Studio Egret West has completed the first residential phase of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes


The Boiler House offers 54 studio apartments and one- and two-bedroom flats behind a stainless-steel shingle facade on the 17-acre former EMI records site, now rebranded as The Old Vinyl Factory.

The building’s  cross-laminated timber structure is said to have broken new ground for this type of construction, and carries environmental and thermal benefits.


The Boiler House also offers roof top allotments for residents to grow their own vegetables and plants. Two ground-floor retail units are placed on either side of the bright and colourful entrance lobbies.


Lucas Lawrence, Director at Studio Egret West, said: “The Boiler House reflects the unusual form of the steam chimney that once served the EMI Factory, the birthplace of so much influential music. The cluster of tapered volumes use a metal cladding that is inspired by the original industrial structures”.


The £250m Old Vinyl Factory masterplan is a mixed‐use regeneration project which once completed will include up to 642 homes, 550,000 square metres of commercial space, leisure facilities and extensive new public realm.

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Studio Egret West

Main contractor
Henry Construction
Cathedral Group