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 1930s 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 company’s primary activity turned to producing war munitions. In the 1950s Singer’s main factory in Scotland underwent complete modernisation, which meant it no longer needed its 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 its 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.
Working with award-winning architect, 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.

Power Road joined the Akoya family 2020 and is now undergoing further refurbishment including an enhanced communal courtyard and café for people to meet, relax or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the office.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE, GET IN TOUCH!

Shaun Wolfe
swolfe@frostmeadowcroft.com
07391 632 177
Jack Realey
JRealey@frostmeadowcroft.com
07879 228 991
Stuart Austin
Stuart.Austin@eu.jll.com
07912 299 725
JLL Lonsdale
Abbie Smith
Abbie.Smith@eu.jll.com
07936 333 582
JLL Lonsdale

IF YOU’D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE, GET IN TOUCH!

Shaun Wolfe
swolfe@frostmeadowcroft.com
07391 632 177
Jack Realey
JRealey@frostmeadowcroft.com
07879 228 991
Stuart Austin
Stuart.Austin@eu.jll.com
07912 299 725
JLL Lonsdale
Abbie Smith
Abbie.Smith@eu.jll.com
07936 333 582
JLL Lonsdale