Paul Epworth has bought the Church Studios in north London from musician David Gray. PSNEurope can exclusively reveal that the studios will be run by the Miloco Group, follow a redesign by the Walters-Storyk Design Group.
The Adele co-writer and Brit-winning producer’s move has saved the historic Crouch Hill building from being converted into flats, a proposal that was put forward by Gray following his conclusion that its role as a recording space was "obsolete". These plans were opposed by former owner Dave Stewart (who set up the studio there in the 1990s) as well as by local residents, as reported by PSNEurope in August of last year.
Gray bought the studios, housed in a converted church, from the Eurythmics star in 2004 and went on to record three studio albums there – Life In Slow Motion, Draw The Line and Foundling.
"I'm delighted to be handing on this wonderful building in the knowledge that it will remain a vital part of London's ongoing music heritage,” said Gray. “I am just putting the finishing touches to what will be the fourth studio album I have recorded at The Church and it remains a very inspiring place.
“I bought the studios as my own personal recording space and at one stage – with the problems in the wider music business – it looked like the chance of selling it on as a working studio were close to zero. I know Paul has lots of plans and I wish him and the studio the very best.”
Paul Epworth said: "David approached me as a last call to see if he could keep the building as a studio rather than let it go to residential. I was equally as keen to keep a piece of London recording history running and we finally completed the exchange at the start of October.
“It's a fantastic place and I intend to refurbish the studio to make it a viable commercial business. I hope we can keep it as a recording studio for the next 10-20 years with a bit of luck.”
Epworth has engaged the services of the Walters-Storyk Design Group of New York to redesign the studios, with Miloco Builds carrying out the construction. When the studio complex reopens next year, it will be managed and booked by Miloco.
Paul has been looking for the perfect studio for a while and he has now bought a studio with a great heritage and with his vision, it is going to become one of the most impressive studio complexes in London," Miloco MD Nick Young revealed to PSNEurope. "WSDG have built some breathtaking studios around the world and we are looking forward to working on this exciting project and to help Paul's vision become reality."
The Church Studios has attracted a vast array of artists over its two-decade history, including Bob Dylan, Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine. A blog at the studios' website will document the transformation of the site.