The Old Vinyl Factory
With our joint venture partners, Development Securities plc, we acquired the 17-acre London Gate business park in Hayes, Middlesex in April 2011. Our 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 jobs and a whole new life to an area of Hayes that badly needs it. Our mission was given a huge boost in October 2013, with the announcement of an intention on the part of The Mayor of London to invest £7.7m in our site to build the Central Research Laboratory, the UK’s first full-service incubator for hi-tech manufacturing entrepreneurs. We will be partnering with Brunel University and a host of other international organisations to deliver an 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.
One building on site (The Shipping Building, below) is part-occupied with space available to let immediately.
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 Record Store, soon to be the Central Research Laboratory.
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…
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.
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 cafe and community space.
The Gatefold Building
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, providing new homes, and The Cabinet Building, contemporary commercial space and The Picturehouse.
View of the Cabinet Building and landscaped gardens.
View through to the Record Store flanked by the The Material Store and The Machine Store.
The view through to The Powerhouse.
The Powerhouse, the sites heat providing, energy centre.
An aerial view of the masterplan and in model form.Back to top Back to home page