The Boiler House, London, United Kingdom

Friday 15 Jun 2018
Credit: Jack Hobhouse

Architects: Studio Egret West

Creating a spin at The Old Vinyl Factory

The Boiler House, an innovative 54-home cross-laminated timber building designed by Studio Egret West in The Old Vinyl Factory regeneration project in Hayes, UK, has completed

Designed by Studio Egret West and built by Henry Construction, The Boiler House provides 54 stylish studio, one- and two-bed for-sale homes, with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek kitchens and spacious balconies.

The building’s distinctive stainless-steel shingle façade and bright orange staircase cover a cross-laminated timber structure – this provides a range of environmental and thermal benefits, as well as enabling an ultra-efficient construction process.

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 colorful entrance lobbies.    

With prices starting from £270,000, many of the units at The Boiler House have been available through London Help to Buy. Located a short walk from the new Hayes & Harlington Elizabeth Line station, which will provide 20 minute journeys into central London, the homes have proven very popular with buyers, with over 80% sold prior to completion and only a handful now remaining.

HUB and Bridges are jointly developing a number of lower-cost housing developments across Greater London, in line with Bridges’ focus on investing in emerging locations. Altogether the separate projects could deliver over 1,500 homes with a combined value of over £500m. The Boiler House is the first of these projects to reach completion.

Steve Sanham, Managing Director at HUB said: “We’re really excited to complete this unique scheme in Hayes – a rapidly evolving and well-connected part of west London, and a great location to live and work. As the first for-sales homes to complete as part of the Old Vinyl Factory, this is also a real milestone for the wider regeneration site. The Boiler House is exactly what we aim to deliver with all of our schemes: environmentally responsible, attainable homes for local people, designed and finished to a high specification.” 

Simon Ringer, Partner and Head of Property Funds at Bridges Fund Management, said: “London desperately needs more high-quality, lower-cost housing to meet the needs of its ever-growing population. The projects we are developing with HUB in underserved areas of London draw on the latest sustainable design and construction techniques. It is great to see the first of these innovative projects reach completion, and we look forward to welcoming the first residents into The Boiler House.”

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 along with a sustainable cross laminated timber structure that has broken new ground for this type of construction.

We are delighted that this first residential building of the new neighbourhood is being so well received by the residents and thank HUB for their commitment to delivering such a high quality and distinctive building.”

Led by U+I, the £250 million Old Vinyl Factory masterplan is a mixed-use regeneration project on the 17-acre former EMI site, which made records for a variety of big names in British Rock n’ Roll until the late 1970s. Once completed, the redevelopment will include up to 642 homes, 550,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, leisure facilities and extensive new public realm.

The Old Vinyl Factory will also be home to HUB and Bridges’ Material Store – 189 PRS apartments for rent managed by Fizzy Living – which is due to be completed next month.

The Modern House is the agent for The Boiler House.

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