More than 10,000 sign petition to save AIR Studios

Air Studios Lynhurst Road

Air Studios Lynhurst Road - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A petition against a basement excavation next to Hampstead’s world famous AIR recording studio has 10,300 signatures.

As reported in the Ham&High, leading lights of the music and film worlds, including the head of the British Film Commission Adrian Wootton, Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, and Queen guitarist Brian May have already added their voices to the protest against a couple’s plans to build a basement leisure complex underneath their listed home in Rosslyn Hill.

The proposals, from Andrew and Elizabeth Jeffreys, are to build a basement swimming pool, gym, sauna and cinema under the house next to the studios, which were founded by Beatles producer George Martin.

Studio bosses fear the noise and vibrations from the excavations means they will be forced to close for up to six months.

With its unrivalled acoustics, AIR Studios, based in the Grade II listed former church and missionary school Lyndhurst Hall, is one of only two recording studios in the UK to provide score recording services to the major film industry.

Paul Woolf, co-owner of AIR Studios, said he was “blown away” by the level of support.

Architect Thomas Croft said: “We understand and have taken on board the comments made by AIR Studios and are actively working to see how we can address them. We are committed to working closely with all our neighbours throughout the planning process.”

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