The Arts Building: U+I wants to open retail space in Finsbury Park site

The Arts Building in Morris Place. Picture: Google Maps

The Arts Building in Morris Place. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

The new owner of The Arts Building in Finsbury Park want to develop a large retail space on the ground floor of the premise.

U+I brought the 57,000 sq ft Morris Place site off John Jones in January for a fee rumoured to be in the £15million region.

It's now seeking planning permission to turn the office space and disused cafe unit on the ground floor into retail space.

The Walnut cafe occupied a ground floor unit in the building until last year, when it closed because owner Emma Duggan couldn't afford the rent. It's been empty since.

A U+I spokesperson said: "The Arts Building will incorporate a mix of uses to appeal to a broad range of businesses, from creative enterprises to high street brands.

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"The option to change the ground floor to retail would bring life to the street and offer valuable facilities for local people.

"With a surplus of vacant office space nearby, and more coming forward in other nearby developments currently on site, the plans would also create greater diversity in the local market."

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