The refurbishment of the 1930s Art Deco Maclure Road Fire Station, in Rochdale, provides a new interpretive exhibition space for the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.
A key driver for the scheme was the ability to display large vehicles and the current fire-fighting collections and artefacts. Many of these items were in storage and not accessible for public viewing. The new museum includes a wide-ranging public engagement programme and state of the art exhibition facilities within the former Engine House.
The first floor has also been transformed into ‘Fire Up’, a vibrant co-working space within a barrel vaulted former ballroom for Rochdale Borough Council. The project completed in 2021.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I’m very pleased to support the development of this fantastic project in Rochdale. The revitalised Rochdale Fire Station will breathe new life into this important town centre gateway and be a catalyst for the borough’s on-going regeneration and development.”