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PROJECTS

The biscuiT facTory Part of Tower Bridge Business Complex, the building began life in 1867 as Peak Frean’s biscuit factory, responsible for classics such as the custard cream and Garibaldi, and employing more than 3,000 people. The factory closed in 1989, when production transferred to the north of England, and by the time Workspace bought the site in 1999, much of the plant was derelict. Refurbishment and conversion of the industrial buildings was completed in 2009 to create a new business quarter. The Biscuit Factory’s four main buildings offer offices, small start-up business spaces, a new, fully-fitted cafe, office, free Wi-Fi, CCTV, bureau services, designated centre manager, parking, staffed reception, shower facilities and meeting rooms, and are available on short leases for flexibility. Today, 120 businesses employ 650 people, including a tailor, publishers, film studio, record producers, dog walkers, IT support, charities and designers. Workspace is now planning the next phase of regeneration and investment, and has worked up proposals for 33,300sq m of employment space and 800 homes, set around landscaped garden courtyards and an urban park of nearly an acre (0.4ha). The masterplan stitches historic routes back into the existing street pattern which opens up the site, with routes running northsouth between The Blue Market towards Bermondsey tube station and east-west towards Southwark Park. When complete, Workspace estimates that 2,500 people will be employed on – or directly managed from – the site.

Above: From a record producer to a film studio, 120 businesses are operating from the Biscuit Factory. right: The complex offers a wide assortment of creative spaces in buildings of real character.

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Southwark #9  

A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...

Southwark #9  

A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...