West Midlands Central Fire Station, Birmingham

Approaching the end of its service life and employed in a manner quite different to which it was designed The West Midlands Fire station was to be disposed of and Insall were appointed to assess this interwar building. Originally designed to house 11 tenders and a small community of firemen and their families, with every facility from school room to club, as well as plenty of residential apartments, the buildings had been largely converted to rather inglorious offices, with a later 20th century control room for just 2 surviving tenders. But the original form and perimeter elevations, in a rather dated but well-conceived and well detailed Neo-Georgian style, along with a more modernist practice tower survived.  The building was subsequently included on the statutory list and is one of several such buildings Insalladvised on.

The West Midlands Fire Authority