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Margaret Hodge lists Abbey Road Studios

Architecture minister Margaret Hodge has given Abbey Road Studios a Grade-II listing in the wake of a public outcry against plans to sell it off

The historic studio where The Beatles recorded 90 per cent of their albums was listed because of its ‘huge cultural importance’.

Any future alterations to the 1831 villa in St John’s Wood, north-west London, will therefore need listed building consent.

On Sunday (21 February) owners EMI scotched rumours of a proposed sell-off that last week sparked massive outcry.

Hodge said: ‘My favourite song of all time, If I fell by The Beatles, was recorded there in 1964, and to have played a part in preserving this world-famous venue is as exciting for me as hearing that song for the first time. Well, almost!’

Hodge’s decision follows the advice of English Heritage (EH) who recommended the building for listing in 2003.

Elsewhere this week however, Hodge went against the advice of EH for the third time and refused to list the 1937 Slough Town Hall. She previously refused to list John Madin’s 1974 Birmingham Library and BDP’s 1969 Preston bus station.

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