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Teesside firm ERW wins work on major Manchester regeneration scheme

A Middlesbrough firm has sealed a deal to play an important part in a multimillion-pound plan to redevelop a Grade-II* listed fire station.

Manchester’s London Road Fire Station operated as the brigade’s headquarters for 80 years until its closure in 1986.

As well as housing firemen and their families, the Edwardian Baroque style fire station featured a police station, ambulance station, bank and coroner’s court.

Now a number of firms are helping to transform Manchester’s London Road Fire Station into a 21st-century work and living space.

As well as office space and luxury apartments, the 140,000 sqft building will be home to a boutique hotel and curated spaces for leisure and cultural events.

Now Middlesbrough-based timber window and door specialist ERW is carrying out the overhaul of windows at the fire station.

ERW has been commissioned for the revamp of 290 original windows as part of the transformation project, which includes the revamp of original windows.

The majority are being restored but where casement timbers are beyond repair, they will be carefully replicated.

Phillip Wall, commercial manager at ERW, said: “The London Road Fire Station is a prestigious building with a storied history in Manchester, so getting to work on it is a big deal for ERW especially with us being from outside the area.

“While it’s not the single biggest project we have carried out in terms of scale, it’s certainly the biggest building we’ve worked on to date.

“Being awarded the contract is a testament to our skills and craftsmanship in the renovation of heritage buildings.”

ERW will work alongside restoration specialist Quadriga on the project, which comes on the back of the successful renovation of Skelton High Street.

“The majority of our work is centred around the North East and Yorkshire but having been approached directly by Quadriga and hearing about the vision for the project, it was something we were excited to be involved with,” said Mr Wall.

“We have a great working relationship with Quadriga on smaller projects like the Skelton Heritage Shop Front Scheme, so we’re thrilled to be able to continue that on such a high-profile job.”

Three of ERW’s installers from Teesside will work on-site for the duration of the project with all manufacturing taking place at the company’s Skipper’s Lane workshop.

Simon O’Reilly, contracts manager at Quadriga, said: “We are pleased to be working alongside ERW at London Road Fire Station as they restore the historic windows to the courtyard.

“Due to the building’s listed nature, it was vital to bring on a specialist with heritage experience to carry out the work.”

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