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London Road Studios given protection order
A FORMER Northwich art college has been listed as Grade II by English Heritage.
London Road Studios was constructed in 1896 by the Verdin family as a boys' technology school with classrooms, studios, library and other related rooms for practical work.
It was used as Mid Cheshire College's arts department until last August, when it was closed due to its lack of IT and disabled access provisions.
It has since been sold to Kerriline Developments Ltd, which is awaiting a decision on proposals to transform the site into 23 luxury apartments.
Carolyn Shepherd, founder of the London Road Collective - a group of local artists who took occupancy of the studios in October 2012 to showcase how the building could be used as an arts venue - said: "I am happy that English Heritage has recognised the importance of this magnificent building.
"Grade II listing should mean the features are preserved and there is a good maintenance plan for long-term protection - this would not have happened without our intervention.
"I hope the building owners will consider making a more imaginitive proposal for its use as a community asset."
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