London Road is creating an exciting and important new destination in Manchester that is set to redefine a new doorway to the city.

A place of experience and a voice to London and worldwide – an international cohort of world class operators will help us define where we go next.

London Road is a catalyst for transformation, with a past steeped in heritage and stunning architecture. A building that embodies the innovation and inspiration that is now being embraced by this important city, and will become ‘One Space’ – one single destination with a thousand aspects.


London Road Fire Station Tours

Tours will take place every Saturday, Sunday and Thursday in July and August 2016. Tickets cost £10. The tour has been written by well-known Manchester Blue Badge Guide and writer, Jonathan Schofield, in association with Allied London who have kindly permitted these tours to take place and reveal parts of this treasured building.

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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.


Our vision will support London Road’s metamorphosis. We’re creating a vibrant and dynamic place that will leave an impression. Function will follow fiction, heritage will underpin the future and individuality will be celebrated.

A place where you’ll find top international brands, the most innovative hospitality, curious rooms of intrigue and entertainment, gardens to explore, experiences to behold and art that provokes and inspires.

Our philosophy is to create a destination that will be symbolic for Manchester, the UK and globally. An international cohort of world class operators will define where we go next and what London Road becomes.

Manchester embraces quality and London Road will offer a new calibre of international destination. It is the beginning of a new sequence of life for a building that has long been quiet.


“London Road Fire Station needs little introduction. A local and national stalwart, it has greeted residents and visitors to Manchester for over a hundred years. In its infancy London Road evoked the very best in design principles and architectural philosophy, with the best in the business competing to design it in 1899. It remains unchallenged over a century later.”

Michael Ingall, Chief Executive, Allied London


Inspiration comes from near and far and in multiple forms. Collaboration is key; local partners and global brands working together for an international result. The culture of leisure will be explored and evolved, and knowledge and passion will come together to create something special.


London Road will leave an impression. It will be energetic, spirited, atmospheric and real. Old and new are juxtaposed to create a unique atmosphere and people will flock to London Road to experience, create, think and learn.


London Road is the first building to greet rail visitors to the city, it is a landmark, and a key symbol of the history and success of Manchester. It is now, in 2016, that once more the building will play its role in positioning Manchester on the international map.

Visitors will travel to see London Road, to be part of it, to enjoy it and to participate in the variety of experiences that will take place in London Road.


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