4 December 2019:
The historic Grade II* listed Manchester London Road Fire Station building is currently undergoing extensive detailed sympathetic and sensitive restoration works. For the first time, details of the works have been released.
Managed by Allied London Development Management (Allied London DM) the London Road website will now be reactivated to record the stage by stage restoration.
London Road – the landmark’s project name – was first acquired in 2015 by Allied London Fire Station OPCO Ltd, a company led by Michael Ingall. It was awarded planning consent in 2017 for a mixture of uses including hotel, workspace and hospitality. The current works are part of a staged process to bring this important building back to life.
Allied London DM has appointed several North West based specialist trade contractors. Repair works are now in full flow on site following the finalisation of a long and very detailed collation of historical data and detailed survey information and approval for a sequenced repair strategy.
Sympathetic cleaning of the buildings iconic façade is now almost complete – including to the Hose Drying Tower – via the use of a sensitive façade cleaning system to prevent harm being caused to the surface glaze of the terracotta.
Chimney stack repairs to the London Road section roof are also complete, and bespoke replacement terracotta units continue to be manufactured off site by leading industry experts, Darwen Terracotta.
Existing rainwater goods are currently being disassembled from the external elevations to facilitate the necessary repair and replacement works. Calibre Metalworks have formed bespoke patterns to cast replica rainwater pipe brackets, complete with original matching fleur-de-lis details.
In recent months, windows and external doors repair and replacement works have advanced ahead of schedule, with multiple teams of joiners based on site daily.
Roof covering works on the London Road main and mansard roof sections comprise installing new timber battens and a breather membrane, then re-slating with existing roof slates where possible, mixed with replacement reclaimed slates only where tiles are broken or missing.
Specialist timber and masonry repairs and treatment works are being undertaken internally to eradicate areas of rot and decay to the building.
Allied London DM has engaged Quadriga Contracts Ltd as Construction Manager for the essential fabric repair works phase. Quadriga is a specialist heritage contractor with over 27 years’ experience in historic building repair and restoration.
Simon O’ Reilly, Quadriga Project Manager commented: “Quadriga is delighted to be working with Allied London DM once again, taking on the role of Construction Manager for the phase 1 works to Manchester’s iconic London Road Fire Station. Quadriga has appointed local specialist contractors to complete the essential fabric repair works to the building. These specialist contractors employ craftsmen with years of experience on heritage projects and listed buildings.”
Allied London DM Managing Director, Grant Jarvie, commented: “The restoration of London Road Fire Station is an important milestone in the conservation of Manchester’s history. We are pleased with the progress so far and are working hard to get this project right. We are working alongside Watts Group and Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture to monitor the progress of the repair works. The next phase of works will involve the construction and re-adaption elements, and we are already in early discussions with suitably qualified and experienced construction partners to work with us to commence the conversion works in 2020.”
Allied London DM’s ability to restore the building came from several months of detailed analysis and survey work, recording every defect and necessary repair. This was agreed with the heritage authorities; hence the building being surrounded by scaffold for so long.
Allied London secured planning and listed building consent for the building in 2017.