Leon Vynehall has voiced his support for a campaign set up to save Shoreditch’s Strongroom, a space where he has a studio.
Taking to Twitter, the producer shared a petition set up by the resident studio space in response to a threat of closure due to proposals to build a nearby office block.
"I hold a resident studio in here and would be without a musical home if this were to go ahead,” Vynehall said. “Shoreditch doesn't need another off-shore invested office block. Please sign to help keep this long-standing, legendary, and independently run studio alive. PLEASE! Takes one minute.”
The petition to save the studios is addressed to Hackney Council, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, local MP Diane Abbott and Culture Secretary Matt Hancock amongst others.
Strongroom was originally opened in 1984 as a single studio after being used as a zip factory. It has since grown to take in 12 music studios as well as other facilities.
“The application to redevelop a small warehouse space into a six-storey office block estimates a continuous construction period of 18+ months,” says the petition against the nearby construction plans. “Dust and debris from any construction operation near a recording studio would be deleterious, but for something on this large a scale along the adjoining wall to the premises the noise and vibration alone could put the studios completely out of business.”
To read the campaign’s full objections to the plans, and lend your support to Strongroom, check out the petition here.
Words: Christian Eade