First letting at the Record Store in Hayes


Regeneration specialist U+I announces Aspect is the first company to take space in the newly launched Record Store at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes.

Aspect, the 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 and His Master’s Voice and its launch was celebrated at the end of September with a Rock n Roll themed party to commemorate the history of the site.

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 are also known for such design icons as the Hoover Building and Victoria Coach Station. The building is where the masters of every EMI album were pressed, including ground breaking albums by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The building’s vast open-plan factory floors have now been remastered into 84,000 sq ft of high-end office space by award-winning 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. The building’s iconic large factory window’s benefit from extensive natural light with views across The Old Vinyl Factory and Heathrow.

Stephen Ball, SVP Sales Europe & Africa, Aspect said:

“We're incredibly excited to be moving into the Record Store - it's a space with a rich cultural heritage, and the refurbishment reflects that inspiring history and also meets the needs of modern business. Our focus is on adapting our own office space to the delightful architecture of the building, maintaining our brand and market leading position in the customer contact space while drawing on the building's unique qualities. We can't wait for our employees to begin working in this dynamic space.”

Developer of The Old Vinyl Factory, U+I, is an experienced regeneration specialist, that 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”.

Letting Agents for the Record Store are Savills and Cushman & Wakefield. Retail agents are Savills and CF Commercial.

New tenants at the Record Store will be in good company, as 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 Record Store is situated at The Old Vinyl Factory, and Hayes and Harlington station is just a 7 minute walk away, where you can catch a train to London Paddington in under 20 minutes. In 2019, the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) will make the journey from Hayes to Tottenham Court Road possible in 22 minutes, and Heathrow in 5 minutes.

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Editor's notes

The Old Vinyl Factory

The £250 million regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory is creating a place where business, leisure and living can exist in harmony with all mutually flourishing. The Old Vinyl Factory is respectful of its rich musical heritage, but also focused on the future – ready for the arrival of Crossrail with its faster links into London and at the forefront of new ways of working. Set in 180,000 sq. ft. of landscaped public space, the site creates a whole new quarter for Hayes. The original art deco factory buildings designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners were the height of 1930s innovation. Thousands of people worked here for EMI, pressing and packaging vinyl records and making everything from radio sets to bicycles. Today, these renovated buildings offer inspiring multi-purpose workspaces full of atmosphere and history. The Shipping Building is already home to technology firms Sonos and Host and houses an incredible shared hub for makers, inventors and entrepreneurs called The Central Research Laboratory (CRL).

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