by: Islington Express (now Islington Gazette)
Praise be for old church conversion
If you're looking for a property with real character, a new development of 20 apartments in Upper Holloway could be the answer to your prayers.The stunning development has taken place at the disused church in Junction Road and every flat has been individually designed to be sympathetically themed, with gothic-style windows, even down to the hand-made cathedral style doors. The transformation was not without its problems: developers had to bring in a load-bearing steel frame to provide new floor levels without the use of a crane. This meant that the original shell was left intact, which has preserved the natural style of the building.
The flats comprise six one-bedroom units, two three-bedroom units and two duplex penthouses situated in the former bell towers, the larger of which covers 3,500 sq.ft. Developer the Kenny Group is considering leaving the penthouse as shells, as the blank canvases, upon which the owners can create their own dream home. The lower-ground floor area has been retained for community use and the space may be let to a dentist, or similar service provider. Local agent Ringley Chartered Surveyors were chosen by the Kenny Group to form a management company, calculate a realistic service charge budget and tender for maintenance contractors. Residents will in due course be able to become directors and then have a say in what happens to the property. Prices start at £135,000 for the one-bedroom units: £230,000 for two bedrooms; and £314,000 for three-bedroom flats. Penthouse prices are available on application. For full details contact Ringley Chartered Surveyors on 020-267 2900.
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