HISTORY

The name Chiswick originates from the Old English Ceswican, meaning ‘cheese farm’. Once, a cheese market operated at Dukes Meadow up until the 1800s. In fact, you can still get some pretty great cheese at the weekly farmer’s market too!
 
In the 1930’s the story of Power Road Studios began. The Warehouse which is now Studio 1 was originally built by the ‘American Singer’ Sewing Machine company. With sales reaching 2,000 per week, the warehouse quickly became a leading distribution centre for the country.
There’s no record of Power Road Studios taking a direct hit during the war, but sewing machine manufacturing did, as the companies primary activity turned to producing war munitions. In 1950’s Singer’s main factory in Scotland underwent complete modernisation, which meant they no longer needed their storage and distribution hub ‘down South’.
However, it was the decade of the television and the warehouse was quickly snapped up by the ever-expanding BBC. The Equipment Department moved in and made it their home – housing workshops where electronic equipment was manufactured, tested and stored.
There’s a fascinating video made in 1984 which you can view HERE. You’ll see Gryphon and George, the two lion-like beasties who stood guard at the entrance. When the BBC moved out Gryphon and George went too and they now happily reside at Kingswood Warren.
Helical acquired the site in 2015 with a vision to transform Power Road Studios into a creative neighbourhood. It is one of the UK’s leading property companies with a substantial development and investment portfolio, in London and throughout the UK. We’re committed to the provision of high quality, dynamic office space for entrepreneurial and creative businesses.
Working with award-winning architects Barr Gazetas, the refurbishment of Studio 1 was completed in October 2017, providing 16,000 sq ft of premium workspace, which channels the beautiful heritage features of the former warehouse. 
The gardens at the entrance to the building and the communal courtyard are being landscaped to provide a place for people to meet, relax or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the office.

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David Cuthbert
dcuthbert@hanovergreen.co.uk
020 3130 6400
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Harry Pruden
hpruden@hanovergreen.co.uk
020 3130 6416
07721 128 796
Shaun Wolfe
swolfe@frostmeadowcroft.com
020 8748 1200
07900 911 135
Jack Realey
JRealey@frostmeadowcroft.com
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07879 228 991