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.
Client: Cathedral group, U+I Plc
Team: Daniel Charny, Dee Halligan, Nat Hunter, James Tooze.
Categories: Research and strategy, Creative programmes
WHAT WE DO
We’ve curated exhibitions, delivered activity programmes and publications, and shaped the purpose and identity of the organisations and institutions that house them.
Facing uncertain futures, we’ve been speculating about cities and high streets, museums and shops, communities, work and education.
We’ve designed workshops and facilitated conversations, enabling big, complex and/or diverse groups of people articulate and shape their ideas
We create tools, formats and programmes, that motivate and inspire learners to unlock their potential and shift their horizons