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Levitt Bernstein wins go-ahead to resurrect landmark Manchester fire station

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Manchester City Council has approved Levitt Bernstein’s plans for the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II*-listed London Road Fire Station

Backed by Allied London, the approval for the office, hotel and event space marks a significant step forward in the 30 year saga surrounding the redevelopment of landmark.

In 2015, the developer purchased the 1906 building, opposite Manchester Piccadilly Station, which has lain empty and unused since it was purchased its previous owners hotel operator Britannia Hotels in 1993.

The hotel group had succeeded in winning planning to convert the Edwardian Baroque building by Woodhouse, Willoughby and Langham into a 227-bedroom hotel by Purcell, however the scheme was never progressed. 

Gary Tidmarsh, chairman of Levitt Bernstein, said of the approved scheme: ’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.’

Developer’s view

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.

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.

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.

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  • why are all these once public buildings being sold to private developers all the time...only the very wealthy will ever get to see them...this is a particularly good public building and should be kept for the public to see and use, it could be converted to any number of different uses but lazy, unimaginative MCC has opted for the private developer route again.

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  • MCC aren't lazy Jonathan they're broke. I say let them have it, and good luck to them!

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