Southwark Studios is a Benefit for the Community Society. We specialise in working with Developers and Local Authorities to deliver truly affordable artists studios whilst achieving planning obligations in the emerging sector of affordable workspace.
We are currently designing and building a number of new locations that Southwark Studios will manage, each secured on long-term agreements as part of redevelopment sites. Our new locations will include what we value most: affordable artists studios, communal areas and public engagement spaces.
Southwark Studios has pioneered a new solution to securing truly affordable creative workspaces in our capital.
For over a decade we have developed our working model that successfully integrates affordable workspaces into new-build mixed-use sites by engaging Developers throughout the planning process. We have achieved multiple long-term agreements on terms that are viable for all stakeholders. The examples we have set are used by the Greater London Authority as best practice.
Our experience of achieving planning obligations whilst securing detailed and affordable terms allow Southwark Studios to manage all-inclusive workspaces that deliver positive social outcomes for generations.
We continue to seek out new opportunities to partner with Developers and share our knowledge of delivering affordable workspace. Southwark Studios will continue to replicate our successful model, bringing activation, social engagement and creative communities to new locations.
Founded in 2009 Southwark Studios took a meanwhile-use lease on an industrial building near Tower Bridge Road.
We converted this space into 43 studio units that were let on all-inclusive affordable terms. We also provided a range of communal areas, a cinema, dark room, library, meeting rooms and kitchens.
We operated at capacity catering to over 250 tenants including the UK’s most successful Kickstarter and Etsy creative businesses. 80% of the tenants used the studios as a place of business. We curated a productive community, helping to launch the careers of internationally renowned creative practitioners.
We also hosted a successful community engagement programme, welcoming visitors to our Open Studios, art exhibitions and educational events. Our events space was free to use for other local creative groups and charities. We maintain strong ties to our local community.