One of the first residential buildings on a £250m mixed-use regeneration project in west London is set for completion by the end of the year.
Representatives from Interserve and developers U+I and Hub gathered last week to mark progress on the Material Store building at The Old Vinyl Factory site in Hayes.
The 7 ha site, the former HQ of record label EMI, will include 550,000 sq ft of commercial space, up to 642 new homes, and leisure facilities including a multiplex cinema.
The Material Store building itself will include 189 PRS apartments, including 26 three-bedroom triplex apartments. PRS specialist Fizzy Living will market the apartments.
During the topping out ceremony last week, Hub’s managing director Steve Sanham said the building was a “statement of intent” and a “benchmark of quality”.
He admitted it had been a “really challenging site” and “kudos” should go to Interserve.
The contractor was chosen early last year to build the second phase of the development.
Interserve senior project manager Peter Lynch added: “It’s been testing times but we’ve been there and done it.”
As part of the project, apprentices have worked on the construction. Hub and Hillingdon council have previously agreed that Interserve must provide 1,600 weeks of employment and training for local residents.
The site, which is 5 km from Heathrow Airport, will also benefit from Crossrail’s arrival at Hayes and Harlington station next year.