Fire service HQ goes on the market

Fire service HQ goes on the market

Fire service HQ goes on the market

First published in News Evesham Journal: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

IT'S been the home of Worcester's firefighters for the last seven decades - but now the 'for sale' signs have finally gone up.

Halls Commercial is now actively marketing the Hereford and Worcester Fire Service HQ, in Copenhagen Street, in the hope of a multi-million pound sale.

Back in September last year the fire service secured permission to create a new headquarters at Great Western Business Park, in Tolladine.

Work is well underway on the site, with the expectation staff will be ready to move in before the end of the year.

The three-storey Copenhagen Street building dates back to 1941, created by architect Percy Thomas, who designed several buildings across Worcester in the mid-20th century.

The advert by Halls Commercial says it is "recognised by Worcester City Council as being particularly important as part of the regeneration of the city centre".

It also cites potential developments the council would be prepared to back including a hotel, leisure use like a shopping centre, office space or homes.

The land spans 27,000 sq ft, making it one of the largest plots to come up for sale in the city for some years.

Members of the fire authority, who approved the sale last year, say they expect a lot of interest.

Councillor Tony Miller, a Conservative, said: "Times are changing and the fire service is going through an evolution at the moment.

"We've got less fires these days and that's due to the tremendous work the fire service has done over the last 25 years.

"We are moving to a state-of-the-art HQ and we all hope the current site gets a good price.

"I'd like to see it used for housing, we need more of that in the city."

Councillor Richard Udall, who leads the Labour group on the fire authority, said: "We will be looking for a valuable capital receipt for this site that we can reinvest in front line services.

"It's a part of the city centre which does need regeneration, there's a great opportunity here as it's a building of some importance which a lot of tourists pass."

The new station will have 38 car parking spaces for staff and four for visitors, storage areas, offices, lecture facilities and will incorporate training facilities with provision for the Young Firefighters Association.

The construction work is being handled by St Modwen.

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12:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Hugh Wattmate says...

So going to be a nursing home / Residential old folks home.
So going to be a nursing home / Residential old folks home. Hugh Wattmate
  • Score: 0

1:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

brooksider says...

University First Class Learning Hub.
University First Class Learning Hub. brooksider
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

skychip says...

I expect the University will buy it up, they seem the only ones with the money.
I expect the University will buy it up, they seem the only ones with the money. skychip
  • Score: 7

2:32pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Baldrick1955 says...

skychip wrote:
I expect the University will buy it up, they seem the only ones with the money.
The University haven't got any money, they are borrowing at more than 100% of what capital they have, if the lenders called in all the loans, this City, would become a ghost town overnight.
[quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: I expect the University will buy it up, they seem the only ones with the money.[/p][/quote]The University haven't got any money, they are borrowing at more than 100% of what capital they have, if the lenders called in all the loans, this City, would become a ghost town overnight. Baldrick1955
  • Score: 5

10:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

I wonder if the residents across the River have considered the extra time it will take a Fire Engine when on an EMERGENCY to get across to ST Johns ?

Looks as sensible when on the say so of the so-called experts the Ambulance centre was closed. Mind you the Ambulances do seem to spend most of their time parked up outsde the hospitals these days.
I wonder if the residents across the River have considered the extra time it will take a Fire Engine when on an EMERGENCY to get across to ST Johns ? Looks as sensible when on the say so of the so-called experts the Ambulance centre was closed. Mind you the Ambulances do seem to spend most of their time parked up outsde the hospitals these days. Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

10:57am Tue 29 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I wonder if the residents across the River have considered the extra time it will take a Fire Engine when on an EMERGENCY to get across to ST Johns ?

Looks as sensible when on the say so of the so-called experts the Ambulance centre was closed. Mind you the Ambulances do seem to spend most of their time parked up outsde the hospitals these days.
they'd probably send one from Malvern
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the residents across the River have considered the extra time it will take a Fire Engine when on an EMERGENCY to get across to ST Johns ? Looks as sensible when on the say so of the so-called experts the Ambulance centre was closed. Mind you the Ambulances do seem to spend most of their time parked up outsde the hospitals these days.[/p][/quote]they'd probably send one from Malvern liketoknow
  • Score: 1

11:41am Tue 29 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Liketoknow yes you could be right , but then we are talking 20 minutes travel minimum, and is Malvern a manned Full Time Station?
It would be reassuring / interesting to hear a comment from the actual Firemen.
Liketoknow yes you could be right , but then we are talking 20 minutes travel minimum, and is Malvern a manned Full Time Station? It would be reassuring / interesting to hear a comment from the actual Firemen. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Mobey says...

Fire engines come from wherever they are available, and if they are busy in the area, they come from further afield. Much like it is for the other Emergency Services.
Fire engines come from wherever they are available, and if they are busy in the area, they come from further afield. Much like it is for the other Emergency Services. Mobey
  • Score: 0

9:42pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

One thing we all know is that mere seconds / minutes in delayed attendance by a Fire Engine could cost lives.
One thing we all know is that mere seconds / minutes in delayed attendance by a Fire Engine could cost lives. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

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