news category General News created 22 November 2017

Air Studios wins two-year legal battle

Air Studios has won a two-year legal battle to stop a neighbour building a subterranean swimming pool, sauna, hot tub and mini-cinema. It was feared noise and vibrations from lengthy construction work would force the studio to close, unable to continue its internationally significant recording work, missing out on valuable contracts for Hollywood film recordings and threatening the livelihoods of British musicians.

Air Studios is one of just two London studios that can accommodate a full symphony orchestra, often required by film score composers. The legal process was due to extend to a full public enquiry in May next year, along with evidence provided by expert witnesses to establish to what extent excavation work would have disrupted recording at the studio.

Paul Woolf, owner and chief executive at Air Studios has praised support for the studio, including a 13,000 strong online petition and public support from Brian May, Joanna Lumley, composer Hans Zimmer, film director Tim Burton, the late George Michael and The MPG. “It’s been absolutely magnificent that people from the film and music industry, government departments, our staff and local people have supported us so relentlessly. Their backing is a testament to what Air Studios stands for. We are very grateful for that.

A full statement from the Air Studios website reads:

Fantastic News!- Basement Swimming Pool Application Dropped!

To let everyone know that our neighbours have decided to drop both Appeals and both Planning Applications for their proposed basement development!

We are so relieved and so incredibly thankful to all of you who have supported us over the last couple years.

Every musician, artist, composer, client, music fan, engineer, producer, the local community, film and tv company, record label, other recording studios, local government, other government agencies, industry bodies and all our brilliant staff- Your efforts have played such a huge part in helping to get to this resolution. We cannot thank you enough!

Currently there is nothing to stop new applications of a similar nature but if they do we hope we can count on your future support if required!

We will of course update you all with more news as and when we get it.

Again- thank you, thank you, thank you! You have been amazing

AIR Studios


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