Makerversity began when 4 designer makers were given the opportunity of taking over 2000 square meters of disused and derelict space in the lower floors of Somerset House. Frustrated by the lack of space for makers in central London and the lack of opportunities for young people to get excited about making, the idea for Makerversity was born. By early 2014 after 9 months of hard work and industrial quantities of paint, an unloved basement was transformed into a vibrant creative home for over 60 businesses and Makerversity was up and running.
Over the years, Makerversity has become a major cross-disciplinary workspace championing collaboration and experimentation in the centre of London. Their 2 aims are:
- Build and run spaces for makers including co-working space and workshops with equipment and tools
- Learning programmes for members to participate in and also to provide for others.
There is a strong emphasis on community, cooperation, skills and knowledge transfer and mutual support. With favourable terms from the building owner, Makerversity can provide affordable co-working and making facilities to early career makers. ‘Makers’ means anyone who is in the business of making for a living, be it a designer, engineer, entrepreneur, technologist, inventor, craftsman, technician or artist. You might be freelance, a startup or design studio.
There is capacity for 350 members. All members have full access to all tools and equipment. The highest tier of membership is £390 per month for permanent desk space with 24-hour access. Limited time free memberships are offered for under 25s or by application for ‘Makers with a Mission’ for value driven projects. The communal facilities and wide range of tools equipment, techniques and knowledge available facilitate knowledge transfer, skills sharing and new ideas development as well as fostering new business ventures. Support is provided formally through workshop managers and learning programmes as well as informally through peer to peer collaboration.
Read more and explore the vast opportunities of the 2000 square meters at www.makerversity.org.