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    Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:32:26

    Singer David Gray to Turn The Church Studios Into Flats + Offices - Ooh, that's a BAD PR move, since Radiohead + Bob Dylan recorded there

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    Singer David Gray has committed a really bad and ill-advised PR move.

    According to the NME.com, Gray has angered residents in London's Crouch Hill by announcing that he plans to turn historic recording studio The Church Studios into a block of flats and offices. Yikes! Urbanization! Boo!

    Bob Dylan, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs and more have recorded at this location, which is a converted church and was originally owned by Eurythmics' Dave Stewart before he sold it to Gray in 2003. Bad move on Stewart's part, too!

    Local residents have expressed their disgust at the plans, with Sue Hessel, who chairman of Haslemere Road Residents’ Association, saying, "This is so sad. Crouch End has enough flats. Crouch End's music heritage is what makes it such a special place to live. Turning such a culturally rich building into flats is not in the spirit of Crouch End."

    It's a battle of culture vs. living space and cool flats! UGH!!!

    For his part, Gray's architect, Mark Ruthven, argues that the studios are now "obsolete" and completely out of date. He said, "It is completely obsolete, it doesn't get used. This is a way of the building being used. The heritage is preserved. The important thing is to find a re-use and that it is done in a sensitive way."

    So Gray wants to find an effective way to use the space. But there has to be a way to preserve the history, as well, which his architect says he is doing. It appears to be a matter of economy and business, though.

    Gray himself has issued a statement about the plans via his rep, which read: "Having owned and enjoyed the church for nearly 10 years, it is time to move on. David would be delighted to sell The Church Studios but given the current upheaval in the music business and the repercussions on commercial recording studios, it is only prudent to explore other avenues, including redevelopment."

    There is a bit of hope. Before Gray can move forward with his plans, he would require permission from a Council, which will offer a decision at a later date.

    Team David Gray or Team Residents + the Studios?

    —Katie Sheehan
    08.24.12



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