U+I has announced Aspect as the first company to take space in the Record Store at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes.
Aspect, a leading IT software services company, will take the 10,500 sq ft ground floor of the building. The building was previously the original headquarters of EMI.
The art-deco Record Store, owned jointly by U+I and a controlled affiliate of funds managed by Colony NorthStar Inc, was originally designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, who also designed the Hoover Building on the A4. The building is where the masters of every EMI album were pressed, including ones by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The building’s factory floors have now been remastered into 84,000 sq ft of office space by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).
Each of the Record Store’s six storeys has flexible floorplates of up to 15,000 sq ft, offering floor to ceiling heights of over 3.5 metres.
Stephen Ball, SVP Sales Europe & Africa, Aspect said: “It’s a space with a rich cultural heritage, and the refurbishment reflects that inspiring history and also meets the needs of modern business.”
U+I believes heritage is essential to creating a sense of place. Simon Hesketh at U+I said: “We are delighted to be announcing the first letting at the Record Store, a building which has been carefully refurbished to respect the past, whilst offering high quality space for today’s occupier. We look forward to welcoming Aspect into a building which is full of character and history”.
Next door, the Shipping Building is already fully let and home to Air transport technology leaders SITA, wireless hi-fi pioneers Sonos, global IT providers CHAMP Cargosystems and web hosting giants GoDaddy EMEA.
The Central Research Laboratory (CRL), a start-up accelerator and coworking space full of hardware, digital, design and business talent, is also based in the Shipping Building.
The Old Vinyl Factory is close to Hayes and Harlington station, which will have a Crossrail sevice in 2019.