Warner threatens to abandon London HQ due to noise from neighbouring redevelopment

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Warner Music UK has said it may leave its Kensington-based HQ if proposals to redevelop a neighbouring building go ahead.

The firm claims noise pollution from subsequent construction work will disrupt the ability of its in-house music studios (pictured), part of The Firepit creative complex, to operate effectively.

As well as preventing artists from using the studios to record, Warner claims the noise will also affect working conditions of the 600 or so people it employs in its HQ.

A Warner spokesperson told The Standard: “We’re objecting to this planning application as it will significantly impact our business. The current proposed development will reduce the light coming into our building which, with its glass facade, was specifically designed to benefit from it.

“This would alter the ways in which we could use the building, which is an iconic location in the music industry, including the hosting of showcase performances from artists. We’ve been a significant employer in the borough since the Eighties, but we would be forced to consider our position if this application is approved.”

“We’ve been a significant employer in the borough since the Eighties, but we would be forced to consider our position if this application is approved.”

Warner Spokesperson

The development application has been put forward by Columbia Threadneedle Investments – a spokesperson said: “Our development team has met with representatives of Warner Music to discuss the proposals and we are committed to working together.”

The plans are reportedly to be discussed at a Kensington and Chelsea council planning meeting tomorrow.

Warner unveiled its in-house studio last year as part of a new creative content division dubbed The Firepit.

The recording facility features two studios, viewing and writing space and a host of top of the range equipment, both brand new and vintage.

(Image courtesy of The Standard) Music Business Worldwide

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