Gillette Factory

The Gillette Factory

Great West Road

Factory built in 1937, currently vacant.

Grade II statutory listed.

English Heritage Listing

Premises Of Gillette Uk Ltd

1937. Bannister Fletcher, Architect.

Two storeys and basement with very lofty central tower. Brick. Three-seven-three-seven-three bays. Ends project slightly and have both storeys of iron-framed windows in a recessed panel. Main windows also in two storeys with decorative metal aprons without brickwork.

Plain parapet. Further storey set back behind parapet. Central part projects and has itself a projecting centre as base to tower. Central entrance approached by steps. Tower has plain shaft except for slight pilaster-strips and small slit windows. Open stage with enlarged classical window surround and balustrade on each face; surmounted by shaped top storey with clock face on each. Shorter return fronts similar to main front. Parts beyond these are not of special interest.

Four Lamp Standards With Lanterns Outside The Main Entrance

Ornate Victorian cast iron street lamp originally for gas, now converted, flanking the steps to the main entrance of the Gillette Factory, a much later building, by Bannister Fletcher. Lamps supported on putti, on stone plinth.

Telephone Kiosk Outside Gillette Building, Syon Rd

Telephone kiosk. Type K6. Designed 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Made by Carron Company. Cast iron. Square kiosk with domed roof. Unperforated crowns to top panels and margin glazing to windows and door.

Further Information

Telephone kiosk is looking in a poor state at time of writing, 2013. See Kiosk No 6.

Gillette moved out in 2006 when production was relocated to Poland.

It was sold to the Bonnington Group and permission was granted for the redevelopment into a hotel and business park.

Gillette Corner sells for £23 million , August 2013.

Aerial picture, 1936.

Guerilla exploring, 2010 and in 2011 with Millhouse.

Archive interior photos via Razor Archive.

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Entrance Lamps, Gillette Factory
Entrance Lamps, Gillette Factory

4 thoughts on “The Gillette Factory

  1. Who owns the building now. Does anyone have contact details of the owners or representatives.

    Thank you


    1. Bonnington Hotels sold it to a newly made company Gillette Corner holdings a few years ago. The new owner’s company was dissolved at much the same time and I am unaware who currently owns it.

      Serious enquiries can be directed to Invest Hounslow, concerned with the regeneration and development of sites like Gillette.

  2. My Aunt worked at Gillette’s for over 30 years. I remember as a child waiting outside at the far end from GWR for her to come out. That whole corner and down where Firestone’s was looked magical at Christmas! There used to be shops right opposite the factory. At Christmas the firm organised a coach to go to The Dorchester for Christmas Dinner. In Summer they had coach outings, we went out twice, I can remember one outing to Stonehenge and Cheddar Gorge and Longleat.I hope whoever owns it respects the beautiful front, never changes it. Hasn’t it got a Preservation on it?

  3. My father worked at gillettes for 30 years as an electrician. He was responsible for climbing the tower and checking the clock. I thought that was all he did!

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