New studio space is available at the Toaster Factory after a major expansion of the creative venue located in South Bermondsey.
There will be 10,000 sq ft of artist studio space by Christmas at the Penarth Street site, which is home to the creative and manufacturing community based in eight studios.
The building is just off the Old Kent Road and was a former Dualit Toaster factory.
The site was purchased by James Glancy Design in 2003, and has primarily been used for designing and manufacturing large-scale Christmas installations, such as those seen in central London’s Regent Street and Carnaby Street.
Since 2015 Studio Makecreate has collaborated with James Glancy Design to provide under-used parts of the building to generate workspace for artists, creative businesses and manufacturers.
The building currently houses eight sole-trading artists and designers, and six creative and manufacturing businesses.
These include London College of Fashion lecturer Alexis Cawley, who is a bespoke jeans designer formerly based at V22 Studios on Ilderton Road.
With the additional 10,000 sq ft of space, the team want the factory to provide more than just workspace, which could involve open access facilities, teaching practical and creative skills, a cafe and bookable meeting rooms. The new space will be partitioned to accommodate businesses according to their size.
James Glancy said: “This is a shared vision with Southwark Council for the regeneration of this part of the borough. Focusing on this as a hub, with a vibrant and exciting feel, is a key driver for building the Toaster Factory community.
“Our business has benefited so much from moving here 16 years ago (when we came out of the arches under London Bridge). So it’s such an exciting prospect that it can now provide an opportunity to do the same for a whole new generation of businesses.”
Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning at Southwark Council, said: “Our vision for Old Kent Road is to build on its unique creative character as a place where industry can thrive alongside new homes and quality open spaces.
“As someone who is proud of growing up in this area, I know the importance of small businesses getting their foot on that first rung of the ladder and this is a great example of doing just that.”
Find out more about the Toaster Factory studio space at: https://studiomakecreate.wixsite.com/thetoasterfactory
For more news on what is happening on the Old Kent Road head to: https://oldkentroad.org.uk/news-events
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