First look: Inside York’s newest luxury apartments at the old fire station

Hot stuff… inside the old fire station. Photographs: Exposure Property Marketing

Now this is what we call a hot property…

Work to transform York’s old fire station into luxury apartments is all but complete, and developer Helmsley Group has revealed the first seven.

Some even have an outdoor space overlooking Clifford’s Tower (or York Magistrates’ Court if you look the other way…)

Prices for the homes start at £675,000, which will be too hot to handle for a lot of residents.

Quite a view…

Key characteristics from the building’s past have been retained, including its façade which dates back to its use as a chapel in 1856.

The fireman’s pole has also been reinstalled in the building and the building’s external door handles are comprised of the metal from the nozzles of Victorian fire hoses.

Retain the building’s spirit

Around £15m has been spent on the upgrade

Each of the apartments will feature kitchens by House of Harrogate and bathrooms from Laufen, the Swiss designers.

Helmsley Group spend two years developing the site, in conjunction with London Ebor Developments and contractors, Caddick Construction.

Director at Helmsley Group Max Reeves said:

  • We are a proud York business, so it is fantastic to have the opportunity to be involved in developing such an iconic and much-loved building in the historic heart of the city.

    This is an exciting development in a prime, sought-after location, within easy walking distance of York’s shops and attractions.

    We wanted to retain the spirit of the building’s unique historical character, while also providing stunning homes which are suited to modern living. We’re really proud of what we have achieved.

Outdoor space at the apartments

Some of the original features have been maintained

Louise Hirst from Carter Jonas, which is marketing the properties said: “The attention to detail in these properties is spectacular and their location is unparalleled.”

Previous plans to include a restaurant at the fire station site have been shelved.

Instead the commercial space will be leased to “an expanding local company”.