“They are willingly putting me out of business” – Leith Recording Company closes its doors today

Watch: Alan Moffat of Leith Recording Company on why he’s packing up the studio

The Leith Recording Company has closed down its music recording studio today due to the uncertain future of its premises.

Business owner and recording engineer Alan Moffat said:

“Emotionally, it was really tough. We built this place up over two years and in two hours it’s all been decommissioned”.

The Leith Recording Company is the latest business to be effected by the proposed demolition and redevelopment of the now famous building on Stead’s Place on lower Leith Walk.

The building has been at the centre of the Save Leith Walk campaign, a community protest movement that has petitioned the City of Edinburgh Council to block the demolition plans.

Drum Property Group, the property development company that owns the building and the land behind it, have submitted an application to knock down the building in order to make way for a block of student flats, a small hotel, shops and restaurants as well as some affordable homes.

Edinburgh university are known to be the preferred clients of the student accommodation block

Leith Recording Company was set up in 2016. As well as recording musicians from around the Edinburgh area, the studio space was also used by the Leith School of Music. Moffat was also involved in running a youth development programme, where primary school aged children would get a chance to record music for the first time.

Moffat says that he asked Drum Property for a rolling, month-to-month contract so he could continue to work until a planning decision had been reached by the council, but that the developers refused such a deal.

Moffat said: “The frustration is that Drum Property don’t have planning permission to do anything at all with this building just now.

“However they’ve refused to give me a month-to-month contract. They are willingly putting me out of business.

“Frankly, I think it’s disgusting.”

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