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Shoreditch warehouse listing welcomed by conservationists

The listing of a 19th-century furniture warehouse and showroom on the fringes of London's commercial hub has been welcomed by conservationists.

Campaigners believe the decision to give the building, at 134-146 Curtain Road in Shoreditch, a Grade-II listing marks another victory for English Heritage (EH)in its ongoing battle to protect threatened structures in zones earmarked for future commercial expansion.

The 1877 brick-built warehouse was originally designed for leading furniture firm C & R Light and has been described as having 'special interest as one of the most architectural of the area's trade buildings'.

However, because of the burgeoning number of office schemes in and around east London - and in particular Hackney - it was feared the building and its neighbours could be lost to the developers.

Speaking about the decision, Adam Wilkinson of SAVE Britain's Heritage said: 'It is good news that English Heritage is looking at areas most likely to be hit by redevelopment in the coming years.

'There is a stack of really good warehouses in that area, and a number of heritage and built environment organisations are based around there such as the Prince's Foundation, and of course there's a lot of pressure to develop large offices as part of the City's expansion plan.'

It is understood EH is shortly to publish a book highlighting the buildings related to the furniture trade in the South Shoredtich area.

by Richard Waite

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