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Fire service HQ sold to art college in £8m deal

Edinburgh Fire HQA historic fire station in Edinburgh has been sold for £8 million to be converted into new space for the nearby College of Art.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has sold its former headquarters in Lauriston Place to the University of Edinburgh which will now instigate a sympathetic refurbishment, sensitive to its past use and heritage.

It will form part of the college’s ambitious plans to transform the area into a hub for arts and culture. 

The Edinburgh Museum of Fire, currently located at Lauriston, will move to a purpose-built location in the city.

The SFRS is funding the restoration and curation of the artefacts in preparation for the move to its new home.

Shoosmiths’ real estate partner, Stephen Dougherty, and senior associate Laura Bloxham, advised the SFRS on the deal.

Russell Munn, estates and valuation surveyor at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said:  “We are delighted that this important building will transfer to the care of the University of Edinburgh.”

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