MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch Meg Hillier has unveiled a commemorative plaque at the official opening of Hackney’s new creative business hub, the De Beauvoir Block.
Around 100 guests, including local businesspeople and councillors joined some of the tenants for the opening and a tour of the Block, which is home to a vibrant mix of creative industries including Alexa Chung’s eponymous fashion label, The Grid creative agency and design creatives Carl Nas Associates.
The sensitive refurbishment of the three-storey Edwardian industrial building in De Beauvoir Road into a network of 33 business units, was completed in July. The contemporary design incorporates some of the building’s distinctive features, including original pipework, brickwork and timber floors.
One of the key objectives of the Block, which is owned and managed by the Benyon Estate, is to promote collaboration and conversation among creative companies and individuals. Its laid-back communal facilities, including a hot desking area, an on-site café and shared courtyard, are providing a creative hub for like-minded professionals to network and socialise.
Unveiling a commemorative plaque at the opening, Meg Hillier, MP said: “I believe that we have more creative people in Hackney than in any other local authority area so it’s great to see our industrial heritage repurposed for modern use to provide workspace; whether it’s for a single person renting desk space or a business growing into a bigger office.”
Estate Manager Edward Benyon, added: “In its short lifespan the Block is already achieving our vision to provide a creative hub for like-minded industries so they can benefit from working under the same roof, professionally and socially.
“These workspaces have been designed to inspire a creative community, not only within the Block but in the wider Hackney area too, and we hope everyone will enjoy being part of this.”