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We took a stroll around Hayes with U+I's development manager, Rebecca Selby, to pick her brains about the regeneration masterplan and what she loves most about her role.

Hi, and you are?
Rebecca Selby. I’m a Development Manager at U+I responsible for The Old Vinyl Factory.

What is U+I's role at The Old Vinyl Factory?
U+I are the freeholders of TOVF. We bought the site in 2011 and worked with a team of architects and the Local Council (London Borough of Hillingdon) to Masterplan the regeneration of the 17 acre site.  We successfully obtained an outline planning permission for the site in 2013 for a mix of uses and we have been working with a number of partners since to deliver our vision one phase at a time.  We have formed Joint Ventures, sold elements and retained all retail and commercial uses within the estate so that we can continue to curate the brand for the site.

What excites you most about the regeneration?
Helping Hayes to celebrate its amazing history. The Old Vinyl Factory site, in its heyday, was home to EMI and HMVs headquarters and thousands of people worked in the factories producing records, engineering and inventing new technologies. We are excited to celebrate the history of the site and deliver the future uses on the site that Hayes will be proud of once again.

As well as new homes, what else will the regeneration bring to Hayes?
Homes are only part of the story. The site will deliver over 4000 jobs through the refurbished office buildings at TOVF. There is also a University Technical College called the Global Academy which is about to be welcoming a third year of students aged 14-18 who will specialise in media and music production. The site will also be delivering a cinema, music venue, restaurants bars and cafes which the local residents will also benefit from. We are also delivering a new health centre, gym and shops within the development.

What is your favourite thing about working at The Old Vinyl Factory?
I’ve enjoyed seeing the transformation over the last 6+ years. From a site that was practically derelict to a vibrant site where we have over 1000 people already working and residents who started to move in last summer. The next step is to deliver additional amenities to ensure a genuinely vibrant and sustainable new place for Hayes

A bit about you now, what did you want to be when you were just a kid?
When I was young, I thought about becoming a vet as I love animals but I took another path in the end, which I’m thoroughly enjoying!

Where is your favourite lunch spot in Hayes?
On a sunny day, a spot outside next to the iconic Nipper the dog statue, is a great place to enjoy a sandwich and take a break from work.