Resolution Property has gained consent for its development of The Gramophone Works, formerly a vinyl factory and home to reggae label Trojan Records, off Ladbroke Grove, West London on the Grand Union Canal.
Hanover Green acted for Resolution in acquiring the site in 2015 and have been retained as leasing agents.
Resolution bought the site for £18m with plans to deliver over 85,000 sq ft mixed-use hub of offices and social spaces. Studio RHE has been appointed as the architect.
The Gramophone Works at 326 Kensal Road, comprises 60,000 sq ft across four buildings.
Resolution Property plans to develop and enhance the site to create a creative hub for digital businesses and independent retailers, that will create offices and social spaces, estimated to generate over 1,000 jobs when the site is fully occupied. The development of The Gramophone Works will see the two storey Art Deco structure restored and developed as five storeys of offices, studios, a public café and roof garden made from an exposed timber CLT structure and glazed elevations.
James Baker of Resolution Property said: “It is terrific that The Gramophone Works has been given the go ahead. The team has worked incredibly hard on this proposal and we are confident it will deliver a vibrant new place with leading edge workspaces and independent retail spaces for the next generation of creative businesses. The location, combined with the history and heritage of the site as a gramophone factory, will provide the perfect setting to deliver an authentic and creative redevelopment in this exciting part of London.’’
Richard Hywel Evans, founding director of Studio RHE said: “The Gramophone Works is a building with plenty of character and our challenge was to open up the congested space into a quality contemporary office, allowing light to fill the space. Our approach creates a link between Kensal Road, Adela Street and the Grand Union Canal towpath, establishing clear and opened vistas looking both inwards and outwards. Our intention is to re-invent this precedent as a simplified contemporary response to the current site, bringing a vibrant community to the area and future proofing the site for years to come.”
The Gramophone Works will be completed in two phases. The first phase consisting of buildings originally built in 1919, is set to complete in the summer of 2018. Works on the second phase will commence in the autumn of this year and due to complete at the end of 2019.
Resolution Property’s recent investments in the UK’s creative and digital economy includes the Alphabeta Building in Moorgate, Programme in Bristol and Moretown in Wapping, London.