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Camden Collective – FMP Precedent Research

Collective is a registered charity that offers work spaces, courses and collaboration for the growing Creative Community in Camden. Collective is migratory and it builds on its legacy of successfully and effectively acquiring and re-purposing vacant and disused spaces.

Collective provides free hot-desking spaces and subsidised office spaces for startups and offers training academies in creative and digital skills. Being a part of Collective has meant many things to many people, this includes pop up shops, career development and commissioning projects in the public realm. Collective have an evolving business model, but have a constant strong, continuously growing community of young people, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who strengthen and support the development of Collective.

Collective relies on grants and fundraising revenue to fund its activities and has been well supported by various private and public contributors. Additionally, the project has won many awards since its startup in 2009.

37 Camden High Street

37 Camden High Street was the original ‘wire-less, wall-less’ Collective co-working space and is located above David Roberts Art Foundation, which was previously a 19th-century furniture factory that has been converted into a work space.

96-98 Camden High Street

In 2014 Collective took out a lease on 96-98 Camden High Street to support 4 larger business in a fixed-desk co-working space which included meeting rooms.

161 Camden High Street

In November 2013, Collective opened 161 Camden High Street with a three floor co-working space above the C/159 marketplace. Therefore Collective shares the building with retail on the ground floor and the co-working space on the floors above.

Carlow House

Carlow House was the second hub that Collective opened in Camden. This was in 2013 and the space was used temporarily by Collective for around six months and supported over sixty businesses until it was later redeveloped into flats.

99E Stables Market

In 2014, collective opened another temporary work space for around six months at 99E Stables Market.

Feast Creative

Feast Creative was opened in 2014 above a local creative agency located in a building behind Camden High Street.

Base KX

Collective at Base KX is a space which is shared with UCL innovation and enterprise. The building consists of fixed-desk space, showers, a kitchen, meeting rooms, break out spaces, event spaces, and a courtyard with a view of Regent’s Canal.


Collective at Temperance is the newest Hub located in the Insull Wing of the old National Temperance Hospital. It is a beautiful Art Deco building that has been derelict for over a decade. At Collective Temperance, there are three floors of work spaces for creative startups, which is a combination of hot desking, meeting rooms, event spaces, breakout spaces, workshop spaces and subsidised individual lockable offices for companies who trying to expand their business.

Could Camden Collective be a Precedent for my FMP?

Camden Collective could be a precedent for my project:

Co-Working Space – Camden Collective is a co-working space with hot desking and the option of more private areas. These are the kinds of spaces that I will need to be thinking about when designing the business part of my business and hospitality hub.

Seating – Within Camden Collective, there is a lot of different types of seating arrangements where people can choose where they work. When designing my space, I would like to consider different seating arrangements and types – from formal seating, to hot desk type seating, to comfortable relaxed seating for more relaxed work, to pure relaxation seating. It will give people the choice of how they would like to sit when they work and how they would like to sit when they are not working – this applies to the business element and the hospitality element to my design.

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