Beechpark Studio has announced that it is on the market for sale whilst it comes up to 25 years in business.
Beechpark is one of the few remaining recording and production studios in Dublin, Ireland.
Founder and owner of Beechpark, Daire Winston, gave us insight into the studio’s history: “I started out as the tea boy at Lombard Studios in Dublin in 1981, cutting my teeth on the old Helios desk they had at the time. They were great days as I rose to the lofty position of assistant engineer, finally becoming first engineer a couple of years later. In those days, Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) was one of the regular customers and I learned a lot from people like him very quickly. I moved on to become the first house engineer in The Dave Hawkin’s designed Westland Studios in 1985 and after falling in love with country music, I got on a plane with just few dollars in my pocket and went to Nashville. I loved it!
“In 1993, I bought a house on a one-acre site (with my wife to be, Heidi), and we started work on Beechpark, which was just one room when we opened, just one room to do everything. I have always thought that when bands record, they should do so together – that’s how they play on stage and it gives the whole project that extra special vibe”.
The studio was designed by Roger D’Arcy of Recording Architecture. As Winston recalled, Beechpark has grown enormously from its early years, and is now regarded as one of the finest residential recording facilities still working today. The studio has hosted a host of Irish and international artists and producers, including The Script, Celtic Woman, Clannad and Daniel O’Donnell. O’Donnell recorded most of 24 albums at Beechpar, which went on to sell over 12 million copies.
On his choice to sell, Winston explained: “I’m not getting any younger and so I am looking for someone to come in, take over and take Beechpark through the next 25 years of its life. Leaving here is a little bittersweet, but I am sure that whoever comes in will love it as much as we do. In fact, I’ll probably be one of the new owner’s first customers.”
Beechpark is staging an open evening during the 2019 AES Convention in Dublin on March 22, and will be able to take people from the convention centre out to Beechpark so that they can experience the facility. It includes a few different recording areas, a large control room and a large production studio.