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London Fire Brigade could move HQ back to Albert Embankment

The London Fire Brigade could move its headquarters back to Albert Embankment under plans being considered by fire authority members.

London Fire Brigade could move HQ back to Albert Embankment

The London Fire Brigade's headquarters was located on Albert Embankment for seven decades from 1937 till 2007.

Since then, the HQ has been situated in a former Royal Mail parcels sorting office in Union Street whilst the Albert Embankment premises has remained vacant.

Last year the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) terminated its long-standing deal with developer Native Land.

There has been a disagreement between Mayor of London Boris Johnson and LFEPA over the best way of selecting a new developer for the prime riverside site.

The authority has been looking for alternatives to the Union Street building where it is expecting a hefty rent hike next year.

According to a paper due to be considered by LFEPA members next week, a new London Fire Brigade headquarters could form part of a new deal with a developer for the Albert Embankment site.

Such a move would see the brigade's principal offices return to part of their former location.

The new developer would also be expected to provide a modernised Lambeth Fire Station and there is also strong backing for relocation of the London Fire Brigade Museum to Albert Embankment.

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