Central Research Labs for U+I Plc, finding purpose on the periphery of London2019-09-04T19:03:46+00:00

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Central Research Laboratory at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes

U+I Plc are a developer with vision and ambition, but even they weren’t sure what to do to anchor the 19 hectare site that was the old EMI factory in Hayes, West London.

We were asked to find a compelling proposition and build support for it through our networks. Rather than the generic route of a co-working and community space, we arrived at a concept for the Central Research Labs, a pro-makerspace and startup accelerator full of hardware, digital, design and business talent. Drawing on the sites heritage of innovation and manufacturing while introducing 21st digital fabrication, and tethering it to local education partners it found favour not just with the developers but with a range of funding partners. Daniel became Founding Director, and we stayed involved through the initiation and operationalisation of the site, including the appointment of a CEO.

Project details

Year: 2104
Client: Cathedral group, U+I Plc
Team: Daniel Charny, Dee Halligan, Nat Hunter, James Tooze.
Categories: Research and strategy, Creative programmes

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