Cathedral Group and its joint venture partner Development Securities have been granted planning consent for The Gatefold Building, the first phase of the £250m mixed use redevelopment of The Old Vinyl Factory in Blyth Road, Hayes.
The Gatefold Building is a residential scheme of 132 apartments, designed by Studio Egret West and named after the “gatefold” sleeves of many of EMI’s classic LPs once produced in the old EMI factories on the site. It marks the first stage in the redevelopment of the 18-acre site, acquired by Cathedral and Development Securities last year.
The longer-term vision for The Old Vinyl Factory is to create a mixed-use development 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.
Since acquiring the former London Gate Business Park in 2010 the joint venture has invested £1m in improvements to bring the currently derelict site back to life. It has undertaken a rebranding which pays homage to the site’s past including renaming the existing buildings to reflect their original functions.
It has also opened the Vinyl Canteen, designed by leading exhibition designer and artist, Morag Myerscough, in the only functioning building on site, The Shipping Building, occupied by SITA.
Welcoming the decision, Richard Upton, 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.”
The masterplan consultation will be launched next month.