When you think of the town of Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon, you might not automatically think of it as an office destination, owing to its industrial heritage.
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it became home to many an industrial occupier, with factories springing up throughout the area, including the Old Vinyl Factory where the Beatles’ albums were manufactured.
Over the years, several leading industrial occupiers have called it home – from Nestlé and Heinz to United Biscuits.
But what of its office reputation? Could Hayes become the perfect business location for those seeking a move out of London in favour of a more cost-effective destination?
Agency Partner, Maria Hoadley, explores its exciting potential, with The Record Store building at the Old Vinyl Factory starting to make noise in the office market.
There are changes afoot in Hayes and it is an exciting time for this Middlesex town, which is in the throes of a renaissance.
A multi-million-pound mixed-use regeneration scheme, the redevelopment of the Central Research Laboratory where scientists and inventors pioneered innovations such as stereo sound and airborne radar, and the expansion of the Powerhouse, together with the refurbishment of The Record Store, is creating a unique business community in Hayes, which stands on the shoulders of its innovative past.
There are over 500 buildings in and around Hayes with lease events in 2023, spanning some 2.5m sq ft of office space.
This, together with the continued desire to get workforces back into the office, creates a significant opportunity for Hayes, as a potential business location – and here’s why.