Britannia Row Studios

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Britannia Row Studios was a recording studio located in Islington, London N1 (1975–1995), and then in Fulham, London SW6, England (1995–2015).

Pink Floyd built the original Britannia Row Studios. It was built in a three-story block at 35 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1,[1] after their 1975 album Wish You Were Here was released. They then went on to use the studio to record their next album, Animals, and parts of The Wall including the famous school chorus on "Another Brick in the Wall". Nick Mason eventually assumed full ownership of the studio, but in the early 1990s he decided to sell the studio business to Kate Koumi, who had been managing it since the mid-1980s.[2]

Koumi relocated the studio in 1995 to Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham, where it continued to operate for the next 20 years. It closed in September 2015 and was converted into a pair of flats.[3][4]

Mason retained the original building in Britannia Row, which was developed as serviced offices.[1] In 2012 some of it, including the original studio spaces, was being used as a training facility for the London School of Sound.[2] It was announced in 2016 that Islington Council had granted permission for an extension and conversion of the building into flats with a limited amount of office space.[5][6][7]

A related audio equipment hire company, Britannia Row Productions, also originally based at Britannia Row, was created to hire out the band's tour equipment and keep the skills of its crew together.[8] Early events that it provided sound for included Queen's 1976 show in Hyde Park, with an audience of over 150,000. The company was sold to its managers by Pink Floyd in 1985. It continues to exist as an independent business, now based in Twickenham.[9]

Artists

The studio was used by many high-profile artists over the years, including:

References

  1. ^ a b "Britannia Row website". Archived from the original on 2017-04-11. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Rent Pink Floyd's old recording studio on Britannia Row". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  3. ^ Philippa Stockley, From a £200k recording studio to two flats now worth almost £2 million, Evening Standard Homes & Property, 23 November 2016
  4. ^ Now you can live in Pink Floyd's former studios, The Resident, 6 March 2017
  5. ^ John Earls, Studio where Pink Floyd recorded ‘The Wall’ is to be turned into flats, NME, 30 June 2016
  6. ^ Nick DeRiso, Pink Floyd’s Recording Studio Is Being Turned Into Condos, Ultimate Classic Rock, 29 June 2016
  7. ^ Planning Committee Report, Islington Council, 28 June 2016
  8. ^ Mike McInnis, [1], Spare Bricks #6, Autumn 2000
  9. ^ Official website, Britannia Row Productions. Accessed 4 October 2017.

External links

Coordinates: 51°28′04″N 0°11′26″W / 51.46778°N 0.19056°W / 51.46778; -0.19056


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