Kingston Riverside

New Affordable Workspace and Creative Performance hub on Kingston Riverside

Mandy Weston Founder & COO, TownSq, Jamie McGowan Community Director, Town Sq and Cllr John Sweeney, Portfolio Holder for Business and Leisure at Kingston Council, outside John Lewis on Kingston Riverside
Mandy Weston Founder & COO, TownSq, Jamie McGowan Community Director, Town Sq and Cllr John Sweeney, Portfolio Holder for Business and Leisure at Kingston Council, outside John Lewis on Kingston Riverside

The council has appointed Town Square Spaces Ltd (TownSq) as managing operators of the new affordable workspace and Creative Youth to deliver cultural enterprise and events on the Kingston Riverside.

Kingston Council has signed an agreement with John Lewis Partnership to lease the basement and parts of their ground floor riverside Kingston store to create a new affordable workspace for local businesses and a creative performance hub for young people.

Over the next 10 years, the spaces will enable the creation of at least 500 new jobs across the local economy, by supporting the activities and growth of local businesses. The council has appointed Town Square Spaces Ltd (TownSq) as managing operators of the new affordable workspace and Creative Youth to deliver cultural enterprise and events on the Kingston Riverside.

This innovative community and business partnership-focused venture will include coworking spaces, workstations, a cafe and performance and event space for the public to enjoy. TownSq will also provide a number of startup support enterprise programmes, including an Accelerator, to support fast-growing new businesses. 

Alongside the flexible workspace, there will be a creative performance space which will be used and managed by local youth arts charity Creative Youth. 

The development of the workspace is a part of the council’s delivery of its innovative ‘BIG South London’ knowledge exchange collaboration, alongside Croydon, Richmond, Sutton and Merton. This will deliver workspaces in each borough and opportunities for businesses to collaborate with universities to support growth and innovation. It is anticipated that the new spaces will open in 2022.

This is just one of many initiatives aimed at building skills and employability in the borough, as well as reinvigorating Kingston Town and Riverside. Over the next couple of months, the council will be working with Creative Youth, Weston Rengifo Architectural Practice (WR-AP) and Kingston Academy to revitalise the riverside, envisaging a new public space that is vibrant, welcoming and safe. 

Last Modified: 08/02/2022 18:12:30