Manchester’s iconic fire station site is now on the market after current owners Britannia Hotels decided to sell up.
The former London Road Fire Station, situated opposite Piccadilly Station in the city, has become one of Manchester’s landmark properties given its gateway position.
Now hotel group, Britannia Hotels have instructed Christie + Co to market the Grade-II listed building for the first time in 30 years.
Designed in an Edwardian Baroque style by Woodhouse, Willoughby and Langham in red brick and terracotta, the building was completed in 1906, operating for some 80 years in a variety of civil guises prior to its closure and subsequent sale in 1986.
The property has the benefit of planning and listed building consent for the conversion and extension of the property to become an upscale 227 bedroom hotel.
A spokesperson for Britannia Hotels commented: “The dynamics of the UK’s hotel market have improved significantly since 2009 and Manchester’s key trading characteristics have returned strongly. Following a number of successful development transactions in the city and the high profile single asset sale of the Lowry for example, we feel the time is now appropriate to conduct an open and transparent sales process.”
A Manchester City Council spokesman said: “The regeneration of the Piccadilly area is at a pivotal stage and the re-use of the London Road Fire Station as a hotel will improve the appearance of the wider area, create new jobs and maximise the opportunities created through HS2. The council supports the sale of this important landmark building."