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The Central Research Laboratory – already one of the most talked about ideas in British manufacturing and technology – is yet another example of why The Old Vinyl Factory’s future is so exciting.

EMI’s headquarters at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes were once a global centre for innovation in product design, technology and manufacturing. The CAT scanner, stereo sound recording and airborne radar were all invented here - alongside landmark advances in TV broadcasting, computing - in a remarkable building called The Central Research Laboratory.

We have created a space to bring the CRL back to life as a key part of the redevelopment of the entire site. The new CRL provides entrepreneurs, makers and inventors with a range of shared resources and work space including cutting edge prototyping facilities, expert mentoring, technical support and an inspiring place to collaborate and work.

The CRL is jointly funded by the developers and Brunel University London, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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