Build Studios is a hub for the built environment. With events, education and co-working space, we aim to inspire people about the built environment through collaboration and learning.

We are committed to developing a socially responsible built environment sector and work with our community to improve access, aspiration and cohesion.

From our space in the heart of London we run:

  • A unique, affordable workspace
  • Education and outreach programmes to further people’s understanding about the built environment
  • Events, seminars and networking to inspire the next generation of built environment professionals

Build Studios has now fully re-opened to members.

View our COVID-secure workspace policy here.

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Social Aims

Our social aims are to:

  • Promote understanding about the built environment and educate young people about the range of careers available in the sector
  • Support charities, social enterprises and start-ups in the built environment sector with provision of workspace at reduced cost, encouraging growth through collaboration
  • Improve access to, and diversity within, the sector for ethnic minorities, women, under-represented groups and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds
  • Address key challenges facing the built environment through education and public awareness
  • Develop a dynamic membership and encourage growth through collaboration.


Affordable Workspace

We offer heavily subsidised space to charities and social enterprises, with a preference for those operating in the built environment sector. Offering workspace at non-commercial rates helps these organisations focus more of their resources on delivering their charitable and social objectives and collaborating to solve complex urban problems. (The provision of workspace must be shown to lead directly to the fulfilment of a recognised charitable purpose).

Fixed desks for charities and social enterprises are available in our ground floor workspace at a 25% discount on our already subsidised rates.

Meeting rooms are offered at a 50% discount to charities and social enterprises.

We also offer free space for students, prospective charities and social enterprises requiring ad hoc project/meeting space for developing projects.

Build Studios’ workspace for charities is supported by our commercial co-working space operation based on our mezzanine floor.


We host a series of sector events, seminars, tours and training sessions on a range of subjects relating to the built environment. Working with partners such as the Museum of Architecture and Built by Us, we focus on providing support for start-ups as well as events that broaden access to the sector to disadvantaged or under-represented groups. The events space is offered for free or at cost to charities and social enterprises that share our aims.

Schools work

Alongside our careers education programmes, we also work with partner organisations to deliver inspirational educational activities about the built environment in local schools. We have supported  organisations such as Open City through hosting school workshops and visits at Build Studios.

Careers education

We deliver careers education and enrichment activities at local schools. Our flagship careers enrichment programme with Oasis Academy Southbank has given pupils an introduction to the built environment. Business volunteers have introduced new careers and career paths. The pupils have also learned a range of practical design skills from designing in plan to creating a mood board.
Our careers support is currently being rolled out to one-to-one and small group support for sixth form students.

We encourage expressions of interest from schools wanting to take part in the Build Studios careers education programme.


We run a programme to recruit business volunteers from the built environment sector to speak to groups of school pupils, students and people from under-represented groups considering setting up a business. Working with schools and other partner organisations, we encourage business to share their enthusiasm for the built environment with the next generation of city professionals.


Build Studios provides unique, affordable co-working space to start-up businesses in the built environment sector from our mezzanine workspace at Build Studios.

Here you can collaborate with other architects, interior and landscape designers, planning consultants, developers and engineers whilst growing your business.

We are five minutes’ walk from Westminster and Waterloo stations, with direct transport links to the City, Canary Wharf and the West End.

We have dedicated office space for small companies, start-ups and freelancers, all with new ideas about how to deliver a well-designed, well-managed and inclusive built environment.  

By basing your business with us, you are directly supporting the social aims of Build Studios. All profits generated from the workspace are used to support our education, outreach and access programmes.

Our members are asked to commit to participating in our social value programme in a way that best suits the aims and skillset of their business.











While co-working spaces are common, you’re unlikely to find more than a handful of people from your sector in each.

As a member of Build Studios you will become part of a network of fellow built environment professionals – a community of people to collaborate and grow your business with.

We offer a range of membership packages and have recently added new flexible options for teams and individuals, whose requirement for workspace has changed in the post-Coronavirus era.

We pride ourselves on our flexibility and our transparent pricing. Build up a package that is right for you and pay only for what you need – whether this is a virtual office and a central London mailing address, a place to meet clients, an occasional desk when you need a break from home working or a fixed desk as your permanent base. We can also host teams that primarily work from home, but need a regular meeting space for project work and collaboration.

 You don’t need to worry about business rates and utilities – they’re all part of the package – and memberships even include secure cycle storage and free tea and coffee.

Clients and guests are always welcome, and for those that need it we offer a range of business support services, including training and affordable printing. You can also keep up to date with changes in the industry through our regular events programme with guest presenters/workshop leaders from the built environment sector.

By being based here, you’ll also know that you are supporting our work to promote an inclusive built environment sector. Any profits we make are invested into our education and outreach programmes to promote diversity in the sector.

Our space has recently been remodelled to meet the COVID-secure standard, with stringent hygiene measures and social distancing. View our risk assessment and action plan here.


We pride ourselves on transparency in our pricing to help you make an informed decision about your workspace requirements

We are highly flexible and are happy to build membership packages according to your needs. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further.

Mailbox & Virtual Office
Make Build Studios your virtual office. Perfect if you want to work at home, but present a professional office address to clients.
Can be combined with flexible desk and meeting room bookings.
1 month’s notice

Mailbox Membership fee (annual) £40
£40 Monthly charge
Included in all fixed desk memberships 

-Mailbox and registered office address

Additional mail services Mail forwarding service
£4.50 per item plus postage and packaging

-Mailbox and registered office address
-Mail forwarding on ad hoc or regular basis

Contract required.

Flexible desk
Ideal for ad hoc occasions when you require workspace in central London surrounded by like-minded built environment professionals.

Flexible desk Membership fee (annual) £40
£20 for one day/month
(add extra ½ days for £10)
48 hour booking in advance

Contract required.

Fixed desk (FULL-TIME & PART-TIME)
Our fixed desk packages are available on a full- or part-time basis. Enjoy a dedicated desk space at Build Studios on your chosen days each week with all the benefits of a collaborative working environment and a fully serviced office space.

Fixed desk 1 day/week Membership fee (annual) £80
Monthly charge £88
Includes: mailbox
Fixed desk 2 days/week Membership fee (annual) £80
Monthly charge £168
– Mailbox
– Locker
– 1 hr free board room use
– 1 hr free meeting room use
Fixed desk 3 days/week Membership fee (annual) £80
Monthly charge £242
– Mailbox
– Locker
– Shelving (small)
– 1 hr free board room use
– 1 hr free meeting room use
Fixed desk 4 days/week Membership fee (annual) £80
Monthly charge £308
– Mailbox
– Locker
– Shelving (large)
– 2 hr free board room use
– 2 hr free meeting room use
Fixed desk 5 days/week Membership fee (annual) £80
Monthly charge £350
– Office address and mailbox
– Locker
– Shelving (large)
– 2 hr free board room use
– 2 hr free meeting room use
– Weekend access

Contract Required.
Members must select fixed working day(s) each week.
24 hr access on selected days
Laptops only/clear desk policy for 1-4 days/week.
Clear desk policy does not apply for 5 days/week upstairs.
Downstairs desks must vacate at 5.30pm on event evenings.

Team Table
Ideal for teams that usually work from home, but need to meet up in person for project work and sharing ideas.

Team Table Membership fee (annual) £40
One-off charge £100 per day
Printing capability for 1 x named member

Locker not included
Office hours.
Team sits together.
Desks subject to availability and pre-bookable.
Must be booked by named member(s) who must also be present at the booking.

Board room
Our board room seats 8-10 people. (COVID-capacity 4)


Board room £30/hour or £100 for 4 hour booking (Member Rate)

£50/hour or £160 for 4 hour booking (non-Member Rate).
Free allocation for fixed desk members.
Additional hours charged at member rate.

Meeting refreshments £25 Tea, coffee, water and biscuits supplied for your booking.

Contract required

Guest passes
Available on occasions when you need a colleague to work with you.

Guest passes £10/half day

Contract required


Printing 5p b/w
10p colour
Prices per sheet

VOIP phone lines
Can be provided through our telephony partner at an extra charge.

Locker £40 monthly charge
£10 fee for replacement key

Included in all full-time desk memberships and all part-time desk memberships from 2-5 days/week.

Pre Clean
Our meeting rooms are cleaned between each booking as standard. However, if you would like a professional clean by our cleaning contractors for added peace of mind for you and your guests, this can be offered.

Pre Clean £5

The notice period is 1 month as standard. This rises to 3 months for teams of 3 or more.

All prices are exclusive of VAT. Sign up before 1 September to secure these rates.


Build Studios runs a range of training workshops and sector events. We also host curated events by partners such as the Museum of Architecture and Built by Us, as well as education and outreach sessions with young people, returners to work and other excluded groups.

The event space and meeting rooms are also available for hire for external events, supported by conferencing facilities such as catering, audio visual technology and support to plan your event.

Contact the Build Studios team for further details.

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Workspace with a social purpose

All profits generated from Build Studios’ workspace are used to support the social aims of Build Studios. The workspace is run with a strong set of core values.


London has a shortage of affordable workspace. We carefully design and price our services to make ourselves as accessible as possible to new companies in the built environment sector.


We support new companies in the sector with ongoing education, training, access to mentoring and tools to help their businesses grow.


We actively design and refine our space, prices and activities to create the right environment for businesses to thrive.

Collective Impact

We build strategic alliances and partnerships with businesses, industry organisations, institutions, referral partners and the public sector to increase our collective impact.


We champion our members’ success and explore ways to create commercial opportunities for businesses we work with.

Access & Opportunity

We embrace equal opportunities and seek to broaden access to the sector, particularly among young people, through awareness- raising and educational programmes.

Problem Solving

We challenge ourselves, and the businesses we connect with, to consider and address urban issues – particularly those in the local area.


Profits from our workspace go directly towards supporting our social aims and education programmes.


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Deskmag’s 2015 Annual Survey


Deskmag’s 2015 Annual Survey


Deskmag’s 2015 Annual Survey


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Build Studios, 203 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7FR

Build Studios is well connected via every mode of transport.

  • By Underground: 5 minutes’ Walk from Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth North Underground Stations
  • By train: Waterloo Station
  • By bus: Served by following bus routes: 12, 148, 159, 341, 453, 53, 76, C10, 507, 77 & 211
  • By bike: 2 Santander Cycle Hire Stations immediately adjacent, plus secure cycle parking
  • By car: 24 Hour NCP Car Park on Addington Street Tel: 020 7202 2533

Build Studios is an initiative developed by WeAreWaterloo, the Business Improvement District (BID) for the Waterloo area. Build Studios Limited (Reg 10054109) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The company’s registered offices is at 203 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7FR. The space was delivered as part of a Section 106 agreement between Lambeth Council, a founding sponsor of the project, and developers urbanest. Build Studios’ data policy and security policy can be found