Gramo­phone glam­our

NEW £1.2M COM­PLEX MOVES A STEP CLOSER TO RE­AL­ITY

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - By LIAM TRIM [email protected]­plc.com @liamtrim

A NEW com­plex in­clud­ing a three­screen cinema and a live mu­sic venue has moved a step closer to re­al­ity in Hayes.

The Gramo­phone has re­ceived a £1.2 mil­lion fund­ing boost from the Mayor of Lon­don’s Good Growth Fund.

It will be part of The Old Vinyl Factory de­vel­op­ment, on the eight-acre site of the for­mer EMI record plant, where records by The Bea­tles and Pink Floyd were pressed in the past.

While The Old Vinyl Factory will in­clude new homes, restau­rants and shops, the his­tory of the area means many will be most ex­cited by the idea of a new live mu­sic venue on the site.

The Gramo­phone will also in­clude what’s be­ing called an “af­ford­able” cinema, ad­ding to en­ter­tain­ment op­tions in the area. It is in­tended to be a new “cul­tural and creative hub” for Hayes.

As well as the three-screen cinema and live mu­sic venue, in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tions put to­gether with the EMI Archive Trust will be put on at The Gramo­phone, cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of the site.

The Gramo­phone build­ing will re­tain sec­tions of the for­mer press­ing plant. The plant is where grooves were stamped onto heated vinyl, pro­duc­ing mil­lions of records that were shipped around the world with the fa­mous words printed on the sleeve: EMI Records, Hayes, Mid­dle­sex, Eng­land.

Pre­ston Ben­son, the founder of the Re­ally Local Group, which is spear­head­ing The Gramo­phone project, be­lieves the fa­cil­i­ties it will be of­fer­ing are much needed.

Mr Ben­son said: “For decades, the res­i­dents of Hayes and the wider bor­ough of Hilling­don have been un­der­served with re­spect to cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties.

“The Gramo­phone is our op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide an ac­ces­si­ble new home for local com­mu­ni­ties to come to­gether by pro­vid­ing af­ford­able cinema, mu­sic, local food and artist workspace.”

The £1.2m in­jec­tion of cash from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund is cru­cial to The Gramo­phone project go­ing ahead. Mr Ben­son added: “This project wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the vote of con­fi­dence shown by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Hilling­don Coun­cil and the Greater Lon­don Au­thor­ity to make a re­al­ity of our vi­sion.”

Deputy mayor for plan­ning, re­gen­er­a­tion and skills Jules Pipe said: “This is a great ex­am­ple of a project which aims to give Lon­don­ers of all back­grounds the op­por­tu­nity to be ac­tively in­volved in shap­ing how their city de­vel­ops.

“The mayor and I are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing ‘good growth’ by build­ing a city where all Lon­don­ers have ac­cess to the same op­por­tu­ni­ties and I look for­ward to see­ing the pos­i­tive im­pact this project has in the fu­ture.”

It cer­tainly feels like the area is go­ing from strength to strength. Hayes Town is cur­rently see­ing large scale in­vest­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion with hun­dreds of new homes, busi­nesses and ameni­ties at the rest of The Old Vinyl Factory site. The con­nec­tion to the El­iz­a­beth Line, which is due to ar­rive in 2020, will be fur­ther cause for cel­e­bra­tion which could help the area.

The Re­ally Local Group is a busi­ness fo­cused on the re­gen­er­a­tion and re­newal of the UK’s high streets. Founded in 2017, each of its venues brings to­gether cinema, live en­ter­tain­ment and com­mu­nity spa­ces.

The com­pany also claims to in­vest some of its profit back into com­mu­ni­ties through the Re­ally Local Fund.

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Artist’s im­pres­sions of the Old Vinyl Factory de­vel­op­ment

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