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[from Islington Tribune]

Islington Tribune – by TOM FOOT
Published: 3 October 2008
Students will move into former factory

A FORMER tonic wine factory in Finsbury Park is to be turned into a 56-bed student home.
Councillors on east area planning committee have given the go-ahead to developer Tolak Establishment to convert the Grade II-listed building, in Thane Villas, into a student hall of residence.
Although 11 residents objected to the development, councillors decided the plans would not destroy the historic character of the building.
The developer has agreed to include a “pocket museum” in its plans. It will house historic artefacts found in the 1909 building, including a vat, furnace and a fuse box with instructions.
A list of conditions have been imposed to protect the building’s heritage.
Features of special interest include a ground-floor fireplace and a Jacobean staircase.

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