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Mon 30 June 2014, 4:21 pm

The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes is to receive an award of 3 million. The funding was confirmed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on 13 June for Brunel University's Catalyst bid, 'Making the Future'.

The Central Research Laboratory at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes

The bid was submitted through the university’s partnership with Cathedral Group and will enable the development of an innovation centre – the CRL – on the former EMI site. Cathedral Group is providing the building and £7.7m has already been allocated to the project from the Mayor’s office, from a fund to support regeneration schemes and business support initiatives in the capital. 

Councillor Douglas Mills, Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration, said: “With this investment, the aim to bring 4,000 new jobs to Hayes over the next few years is now becoming a reality."

The Central Research Laboratory, due to open in July 2015, is set to create hundreds of jobs in Hayes and provide manufacturing start-ups with technical infrastructure and business services. 

The facility will comprise office and studio accommodation for start-up, early stage and established businesses. A fabrication and prototype production facility will be available to SMEs, Brunel graduates and students, along with those from a consortium of six partner universities. The CLR will also feature a pitch school, exhibition space and cafe.  


In addition to accommodation and facilities, Brunel alumni will have access to investment funding, business and technical mentoring and support, including a focus on sustainable development and international markets.  The CRL will also provide internship, placement, project and recruitment opportunities for our students.

One of the project’s aims is to develop the CRL in west London with the focus on innovative manufacturing, as Tech City does in working with digital businesses in east London.

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