It was opened in 1906, on a site bounded by London Road, Whitworth Street, Minshull Street South and Fairfield Street. Designed in the Edwardian Baroque style by Woodhouse, Willoughby and Langham in red brick and terracotta, it cost £142,000 to build and was built by J. Gerrard and Sons of Swinton. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1974.
The building was the headquarters of the Manchester Fire Brigade until the brigade was replaced by the Greater Manchester Fire Service in 1974. The fire station closed in 1986, since when it has been largely unused despite several redevelopment proposals. There are plans that want to see the former fire station transformed to host an array of attractions, including a boutique 91-room hotel, offices, apartments, a cinema, a luxury spa and bars and restaurants. The development could open as early as summer 2019.
No matter what, it is always like a jewel on the ground because it is a lavish, extraordinary and historical building which defined Manchester and made it different from other cities.
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