London Road Fire Station in Manchester was opened in 1906. It cost £142,000 to build and was built by J. Gerrard and Sons of Swinton. It has been a Grade 2 listed building since 1974.

In addition to a fire station, the building housed a police station, an ambulance station, a bank, a coroner’s court, and a gas-meter testing station. The fire station operated for eighty years, housing the firemen, their families, and the horse-drawn appliances that were replaced by motorised vehicles a few years after its opening. It was visited by royalty in 1942, in recognition of the brigade’s wartime efforts. After the war it became a training centre and in 1952 became the first centre equipped to record emergency calls. However, the fire station became expensive to maintain and after council reorganisation decline set in.

The fire station closed in 1986, since when it has been largely unused despite several redevelopment proposals. It was placed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register in 2001 and in 2010 Manchester City Council served a compulsory purchase order on the fire station’s owner, Brittania Hotels. Britannia announced in 2015 their intention to sell the building opening up the possibility of redevelopment after nearly 30 years of dereliction.

London Road Fire Station was put on the market on 1 May 2015 . Allied London acquired the firestation on 16 November 2015

RCL Construction has undertaken significant works at the premises including:

  • the installing of steel props to support the engine room floor from the basement and
  • designing and installing support scaffold to support the external walkways in the courtyard at first floor level.

RCL Construction has significant experience of working on historic buildings and if you are looking to undertake work on a listed building do call us today.