Basic Site Details

Name: London Road Fire Station
City or county: Manchester
Country: England
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Fire station  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1Before 1914 Competition design 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4John LanghamArchitectA1901 Joint architect with Woodhouse & Willoughby - first prize
Item 2 of 4Woodhouse & WilloughbyArchitectural practiceA1901 Competition design - in conjunction with John Langham- first prize.
Item 3 of 4George Mackie WatsonArchitectB1901 Competition design - placed 2nd. He refers to the building as'chief fire station' but this is not used locally.
Item 4 of 4Mangnall & LittlewoodsArchitectural practiceC1901 Competition design - 3rd premium


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Bonner, F T and Dwan, J1986The Finest Fire station in this Round World   
Item 2 of 3Hartwell, C, Hyde, M, & Pevsner, N2004Buildings of England: Lancashire Manchester and the South  Page 287-288
The fire station forms a huge, near triangular block ranged round a central courtyard and bounded by London Road, Fairfield Street and Whitworth Street, Opened in September 1906, the original proposals provided for a police station, ambulance station and bank as well as the Fire Brigade Headquarters. A Coroners’ Court and gas meter testing station were later incorporated into the design. “A magnificent municipal showpiece now shamefully neglected” (Hartwell), the fire station was closed c1986. Proposals to convert the building into a hotel have so far come to nothing and it remains empty and seriously at risk.
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6British Architect15 November 1901  p343
Item 2 of 6British Architect6 December 1901  p395
Item 3 of 6Builder9 November 1901  p412
Item 4 of 6Builder30 November 1901  pp480-81 - crit of entries
Item 5 of 6Builder7 December 1901  p512 and illustration
Item 6 of 6Builder14 December 1911  p536 and illustration and plans of Watson's scheme