Coming out of the Hayes…

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.

The Old Vinyl Factory was the home of record label EMI until the mid 1970s where artists such as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Cliff Richard all had their records pressed. The existing buildings form the largest collection of buildings by the famous art deco architects Wallis, Gilbert and Partners.The addition of new residential buildings, a live music venue, a cinema, an energy centre, a museum, restaurants and workspace will re-inject the vitality into the abandoned site.

Richard Upton, chief executive of developers 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.”