will be hosting regular tours of this home for the local business community,
described as a careful juxtaposition of the old and the new in terms of its
lain derelict for decades, the Grade II-listed Georgian terraces and a former
pub at St George's Circus in Southwark were reopened in September 2013 as the
Clarence Centre. It has succeeded in creating an entrepreneurial melting pot
where businesses, start-up and established, benefit from networking and the
cross-pollination of ideas.
The building is a significant contribution to
the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle and has received several design
awards including a Civic Trust Commendation in March 2014. Many of the building's original
features, such as fireplaces, remain as a link to the building's heritage.
Student and graduate start-ups based at the Clarence Centre include BoxUp
Crime, finalists in TeachFirst's Innovation Awards this year, social enterprise
School Explained, and Collaborate – an enterprise focused on cross-sector
collaboration in public services.
In addition to retail units, the centre is home to informal working
areas including 'huddle' and 'brainstorm' rooms, events and exhibition spaces,
and a landscaped garden.
Open House London is an annual not-for-profit event that takes place
over a weekend in London, when the city's architecture is opened up to the
public free of charge. Started in 1992, the concept has been so successful it
has spread to nearly 20 cities worldwide.
The Clarence Centre will be running regular tours from 10am to 4pm.