SJ8497 : Wrapped in scaffolding

taken 6 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Wrapped in scaffolding
Wrapped in scaffolding
As work begins on the restoration of London Road Fire Station, the whole building has been wrapped in scaffolding by Quadriga SJ8497 : Restoring Manchester's Heritage.
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, 31 December, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 8 April, 2019
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Construction, Development 
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Fire Station 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8471 9779 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.5967N 2:13.9104W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8476 9776
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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