Strawberry Studios Case Study

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Strawberry Studios, a stones throw from the TPi office in Stockport, and one of the few UK recording spaces outside of the nations capital, opened its doors for a year-long 50th anniversary tour, and open-days featuring a range of original recording fixtures at Mondiale Publishing.

Since its inception in early 1968, Strawberry Studios has been the recording space for a range of big names, such as Paul McCartney, Neil Sedaka, and the Stone Roses, to name but a few of the artists, who recorded at the landmark studio before its 1993 closure.

Fast-forward 14 years, the four-storey building was granted legendary status when it was honoured with a blue heritage plaque, in recognition of its local importance, and subsequently published by Mondiale
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Among the contributors was commercial sponsorship from the Vernon Building Society, Buildbase, Backtrax Music, Grange Products, Paramount Embroidery Mick Spratt (original founder of Wigwam Acoustics), and Mondiale Publishing.

Hewitt suggested placing some vintage Strawberry equipment in the space, now housed as an office space for Mondiale Publishing’s various magazine titles, including TPi. Mondiale Chairman Damian Walsh granted access to a large section of the ground floor of the Waterloo Road building, throughout the week and weekends of September for open days.

A small band of volunteers arrived at Strawberry Studios on 2 September 2017, faced with a large open-plan floor area, featuring the iconic original window situated between the control room and studio area.

The team constructed a wooden frame to house the recreation of the control room, based on photos and the memories of former employees of the studio.
After constructing the frame, wooden boards covered with appropriate wallpaper were placed on the walls and ceiling, with spotlights added at various points to give a subdued lighting

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