Plans to turn Islington’s Farmiloe building into offices given green light

CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK

CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures action thriller THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics. - Credit: Archant

A landmark Victorian warehouse which has been used to film blockbuster movies including The Dark Knight and Inception, is set to be turned into offices and shops.

Members of Islington Council’s planning committee have approved plans to renovate the Farmiloe site in St John Street, Clerkenwell.

The Grade II listed building, which was built in 1868, will house new offices as well as a cafe on the ground floor. The detached buildings, including the “Atcost” shed and a 1930s extension, will be demolished to make way for a new five-storey structure which will accommodate “affordable workspace”, shops and more offices.

The building is owned by George Farmiloe & Sons and has stood largely empty for a number of years.

Temporary live-in “guardians” occupy the second floor and look after the building but it has become better known as a film set for Hollywood films.

The interior of the first floor was used as the set for Gotham City Police Station for the Batman films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as scenes for Christopher Nolan’s Inception and David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises.