In terms of the offering, Bureau has a structured tier system for prospective members. As Helen highlights, London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, “and the creative industries are really feeling the squeeze from a lack of appropriate workspace at affordable rates.” In turn, she continues, “typically, creatives work in spaces with cheaper rent (which represents the lower charging rates creatives command, than say financial or legal industries) and typically that lower rent represents a worse quality environment. The Design District is all about halting this, and Bureau in particular.”
As a result, Bureau’s membership begins at £80 per month and, following the challenges posed by the pandemic, the first 12 months rent on all spaces is just £5 per sqft. Both of these decisions have been made in line with Design District’s belief that “the creative industries are so important to the UK economy, why shouldn’t they have fantastic space at a price that is appropriate to their earnings?” Bureau also notes that the hub will support creatives in a multitude of ways, from an events programme that will not only inspire but offer help on business essentials from tax to employment law. Wide facilities at Bureau are also designed with creatives in mind, including access to workshops, recording studios and 3D printers, as well as moments for collaboration. “The great thing about having a members club just for creatives is that the next time a member needs, say, a copywriter or photographer, chances are they’ll be sitting across the room from them,” adds Helen, noting that there will also be a comprehensive online directory for members too.
Open from the 1 September, Helen also offers a rundown of how a day at Bureau may begin. To start, if you’re likely to be travelling in by tube (or bike – or even boat!) you reach the building pretty much immediately when entering Greenwich. “I guess the first point of call will be coffee for a lot of people,” says Helen, who recommends picking one up from Design District’s own canteen – a “beautiful transparent food hall” or from Bureau’s own restaurant space. Making your way over to a workspace, there are plenty of options to choose from dependent on membership type. First, there are casual options for Lounge members, specific interchangeable workspaces for Hot Desk members, or specific areas for a Fixed Desk membership (ideal for duos or small teams), and larger areas for those with a Serviced Studio membership (for larger teams).
To break up the day there are also plenty of areas to explore, from Bureau’s own restaurant with “tech-free lunches” to meet other members, or you could head out to the Design District’s very own elevated riverside park, The Tide. Then as the working day winds up there’s always the option to pop into an event, or invite your collaborators or friends down to Bureau before heading home. “There’s plenty of other happenings in the wider District and around the peninsula too,” adds Helen, “there will always be something on.”
To find out more details about Bureau’s opening and facilities head here.