Property developers Allied London have confirmed that they have exchanged contracts with Britannia Hotels over the long fought over property known as the London Road Fire Station.
Although their plans for the building have not yet been released Allied have confirmed that the property will now been known as the Manchester Fire House.
The Grade II listed building has been in the hands of Britannia Hotels since 1986 but has never been far away from controversy since it opened in 1906, the Manchester corporation then accused of extra vengeance over the design of the station.
In recent years it has become a battleground between the city council and Britannia with the council seeking a compulsory purchase order back in 2010 with the owners being accused of letting the building rot.
That attempt failed after the intervention if the then Secretary of State Eric Pickles who was told that the building was imminently about to be developed. Nothing came of that move and despite further attempts by the council who see its development as being an integral part of the area, there has been little or no further moves until earlier this year when Britannia place it on the market.
Allied who were behind the Spinningfield’s Project are currently involved in the redevelopment if the sold Granada studios project