We are delighted to announce plans for a new luxury 4* hotel within Manchester's iconic London Road Fire Station, opposite Piccadilly Station.
This development will be our third in the city centre, joining our existing Manchester Hotels. Leading architects and historical building consultants, Purcell Miller Tritton, were last year commissioned to produce design proposals for this landmark building.
The existing building will be sympathetically restored and once refurbished will offer hotel accommodation including a full range of quality conference and banqueting facilities. A modern, glass fronted, high rise structure built within the courtyard on 2-storey height columns will house 15 floors of luxurious hotel accommodation. The top floor will incorporate some outdoor spaces and would lend itself perfectly to a bar with panoramic views of the city. The courtyard will be protected from the elements via a high-tech transparent roofing system.
These proposals are now being discussed with English Heritage and the City Council and a thorough financial evaluation has been conducted.
This project has been the long term ambition of Britannia Hotels' owner, Alex Langsam:
"For many years the former fire station has been a landmark building into and out of the city centre and this has been lost by surrounding high-rise developments. Our proposals mix the wonderful period features with a new, high quality, well designed intervention into the courtyard area which will ensure that all views of the existing elevations from street level remain undisturbed and uninterrupted. The proposals will allow the Fire Station to compete with the existing and future neighbouring high-rise and will restore it as a gateway building on this high profile route."
The plans also include a high level of public access to a multi-purpose event space within the courtyard. This is something that the City Council are keen to include but was previously resisted due to concerns over possible noise levels.
As well as being the headquarters of the Manchester Fire Brigade until the formation of the Greater Manchester Fire Brigade in 1974, this building was used as a Police Station, an Ambulance Station, the Gas Meter Testing Station and the Coroner's Court which was the last to relocate in 1998.
Britannia Hotels purchased the Fire Station in 1993 and have utilised the building variously as offices, a workshop, hotel storage depot and archive storage, but it has been the long-term intention to develop this fine building into a new city centre hotel.