Iconic BBC Maida Vale studios where The Beatles, Beyoncé and David Bowie all performed is given protection from redevelopment

The famous BBC Maida Vale Studios have been given protection from redevelopment, after receiving grade II-listed status from Historic England.

Pop royalty from the Beatles to Beyoncé, Bing Crosby and David Bowie have performed there for special-edition programmes or releases such as the Live Lounge compilations.

In 2018, the BBC announced plans to relocate its live music recording facilities to Stratford in East London by 2023, and eventually sell the Maida Vale site.

Fearing the site could be turned into luxury flats, local music fans launched a campaign to protect the complex of seven studios.

The listing was approved on May 5 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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