Build Studio

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 and progress the next generation of built environment professionals

Our workspace company, Build Workspace, provides co-working space for start-ups and small businesses in the built environment sector.

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
  • Address persistent barriers to access and diversity within the sector for ethnic minorities, women, under-represented groups and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds
  • Inspire young people to address key challenges facing the built environment through education and public awareness
  • Support charities, with a preference for those operating in the built environment sector, with provision of workspace at reduced cost, encouraging growth through collaboration
  • Develop a dynamic membership and encourage success through collaboration.
of architects are female.

BD online survey 2019.

agreed strongly that being from a BAME background can create barriers to career progression in architecture.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust/AJ race diversity survey 2020.


Careers education

We deliver careers education and enrichment activities at local schools. Our flagship careers enrichment programme with Oasis Academy Southbank gave over 120 pupils an introduction to the built environment in 2020 and taught them a range of practical design skills. Business volunteers have introduced new careers and career paths.

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.


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 events that help develop skills and employability, as well as 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 host school workshops and building tours for groups of young people.

Affordable Workspace

We offer heavily subsidised space to charities, 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 objectives and collaborating to solve complex urban problems.

Fixed desks for charities are available at a 25% discount on our already subsidised rates.

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

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

Build Studios’ workspace for charities is supported by our commercial co-working space operation, Build Workspace.


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.

Our workspace company, Build Workspace, also runs events and workshops tailored towards supporting small and start-up businesses.

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 team for further details.

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Workspace with a social purpose

All profits generated from Build Workspace are used to support the charitable 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 Build Studios’ charitable purposes.


Deskmag’s 2015 Annual Survey


Deskmag’s 2015 Annual Survey


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If you would like a tour of Build Studios, a free trial day at Build Workspace or to volunteer to work with local schools

Call us on: 0203 897 1999

Email us at: [email protected]

Visit us at: 203 westminster bridge roAd,
london se1 7fr


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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 Limited (Reg 10054109) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity (No. 1195529). The company’s registered office is at 203 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7FR. The project was initiated by WeAreWaterloo BID as part of a Section 106 agreement between Lambeth Council, a founding sponsor of the project and developers urbanest. Build Studios’ workspace lettings are managed by Build Workspace. Build Studios’ data policy and security policy can be found