Clancy Support Allied London’s Purchase of London Road Fire Station

Article posted on: 17th November 2015

Allied London, one of the UK’s leading developers, has announced that it has exchanged contracts to purchase the London Road Fire Station in Manchester, from Britannia Hotels.

Clancy Consulting is delighted to have supported Allied London during this period.  We have been involved with London Road Fire Station since 2006, undertaking a number of structural surveys and inspections, and providing expert advice to the Public Inquiry in 2011.

The fire, police and ambulance station and coroner’s court opened in 1906 and stands today as one of Manchester’s finest historic buildings.  This Grade II* listed building of neo-baroque style in faience and Accrington brick, is a fine example of Edwardian architecture and construction.

Allied London’s acquisition ends a long period of uncertainty for the London Road Fire Station.  Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said, “The acquisition of London Road Fire Station is very welcome news.  It’s a magnificent landmark building which had become a blight on the regeneration of the Piccadilly area during its long years of disuse.”

The sale will be warmly welcomed by local campaigners and the Friends of the London Road Fire Station, who have been rallying behind Allied London’s bid to acquire the property over the past few months.

Sir Richard continued, “The Council has consistently championed efforts to bring this important building back to life, and we look forward to working with Allied London – who has a strong track record of successful delivery in Manchester – to help bring forward early development proposals.  Bringing this Grade II* listed building back to life will improve the appearance of the wider area, create new jobs and maximise the opportunities created through other investments such as HS2.”

Allied London is the developer and owner of Spinningfields, for which it helped earn the title of Property Week’s Developer of the Decade in 2010.  It is also the developer of the new St. John’s neighbourhood of enterprise, culture and living on the site of the former Granada Television Studios.

Michael Ingall, Allied London’s Chief Executive, who has a Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his work in Manchester and London, commented, “We have been grateful for the huge amount of public and media support that we have received throughout the sale process and are buoyed by the scale of interest already being shown in the property, which we are calling Manchester Firehouse. It is very rare that we would wish to go beyond our focus of Spinningfields and St. John’s, but I believe this building presents a unique opportunity to create something truly iconic, particularly at a time when there is so much focus on Manchester as it enhances its international credentials.”

Martyn Headley, Director of Clancy Consulting, commented, “We have gained extensive knowledge of London Road Fire Station, having carried out numerous inspections and provided structural advice over a period of almost 10 years.  It has been with great satisfaction that we have been able to use this experience to advise and support Allied London in their bid to bring this magnificent building back into meaningful use.  We look forward to the redevelopment with excitement.”

Further information about the development can be found at www.manchesterfirehouse.com

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