LONDON — Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles recorded most of their songs, have been listed as protected buildings by English Heritage, which noted the site’s contribution to music and culture.

”Listing ensures that the architectural and historic interests of the building is carefully considered before any alterations, either outside or inside, are agreed,” according to English Heritage’s Web site.

English Heritage is a public body with legal powers to protect the historic environment.

The listing comes days after public outcry over media reports that owner EMI Group Plc would sell the site to cut debt. Fans took to Facebook and Twitter pages of a U.K. charity urging it to save the studios. EMI later said on Feb. 21 it would not sell Abbey Road and would instead seek investors.

EMI said in a statement Tuesday it welcomed the decision by English Heritage to list the studios.