Open from 2015 to 2017, the largest Collective hub to date occupied 24,000 sq. ft. of the National Temperance Hospital, a beautiful art deco building that had been derelict for over a decade. Collective Temperance was a workspace that housed five floors of creative start ups, combining hot-desking, meeting rooms, event space, breakout space, workshop space, as well as subsidised individual lockable offices for companies looking to expand their business.
Back when we were negotiating the lease on the building back in the summer of 2015, we carried out an invited competition to appoint a design/ build team to refurbish areas within the building.
Co-DB and RARA won the competition, and were tasked with reviving the hospital, so they stripped back the space to its original form. They took out partitions and other additions over the years to view the building as a whole — and the plan was to connect everything together and create a collaborative shared space that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Following a beautiful refurb (which Co-DB won a New London Architecture Award for!), we started welcoming a buzzing community of creative startups.
Creative agency House of Greenland moved in when the workspace first opened, having previously operated out of the co-founders’ living room. They heard about us as we specifically targeted the creative sector, and since they joined, they instantly felt part of our community:
“Everyone considers themselves a business. It gives you more credibility, you can have clients coming over. Even if it is a bit unconventional, it is really cool for the businesses. For our clients to come here and see us here, they feel like we’re edgy and cool.”
We also offered a wide range of business support at Temperance; from a three week intensive accelerator programme, to one-to-one sessions with the staff. We also offered our classic Lunchtime Specials targeted at small groups with a specific support need such as accountancy or ‘PR on a shoestring.’
As with the majority of our hubs, Temperance was a haven for collaborations. The fam would often utilise each other’s skillsets to grow their own business:
“We’ve done bits and pieces for various different companies within the building. It’s definitely a great opportunity for collaboration and sharing ideas. It’s really productive.”
During our time at Temperance, we ran 2 events as part of the London Design Festival, exploring the meanwhile use of buildings and temporary architecture as well as hosting an installation produced by Co-DB and RARA, which showcased the project’s history since 2009.
So what did Temperance achieve?
Well… 82% of the 175+ businesses and 400+ people who used Temperance increased their turnover, provided 410 days of work experience and raised over £6m in finance…
Check out our infographic for more details: