Maida Vale’s Labour Councillors have welcomed the decision by Historic England to give a Grade 2 listing to the iconic BBC Maida Vale Studios. The listing highlights both the exterior, originally built as one of Britain’s largest roller skating rinks, and the interior with its five recording studios.
In their letter to Labour Party activist Theo Morgan who called for the listing, Historic England say:
“Following your application to add the above building to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, we have now considered all the representations made and completed our assessment of the building. I am delighted to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add BBC Maida Vale Studios to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The building is now listed at Grade II.
Please click on the link below to download a copy of our advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and will be available for public access from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through our website.
The local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.”
Councillor Geoff Barraclough, Labour Councillor for Maida Vale said:
“I’m delighted that Historic England has ignored objections from the BBC and agreed to recognise the role the BBC Studios have played in our cultural history. It’s now up the BBC to come back with proposals for the building that respect its new status as Grade 2 listed.”