London Road Fire Station is to be brought back to life by Allied London following Manchester City Councils decision to approve planning this afternoon. Driven by design, it will combine an ambitious reimagining of 21st century working/living spaces, an international boutique hotel – underpinned by carefully curated event, leisure and cultural spaces that bring a new dynamic to the city of Manchester.
It’s a new lease of life for a building that has long lain dormant. The overarching design approach for London Road Fire Station is one of protection and preservation, to ensure its Edwardian Baroque charm remains intact. Careful consideration and empathy has been ensured in all elements across the Grade II* listed building, including the conservation of original features such as the slate roof, timber, brickwork, stone and tiles.
Michael Ingall, Allied London Chief Executive, said “What a great day for this great building! We can now start a careful and considered process to create something quite special for our project to be known now as London Road Fire Station.
We have already secured the anchor hotel and have no doubt about the brand credentials of Zetter Townhouse will suit the building. We have launched our residential and workspace units as furnished rentals and have announced the unique music film and event club, House Of London Road, all in a design partnership with Wallpaper* Magazine.
Now we have a detailed planning consent we can engage in detail with hospitality and leisure operators and we have one or two discussions are at the detailed stage. Allied London have a proven track record for delivering sustainable re-use projects particularly in London with the Brunswick Centre as well as Old Granada Studios at St. John’s.
At London Road Fire Station. We will ensure there is something for everyone, and for all those people who have such interest and history with the building, you will be always welcome”.
Gary Tidmarsh, Levitt Bernstein commented “London Road Fire Station is a fantastic asset for Manchester and our proposals will breathe new life into this local landmark. Our sensitive but innovative design approach befits the beauty of the building, and means it will finally be brought back into use for the people of the city”.
Allied London partnered with global design bible Wallpaper* to inform the interior design approach. The House of London Road – a Wallpaper* Composed project – showcased the approaches for two key aspects of the building ‘living’ and ‘working’ that will re-introduce a community and residents to this once bustling environment. `
London Road Fire Station is a special place that is important to the city, its people and is a building of great architectural significance. London Road Fire Station is a catalyst for transformation, a building which embodies innovation and inspiration, with a past steeped in heritage and stunning architecture.