial rebrand.

Nationwide unveiled a new look this month as part of a big brand revamp for its high street branches, website, and Pipers Way headquarters in Swindon.

The white-and-blue icon of a sun setting behind a house, which appears next to the lettering has been turned into an abstract red silhouette of the same image, while the logo's background is now a much darker shade of blue that borders on purple.

A Nationwide spokesperson said: "Since we first opened our doors in 1884, we've had a few different looks, but it's time to introduce our new, modern look, built on the values you know and trust."

However, the change has proved controversial with several customers expressing upset on social media about the redesign.

Many have argued the new logo is similar to fellow bank NatWest.

Following the update, plans have been submitted to both Basildon Council and Southend Council to revamp their branches.

An application for the 90 Town Square bank in Basildon outlines plans to install replacement signs including a new 290mm high logo.

If plans are approved, there will also be one new ATM surround and decals and a new window message.

Plans unveiled for the 14 London Road branch in Southend city centre one internally illuminated projecting sign, one internally illuminated fascia sign, and one internally illuminated ATM surround and decals. The window vinyls would also be replaced.

Both councils will have the final say on the plans.

Nationwide's new look coincides with an extension of the building society's Branch Promise which vows to keep branches open until at least 2026, as well as a new ad campaign starring English actor Dominic West - best known for his role in HBO's The Wire.