02 . 05 . 2019
A co-working office block in Brixton has been recognised as the UK's first Living Wage Building.
The Lambeth Council-owned International House, run by affordable workspace experts 3Space, now requires all tenants to pay the London Living Wage to employees and contractors.
The 11-storey building used to be a council office until it re-opened last year to become a co-working space, and now houses growing businesses, social enterprises and charities.
Tenants include George Clark’s Amazing Spaces team and Turner Prize winners Assemble, who are set to open The Fabric Floor that will focus on textile and fashion entrepreneurship.
One floor of the building is dedicated to not-for-profit and community organisations that get the space rent-free.
Architectural design support company Resi occupy the fourth floor of International House and pay its 56 staff the London Living Wage as a minimum.
Resi CEO Alex Depledge said: “Paying the rate is a core principle for this company, so it’s great to be in a building where everyone shares that.
“We have lots of architects employed here, 22 so far, and are hiring ten more. Being in this building has been a real plus as it is helping us attract potential employees who have heard about what’s going on here, as well as the quality of the space.”
Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Lambeth Council has shown real leadership in asking businesses based within its buildings to pay the London Living Wage. We know the huge impact supportive local authorities like Lambeth can have in driving Living Wage take-up.”
Councillor Matthew Bennett, the council’s cabinet member for planning, investment and new homes, said: “This is now one of London’s biggest affordable workspaces, and being named as the UK’s first Living Wage Building really cements the significance of this project.
“We have a really ambitious programme of delivering more affordable workspace and creating more high-quality jobs for local people. We hope this will be the first of many accredited Living Wage Buildings in the borough.”
New shared ownership apartments are available at a development in the heart of Brixton, offering special benefits to potential home-owners.