CRL stands on the shoulder of giants

In the 1960s the original Central Research Laboratory  was founded by EMI as  the company’s collaborative R&D division and was based on this very site. Here, scientists and inventors pioneered innovations such as stereo sound and airborne radar; they turned television into a commercial product and developed the CAT scanner.

We strive to build upon the incredible legacy of innovation that has come before us.

Welcome to the Powerhouse

Over the next year CRL will go through an exciting expansion with a move to a stunning 20,000 sq foot converted Victorian power station called Powerhouse – almost trebling the number of companies we can support in our workspaces and programmes.

The development, which is just 5 minutes walk from our current site, was recently granted planning permission and work has begun on site. Excitingly, the building is already up for an architectural design award!

CRL becomes
Plus X in 2021

Additional sites will open throughout the country under our new Plus X brand over the next 5 years starting with a 53,000 square foot space in Brighton which opened early this year.

Plus X creates inspiring work spaces that unlocks potential; driving business growth and innovation, community collaboration and positive social impact.

Meet our amazing team

Managing Director


Jim Reeves

Product Development Director



Community Manager

Katia Padilha

Anneza Pitsialis

Program Manager

Anneza Pitsialis

Project Manager


Marketing Manager

CLaudia Rosen

Jose Martinez

Electronics Developer

Jose Martinez

Workshop Manager & Prototype lead

Jacob Luscombe

Connor Ray

Product Developer


Project Administrator

Binita Pitrola

Find us here

Central Research Laboratory

Shipping Building

252 Blyth Rd

Hayes UB3 1HA

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