New homes and jobs at the Old Vinyl Factory
by Marco Cillario Tue 2 February 2016, 5:57 pm
A development scheme will provide Hillingdon with 189 new homes for long-term rent and opportunities for employment and training.
The project is part of a £250 million regeneration project, the Old Vinyl Factory, which is the redevelopment of the site of the former EMI/HMV factory in Hayes, where some records by artists including David Bowie, The Beatles and Queen were pressed until the 1980s.
Housing developer HUB announced on 19 January the details of its purpose-built rental scheme at the site, called The Material Store, while Fizzy Living announced in December that it would forward fund its delivery and hold the apartments for long-term rent.
HUB appointed construction company Interserve to develop the scheme.
The two companies and their subcontractors have committed to working closely with the council to provide a total of 1,600 weeks of employment and training to local residents.
Applicants within the borough will be prioritised for apprenticeships and paid work experience, which will be promoted through local colleges, schools and job centres.
According to the planned programme published in The Old Vinyl Factory website, the Material Store will be completed in 2017.
"The Material Store will be one of the first schemes designed for renters in Hayes, on a site that boasts a colourful history involving some of the Britain’s biggest musical acts, and will soon enjoy all the benefits of a Crossrail connection,” said Steve Sanham, development director at HUB.
In addition to the Material Store, the company will also be delivering the Boiler House, a 54-unit scheme targeted at individual purchasers that will sit next to it.
On a whole, The Old Vinyl Factory will deliver 4,000 new jobs, 630 new homes –including affordable housing, – around 69,677sq m of commercial space, a cinema and restaurant complex, new cafes and shops among landscaped squares and public spaces.