Buyer set to snap up Norwich’s former Bethel Street fire station

A sale has been agreed for Norwich's historic Bethel Street Fire Station – but the details are being kept under wraps for now.

The fire station, which was built in the 1930s, was closed in the summer to make way for the state-of-the-art Carrow fire station in Trowse.

Planning permission to convert the fire station into a mixture of residential, retail and office use were approved by Norwich City Council in August last year and Norfolk County Council had put the property on the market with a tab of �650,000.

A number of offers were received and the county council has confirmed it has picked the bid it intends to accept, subject to contracts being finalised.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said, because of confidentiality issues, the authority could not yet reveal how much the fire station had been sold for, or to whom it had been sold.

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However, it appears a bid which would have seen the first two floors of the fire station turned into a space for public art has not been successful.

The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust, which is based in the Old Skating Rink next to the fire station, had hoped its bid, in partnership with a company which would turn the rest of the building into flats, would be picked.

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The trust had hoped to secure a long lease on the ground floor or the ground and first floor, so the space could become a public area devoted to the arts.

But it is understood that the trust's bid is not the one which the county council is intending to go forward with.

• What would you have liked to see happen to the old fire station? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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