Greenwich Peninsula has launched the Design District, specifically for use by the creative industry in London spanning 16 buildings across one hectare.
Set to open to tenants in 2020, the Design District will provide permanent work spaces for 1,800 creatives. From workshops to desk space to studios, the workspace rental cost is to average £25 per square foot — starting at £10 per square foot — a price that developer Knight Dragon calls “affordable”.
Knight Dragon’s chief executive Richard Margree commented: “Creativity is what drives forward any thriving city. The Peninsula presents a unique chance to create a new permanent district designed by creatives for creatives. At the very centre of this new community will be artists mixing with start-ups, mixing with independent market traders and design companies, large and small; everyone is welcome. We want a real mix of companies to come and take over the place.”
The Design District is the latest phase in Knight Dragon’s two decade-long, £8.4 billion regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula, bringing 15,720 new homes to the area. Eight architecture practises have been involved in the project: 6a Architects, Mole, Architecture 00, Barrozi Veiga, SelgasCano, Assemblage, Adam Khan Architects and David Kohn Architects, with landscape architects Schuzle+Grassov undertaking the public spaces.