It’s just been revealed that the BBC will be closing its iconic Maida Vale Studios, replacing it with a new, state-of-the-art facility in Stratford’s Olympic Park.
The iconic studios have played host to legendary musicians since the 30s, with he likes of The Beatles, Morrissey, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Nirvana and Radiohead all recording there.
The news was announced by BBC director general Tony Hall in an email this morning, which said the move will allow the the BBC “to record and broadcast more live music than ever before.” The new facility is expected to be ready by 2022.
Maida Vale Studios was originally the home of the Maida Vale Roller Skating Palace and Club in 1909, but was taken over by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s. In recent years, however, the studios have become rather run down, with the BBC announcing them “wholly unsuitable for the 21st century”.
“I understand how much our musical heritage at Maida Vale means to us, to artists and to audiences,” said Tony Hall in his email, which went out to staff. “We haven’t taken this decision lightly. But we’re determined to ensure that live music remains at the heart of the BBC and moving to this new development gives us the opportunity to do just that.”
Stay tuned for further news on the new development.