BBC closing their iconic Maida Vale studios

The BBC are closing their iconic Maida Vale studios and moving to east London. 

The pioneering studios, which have hosted the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and played host to the iconic John Peel Sessions, have been running since 1946 and the building was constructed in 1909. The BBC took control of it in 1930.

Now, however, the team will be moving their building to the Stratford Waterfront development in the Olympic Park in East London as their current home contains asbestos and is in desperate need of refurbishment.

They hope to complete the move by 2022.

“I understand how much our musical heritage at Maida Vale means to us, to artists and to audiences,” the BBC director general, Tony Hall, said in a note 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.”

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