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Old fire station up for sale

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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PROPERTY buyers can purchase a piece of Cheltenham's history as an old fire station dating back to 1906 is up for sale.

The Old Fire Station and Engine House in St James' Square are on the market as one unit with an asking price of £550,000 for the freehold.

And as it currently has planning permission as a restaurant, it could become a flaming grill, stone fire pizza place, or crispy duck.

But agents say there are many options.

The buildings were used as a fire station and engine house until 1959, when the fire crews moved to a building in Keynsham Road.

Since then, the old station and engine house have been used as a health club, coffee bar, art gallery, antiques showroom and restaurant.

However, the three-storey buildings, which are connected by a glass atrium, have been vacant for more than 10 years.

The unit currently has planning permission for use as a restaurant, but estate agent Peace Pennels said interested parties were also considering buying the historic buildings for residential use.

Zoe Peace, partner at agents Peace Pennels, said: "The Old Fire Station and Engine House is a historic and significant building for the town. They mainly comprise two floors of accommodation with office or residential areas on the third floor.

"The Old Fire Station provides a part mezzanine floor and has many original features.

"It is connected to the Engine House by a glass atrium which gives a flood of natural light to the premises.

"The property is to be sold as seen, providing a unique opportunity for re-development."

Cheltenham Borough Council has noted the buildings as having architectural importance, meaning it would be highly unlikely a developer could demolish the historic properties.

Local historian Steven Blake featured the Old Fire Station in his 1995 book, Cheltenham: A Pictorial History.

Mr Blake, 63, said: "As long as the building is preserved, that's the important thing.

"It's a lovely little building so it would be nice to see it back in use."

The buildings have a total floor space of 408.57 square metres.

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  • Grahambarker  |  November 16 2012, 12:50PM

    Good. The owners are also selling their restaurant - Number Seven on St James Square - and they have allowed this scaffolding clad building to BLIGHT the area for years. There are other private houses / buildings nearby who have kept scaffolding on their buildings for 3+ years and this this has got to stop! the owners have total disregard and no concern for their neighbours or for their neighbourhood. It's tough enough trying to buy, sell or rent houses at the moment but when you get neighbours like these, you don't need enemies. Good riddance.