WHO WE ARE
‘Arbeit’ means work in German, and this is what we do. We Make Space Work.
Arbeit Project Ltd provides affordable creative work spaces for artists, designers, small businesses and start-ups, alongside business support, event/gallery space and a shared environment for innovative collaboration and community involvement. Arbeit is listed as a preferred workspace provider with Southwark, Islington, Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney Councils.
Our studios are safe, affordable and secure. We’ve had a go at answering your most common questions. From Taxidermists to stop motion animators, we can accommodate all your individual studio needs. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with anything at all. Please check our terms and conditions for detailed answers. And talk to us - we’re always happy to help make your space work for you.
I’M THINKING ABOUT GETTING A STUDIO DESK-SPACE. HOW DO I KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY AVAILABLE?
Subscribe to our email list here or send an email with the subject ‘studio request’ to email@example.com
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STUDIOS AND DESK-SPACE?
In a studio you’ll have a separate assigned space that you can lock so you have higher security. Desk-spaces are provided in a bigger space and you’ll be sharing the room with other people.If you don’t need a large space, why not try a desk-space first to save money?
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE CAN HAVE SPACE AT ARBEIT?
We welcome all creatives into our spaces. From fashion designers, music producers and jewellery designers, to start-up companies, photographers, furniture designers and theatre set designers. Music studio applications are also welcome for our Hackney Wick and Dagenham spaces.
CAN I SHARE MY STUDIO?
You can use your studio alone or share it. Arbeit will approve any studio share and your contract will be amended accordingly.
HOW MUCH DEPOSIT WILL YOU NEED?
We require 2 months deposit.
WHY TWO MONTHS DEPOSIT?
Two months protects against any unpaid rent, or for example, any failure to pay electricity. It’s rarely the case that the full deposit is not returned at the end of a tenancy. If a tenant has left the studio in a poor condition then the deposit is used to fix these problems.
ARE THESE STUDIOS LIVE/WORK?
Our studios are just for work. They are not live/work studios.
HOW SECURE ARE THE STUDIOS?
All of our studios have locks. Desk-spaces are provided with lockers where you can store belongings. However, the safety of the studios relies on its tenants double locking doors and closing windows before leaving. We’re unable to take any liability for your belongings stored in the studio. It’s your responsibility to provide your own insurance for contents.
IS THERE ANY MINIMUM CONTRACT PERIOD?
There is no minimum contract period for desk-spaces or studios.
WHAT IS THE NOTICE PERIOD?
The notice period for studios and desk-spaces is 1 month.
WHEN DO I GET MY 2 MONTHS DEPOSIT BACK?
We endeavour to give the full deposit back to tenants within 14 days of moving out. This period allows us to calculate any outstanding monies owed in respect of unpaid electricity bills and other costs which may have been incurred with the studio under your tenancy.
WHAT DOES THE RENT INCLUDE?
All our premises have wifi. The rent also covers all charges relating to the property: rent, business rates, building insurance, VAT.
There is a £10pcm service charge on top of the rent which includes: weekly refuse collection and communal areas cleaning, water rates, building maintenance and general administration, wifi, lighting.
WHAT DOESN’T IT INCLUDE?
Electricity, cleaning costs and contents insurance. With the exception of our Hackney Wick building, all electricity is metered per studio, so the electricity in each studio is pro-rata’d. An invoice is sent to you quarterly. If you need help in understanding how you’ll cover the electricity in your studio, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
DO THE STUDIOS HAVE HEATING?
Our studios don’t usually come with heating. However the buildings have double-glazed windows. If you want to use separate heating, please get in touch beforehand.