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Abbey Road to add new studios, announces new MD

By | Published on Thursday 9 October 2014

Abbey Road Studios

Universal Music has announced new expansion plans for Abbey Road Studios – the major, of course, having taken control of the recording complex with its 2012 acquisition of EMI.

Under the guidance of new Managing Director Isabel Garvey, who replaces Jonathan Smith, three new recording and mixing spaces are to be built. Two new studios are to be designed with a view to attracting more new artists, while a Dolby Atmos suite will be constructed to help boost Abbey Road’s film score business.

There will also be further development of the company’s e-commerce and merchandising sidelines. Good news for all you people who enjoy getting that Cluedo-like Abbey Road board game out every Christmas. The sturdy box really does make it the perfect tray to carry the turkey in on.

Says Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph: “Abbey Road has a history of innovation. By investing in the latest technology alongside the creation of the new studios and exploring fresh avenues for growing the business – while preserving the incredible heritage of Studios One, Two and Three – our plans will ensure Abbey Road continues to be the world’s greatest recording studio”.

Meanwhile, Garvey adds: “Abbey Road is steeped in the most incredible history but it also has an exciting future in front of it. World-class sound recording will always be the studios’ core business but there is huge potential for growth and diversification. Getting the chance to help realise this potential, while cherishing the studios’ heritage and reputation, is genuinely a dream job”.

Garvey was previously head of digital media consultancy Georgestown, following on from senior marketing roles at Warner Music and EMI.