The fire station has an important social history as a mixed-use municipal building. It brought together a range of public services and modern facilities including a police station, coroner’s court, bank, social club and residential accommodation.
1899 – George Parker conceives the initial design concept and then following a competition, architects Woodhouse, Willoughby and Langham bring the project to fruition.
Artist J. J. Millson does the terracotta decorative artworks.
1906 – London Road Fire Station opens.
1974 – The station receives listed Grade-II* building status.
1986 – The station closes and is sold.
When the original design and construction was conceived in 1906, London Road Fire Station was set within one of the largest metropolis areas in the world. Manchester was the ninth largest city in the world, just behind Tokyo, with a population of 2.35 million, only marginally less than today.
The building was designed and built as an iconic structure and remains so today. It served and celebrated the public emergency services of this evolving city and has stood the test of time.
The history of Manchester during the 1900s is well documented, and only in the last 20 years has the city sought to seriously re-establish itself as a modern European destination for business, culture and tourism.
Developments within Manchester have brought a new life and a new belief to the city. Commercial and residential developments are joined by science, education and cultural infrastructure with more significant developments planned for the future.
Allied London is at the forefront of landmark developments in the city, and London Road will be the next award winning project in Manchester.