25,000 sq ft




Property & Coworking


16 weeks

We’ve worked with the flexible office provider, Techspace, to create an exciting new coworking location where ambitious tech companies can thrive.

The combined CAT A and CAT B fit out of 25 Worship Street in Shoreditch has created c.25,000 sq ft of exciting new office space, including a new entrance, café, events space and revamped roof terrace.

Inspired by the street’s former foundries and Arts and Crafts workshops, this is a fit out that embraces the very best of modern working with a design that complements the unique history of a truly characterful building.

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Formed in 2012 in the heart of Old Street's technology ecosystem, Techspace has evolved from a small fledgling community of startups into a dynamic European community for pioneering tech.

Based in London and Berlin, Techspace now includes 3,500+ members, 75+ forward thinking teams, six locations and 47 Techspace team members.

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Office Principles was chosen to deliver the new Shoreditch location of Techspace in September 2022 following a competitive tender but that really only tells part of the story.

The stunning new eight-storey co-working space at 25 Worship Street is the result of more than a year of close collaboration between the two teams. It included several extensive design workshops and a research trip to Techspace Eiswerk in Berlin - a strikingly beautiful industrial building on the banks of the River Spree - which gave us a good understanding of the Techspace brand and its mission to create “go-to places for pioneering tech”.

However, we also understood that the overarching design concept behind each Techspace building comes from its own unique character, which meant that this project would have a distinct identity from the outset.

We would seek to strip the building back to its original features, with a raw, industrial palette, representative of its location near a former cannon foundry. The design would be complemented by the use of textiles, reflective of the street’s role in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Our team would have to negotiate extensive building control regulations to reconfigure parts of the building in order to maximise its potential occupancy and ensure its viability as a profitable, coworking location.

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Techspace Before Sketch Techspace After

25 Worship Street is a coworking destination that celebrates the individuality of a building and its historic location, to create a series of flexible office spaces that suit the varied needs of modern occupiers.

It showcases the existing raw material of the building - such as the beautiful brickwork unique to every floor - and enhances it through a carefully selected colour palette and choice of textures and finishes, which were inspired by the features we uncovered during the strip out.

We have used natural timbers and warm colours throughout the space, including feature tiles, a hot rolled steel finish at the new front entrance, fire red kitchen and concrete worktop on the ground floor.

While the building’s personality comes to the fore, there is no mistaking that this fit out has all the hallmarks of a modern and flexible Techspace location.

High-end finishes provide a sense of exclusivity and invites tenants to set-up home in ‘their’ space, rather than simply occupying more typical rented accommodation. Floors have been designed mechanically and electrically to be configured in different ways to suit demand, with additional tea points possible with minimal fuss. Pipework has been manipulated to maximise the ceiling height by following the contours of the feature coffered ceilings. There has also been a significant power upgrade to the building.

The underused basement has been reclaimed and now includes The Lightwell, a new rentable events space for up to 50 people. An intelligent design ensures that the floor’s other facilities - including large and small meeting rooms, a wellbeing room, production room, tea points and shower facilities - are always accessible.

We also worked hard to supply the location’s bespoke furniture, to deliver a true turnkey solution.

Significant safety hurdles have been overcome to make the building viable as a coworking location. Working with specialist external partners, Building Control and Fire Consultants, we’ve added new lobbies on each floor, a new dedicated ground floor fire escape and a new entrance door to the ground floor cafe space. The comms room has also relocated to a former security room. The modifications have combined to increase the available headcount and potential profitability for our client.

Having facilitated a crane lift and necessary road closures, we have also been able to install a new rooftop mechanical plant which has been carefully hidden behind new fencing to create a rooftop meeting and events space. New lighting, decking and mesh to the existing balustrade has delivered a space that is safe and usable whatever the season.

As we design with sustainability in mind, the products we’ve installed into the building are carbon neutral across the full product life cycle.

Following the successful delivery of 25 Worship Street, we have since completed two other Techspace projects at its Leman Street and Luke Street locations in London.