Did you watch Channel 4’s “Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year” series?
If you did you would have seen our very own The Old Fire Station in Birmingham feature on the telly! The program followed a number of RICS professionals, Kevin McCloud, and Dr Anna Keay as they judged some of the most incredible restoration projects in the UK. From palaces to watermills, department stores to music halls, they unfolded nine centuries of our history told through treasured places that have been brought back from the brink of ruin.
We featured on the fourth and final episode on Channel 4, 20:00, 13 April 2017. This episode was dedicated to the most modern buildings in the competition; those constructed in the ‘Twentieth Century’. What’s more, The Old Fire Station was chosen by the judges as the winner in that category!
The program highlighted the restoration at iconic Old Fire Station owned by Curlew Student Trust and renovated by Watkin Jones Group; showcasing some of the incredible design methods used to ensure the historic building didn’t lose its iconic features. Some of these can be seen in the images below of the Engine Bays, Drill Tower and even the original fireman’s pole.
It’s an honour for Fresh Student Living to manage such a historic and iconic building, the show also talked about the wonderful history of the building, reminding us that the former Central Fire Station was once a bustling environment and home to 55 firefighters and their families. That has now been brought back to life after many years as a fantastic community and home for students.
If you missed it, the episode is now available to watch via On Demand.
You can find more information about the awards here.
The episode also created some fantastic conversation on Twitter, with many users sharing photos from their past which can be found at @TheOldFireStat.