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Venue Address Delaware Road
London W9 2LG

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The early 1930s saw the BBC searching for space to accommodate for the full BBC Symphony Orchestra. The potential of the former Maida Vale Roller Skating Palace on Delaware Road was spotted and over a 15 month period one hundred men reduced the building to a shell and reconstructed it. The Maida Vale studios, now the BBC's principal musical home, opened in 1934 with five studios and the most modern broadcasting facilities available. On 16 October 1934 the BBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast its first concert from the new centre.

During the Second World War the government made plans to ensure that information channels were adequately protected - including the BBCs Maida Vale studios. The studios were also used for making programmes for Europe via the erstwhile commercial Radio Normandie.

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