THIS is how the city's former fire station will look once it has been transformed into luxury apartments and a food hall.

These artist's impressions show how the building in the city’s Copenhagen Street will change into 28 luxury apartments and an artisan food hall and wine shop, which was approved earlier this month.

Malvern-based developer Guthrie Roberts is behind the multi-million-pound plans to convert the former fire station into apartments with Richard Everton, owner of Bottles in New Street, in charge of the new food hall and wine shop.

The food hall is set to include crepes and pastries, tapas, rotisserie chicken, a delicatessen and a large selection of beer and wine.

Mr Everton said he was aiming to be open by the end of the year.

“The new place will be a brand new wine shop and a big food court especially focusing on local producers and local chefs who want to take concessions in there,” he said.

“We’ll have wine and beer dispensers so you can have a glass of wine or buy a wine from the shop and walk around and get a pizza or a rotisserie chicken or something like that.

“We’ll also have a big outdoor seating area too and we have plans to hold tasting and other events.

“We just want to bring an iconic city centre building back into use because it has been empty for seven years.

“We want to try and give the opportunity to local and independent producers rather than just handing it over to the big chains and brands. It just makes a lot of sense.”

Ben Roberts, managing director of Guthrie Roberts, said: “We have some inspiring plans to develop the site into a mix of residential and commercial use.

“Our plans include approximately 28 luxury, contemporary apartments, a mix of one, two and three beds, to provide options for a broad range of buyers.

“We intend to have an exciting commercial unit on the ground floor, and there will be a novel city garden for residents, external walkways, a courtyard for private car parking and luxurious interiors.”

The company will maintain the external facade of the building, including the symbolic fire station entrance bays.

“The commercial space will be accessed from Copenhagen Street, where the current fire engine bay entrances will be renovated to create eye-catching frontages,” said Mr Roberts.

The building, which has been left empty since fire chiefs relocated in 2015, was built between 1939 and 1941 by Percy Thomas, who also designed the former police station opposite.