The new homes on the site of Windsor's old fire station have been unveiled.

The 14 new luxury homes in St Mark's Road, Windsor consist of a row of five townhouses in front of a courtyard accessed through electronic gates containing eight two bedroom apartments and one penthouse.

It marks the finale of a controversial saga that saw the Royal Borough fiercely oppose the original plans by Berkshire Fire Authority to close the fire station and sell off the site to finance improvements to the service at Wokingham.

Councillors and leading organisations in the town campaigned to save it - warning that Windsor’s many clubs and historic buildings would be left vulnerable as the nearest fire station in Slough would be too far away.

It was claimed that fire engines coming from there could get stranded on Royal Windsor Way (the old Windsor Eton Relief Road) in the event of accidents.

A compromise agreement saw a replacement fire station established on council premises at Tinkers Lane in Windsor - and the sale of the St Mark’s Road site went ahead.

Jo Chadwick, senior associate director at Strutt & Parker’s Windsor office, said: “Windsor is certainly a popular destination for families with so much to offer residents, including excellent schools, a vibrant town centre and convenient travel links.”

The three bedroom townhouses are Edwardian in style with balconies and gardens.

The site will be known as St Mark’s Gate and the homes were unveiled to potential buyers on April 13. Prices start at £725,000 for the apartments and £1,290,000 for the townhouses.