Camley Street \

Creating a business incubator

An adaptable event space and co-working venue in Camley Street which encourages a collaborative ethos and knowledge sharing within a supportive environment.

A co-working community

Imagined and managed by UCL Advances and facilitated by UCL Estates and Camden Town UnLimited, the brief was to fit-out a self-contained facility at the base of a new student housing development just North of Kings Cross station.

Opened in autumn 2015, Base KX provides a supportive environment to develop the skills and grow the businesses of local entrepreneurs by providing a low cost shared work environment, where each member contributes to a creative and productive community.

Adaptability is key

To create a successful space for a start-up incubator with migratory users from different creative sectors, we needed to embrace growth and change. Base KX has been designed with adaptability at its core.

The space is divided into three separately secure zones which are wrapped around a central courtyard. Each zone has its own agenda but all are adaptable with large open spaces, folding walls, flexible power outlets and zoned ventilation and heating.

Zones for events, workshops and working

The event zone is accessible via the Base KX reception, and can independently receive visitors to the 300 person seminar room and breakout space with fully retractable folding wall. It includes a bar, tea point, prep kitchen and touchdown desks for visitors. The external courtyard overlooks Regents Canal and can also be used for managed events.

The workshop zone provides acoustically separated meeting rooms with AV provision which are adaptable in size and located adjacent to the open plan production space.

The working zone is a flexible open plan desk based working space; easily adapted to suit changing group sizes and supported by a breakout area and shared tea point. With its own dedicated entrance it can function independently from the main reception and events zone.

Family of furniture

As we have designed an adaptable environment the loose furniture will evolve over time. A collection of fixed joinery furniture serves to provide a common theme and strengthen the identity of Base KX across the three zones. A ‘family’ of pieces made from lacquered plywood are used for tea points, meeting pods, the bar and touchdown desks. Birch and cork is contrasted with black accessories which sit below offset white acoustic rafts. These materials complement and soften the polished concrete floor and exposed columns whilst retaining an industrial designer-maker aesthetic.

Project Summary

  • Project name: Camley Street, UCL
  • Location: London, UK
  • Sectors: Education, Workplace
  • Service: Interior Design
  • Value: £2m
  • Type: Refurbishment, Fit-out
  • Client: University College London
  • Funder Client: UCL Estates
  • Status: Complete
  • Completion date: 2015

Project Team

Contractor: T&B Contractors
M&E Engineer: Parsons Brinkerhoff
Cost Consultant: Sweet Group.

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