No cause for alarm! Fire station in Leeds gets a new lease of life

An artist's impression of how the centre will look.
An artist's impression of how the centre will look.
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Work is starting on the transformation of the old Gipton Fire Station building in Leeds into a multi-purpose community centre.

Built in 1937, Gipton was the oldest operational fire station in West Yorkshire until its closure in December last year.

The landmark building has been bought by GFS Community Enterprise, a vehicle set up by the Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity.

And the Gipton Approach site is now due to open to the public in spring next year following a renovation project.

Offering facilities including a community cafe, community rooms and office space, it will have six local charities and voluntary organisations as tenants.

They are GIPSIL (Gipton Supported Independent Living), Healthwatch, People in Action, Space2, Zest Health for Life and the Leeds United Foundation.

LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield said: “We are delighted to have finally received the keys to Gipton Fire Station and begin preparations to make the fire station into a vibrant community hub that can be enjoyed by local people.

“We are keen to maintain key features of the fire station and preserve its rich history.

“We hope the new centre will be at the heart of the community providing a sustainable, secure and accessible space that is valued and supported by the people of Gipton and the surrounding area.”

Residents can find out more about plans for the building during a meeting taking place at the United Services Club between 7pm and 8pm next Thursday, August 18.

To register an interest in attending, e-mail firestation@leedscf.org.uk.

Part of the cost of the renovation project is being met by Jimbo’s Fund, which was established by the late Leeds philanthropist Jimi Heselden.

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