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Fire control centre sold for £19.50 million

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THE North West Fire Control Centre at Warrington has been purchased by private clients of Deutsche Bank for £19.50m.
Dating from 2009, it was built at a cost of around £14m it is the home of the fire authorities Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria to jointly handle 999 emergency calls and mobilise fire fighters.
Fire Control North West have a lease running to June 2033 on the three-storey building at Lingley Green Business Park.
Craig Barton, who along with Jason Winfield at Cushman and Wakefield, represented the vendor (AAIM), said: “We are delighted to conclude this disposal on behalf of our client. The process was highly competitive, as there is strong appetite for quality buildings with long-term income, to good tenants. It is also another a reflection of the strength of Warrington, both as a destination which occupiers desire, and which investors want to secure real estate within.”
The purpose-built centre, which received planning consent in 2005, was one of nine across the country to the specification of the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, at the time of the Blaire Labour Government.
But it was surrounded in controversy from the start, with planning consent being opposed by Great Sankey Parish Council and others on the grounds that it would be an eyesore and was too close to residential property.
It was due to go live in in 2009 but in fact stood empty for several years because of computer problems.
It was still mothballed in 2011.

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