London Road Fire Station

London Road Fire Station, Manchester

Empty since 1991

A massive, beautiful golden-red building with incredible detailing. A hymn to Victorian public-mindedness located within yards of Manchester Piccadilly station.

Built between 1904 and 1906 the station was conceived by fire chief George Parker who described it as ‘the finest in the world’. It also housed a police station, ambulance station and firemen and their families. It took its last emergency call in 1986. Bought by Brittania Hotels but left empty ever since. In 2011 the City Council attempted but lost a CPO when the owner argued they were about to develop it, but immediately afterwards announced that it was ‘unviable’ for the foreseeable future. The costs of the CPO were awarded against Manchester City Council by the Secretary of State.Friends of LRFS have brought the building back into the public eye and the council are now considering a second CPO attempt.