Fire station sell-off plan launched

Worcester fire station, in Copenhagen Street

Worcester fire station, in Copenhagen Street

First published in News Bromsgrove Advertiser: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

WORCESTER'S iconic fire station is finally going onto the market - amid hopes it could be sold for a massive sum to create a new chapter in the city's history.

The existing site in Copenhagen Street is due to be vacated in 2015 once a new state-of-the-art facility is built at the Great Western Business Park.

The historic site has served the fire service for more than 70 years, and is located in a superb spot opposite Worcester College of Technology.

Members of the fire authority have agreed that it can be sold, with a marketing campaign set to launch to highlight the building's potential.

Hopes are high that it can deliver a huge, seven-figure sum for the cash-strapped fire service and be put to good use by new owners.

It sits a few feet from the Guildhall, Worcester's High Street and is just yards from the riverside.

During a meeting of the fire authority's policy and resources committee, councillors said selling it to the right bidder is vital.

Councillor Derek Prodger, the chairman, said: "From a city council perspective there's a plan to regenerate the centre of Worcester.

"For obvious reasons the city would very much like to be involved in the sale of this site.

"We need to make sure we all work together for the benefit of the whole city on this."

Other members urged senior officers to take it slow, saying the property market could be much stronger in future years.

Councillor Philip Gretton said: "I just hope we don't sacrifice a better capital receipt because we need this money now.

"We need to make sure, if need be that we are prepared to wait even if it takes a year."

Treasurer Martin Reohorn said it could take "18 months" or longer if the right offer does not come along immediately.

Chief fire officer Mark Yates said: "We'll be seeking the best deal we can get for the public."

The committee voted to authorise a sale, with the next stage getting an independent valuation from an agent.

A marketing campaign would then launch aimed at enticing interest from developers.

The new base, at the Great Western Business Park off Tolladine Road, will contain top class facilities in a 20,000 sq ft facility.

It will have storage areas, offices, lecture space and even training rooms for the Young Firefighters Association to encourage careers on the frontline.

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8:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

green49 says...

Would you trust Prodger and co to handle this sale????

It could end up being part of the UNI or College but it would make great accomadation for disabled people being close to the city center.
Would you trust Prodger and co to handle this sale???? It could end up being part of the UNI or College but it would make great accomadation for disabled people being close to the city center. green49
  • Score: 1

9:47am Fri 28 Mar 14

CJH says...

green49 wrote:
Would you trust Prodger and co to handle this sale????

It could end up being part of the UNI or College but it would make great accomadation for disabled people being close to the city center.
Why do you think that disabled people would all want to live together? They are part of the community, they have families, friends and as far as possible want to lead independent lives. But totally agree that Prodger and his colleagues should not be allowed to go anywhere near the sale of this building.
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: Would you trust Prodger and co to handle this sale???? It could end up being part of the UNI or College but it would make great accomadation for disabled people being close to the city center.[/p][/quote]Why do you think that disabled people would all want to live together? They are part of the community, they have families, friends and as far as possible want to lead independent lives. But totally agree that Prodger and his colleagues should not be allowed to go anywhere near the sale of this building. CJH
  • Score: 7

4:48pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Real Facts says...

All I can say is I hope that the money is put to good use.

I see far too many "Big shiny cars" in the fire service and not enough Firefighters.

At least the days of the BMW seven series are gone.
All I can say is I hope that the money is put to good use. I see far too many "Big shiny cars" in the fire service and not enough Firefighters. At least the days of the BMW seven series are gone. Real Facts
  • Score: 0

3:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bushi says...

Think that the Tech moving there would be a great idea. Then maybe they could sell the concrete monstrosity across the road
Think that the Tech moving there would be a great idea. Then maybe they could sell the concrete monstrosity across the road Bushi
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