Last Wednesday 2nd February, Robert Elms from BBC London recorded a 2 hour show from The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, West London. It is currently a major redevelopment site for U+I property development company, whose expertise lie in revitalising areas of great former significance. The radio presenter interviewed a range of people who have special connections with the place through the years. A true highlight however was Robert Elms’ impassioned introduction of the project
Spread over a 17acre site, it was built in 1907 and was the headquarters for EMI and His Master’s Voice. This was a major employer, 4000 workers and truly the defining business of the area. It was special. To that end, U+I are committed to a £250million pound mixed-use redevelopment. 642 homes, 750,000sq ft of commercial space, 60,000sq ft of creative office , a pioneering research and design hub – the central research laboratory (CRL) and perhaps even a small music venue! With Crossrails’ introduction, 20minutes to central London
4000 new jobs and the regeneration of an area.
CF Commercial have been appointed as joint retail letting agents — with KLM Property, and leisure letting agents — with Savills.
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You can read the interview here:
“I’d have to say it’s an extraordinary place.
Where I am now, I’d have to say is a building site because this part of London is in transformation. But once this, this was our Silicon Valley
…and the site was the headquarters EMV and His Masters Voice which was the Rolls Royce, the ‘grande dame’ of the music industry. And believe me this place was industrious
This was where records were made. But also where technology was made. It was where stereo was invented. This is where brain scanners were invented. It took part in the war effort. And it is absolutely the home these days of the memorabilia, the memories of British music. And that’s why we’re here
It must have been an amazing place. [The redevelopment] will undoubtedly transform this part of West London”