The designs were shown at the end of last month as part of the public consultation process. The plans ultimately aim to bring forward a major mixed-use development – The Old Vinyl Factory – which embraces the rich musical, cultural and architectural history of the site and brings back into use art deco buildings designed for EMI/HMV by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. The first phase – The Gatefold Building – gained consent in February.
The proposals for the 18-acre former home of EMI and The Gramaphone Company include a cinema, a music museum and restaurant, and five blocks of flats. The five 1920s art deco office blocks on the site would be fully refurbished.
‘The Powerhouse” (pictured) is one of the original buildings. It used to house the generators for the factories dating from 1908. Refurbished, it will provide sustainable heat and electricity for the complex, and double as a live entertainment venue.
The whole complex is intersected by “The Groove”, a winding path paved with classic lyrics from EMI record, which ends at the “Vinyl Square” garden.
A planning application is expected to be submitted in the summer.
If you’re interested in The Old Vinyl Factory, or in hayes Town in general, then attend our free seminar on May 17th – Opportunity Hayes.