Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, Attic and Ropewalk buildings to be demolished if new apartment plans approved

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Parr Street Studios and Attic will be demolished if new plans are approved – credit: Rept0n1x

Parr Street Studios and venues Studio 2 and Attic are to be demolished if new apartment plans are approved, Getintothis Peter Guy reports.

Liverpool’s iconic Parr Street Studio, music venues Studio 2 and Attic will be demolished if new planning applications are approved.

A planning application by local contractor PJ Percival Construction has been submitted to Liverpool City Council to build a six to eight-storey development incorporating a hotel and 114 apartments.

Under the new plans 33-55 Parr Street would be completely transformed.

The existing buildings on that plot would be demolished including the likes of Parr Street Studios, live music venue Studio 2 and popular Ropewalks rock and roll bar The Attic.

Under the plans, the roof terrace spanning Parr Street Studios plus the lower floors, as well as a hotel, would also be removed.

Parr Street Studios has been at the forefront of Liverpool’s rich recording history for more than 25 years with the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen (recording Ocean Rain, when the studio was named Amazon), Coldplay (Parachutes and Rush of Blood to the Head) and Black Sabbath (Forbidden) making records there.

In more recent times Doves, Paolo Nutini, Elbow and Gomez have all used the studio to produce albums in the Parr Street studios.

Pop phenomenons Drake, Justin Bieber and Rihanna have all dropped in to record at Parr Street Studios too.

In house Parr Street Studios producer Chris Taylor oversees recordings on a daily basis working with the likes of The Coral, She Drew The Gun, Bill Ryder-Jones, Blossoms, Red Rum Club and Clean Cut Kid.

New plans submitted for Liverpool’s Parr Street – credit: Place North West

James Skelly, of The Coral, also uses Parr Street Studios as his base to nurture young talent for his Skeleton Key label.

According to the new plans, the rooftop terrace would be replaced with a two-storey extension taking the building to seven storeys while the ground floor would contain 12,000 sq feet of retail space with the residential and hotel elements above.

Take a tour round Parr Street Studios as Red Rum Club record their new album

The application also states the refurbishment of the Parr Street Studios building would contain 28 hotel rooms and 56 apartments and would be followed by the construction of a new six-storey structure containing 12 apartments and eight hotel rooms at the adjacent number 33.

Red Rum Club at Parr Street Studios – Warren Millar

The final part of phase one would see the existing buildings at 43 to 45 demolished with the construction of an eight-storey building containing a further 24 apartments in its place.

The second phase would see the construction of the final eight-storey block built on the site of demolished warehouse buildings spanning numbers 47 to 55. This block would contain the remaining 22 apartments.

The Sundowners, Skeleton Key Records, and the building of a new Liverpool dynasty

The planner for the project is Mosaic Town Planning, and Architecture JD-Home has drawn up the proposals.

Studio 2 was recently taken over by new management suggesting they hoped to inject new emerging music into the live venue.

During the last year, Studio 2 has seen the likes of John Head, Junior Brother, Richard Dawson and Julia Bardo all take to the stage.

Here’s Getintothis photographs from gigs at Studio 2 and Parr Street during recent years.

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    Rachel Gibson on

    Such an extensive musical history lied in those walls and its a cracking venue and bar. Please don’t let this happen to yet another iconic venue. Treasure what we have instead of more plastic accommodation.

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    Can’t believe it what’s wrong with Liverpool council these places should be preserved not demolished the people in the planning office have no idea it’s all about money not what matters to the city

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    No way can this be allowed to happen. We were uninformed when The Cavern was demolished. How many more apartments does this city need?! We need to hold onto our history and culture. We can stop this!!

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    These are iconic buildings. Archaeological and historical. Come on Council… this is a UNESCO city of music. WTAF!

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