Sealand Recording Studio
The studio and gig space is based away from the city centre on a trade park. Credit: planning documents

All-clear for Chester recording studio

Neil Tague

A former plumbing supplies warehouse on Hartford Way is to be converted into a studio and events space.

The site sits on the Sealand Industrial Estate. It houses a 9,400 sq ft warehouse, which has been unused for some years.

Applicant Adhoc Worldwide, advised by Pinnacle Planning, submitted a change of use application in April this year for the site. Last week, that application was approved by Cheshire West & Chester Council.

The project involves the conversion of the warehouse’s existing office space into four recording rooms, two rehearsal rooms and an office

The ancillary events apace could host two events a week of up to 100 people each, largely linked to promoting the recording space through live music – the nearest homes are 500m away – although it is also hoped that art exhibitions and fashion shows would be hosted.

Pinnacle’s planning statement said: “The vision for the studios is to create a state of the art facility which rivals anything in the North West.

“There is nothing of its type in the Chester area, and it would be available to encourage people of all ages and abilities to develop skills in music production. It is also proposed to offer in-depth courses in production, as well as instrument practise rooms to hire.”

Adhoc is Chester-based. Also on the professional tram are Egg Transport Planning and civil engineer SJM Solutions.

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