Why Move Your Creative Business to Design District?

Frankie Mason,Marketing and Events Executive

Our physical environment plays a significant role in how we work, how we play, and how we think. For creative people, this is especially true. The right room - or building, artwork, flora, or fauna - can trigger ideas and inspiration that may otherwise lie dormant. That’s why an increasing number of individuals, teams, and organisations choose to move their practices to places like Design District.

Boasting an enviable location, pioneering architecture, and a network of London’s most brilliant thinkers, Design District is the perfect new home for your creative endeavours. Here’s why.

An environment to stimulate your creativity

Nestled between the River Thames, the O2, and the elevated linear park The Tide, Design District is London’s first purpose-built permanent workspace for the creative industries. It’s part of Greenwich Peninsula’s multi-billion-pound urban regeneration scheme, which puts art and culture at the heart of the community.

The reimagined Greenwich Peninsula has seven emerging neighbourhoods spread over 150 acres, including a five-kilometre river path and 48 acres of public green space. It’s designed to be “a place for first-time buyers, creatives, and breakthrough artists”, blending cutting-edge architecture with parks, walkways and art.

Residents (and resident workers) can spend their time watching the sun dance over the river, noting the changing colours of the leaves in the area’s green spaces, taking in free exhibitions at NOW Gallery, and being awed by sculptures by the likes of Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, and Alex Chinneck. Now and into the future, Greenwich Peninsula is a hub for London’s creative minds and design lovers - and Design District is right at the heart of it.

Expand your horizons with world-leading facilities

Start your workday shooting hoops on a rooftop basketball court before settling in with a coffee in Bureau’s restaurant. Take inspiration from the juxtaposition of the modern architecture with the flowing river and blooming greenery - all without leaving the comfort of your high-ceilinged, naturally-lit, purpose-built office space.

Spend your lunch break meandering along The Line, London’s first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk, to recharge your batteries and work through any creative blocks. Lunch could be congee, a fresh take on tacos, or a crisp Vietnamese salad, all washed down with an espresso at Design District’s mouth-watering Canteen. After an afternoon bouncing ideas around with other creatives (or flexing your photography muscles in the in-house studio), it’s time to take in an event - perhaps a talk about the impact of AI on the creative industries, a wind-down yoga session, or maybe a spot of ceramics with Made by Manos. And if you want a nightcap, just head to the Canteen bar. You never know who you might run into there.

You can have all of this without leaving Design District. There’s no wonder TIME voted it one of 2021’s World’s Greatest Places.

Cowork and collaborate with London’s best and brightest creatives

Design District offers something very few offices and co-working spaces can compete with: a high concentration of some of London’s - and perhaps the country’s - most creative people. From architecture and fashion to photography and ceramics, there’s a broad and deep range of industries at work in the District - all the better to inspire you.

Collaboration between tenants is nurtured and celebrated at Design District and across the Peninsula. An example of this is the recent Fashion and Movement Workshop hosted by Design District’s own Richard Malone (who exhibited in NOW Gallery in 2018) and Clod Ensemble’s Suzy Willson, a director and photographer also in residence at Design District.

Coworking has taken on new meaning for Bureau members Nic&Lou, who made good use of Design District tenant Method Studio’s space to shoot Tom Daley’s ‘Made with Love’ knitting book. A recent pairing between Bureau member Lotte Jeffs and Design District tenant QUEERCIRCLE saw Jeffs and Freddy McConnell read from their children’s books as part of the National Maritime Museum’s ‘Out at Sea’ LGBTQ+ history month event.

All these collaborations point to the unstoppable synergy that exists when creatives are free to share spaces and ideas, and showcase the world of opportunities available to the Design District and Bureau community. When you work at Design District, the possibility of creative collaboration is right at your fingertips.

Learn more about some of the creative talents you’ll rub shoulders with in Design District’s Meet the Tenants series.

Affordable spaces designed for creatives first

Totalling 16 buildings, each delivered by a specially-selected architect, Design District is one of London’s newest and most ambitious creative hubs. Despite its size, location (just one minute from North Greenwich Underground Station) and facilities, Design District remains affordable to tenants, with a mission to keep rents affordable so that creatives can invest back into their businesses.

At Bureau, the coworking club at the heart of Design District, memberships can be scaled up or down depending on requirements:

Day Pass: £15 per day + VAT

Hot Desk: £125 per month + VAT

Serviced Studio: From £280 per desk + VAT

Compare these to other South-London coworking spaces, where prices range from £40 per day + VAT for a day pass and upwards of £475 per month for dedicated desk spaces.

Bureau and Design District are not only a significantly more affordable option, but the facilities, setting, and fellow creative community make it even more appealing.

Join us

Design District is cementing itself as London’s premier creative destination, offering tenants unmatched facilities, an increasingly vibrant setting, and exposure to a huge range of fellow creatives and industries. Why not try it out for yourself?

Interested in what Design District can offer your creative business? There are still spaces remaining. Contact us here to learn more.