Hillingdon town gets 'golden disc' to mark the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band link

An artist's impression shows what the gold disc canopy will look like and The Old Vinyl Factory regeneration project is shown below An artist's impression shows what the gold disc canopy will look like and The Old Vinyl Factory regeneration project is shown below

A half century of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be marked by installing a golden disc-shaped canopy in a Hillingdon Borough town – where it was made.

This Thursday marks the 50 year anniversary of the release of the Beatles best-selling record - made at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes.

Hillingdon Council has announced it is celebrating the musical heritage of the area with a new landmark feature – described as a “modern golden disc-shaped canopy”.

This will “act as a recreational area for the community”.

Hayes The Old Vinyl Factory

Hayes canopy image

The former EMI factory was once home to the largest producer and exporter of vinyl records by iconic bands including The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

The £250 million development of the former EMI site, now The Old Vinyl Factory, is already underway by regeneration specialist U+I and is one of the largest regeneration projects in West London.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band spent 27 weeks at number one in 1967 after its release on June 1.

With the introduction of Crossrail in 2018 and a wider regeneration of the area, Hillingdon Council and Transport for London have invested more than £9 million into improving Hayes town centre.

Richard Upton Deputy CEO of U+I said: “To music-lovers of the 1960's and 1970's, Hayes was the centre of the record-making universe. A place the world listened to.

“This was where vinyl was made and technology was advanced.

“We’re delighted to bring life back to The Old Vinyl Factory and we continue to be inspired by the history of the site, whilst building a future that generations can benefit from and enjoy once again."

Major improvement works in Hayes are due to finish this summer, council officials said, adding these will boost the area's economy and bring jobs.

Town centre changes include road layout and pavement works to improve traffic flow, the introduction of separate cycle lanes, new parking spaces, 30 minute free stop and shop parking and countdown timers on pedestrian crossings.

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Brighter new street lights, furniture and trees will “improve the look and feel of the area and there will be considerable enhancements to the area around the new station building - making a distinctive gateway to Hayes”, officials stated.

On 18 May the council approved further plans to install an extension to the Botwell Bridge to create a boardwalk pedestrian bridge with an attractive walkway giving open views of the Grand Union canal to the east.

Councillor Douglas Mills, Hillingdon Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “It’s incredible to look back at the artists who made such revolutionary and inspirational music in Hayes back in the 60's and 70's, and we feel so proud that this is part of our history and culture in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

“Our considerable investment in Hayes will not only celebrate its musical heritage, but will make it an even better place for people to live, work and visit.”

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