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moving their Studio to Britain...
U2 frontman Bono launched a competition
yesterday to design a tower that will overlook Dublin's
Docklands and house the legendary band's new studios.
Irish rockers are preparing to move to a new recording
studio at the top two floors of the proposed 60m tower
at the estuary of the River Liffey.
at new Studio Site
The new Britain Quay site is around the corner
from U2's present studio, which they were unable to
save at a planning hearing in January.
at the competition launch in Dublin Bono said the
group would miss its Hanover Quay studio, which
the band has used since 1980.
at new Studio Site
very hard to quantify or value what that studio that
we have been working in for the last years means to
us," he said. "There isn't really a price
you can put on it and whatever the Dublin Docklands
Authority offer us it's not going to be enough, I
can tell you that."
said the studio, on the Grand Canal Dock, was
an extraordinary place to work and was featured on
art work of one of the Dublin band's album covers.
of the things I'm going to personally miss is where
we are right now, we're right on the water and the
Grand Canal Dock is very still. And I can tell you,
things get very rough when U2 make a record, there's
a lot of passion and a lot of disputes. And just the
energy of making a record is such that we really appreciate
the stillness of the Grand Canal Dock. I don't really
want to be at the top of the building and stuck inside."
originally objected to plans for the development of
the docklands. The bid to save its current studio
was however lost when the Irish planning board upheld
its original plans at a hearing, and their compulsory
purchase order was confirmed.
Bono said that although the new building was not the
best thing for U2 it was the best thing for Dublin
itself. "The new Dublin's something I'm very
excited about," he said.
Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA)
is now seeking designs from architects worldwide and
said the new tower could be completed within around
Peter Coyne of the DDDA said the tower would
be located on a magnificent corner of the river. "We're
hugely excited that U2 are staying in the area,"
he said. "They're very closely associated with
the area and they add value in the broadest sense
to the whole area, and they're part of the energy
that if it wasn't already there we would be trying
U2 will nominate a band member to sit on the jury
examining architects' proposals for the tower.