London Road Fire Station in Manchester is to be brought back to life, as a plan to transform the building into a new hotel, plus event and leisure spaces gets the green light from the city council.
The Grade-II listed building will become home to The Zetter, marking the brand’s first venture outside of London, in a development led by Allied London and Levitt Bernstein.
Alongside the new hotel, the building will also be home to a range of working / living spaces and a carefully curated event, leisure and cultural areas to bring a ‘new dynamic’ to the city.
A new hotel wing will sit in front of the existing London Road courtyard elevation, with the original façade becoming one side of a corridor connecting the two.
A new pavilion in the central courtyard will also provide access to a further bar and event space.
The refurbished building is expected to open in the summer of 2019, and will mark The Zetter’s fourth hotel to sit alongside The Zetter in Clerkenwell, Marylebone and The Zetter Townhouse.
Gary Tidmarsh, chairman at Levitt Bernstein, commented: “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.”
Michael Ingall, Allied London chief executive, said: “We have already secured the anchor hotel and have no doubt that the brand credentials of Zetter Townhouse will suit the building. We have launched our residential and workspace units as furnished rentals and have announced the unique music, film and event club, House Of London Road, all in a design partnership with Wallpaper Magazine.”