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AHMM, Duggan Morris and Egret West scoop planning for Old Vinyl Factory revamp

Studio Egret West, AHMM and Duggan Morris have won planning permission for the £250 million redevelopment of the former EMI record factory in Hayes, west London

As well as masterplanning the site, Studio Egret West are designing the Gatefold Building, the Boiler House, the Power House, the Picture House, the Assembly Buildings, the Veneer Building, the Veneer Store and the Record Stack.

Meanwhile AHMM is overseeing the overhaul of the Cabinet Building and Duggan Morris are working on the Material Store, Machine Store and Pressing Plant.

Local authority Hillingdon Council resolved to grant planning permission for the 600-home development last night (29 November).

Located on Blyth Road, the project is expected to provide up to 4,000 jobs over the coming years.

The scheme also includes bars, restaurants, community facilities and a multi-screen cinema on the nearby Hyde Park business park.

Council cabinet member for communities, commerce and regeneration Richard Mills said it was ‘a great night for Hayes, and a real example of the council and partners working together for the benefit of local residents.’

He added: ‘The planning approvals present a great opportunity for Hayes and should act as a catalyst for further developments.’

 

Previous story (07.08.12)

Masterplan revealed for £250m overhaul of old EMI factory

Studio Egret West, AHMM and Duggan Morris Architects have submitted an outline masterplan for the £250 million redevelopment of the former EMI record factory in Hayes, west London

Back in February, Studio Egret West bagged permission for the first phase of the overhaul of the ‘unloved and misunderstood’ 1927 Art Deco complex - the 132 flat Gatefold Building (see below).

Now developers Cathedral Group and Development Securities - acting as a joint venture under the Purplexed banner - have revealed their wider plans for the The Old Vinyl Factory which includes 57,500m² of office, more than 85 per cent of which will be housed in existing buildings.

The home of record label EMI until the mid-1970s, the buildings on the seven-hectare site were designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners – the architects of the Grade II*-listed Hoover Building in Perivale – but are now largely abandoned.

Other proposals include a multiplex cinema, restaurants, a museum and a new largely pedestrian route – ‘The Groove’ – which will cross the site from east to west, linking Hayes’ town centre with Dawley Road.

There are also plans for another 500 new homes.

Richard Upton, chief executive of Cathedral Group, said: ‘Since acquiring this largely misunderstood site in early 2011, Cathedral Group and Development Securities have relished rediscovering its past, recognising the contribution it has made to Britain’s cultural heritage and building a vision for its future.

‘Already, inspired by what we found there, we have built a temporary museum, an organic café for the existing tenants and a Vinyl Lounge performance and cultural space, all within six months.

He added: ‘First and foremost we are place-makers who revel in working with local authorities to create beautifully designed regeneration schemes that foster huge economic growth potential.’

Construction will begin on the Gatefold Building later this year.

SEW's Gatefold building at the old EMI factory

SEW’s Gatefold building at the old EMI factory

Previous story (AJ 16.02.2012)

On track: first scheme approved at old EMI factory

Studio Egret West has won planning permission for the first phase of the £250 million redevelopment of the former EMI record factory in Hayes, west London

The 132 flat Gatefold Building marks the beginning of Cathedral Group and Development Securities’ wider plans for the ‘unloved and misunderstood’ 1927 Art Deco complex.

The home of record label EMI until the mid-1970s, the buildings on the seven-hectare site were designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners – the architects of the Grade II*-listed Hoover Building in Perivale – but are now largely abandoned.

Studio Egret West’s project, which replaces an earlier consent secured by previous owners for homes on part of the huge site, will be followed by designs by AHMM and Duggan Morris.

AHMM is currently looking at how to re-use the existing Cabinet Building while Duggan Morris is drawing up plans to overhaul the The Pressing Plant block and a future phase of homes.

The overall masterplan is being drafted by Studio Egret West and will go out to consultation next month (March 2012).

Richard Upton, the chief executive of Cathedral Group, said: ‘The Gatefold Building marks an important step in the journey that will see the transformation of this site into an active, dynamic generator of new jobs, homes and cultural facilities for the people of Hayes.

‘We look forward to working closely with the Council in the months ahead, as we prepare our masterplan application for the rest of the site.’

Previous story (AJ 04.11.11)

Three practices win EMI factory revamp

Studio Egret West, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Duggan Morris Architects have been appointed to undertake the £250 million redevelopment of the former EMI record factory in Hayes, west London

Backed by the Cathedral Group and Development Securities, the scheme will convert the ‘unloved and misunderstood’ 1927 Art Deco complex into an office, residential and leisure development.

The home of record label EMI until the mid-1970s, the buildings on the seven-hectare site were designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners – the architects of the Grade II*-listed Hoover Building in Perivale – but are now largely abandoned.

It is understood Studio Egret West is working on the masterplan, with Duggan Morris looking at the housing and AHMM focusing on refurbishing the original structures.

Describing the scheme, which has been branded ‘The Old Vinyl Factory’, Cathedral Group’s chief executive Richard Upton said: ‘We’re going to uncover and celebrate the unique heritage of this place, and offer something different to the international companies whose investment is critical to London’s economy.’

‘It’s time for a new approach to the bland and tired business parks west of London.’

A masterplan application is due to be submitted in spring next year. However, as part of a first phase of investment in the factory, graphic designer Morag Myerscough has already completed a new café - The Vinyl Canteen - in the only partially occupied building left on the site, the Shipping Building.

The Beatle Rubber Soul in final stages of production at The Old Vinyl Factory Nov 1965

The Beatle Rubber Soul in final stages of production at The Old Vinyl Factory Nov 1965

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