London (ANI): London's historic Abbey Road studios, which saw the
Beatles record almost all their numbers, is now a listed building.
The Grade II status given to the venue means the plans to radically
alter the building cannot be realised anymore.
Culture Minister Margaret Hodge, who listed the studios on the
advice of English Heritage, said the venue had "produced some of
the very best music in the world", reports the BBC. Its owners EMI
recently rubbished reports they were planning to sell it to ease
Listing for the 3 Abbey Road property was granted due to its
historic merit. Future owners will have to ensure the character of
the property is treated with respect. However, internal changes can
still be made.
EMI took over the ownership of the property after shelling out
100,000pounds in 1929. The company transformed it into the
world-famous studios that have hosted renowned artists including
the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Blur.