The Evening Standard has revealed that the London studio where the biggest-selling single in chart history was recorded is to be turned into flats after being sold for £7.5 million.
Townhouse Studios in Shepherd’s Bush was used by Elton in 1997 to record a reworked version of Candle In The Wind, his tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
Others who have worked there include Blur, Coldplay, Pulp, Kylie Minogue, Bryan Ferry, Muse, Oasis and Robbie Williams.
But the site closed in 2008 and the building in Goldhawk Road has been largely empty since then.
Now it has been bought by Irish property company Perpetuum Developments, with planning permission for the studios to be partially demolished and converted into 11 apartments likely to go for sale at up to £2 million. There will be no affordable housing on site.
The sales particulars claim: “Townhouse Studios offers the opportunity to redevelop this exciting landmark site into a luxury, residential-led development in the heart of London.” But local rock historian Adrian Bray said: “It’s sad when our historical heritage slowly slips from view. All the iconic musical venues are disappearing.
“The Townhouse is not a beautiful building and its economic life is clearly over yet it’s significant. The fact is that if the council let Hammersmith Palais disappear without a backward glance, this place didn’t have a chance.”
Planning consent from Hammersmith and Fulham council includes provision for a tiny studio to remain in the basement. But it will only be a fraction of the size of the three state-of-the-art re-cording facilities that have been lost.