Tall or­der for lit­tle Nip­per

GI­ANT STATUE OF HMV DOG SET TO BE UN­VEILED AT OLD VINYL FAC­TORY

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

A GI­GAN­TIC statue of Nip­per the dog is set to be un­veiled in Hayes as the lat­est build­ing in The Old Vinyl Fac­tory opens.

The fa­mous dog, which has been used on the logo for HMV and was im­mor­talised in the paint­ing His Mas­ter’s Voice, was used by var­i­ous record com­pa­nies across the world.

The 5.5m statue was un­veiled on Fri­day at a car­ni­val held to cel­e­brate the open­ing of The Record Store at The Old Vinyl Fac­tory.

For­merly the build­ing where all the mas­ters for EMI records were pressed, the his­toric Art Deco build­ing has been con­verted to a six-storey of­fice build­ing.

HMV, which uses Nip­per on its logo, was owned by EMI un­til 2002.

The build­ing is part of the £250m re­gen­er­a­tion of the for­mer EMI record fac­to­ries in Hayes which in­cludes liv­ing, work­ing and leisure space.

The site is also home to the Global Academy, where stu­dents can learn for a ca­reer in the me­dia.

The orig­i­nal build­ing was de­signed by the same architects re­spon­si­ble for The Hoover Build­ing in Perivale and Vic­to­ria Coach Sta­tion, some of Lon­don’s finest ex­am­ples of Art Deco ar­chi­tec­ture. It has been ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated and re­fit­ted by architects All­ford Hall Mon­aghan Mor­ris.

The de­vel­op­ment is be­ing over­seen by U+I which was also re­spon­si­ble for re­gen­er­at­ing 11 acres of rail­way yard near Padding­ton sta­tion known as Padding­ton Cen­tral.

The Old Vinyl Fac­tory will take ad­van­tage of Cross­rail ser­vices which are due to start op­er­at­ing from nearby Hayes & Har­ling­ton sta­tion in 2019.

Com­muters will be able to catch an El­iz­a­beth Line train from the sta­tion to Tot­ten­ham Court Road in 22 min­utes when the ser­vice is fully up and run­ning, while Heathrow will be five min­utes away.

The launch cel­e­bra­tion for The Record Store build­ing in­clud­ing rides, stalls, food and drink, live mu­sic, a vinyl mar­ket and more as well as the grand un­veil­ing of Nip­per.

Richard Up­ton, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive for the de­vel­op­ers said: “At U+I we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to cre­ate things that are rel­e­vant, dis­tinc­tive and lo­cal. Good de­vel­op­ment de­mol­ishes bar­ri­ers and makes things bet­ter for every­one.

“What fas­ci­nated us was the po­ten­tial of his­tory at The Old Vinyl Fac­tory and that had been missed by other de­vel­op­ers.

“We did our re­search over many months and planned 650 homes an­chored around a cen­tral street and beau­ti­ful squares, 600,000 sq ft of of­fices, that is, some 6,000 jobs.

“We made a prom­ise to the coun­cil Greater Lon­don Author­ity to bring back 4,000 jobs and make it an amaz­ing place to work.”

Nip­per is the global icon of HMV, which was based at EMI in Hayes – now a 5.5m statue of him has been un­veiled at The Old Vinyl Fac­tory de­vel­op­ment

The Old Vinyl Fac­tory ‘brand­ing’ on The Ship­ping Build­ing in Hayes

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