Case study

Converting ideas to reality

We help a property developer create a thriving professional maker space for West London

The Central Research Laboratory used to be the R&D division of EMI's Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes. In 2016 our concept for a hardware pro-maker space became a reality, and the Cathedral Group (now known as U+I) had a fully functional incubator and maker space for West London's thriving entrepreneurial community.

Cathedral Group invited us to devise a space with local and potentially international relevance. We mapped it out according to the needs of makers and innovators. Then we helped pitch for funding (from the Mayor's Growth Fund and Brunel University) and, with a team of supportive collaborators, became founding directors.

The Central Research Laboratory works because there's nothing superficial or tokenistic about it. This is a genuine pro-maker space rooted in the needs of the community. It takes ideas from prototype to production line with all the legal, technical, and commercial support a start-up needs.

From Now On – what we did:
Vision, programme, creative direction, networking, community building

Team:
Daniel Charny, Dee Halligan, Justine Boussard, Nat Hunter

Timescale:
Development from 2013 to 2016. Project went live in early 2016 with 11 start-ups. Founding director Daniel Charny continues as a non-executive director.

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