Hans Zimmer has bought the prestigious BBC studios in Maida Vale, west London, for £10.5m.
According to The Daily Mail, the legendary film composer has bought the building to compose new soundtracks.
In 2018, it was announced that the BBC’s vaunted studios were to close in 2023, preventing redevelopment in 2020.
Last year, the BBC put Maida Vale up for sale at a price of £10.5m, which Zimmer appears to have already paid.
A news source said of the purchase: “It’s a real coup. The building is beautiful and has a lot of history.
“It’s the kind of place that anyone who loves music loves to hang out. It’s special. And it looks like that atmosphere will continue with Hans in the job .”
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In 2018, the BBC said it planned to move the recording studios to Stratford by 2025, as part of the redevelopment of the Olympic Park.
“I understand how much our musical heritage in Maida Vale means to us, to the artists and to the public,” former BBC director-general Tony Hall said in a note to staff at the time. “We have not taken this decision lightly. But we are determined to ensure that live music remains at the heart of the BBC and moving to this new complex gives us the opportunity to do just that.”
The building has been a BBC staple for 86 years, hosting sessions by The Beatles, Morrissey, Nirvana and many more. It was also the site of the last recording session of Bing Crosby and the Peel Sessions on BBC Radio 1. The Fall released a full album of material recorded there.
Housed in a Grade II listed building, the studios were first converted into radio studios in 1934. The BBC Symphony Orchestra also lived there until 1946.