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Tickle Audio Hire to vacate Old Dairy after £4.95m sale

North London premises sold to property developer, but Tickle founders plan to relocate

Jerry Evans and Tad Barker, co-founders of the ‘Tickle’ equipment hire outfit (now Tickle Audio Hire) have sold their business premises to a property developer. The Old Dairy complex in Queen’s Park, London, where Tickle has been based for the last 20 years, has been sold on behalf of the partnership by global property advisor Colliers International to Westminster Housing Association for £4,950,000 (freehold).

“We held on longer than most,” Evans told PSNEurope, reflecting on the number of studios sold for residential redevelopment in the last few years, “but the pressure to sell got too much.”

The Old Dairy is a “10,500sqft complex comprises of a selection of attractive brick built buildings set across 0.24 acres (0.1 hectares), including two residential apartments and 12 parking spaces” according to a press release issued by Colliers (who also supplied the picture, top); it has already “experienced high levels of interest from a number of parties”.

“We have 13 rooms here,” detailed Evans. “We gave everyone loads of notice and have tried to help everyone find somewhere else to go.” MPG and Brit Award-winning producer duo Flood and Alan Moulder used to have a room on the premises, where they wrote and worked with U2, among others.

Evans said that Beethoven Street Studios, also owned by him and Barker and just down the road from Tickle, had been lying empty since Paul Epworth left to take up residence at the Church in Crouch End – until Mark Ralph’s recent arrival. Picking up a seven-year lease, producer Ralph (Clean Bandit, Hot Chip) has reinvigorated the SSL room and is planning further production rooms at the site.

Evans noted that he and Barker had leased the property back from the new owner until December, while they look at “options and property”.

“At this point,” he added, “we have every intention of continuing Tickle Audio Hire.”

(Also pictured: one of Evan’s early publicity shots for Tickle’s microphone range.)