Today we learn a “mystery buyer” has put down a 10 percent deposit to keep the studios alive, just a few weeks after a pair of different buyers withdrew their offers — the first one after local residents opposed the developer’s plans to build a housing complex on the site.
Via Sky News:
Gerald Krasner, from joint administrators Begbies Traynor, told Sky News a mystery buyer exchanged contracts with them on Friday and they have received a 10% deposit.
He said the building would continue as studio facilities with all staff jobs secured.
Colin Firth, Sir Paul McCartney and Steven Spielberg all backed the campaign to save the studios
A statement released by Begbies Traynor added: “It is envisaged that completion will take place later this year.
“At this stage, the purchaser wishes to remain anonymous and further details will be released after completion.”
Staff at studios say they are “delighted” at the news but Maria Walker, who started the petition to save the studios, is wary.
She told Sky News: “I am cautiously optimistic because we don’t know who the buyer is. If it is genuine then it is great news but we do have our concerns.”