The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes

With our joint venture partners, Development Securities Plc, we acquired the 17-acre London Gate business park in Hayes, Middlesex in April 2011. The resulting development is a complex, mixed-use masterplan for a radical £250m redevelopment of the site that pays homage to its important history. Studio Egret West are our masterplanners and lead architect working as part of an award-winning creative team with Duggan Morris Associates and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.


We were granted planning consent in April 2013 and since then we’ve been getting stuck in to our mission – to bring 4,000 badly needed jobs back to Hayes. We are working in partnership with Brunel University and a host of other international organisations to deliver this amazing facility inspired by the extraordinary industrial innovation heritage of our site – the place where stereo, airborne radar, television and CAT scanners were developed.

The site was originally acquired at the turn of the 20th Century by the Gramophone and Typewriter Company, which eventually became EMI, as a home for His Masters Voice. Over the ensuing decades, the plant became the centre of the world’s vinyl record production, pressing records for everyone from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.  At the height of its operations in the 1960s 22,000 people worked there on a 150-acre site.

We believe that this site is part of the magic of the UK’s industrial and architectural history, but it has been hidden and forgotten for decades.  It’s time for a new approach to the bland and tired business parks West of London. We’re going to uncover and celebrate the unique heritage of this place and offer something different to the innovative international companies whose investment is critical to London’s economy. 


Contracts were exchanged with HUB in July 2014 for the development of 213 new homes at The Old Vinyl Factory. The £8m deal is now complete. The specialist London-based, mid-market residential developer, was incubated by the founders of Squarestone – Tim Barlow and Robert Sloss. Hub has now begun work with existing TOVF masterplanners Studio Egret West on the Boiler House and Duggan Morris Architects on the Material Store. Start on site is planned for early next year. HUB share our vision for this significant part of London’s history and will bring their strong track record as serial real estate entrepreneurs to the scheme, delivering much needed high quality homes to Hayes.

The Shipping Building, above, is part-occupied with space available to let immediately. [For enquiries contact Ben Rodgers at Cathedral Group on 02079390800]

Many of the empty and semi-derelict buildings were designed to be the home EMI’s global manufacturing business by the famous British Art Deco architects Wallis, Gilbert & Partners who were responsible for the iconic Hoover Building in Perivale, the Firestone Factory in Brentford and Victoria Coach Station.

The Powerhouse

The Record Store, soon to be the Central Research Laboratory.


Artists impression of the Central Research Laboratory

The award-winning Gatefold Building, at the east end of the site, is the first phase of the wider masterplan. It received planning permission from London Borough of Hillingdon in February 2012 and in December 2013 contracts were completed by the investors and builders Willmot Dixon’s private rented sector business be:here. This means construction can begin on site in the New Year. The Gatefold Building offers 132 new homes, offices, workshop units for start-up businesses, a new café and community space.

Our work on-site started early with a complete re-brand of the current site as The Old Vinyl Factory.

We opened a new canteen in The Shipping Building, The Vinyl Canteen, for the staff who work there.

We stuck 1000 7″ singles onto the wall…

And added a swathe of sunshine yellow and a whole lot of Rock n’ Roll

Branded bicycles are in reception for the staff to use to cycle into town in their lunch hours.

The Exhibition Made in Hayes is in the gallery in The Shipping Building. As well as large scale historical photographs of the site, there are also three sheds in the gallery space, each one presenting a different aspect of the site’s heritage; Place & Community, Music & Culture and Technology & Innovation. They tell the story of the history of the site and explain its industrial, cultural and musical significance, not just to Hayes, but to the UK as a whole. Specially sourced artifacts, pictures and other memorabilia have been kindly loaned by the EMI archive and its curator Joanna Hughes.

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Our masterplan for the site will transform The Old Vinyl Factory into a thriving new mixed-use neighbourhood for Hayes with beautiful streets, squares and public places, over 630 new homes including affordable housing, a restaurant complex, new cafes and shops along a new pedestrian walkway (which we’re calling The Groove) connecting Hayes town centre to the site.

The view looking towards The Veneer Building


The Picturehouse

Vinyl Square

View of the scale model showing the Cabinet Building and landscaped gardens.

View of The Groove through to the Record Store flanked by the The Material Store and The Machine Store

The view through to The Powerhouse

CGI view of the Powerhouse

View of the scale model showing The Powerhouse which will provide energy and heat to the site

Aerial CGI view of completed scheme

An aerial view of the masterplan in model form

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