SJ8497 : London Road Fire Station

taken 8 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

This is 1 of 4 images, with title London Road Fire Station in this square
London Road Fire Station
London Road Fire Station
For about the last twenty years the building has been owned by Britannia Hotels who have proposed turning it into a luxury hotel but no plans have actually materialised. Manchester City Council have attempted to serve a compulsory purchase order on Britannia Hotels but so far nothing seems to have been concluded and the future of the building remains uncertain.

SJ8497 : London Road Fire Station: Bank doorway detail
SJ8497 : London Road fire station tower

London Road Fire Station

The fire station on London Road opened in 1906. It had a complement of 30 men, 10 horses and 6 fire engines. The first motorised fire appliance did not appear until 1911. In addition to a fire station with accompanying workshops, stables and control room, the site also housed a police station, an ambulance station, a bank, a Coroner's Court, and a gas-meter testing station as well as housing for the fire chief and his deputy and apartments for 32 firemen's families who were provided with a gymnasium, laundry, children's play area and a billiard room.

The building was Grade II* listed in 1974 LinkExternal link and in 2001, it was placed on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk Register.

The premises began a gradual wind-down in 1974 and closed as a fire station in 1986 when it was sold to Britannia Hotels who proposed turning it into a luxury hotel but no plans actually materialised.

In 2013 the group Friends of London Road Fire Station LinkExternal link was formed. It is a community trust working to bring the London Road Fire Station in Manchester back into positive use through a sympathetic, multi-purpose redevelopment for the benefit of the community as soon as possible.

In 2015 the building was purchased by the group Allied London LinkExternal link and serious restoration work began in 2018.

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Date Taken
Monday, 8 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Former (from Tags)
Fire Station  Police Station  Ambulance Station  Bank  Coroners Court  Gas-Meter Testing Station 
Date (from Tags)
1906  1986  1974  2001 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8471 9779 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.5967N 2:13.9104W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8473 9777
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Grade II(star) Listed Building  Buildings at Risk 

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