Former brigade HQ may become a pub Dec 28 2004
By Hannah Davies, The Evening Chronicle
A Tyneside fire station could be transformed into a massive pub if JD Wetherspoon wins a bid for the city centre HQ.
The Grade II listed building on Newcastle's Pilgrim Street has had a number of bids placed on it, with the public house chain among the contenders.
Deputy chief fire officer Alan Holmes said: "JD Wetherspoon is one of several companies that have put in a bid.
"There is a possibility it will buy it but there are a number of bids in and any decision will be made on them around the middle of the New Year.
"The Wetherspoon's bid will, of course, also depend on getting a licence for the premises.
"We did not market the premises ourselves but through agents Chesterton."
The station has 39,002 sq ft inside and a 7,329 sq ft courtyard and if Wetherspoon wins the bid the firm will have to stump up £3m for the 30s property, in Pilgrim Street.
JD Wetherspoon already has the old fire station in York Road, Whitley Bay. In May it had an application to open it at 10am refused.
The company caused controversy earlier this year when it was granted permission for a pub for 700 drinkers in the site of the former post office in Gosforth High Street, overturning a decision by the magistrates.
The fire HQ is set for a move to a purpose-built facility at Colby Court in Elswick.
And another new HQ is also being built at Barmston Mere, Washington, at the site of an existing training centre.
The massive shake-up is part of a £30m scheme to modernise the fire service.
Six new fire stations are under construction in the region, located to provide the best cover in emergency situations. And that means the current city HQ is surplus to requirements.
Property dealer Chesterton International says interest in it is high.
Although living quarters were later changed to office space, the original chimney breasts still remain.
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01-01-2005, 12:20 PM #1
A twist ont the "beer inthe firehouse" threadUnited Kingdom branch, IACOJ.
01-01-2005, 07:57 PM #2
There was a firehall that was converted to a restaurant in Kingston, Ontario on Ontario ST. It was appropriately named The Firehall Restaurant with a reputation of fine food and spirits. It kept the fire theme throughout the restaurant. I wonder if FF's receive a discount?
01-02-2005, 10:30 AM #3
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There's a few older (1880's and 1890s) firehouses here that I would love to see converted into a TASTEFUL RESTRAUNT.
Get some old horse drawn apparatus back in their, de-modernize the publics area so it looks authentic to the time period, keep an old alarm system (like the old bell that rings when we get a call , get a few other little things, and totally hook the place up.
I'm sure it would be a big hit too.
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