Plans submitted for Manchester fire station conversion

UK: Developer Allied London has submitted plans to convert a Manchester fire station in to a hotel which will be run by the Zetter Group.

The Grade II-listed London Road Fire Station will be refurbished and expanded in the redevelopment. A boutique hotel and spa, restaurants, bars, flats, and offices are included in the plans, while a new glass prism will feature in a central courtyard.

An Allied London spokesman said the building would be “sensitively refurbished and expanded” in order to “preserve its unique character”.

A new wing will be built for the hotel and the old firemen’s flats will be developed if planning permission is granted.

The London Road Fire Station, opposite Piccadilly Station, was built between 1904 and 1906, and served as the headquarters for Manchester’s fire brigade in the first half of the 20th Century, before closing in the mid-1980s.

Allied London is also planning to convert the Old Granada Studios site into a 210-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant and apartments.

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