Renowned Birmingham music studio Rich Bitch is pushing ahead with its plans to move to a new home in Kings Norton and is set to welcome musicians by the spring.
New plans have been unveiled to convert around 3,500 sq ft of vacant space on Kings Norton Business Centre formerly used as offices by builders' merchants Selco.
The planned move comes as a result of its former home of more than 30 years in Selly Oak being demolished to make way for a new development of student flats.
The site in Bristol Road has provided space for legendary Birmingham bands including Black Sabbath and UB40.
Owner Rob Bruce told the Post he was enjoying a three-month sabbatical from the day-to-day operations as he awaits completion of the new home and was busying himself preparing for a new chapter in the studio's life.
"The landlords have been doing some clearing out of the premises and I can see us moving in very soon, maybe by the end of March if we push them along and get this work done," Mr Bruce said.
"I am in a bit of a state of limbo at the moment but have been doing other things such as looking for and testing new equipment to put in the studios - it's all looking very good at the moment.
"I'm having quite a nice three months off but I'm excited and keen to get started. The new home will be around 3,500 sq ft but I have an option to extend it into 6,000 sq ft.
"Even if I do that, it will still be considerable smaller than the old studios in Selly Oak. Selco was in there for a few years and the landlords have been wanting to do this work anyway."
Mr Bruce founded Rich Bitch in 1983 since when it has played host to famous West Midlands bands and artists such as The Wonder Stuff, Robert Plant, Editors and ELO among many others.
Housed in a former engineering works, the enforced move to make way 267 student bedrooms has been welcomed by Mr Bruce as a perfect opportunity for the studios to downsize.
He added: "It's the end of one era but the start of another one as this lets me create something a lot better.
"The new studio is much smaller - the old one was 20,000 sq ft which was its biggest problem.
"It had a lot of general rooms such as relaxation areas and the rates were horrific, about £30,000 a year, plus it was an old building and very difficult to heat.
"The problem was we were just working to pay the bills and not making any progress."