City centre councillors welcome news that, after 27 years of failure to develop, Britannia Hotels have placed London Road Fire Station on the market.
Christie & Co, a specialist leisure and hospitality property adviser, has been instructed to act for Britannia and substantial offers are sought for the magnificent, if rather dilapidated, Grade II listed building.
"I’m delighted to see this neglected building going to market," said Cllr Kevin Peel, one of many city centre residents who walk past the building on a regular basis. "Britannia has failed to care for our beautiful heritage asset, so new owners are needed. The council’s commitment to pursue a Compulsory Purchase Order for a second time and the public support for this action have encouraged Britannia to rethink."
The size and condition of the building mean that the most likely future is as a hotel.
"Substantial investment is required to do justice to this superb building, but we’re hoping that the building’s heritage will be echoed in aspects of the design and use of the building," said Cllr Joan Davies, while expressing thanks to the campaign group Friends of London Road Fire Station who had kept the issue in the public eye while council officers worked with quiet determination to support the council’s CPO strategy.
We look forward to engaging with the new owners on the restoration and use of the building.