Creative & Digital Industries
London’s creative & digital industries are booming. Lambeth is at the heart of this growth. Across the borough, from South Bank and Waterloo, to Vauxhall, Brixton, Clapham and West Norwood, Lambeth is home to world leading creative and digital talent.
If you’re a creative or digital business, view the gallery below and read on to see who’s here and where you can secure workspace within Lambeth.
Arts and Culture
Our world class cultural sector includes the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, The Vaults, the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres. These institutions drive annual audiences in the millions. They also fuel significant supply chain opportunities for smaller creative enterprises in Lambeth. All are engaged in local outreach, employment and training programmes, supporting our Inclusive Growth agenda and breaking down barriers to Lambeth’s next generation creative talent.
Prestigious visual arts organisations include Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, the Portico Gallery, Gasworks, and now Damian Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, winner of the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize.
Film and TV
Lambeth’s Film & TV sector is anchored by ITV and the British Film Institute. ITV, who have been one of Lambeth’s biggest employers since the 1970s, recently announced their intention to build a modern, purpose-built HQ on their existing South Bank site, which would bring together all of their London operations in one location for the first time. The BFI are also working up plans for a new flagship Film Centre on the South Bank.
Architecture and Design
A collection of world-renowned architecture practices include David Chipperfield, DHDSA, Martha Schwartz, Marks Barfield, and Squire & Partners. Lambeth’s architecture practices’ notable projects include the London Eye, Brighton’s i360, and part of the Olympic Village. Of the last ten Stirling Prizes, two have gone to buildings in the borough and one to a Lambeth-based architect.
The south of the borough is also home to prestigious craft and design companies including Michael Ruh Studio, Blackbird London, and the ceramicist Edmund de Waal based in West Norwood.
Our digital sector includes tech titans IBM and Capgemini. High growth tech companies including Nutmeg (fin-tech) and Infoserve (online marketing) are also here, alongside new tech start-ups finding affordable space at workspace facilities including The Foundry, Granby Space, Build Studios and Pop Brixton.
The recent decision by Apple to secure 1 million square feet of space within the Battersea Power Station redevelopment is set to stimulate more tech companies to locate within Lambeth and our neighbouring borough Wandsworth.
Next Generation Creatives
A range of creative pioneers undertaking innovative programmes include the Champion Agency, Reprezent Radio, Livity, and B3 Media. All of these businesses deliver great creative services and content, whilst doing fantastic work to support young local creatives, many from disadvantaged backgrounds to break into the creative and digital economy.
A Strategy for Creative & Digital Sector Growth
Lambeth has chosen to invest in a cluster development strategy to support the growth of these industries, set for publication in summer 2017.
Working alongside the Greater London Authority, the South Bank BID, and other local agencies across the borough, the strategy has three objectives:
- To help existing businesses large and small to relocate here
- To make sure we provide the necessary infrastructure for native businesses to thrive and new start-ups to emerge, and
- To ensure a strong talent pipeline from all areas of the community, whilst breaking down barriers to entry for people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) origin who are underrepresented in some parts of the industry.
Workspace for Creative and tech
One key area we are already working on is the creation of new affordable and flexible workspace facilities. Recently, the council has supported workspace projects including Granby Space, Build Studios, The Foundry, and Pop Brixton. These spaces, including many others such as Local London at Capital Tower (Waterloo), Make Space Studios (Waterloo), The Piano House (Brixton), and Workspace Group (across the borough) are specifically geared towards supporting SMEs in the creative and digital industries.
The council is also encouraging new purpose built spaces through the planning process of major mixed use development. Developments underway in Vauxhall including Tintagel House by The Office Group and Keybridge House by Mount Anvil will bring large-scale, fantastic new spaces on stream in 2018.
We are also seeking to halt the loss of some commercial space due to the Government’s Permitted Development Rights programme allowing office to residential conversions through the use of ‘Article 4 Directions’.
Get in touch
If you’d like to expand or locate within the borough, we’d love to hear from you. Please fill in our property enquiry form.