Following on from the Gola and Cossack Hairspray articles that went up last year, QPR related adverts seem to have turned into a mini-series ! This latest one features Alan McDonald and appeared in the Official Club Newspaper, ‘Bush Ranger’ in the late 80’s. We lived next to the Hoover factory in Bideford Avenue for a while after the family had moved up the Western Avenue from the Bush.
Although Hoover’s became well known for making vacuum cleaners these iconic buildings really are an outstanding example of 1930’s Art Deco architecture.
The original building was constructed in 1932 and others were added throughout the decade and even after WW2. The factory joined the war effort and began to manufacture electrical equipment for aircraft and tanks. As a result the buildings had to be re-painted and camouflaged with netting.
Manufacturing ceased in the 1980’s and after Hoover’s moved out the site remained empty until 1989 when Tesco’s stepped in. As a consequence some of the buildings were demolished and although incorporated as a supermarket, Tesco worked closely with English Heritage restoring some of the original features.
It certainly inspired Elvis Costello who recorded ‘Hoover Factory’ in 1980 which was included on the flip-side of ‘Clubland’:
‘Five miles out of London on the Western Avenue,
Must have been a wonder when it was brand new,
Talkin’ ’bout the splendour of the Hoover factory,
I know that you’d agree if you had seen it too,
It’s not a matter of life or death,
But what is, what is?
It doesn’t matter if I take another breath,
Who cares ? Who cares ?
Green for go, green for action’
At night, the main building is illuminated with a fluorescent green light.