Terrific terraces – The sky’s the limit in Hayes!

Terrific terraces – The sky’s the limit in Hayes!

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  • Planning permission granted for stunning new roof terrace at the Gatefold Building
  • Fifth floor terrace will include gardening pods and pergolas
  • New rooftop gardens to further enhance Gatefold Building’s reputation as Hayes’ premiere residential accommodation

The London Borough of Hillingdon’s motto is “Putting our residents first,” and that is precisely what the local planning team is doing. The team has just granted planning permission for a stunning new roof terrace that will top the Gatefold Building in Hayes. The move will bring a host of new features to residents of the Gatefold Building, enriching their experience of urban living in Hayes.

 “Creating a strong sense of community is integral to the vision behind Build to Rent accommodation. It is part of what sets its aside from other rental developments. Since launching the Gatefold Building, we’ve worked to create a welcoming, friendly local community. Now, it’s time to step that up to the next level, providing residents with additional social and recreational spaces that have been designed in accordance with their feedback.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes

The exciting roof terrace area will include a host of community-friendly features, including three ‘pod’ seating areas and two pergolas. In addition, trellising, seating, decking, planting and associated furniture will delight all those with green fingers.

The Gatefold Building already has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of want renters in Hayes can expect from their homes. The 119 one, two and three bedroom apartments provide a pet-friendly community living experience that comes complete with hotel-inspired services such as a concierge, on-site maintenance team and free super-fast broadband.

The fifth floor roof terrace’s focus on gardening is in response to resident demand. It has been designed to offer a unique recreational space that residents can use flexibly, depending on what they want from it. From a quick drink after work to growing blooms worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show, the space will satisfy the needs of Hayes’ renters in a way that no development has done before.

“Following a focus group with our residents in Hayes, and based on their feedback we have plans in place to install gardening pods on the new roof terrace as part of the development plans. The gardening pods will be available for Gatefold Building residents only and enable those with green fingers to grow their own plants in a dedicated, safe and secure environment.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes

With planning permission granted, the be:here Hayes team can progress with developing the new roof terrace for residents’ enjoyment. The stylish design has been carefully crafted to balance a sense of space and serenity with a welcoming community vibe. The same balance is evident throughout the development, which provides a sense of calm and space for residents, while also providing them with access to the vibrant Old Vinyl Factory development, which will include restaurants, leisure facilities and a music venue in honour of the site’s previous incarnation as an EMI factory.

Residents of the Gatefold Building already enjoy a superior accommodation experience. Now, with work on the terrific roof terrace due to commence shortly, they can look forward to soon being part of Hayes’ most exciting residential outdoor space as well.

Prices at the Gatefold Building start from £1,300 pcm.

For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/

Spotlight on Hayes as this West London towns takes centre stage in 2018

Spotlight on Hayes as this West London towns takes centre stage in 2018

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London is a global hub for talent with musicians, actors, authors and many more coming to the capital in search of fame and fortune – and Hayes in West London is no exception!

Many A-list celebrities have come to Hayes over the decades from notable author George Orwell to ‘the father of English music’ William Byrd and Hollywood actors Brad Pitt, Keira Knightley and Colin Firth to name but a few who have filmed in the town’s famous studios.

For years Hayes has flown under the radar as the darling of movie and TV location specialists due the West London Film Studios being based in the town.

Oscar winning film The Imitation Game, popular TV series Misfits and many more smash-hit movies such as World War Z were filmed in these studios. And West London Film Studios are back in the spotlight with next Colin Firth’s movie, The Mercy, also starring Rachel Weisz out on 9th February, being partly filmed there.

But Hayes is not only known for being a hotspot for the celebrity elite within the film industry. Indeed, the town’s musical heritage lived on into the 20th and indeed 21st centuries as many of The Beatles albums were famously ‘Made in Hayes’ and today venues including the Beck Theatre, regularly host national artists as well as local musicians and stage productions.

The spotlight is firmly on Hayes in 2018 with the town proving to be a prime commuter location, bursting with famous connections and an abundance of cultural venues – ideal for those looking to embrace a laid-back suburban culture with easy access into the city. Young professionals looking for affordable living in a trendy town are now flocking to Hayes as developments such as be:here Hayes, part of the wider redevelopment of the Old Vinyl Factory, spring up.

Previously home to the EMI factory on Blyth Road, the Old Vinyl Factory was featured in the emotional reunion scene in Thor:The Dark World where Thor and his lover Jane Foster meet again. Now the abandoned warehouse site is undergoing a renaissance as the scheme is expected to deliver 4,000 jobs, 642 homes, 750,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure space including a new 3-screen cinema and live music venue in Hayes, all by 2020. Be Living Ltd has already delivered 133 pet-friendly homes as part of their be:here Hayes development at the Gatefold building.

“It’s wonderful to see the former EMI site coming back to life, and whilst the fashion of the 60’s and 70’s might have left the building, the vibrant spirit of that era is being re-discovered and re-invented for a new generation.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes

The multi award-winning stylish development, just 300 yards from Hayes & Harlington station, soon to be served by Crossrail, offers pet friendly homes specially designed for renting with a roof terrace for community events, on-site property manager. Apartments are priced from £1,195 pcm with no agency, admin or referencing fees.



For more information please contact be:here Hayes on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.


1838-2018: Hayes & Harlington station celebrates 150 years of first-class connections

1838-2018: Hayes & Harlington station celebrates 150 years of first-class connections

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2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Hayes & Harlington station where rail services have been a game changer for one West London town.

It was back in 1838 when the first trains of the Great Western Railway opened, taking passengers as fast as possible from South West London to the West of England and Wales. Today this East – West transport artery remains as pivotal as ever with the new Crossrail service coming to Hayes & Harlington station shortly.

The journey at Hayes station has been on over the last 150 years has been rich. The town’s location on the Grand Union Canal made it well-placed for Great Western Railway services, which linked Bristol to London for the first time. As far back as 1885, trains from Hayes travelled to Windsor through an underground service – it could have made a convenient royal commute for Queen Victoria!

Now, more than a century and a half after prominent train services were first established at Hayes & Harlington, what does the future hold for the station?

Of course, there is Crossrail. When services commence in 2019, Crossrail will enable residents from Hayes to travel direct to Bond Street, in the heart of the West End, in just 25 minutes and to reach Farringdon in 25 and Canary Wharf in 34.

Ahead of the operation of this new line, the Mayor of London has pledged to increase railway services to Hayes station, with 10 trains per hour at peak times.

Passengers will also benefit from an improved service courtesy of electrification of the slow line, platform extensions and a building revamp. On top of all this, Hayes enjoys quick and easy access to Heathrow International Airport just 10 minutes away via Heathrow Connect.

With transport connections critical to life in London, those living at the award-winning be:here Hayes development, just a three-minute walk from Hayes & Harlington station, will be able to take advantage to these fast new links into the capital.

New station and travel links provided by the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) have supported thousands of new jobs and homes in Hayes. Accommodation providers Be is supporting this influx with its stunning be:here Hayes at the Gatefold Building open to tenants since February 2017.

“We’re seeing residents at be:here Hayes moving into the community from all over London and beyond. Things will only get more exciting with the launch of Crossrail in 2019.

“Crossrail will make living in this part of West London a great option for people working in the City or Canary Wharf who want the amenities and services you get from a building specifically designed and managed with renters in mind – all without the central London price tag.”

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes


The scheme is part of the wider regeneration of the Old Vinyl Factory and delivers units priced from £1,1195 pcm for 1, 2  and 3-beds all with either a garden, terrace or balcony.

For more information please contact be:here Hayes on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.

2018 fitness goals: Residents benefit from free yoga and fresh fruit in West London

2018 fitness goals: Residents benefit from free yoga and fresh fruit in West London

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  • 1 in 5 failed to keep their 2017 resolutions (YouGov)
  • 62% of adults are obese and 38% sedentary (NHS Health Survey for England)
  • Free yoga classes and fresh fruit offered at be:here Hayes

January has always been a peak time to get back into shape and stick to fitness goals. However, while many Brits embark on New Year’s resolutions with vigour, the majority are broken just a few weeks later. According to YouGov poll, one in five people in 2017 failed to keep their resolutions in just first week.

And yet, embracing healthy living has never been so highly recommended as the NHS’s latest Health Survey for England reports that over half all adults are obese (62%) and more than a third sedentary (38%). So, what is the key to sticking to this year’s health and fitness goals or even start new ones?

Award-winning build to rent operator Be, is committed to delivering what tenants want and is helping its residents to achieve their 2018 fitness goals, starting with free on-site yoga sessions.

Residents at Be:here Hayes, located at the Gatefold Building in West London, will be able to enjoy exceptional yoga classes starting on 30th January 2018 from 7-8 pm with a qualified yoga instructor.

“We want to encourage and support residents who want to start their journey to healthy living.  Community is key here at the Gatefold Building and these new yoga classes will give the opportunity for residents to meet and motivate each other.”

Layla, Property Manager, be:here Hayes

For those not so enthralled with the idea of downward dogs, the be:here team are also offering free fresh fruit every Tuesday. Dubbed #tastytuesday, residents can collect their complementary piece of fruit in the main reception and start their day right.

In addition to these new free offers, each home at be:here Hayes has been designed with residents’ wellbeing in mind. The apartments are spacious and light with many enjoying double-height windows and each with either a terrace or private garden. The communal gardens complete with landscaped planters, roof terrace and front lawn also offer plenty of outdoor space for residents to enjoy.

A recent study in the American journal, Lancet Public Health, found that people living close to physical activities – including gyms and playing fields – are most likely to lose weight. For residents who want to participate in regular exercise, Hayes has everything nearby.

The stylish development is just a 10-minute walk to the gym and a 10-minute cycle ride to Little Harlington Playing Fields. For runners seeking to improve their health, the prime location of Green Flag awarded Lake Farm Country Park is perfect for Be:here Hayes residents as it is just a 15-minute walk from the development.

1 bedroom homes at be:here Hayes start from £1,195 pcm with no agency, admin or referencing fees.

For more information please contact be:here Hayes on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.

Hayes: A blooming marvellous place to Be

Hayes: A blooming marvellous place to Be

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The London Borough of Hillingdon has struck gold in the nationwide Britain in Bloom competition for its lovely local parks and gardens. The 2017 winners were named at an awards ceremony last month with Hillingdon, West London, once again winning in the Large City category, impressing judges with its 200 open spaces and impressive Green Flag sites.

Alongside the Britain in Bloom award, Hillingdon was also named as winners in the 2017 Green Flag Awards. While the borough retained 42 Green Flags, it also expanded its collection with a further five new Green Flag sites including Cherry Lane Cemetery in Hayes, Southlands Arts Centre in West Drayton, Long Meadow in Eastcote and the Gravel Pitts in Northwood.

RHS Britain in Bloom is the UK’s largest horticultural campaign, running for over 50 years, which “encourages local gardeners to improve their environment through the imaginative use of flowers, trees, shrubs and landscaping”. By winning the competition, the considerable efforts of Hillingdon residents to make the community greener, cleaner and more beautiful have paid off.

“As a local resident of Hillingdon myself, it’s wonderful that the borough has once again been named as a Britain in Bloom winner. You can see the hard work and dedication that many put into making the local area the very best it can be and that extends to us here at the Gatefold Building in Hayes. We think it’s a blooming great place to be.”

Akash Sharma, Hillingdon resident and Assistant Property Manager – be:here Hayes

Be:here Hayes by Be Living Ltd is a development built for rent, located just three minutes from Hayes & Harlington station.

Be:here Hayes’ residents can enjoy a number of ground floor homes with 30 foot, private gardens (large enough to accommodate furry friends who are also most welcome), podium gardens in the central courtyard with plentiful greenery and benches as well as a large landscaped communal roof terrace.

The front lawn and play area has been specifically designed to resemble musical notes when viewed from above, in tribute to the iconic name of the building – The Gatefold, which is the form of packaging for vinyl records. The development is part of the wider Old Vinyl Factory regeneration scheme, the former home of the EMI record factory.

Residents can enjoy the use of communal gardens, roof terrace and play space, designed to allow community spirit to flourish and to relax. The development’s feline residents can indulge in the cat nip especially planted in the podium gardens for their enjoyment.

The stylish development offers 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, pet-friendly homes with green space from £1,200.

For more information please contact be:here Hayes on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.

Team GB Pentathlete Tom Toolis reveals what Generation Rent wants from the build to rent sector

Team GB Pentathlete Tom Toolis reveals what Generation Rent wants from the build to rent sector

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  • Modern, stylish home at be:here Hayes offers the ultimate living experience
  • Excellent connections for local and international travel
  • Safety and afforability both key priorities

I opted for a build to rent home because I was moving to London to live with my girlfriend. We needed an affordable apartment that we could enjoy living in. As soon as we came to visit the Gatefold building we knew it was the place for us.”

Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB


Fresh from his top 20 finishing position in the world competition in Cairo, Team GB pentathlete Tom Toolis is back in the UK and relishing the opportunity to relax in his sleek London rental apartment. With a tough training schedule and frequent trips overseas, having a base where he can relax and feel at peace is important.

Toolis moved into the Gatefold building from be:here Hayes straight out of his university accommodation. Having shared a rather worn down house with four other students in Bath, the clean, modern accommodation from Be was everything that he had been dreaming of. Toolis was also drawn to the community vibe, with the friendly, on-site management team making him feel very welcome and the shared roof terrace available for social events.


“Security was also a key concern for us. My girlfriend has said how safe she feels when I’m away, which means that we’re both wonderfully relaxed and that I can have peace of mind when I travel to compete. It’s also great to have a secure, private parking space – that was something I was worried would be an issue in London, but with Be I can park safely within my own building, which is fantastic.” 

Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB


The area’s excellent connections were also a draw. The Gatefold building is just two minutes from the nearest train station, providing easy access to central London, as well as to Heathrow Airport. The area also offers a wide range of local shopping opportunities, catering to residents’ needs perfectly.


“Providing ideal build to rent accommodation is about getting a range of factors right, so that differing tenants’ needs can be met. As well as superb accommodation and dynamic social spaces, that means choosing the right location with the right amenities nearby – it’s about delivering an overall package.”

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes


The modern aspect of the development was one of its top attractions for pentathlete Toolis and his partner. Neither had expected to find an affordable, contemporary home of the quality provided by Be – and certainly not one with outdoor space. The couple have been delighted with the spacious, light-filled apartment, which has been tastefully furnished to provide a stylish yet homely living environment.


“It just goes to show that being part of Generation Rent has its benefits after all!”

Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB


One-bedroom apartments at be:here Hayes can be rented from £1,200 pcm. Two-bedroom homes are available from £1,450. All homes include either a garden or a balcony.


For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.

Be creates the perfect Habitat for renters

Be creates the perfect Habitat for renters

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  • Average cost to furnish a first home in London is £5,495 (Santander)
  • 46% of 25 to 34 year olds now live in private rented sector (English Housing Survey)
  • Partnership between Be and Habitat offers stylish homes to renters in Hayes (UB3) & East India (E14)

Furnishing a home is no small expense. Research by Santander has revealed that the average first-time buyer in the UK spends £3,872 on furnishing their property, while the average first-time buyer in London has to fork out an even more eye-watering £5,495.

Those moving into rented accommodation have the opportunity to avoid these costs by opting for homes that are already furnished. However, many landlords put low cost ahead of style and quality when it comes to furnishing the apartments they rent out, leaving tenants with poor quality, cheap furniture that they would never choose themselves.

Residents of Be Living Ltd’s built-for-rent developments be:here Hayes in West London (UB3) and be:here East India in E14, now have an alternative.

Be’s new be:here Hayes development offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments and be:here East India offers studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, all furnished by Habitat UK.

The partnership between Be & Habitat sees each development and each apartment type reviewed in order to determine the best possible furniture for the layout/area.

“Part of the be:here Hayes ethos is to offer our residents superb homes that provide them with style and comfort, as well as an excellent location. As such, we’ve partnered with Habitat to give renters wonderfully stylish, contemporary homes that they can feel instantly relaxed in, without having to worry about the cost of furnishing them.”

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes


The Habitat furnishings complement the other conveniences of life at Be’s developments. The be:here Hayes development, for example, has a friendly on-site team, 30 ft private gardens, generous balcony space and a communal roof terrace, the development is already proving a hit with Londoners. The welcoming attitude to sharers is well received, as is the fact that numerous apartments throughout the development have been designated as pet-friendly.

Spacious, one-bedroom apartments at be:here Hayes rent from £1,200 pcm. Two-bedroom homes are available from £1,450. All apartments come with a garden or balcony.


For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit http://www.behere-hayes.co.uk/.