20 Oct 2014
Green light for KDA landscape design at Gatefold Building Hayes
Keary Design Associates have been working on the landscape plan for the impressive Gatefold Building Hayes, alongside Wilmott Dixon’s private rented sector business, be:here and Frank Reynolds Architects. The KDA team have been providing landscape designs and plans for the building and the surrounding open space. The building is the first of the schemes on-site to proceed from planning as part of the transformation of The Old Vinyl Factory at Hayes, Middlesex.
The Gatefold Building Hayes is to the east of the 17 acre site and construction started early in 2014. The complex will consist of 132 homes, workshops, a cafe and community space with a further 500 homes proposed in the masterplan. The landscape designs and soft landscaping schemes will also dovetail into a phased programme. This includes new public squares, streets and play spaces as well as the landscaping for new and renovated commercial buildings.
The ground floor includes a play area and garden within the open atrium, visible from all 5 floors within the central courtyard of the building. On the 1st floor there are raised beds, containers and a communal open space with raised rear gardens for each of the privately-rented apartments. This is continued on the 5th floor with planted containers, seating and attractive paved areas, accessible by all.
The Old Vinyl Factory site was originally owned by The Gramophone and Typewriter Company, which eventually became EMI and HMV. The plant became the centre of the world’s vinyl record production. In its’ heyday in the 1960s, 22,000 people worked there on a 150-acre site.