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Pugin-inspired replacement for historic wallpaper factory


Munkenbeck + Marshall will submit a planning application on 19 June to redevelop the factory that manufactured the wallpaper for Lord Irvine's controversial Westminster apartment makeover.

The practice wants to demolish Cole & Sons' 125-year-old building, which also produced wallpaper designs for Pugin, and replace it with flats and live-work units. The scheme is backed by the factory owners, who want to move.

It wants to etch the facade of the £5 million building with Pugin's 'Gothic lily' design, produced for the walls of the Palace of Westminster.

Practice director Alfred Munkenbeck hopes planning consent will be granted. 'Islington has some really exceptional planners who approve of quality modern architecture, ' he said.

Munkenbeck wants to build two six-storey blocks linked by bridges and accessed by two external, glass-clad lifts. The 'wallpaper' facade is likely to be cast in concrete. The glazing will be fronted by a timber brise-soleil.

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