A petition to stop major disruption to – and even closure of – Air Studios in north London has reached over 7,300 signatures.
Lawyer Jessica Learmond-Criqui started the campaign via the 38Degrees website in order to object to the proposed excavation of a luxury basement under the house adjacent to the studios. Air’s owners have stated that noise and disruption from the works will force them to close the facility for some months.
In an article in the Ham & High newspaper, composer Hans Zimmer has added his voice to the protest, emphasising how important Air is to the welfare of the film industry and therefore the wider economy. “There are two orchestral studios in London: Air and Abbey Road. You need both to be working to make London a viable destination,” says Zimmer.
Learmond-Criqui says in a circular to those who have joined the petition (including PSNEurope, of course): “I wrote to various people including the Department for Communities and Local Government on this matter given the significance to the film industry etc, to ask the Secretary of State to intervene. I have now heard from the casework team and they are considering the question of intervention.”