Parr Street Studios Kempston Street
The building was most recently used as a place of worship

New home lined up for Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios 

Dan Whelan

The recording studio is to relocate to Islington after plans to convert an industrial unit on Kempston Street in the city’s Ropewalks district were approved.

The studio’s relocation paves the way for its former home to be redeveloped into apartments under proposals lodged by a company called Rooftop Property.

The 3,400 sq ft building, close to the Royal Liverpool Hospital, is a two-storey former warehouse, most recently used as a place of worship. 

Rooftop Property’s directors include Chris Taylor and Rich Turvey, who run Parr Street Studios, as well as James Skelly, frontman of The Coral. 

Under Rooftop’s proposals, the building would feature several recording and production studios across two floors, as well as a kitchen, canteen, and meeting room. 

Skelly’s record label, Skeleton Key, operates out of Parr Street Studios.

Last April, developer PJ Percival Construction lodged plans to convert 33-55 Parr Street into a hotel, 114 apartments and 12,000 sq ft of retail space. 

News of the development sparked anger on social media among members of the public who objected to Parr Street Studios having to relocate.

The plans have not yet been approved by Liverpool City Council.

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

Parr Street Studios has played host to a number of high-profile artists including Black Sabbath, Bjork and Justin Bieber. 

Parr Street Apartments

Plans for the redevelopment of 33-55 Parr Street are yet to be approved

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Great that the business is being retained, but such a shame its forced to move out of its home that’s seen many big names record from, losing a piece of history in the process :(

By Slip

Sound!

By Just saying.

A great addition to the Fabric District. I just hope LCC learned some lessons from the redevelopment of the Baltic Triangle area.

By Anonymous

The Ropewalks area is now sufficiently established that the proposed use of the site is acceptable. Moving to the fabric district can hopefully serve to generate a buzz in that part of the city that can serve encourage similar uses. I think an independent clothing market should be encouraged in the fabric district also.

By Oscar

The Fabric District is well connected for transport with Lime Street round the corner. I hope they’re buying a freehold… This area’s gonna get busier. It’s in the edge of the Knowledge Quarter with the School of Tropical Medicine also round the corner. Coldplay recorded a lot at Parr Street too. The piano there is the one you hear on the intro to clocks.

By Liverpolitan

Such as shame that it is moving out of the city – hopefully the Fabric area will be a massive success and be as vibrant an area as the Parr St location. I shall miss the little bar up the lethal steps! Many a good night had in there!

By Lizzy Baggot

@Lizzy they are not moving out of the City – they are still in the City centre different location – Fabric District

By Richard