After 6 weeks of work; painting, cleaning, and re-equipping, The Harnham Bunker is ready to be reborn as The Underground Studios.
The team behind the project, Alex Mobaraki, Naomi Payne and Andy Munns have taken the former communications bunker back to a blank canvas and have now breathed new life back into the building.
The 1500 square foot underground building now boasts facilities including a live room which is set up to record both music and TV, an audio production suite to create radio, podcasts and record vocals for music. There is also space for music practice, creating animation or photography as well as all the equipment necessary to learn and develop skills.
Alex, a director of The Underground Studios said: “We can’t wait to open our doors and have lots of young people in here expressing themselves creatively and making the most of what we have brought into the place. The support we have had locally has been amazing. We have not only been backed by both local councils but by local businesses too”.
It’s important to the organisation to build lasting beneficial relationships with all kinds of groups in the local area, relationships which will benefit the young people who come into the space.
Naomi Payne added: “We have been blown away by the support from local businesses. We are lucky in Salisbury to have some world-leading companies. One great example is Chord Company who are based in Amesbury. They are supplying us with loads of cables so that when kids plug in their instruments, mics or cameras, they are plugging in with some of the best cables money can buy.”
Now that the work to renovate The Bunker is complete, the team are excited to open its doors and welcome young people into the space again. They plan to launch The Underground Studios in the coming weeks with a series of events giving people the opportunity to go and see the facilities available and find out about the afterschool and weekend sessions.
The building will be running events and open days from Friday the 3rd of December and plan to launch the afterschool programme at the beginning of January 2022.
Andy Munns said: “It’s amazing that we can now invite young people and their families back to The Bunker, see what we have done and find out about what we have on offer. Whether it’s music, media or some of the other creative activities we have going on.”
For all the information and to reserve a place, please visit their website – https://theundergroundstudios.co.uk