Yorkshire's unused fire control centre put on market

Wakefield fire control centre The Wakefield fire control centre has remained empty since it was built

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A £13m regional fire control centre in Wakefield, which was never used, is being marketed to potential tenants.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has hired a property company to find a business for the building at a rent of £450,000 a year.

It had been designed to replace local fire control centres across Yorkshire.

Constructed as part of a national scheme set-up by the last Labour government, the project was scrapped two years ago at a cost of £469m.

The 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m) building is on a Wakefield business park near to the M1 motorway.

It is one of five of the planned nine regional centres that remain empty.

Property adviser GVA, which is marketing the centre, said the building was "a resilient, extremely secure environment".

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