“An English Baroque style of architecture was chosen by LCC architects for the Westminster Fire Station on Greycoat Place in Victoria, built in 1906. Following its closure in 2014, it is being transformed by architects Openstudio for the Alchemi Group into 17 apartments, six within the Grade II-listed building. Embracing the Edwardian fire station’s irregular qualities means each of these apartments has a unique layout. A further 11 apartments are available in a contemporary new building to the rear called the Station House.
Jennifer Benningfield, founding principal of Openstudio Architects comments: “We’re reminded of the very high construction standards and materials used – everything was designed to last. The challenge has been to sensitively add to this historic material palette.
The Portland stone and red brick exterior is being restored along with the glazed interior tiling, original windows and doors, the fireman’s pole and watch room. The old engine room on the ground floor and the basement will become a restaurant, opening up the space to the public for the first time. “