Need somewhere to be creative in Southampton… join the “Design Chapel”
Southampton’s exciting new creative space giving individuals and small companies the opportunity to work in a wonderful creative environment with likeminded and inspiring fellow artists and designers.
The Chapel itself is grade II listed, dates from the 1840′s, and is situated in Southampton’s Old Cemetery on the Common. The building has been converted, in recent years, from a derelict Chapel to an office space, all the original character has been retained alongside modern fixtures and fittings inside, creating a unique working environment.
Proud custodian of the Design Chapel is local designer Chris Orr (who has a small design business based there also). Chris says: “Its a great place to work… it never ceases to amaze me the impact the building has on visitors, and on me when I actually stop and take notice, usually when I am walking in on a nice sunny morning!”
Local illustrator Peter Jarvis is also based at The Chapel and commented “Its like my second home, I can come here evenings or weekends for peace and quiet and to paint, I love the atmosphere” “The thought of having other creatives based here sounds great, we could all benefit from each other’s presence and I know it would enhance further the atmosphere in the Chapel”.
Peter Spence, Director of South Coast Design Forum, recently visited the Chapel and commented on the Studio space saying how behind the idea SCDF are and that he believes it will encourage collaborations and growth of design and subsequent related business.
The open plan space is being loosely divided up into desks/work stations at an all-inclusive rent of £40 per week (plus VAT) on short-term flexible leases. Broadband and phone lines also available for rent at additional competitive prices. Shared facilities include a fully fitted kitchen with fridge, microwave and dishwasher, toilets and meeting area with PC and large monitor and broadband access. Cycle storage is also included!
The Chapel is accessible 24hrs a day, 7 days a week and already houses designers, illustrators, web programmers and video editors to name but a few.
Space is available immediately, all enquiries welcome – to arrange a viewing contact us now.
Also – residents get to publish their work and blog posts on the “ichapel” website for free!