Bold Conversion of Manchester’s Glittering Historic Fire Station
Historic England has been advising on the current scheme since the summer of 2016. With a number of critical repair issues to resolve, while also integrating a new use, the process has been both challenging and rewarding.
Overcoming design challenges
One of the many challenges has been to create hotel rooms while retaining the distinctive internal layout of the building, which contained apartments for firemen and their families. We have encouraged the retention of these distinctive interior spaces as the key to creating a unique hotel environment.
We also worked closely with the design team and Council in protecting the memorable skyline of turrets, towers and cupolas while accepting more significant change within the internal courtyard. The striking new sculptural glass entrance structure will provide a contemporary focus for a rejuvenated courtyard space and subterranean bar.
Vacant for many years, we have worked closely with the developers and their architects Levitt Bernstein to help them realise a viable new use.
We hope our constructive approach to this exuberant and much-loved city landmark will help to place it at the beating heart of the area's regeneration, which is expected to see the arrival of High Speed Rail 2 in 2033.