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Creative co-working and maker spaces for the whole community.

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Supporting creative business through desk rental, mentorship, and support.

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Our desk space is affordable and unique - offering new businesses the space, tools, and support they need to hit the ground running.

With residents working within the fields of architecture, design, technology, and fine arts, collaboration is inevitable and we often find our desk renters exploring new creative ventures and starting new businesses organically.

As a community interest company, all our profits are reinvested in our facilities and outreach projects, many of which are supported by our desk renters. It's this relationship between people, community, and facilities that makes D-Lab a vital creative hub within any community.
Iceberg Series - Jonathan Keep - 2018
D-Lab's maker spaces are innovative labs for businesses and individuals providing open access to cutting edge equipment and training.

Our spaces include XR, robotics, laser cutting, 3D Printing, CNC, and wood work with assistance on hand to help you design and create your work. We have a wide range of members from architectural practices, model makers, and craftspeople, to hobbyists, paper engineers, and ceramicists.

Make

Open access to robotics, 3D Printing, Laser cutting, CNC, and more.

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Learn

Architecture, art, and technology workshops for all ages and abilities.

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Our workshops cover programming, fine arts, VR/AR, data visualisation, and more. Heavily subsidised by our desk rental and provided by a team of local artists and technologists, our workshops are affordable for all and keep members up to date with the latest technological innovations. Alongside our creative technology we also offer opportunities for young people to learn new skills and prepare for university - helping to develop portfolios and creative practice.

D-Lab also support local businesses with skills training in creative coding, collaboration, and making.

The team

D-Lab is a group of architects, designers, and artists developing new ways of working together for the good of the community.

David Kirkland RIBA FRSA

Founder and CEO

David is principle architect at the award winning Kirkland Fraser Moor Architects and specialises in education, sustainable design, and innovation. Prior to
D-Lab, David worked alongside Sir Nicholas Grimshaw where he developed a passion for creative innovation, D-Lab is a continuation of this agenda.
Linda Kirkland FRSA

Operations Director

Linda leads our operations, partnerships and business development. With extensive experience in the charity sector Linda manages our relationships with international institutions and businesses as well as working with our residents on business development and support.
Kenny Fraser RIBA

Head of Workshops

Kenny is an award winning architect and unit master at the Architectural Association. He has worked alongside Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Renzo Piano and is a principle of
Kirkland Fraser Moor Architects. As head of workshops he encourages engagement with technological innovation within architectural education.
Ed Fish

Program Director

Ed is an artist and educator, leading D-Lab's program development and outreach. Ed specialises in creative technology and its application in critical art practice. He is also associate lecturer in Creative Computing at Surrey University.
Mentorship

D-Lab has a nationwide network of mentors and supporters that can help you to develop your craft or business.


Get in touch with us today to speak with one of our mentors or contact us to become a local mentor.

Peter Holdcroft - Product Design
Colin Hunter - Design Thinking
David Kirkland - Architecture
Kenneth Fraser - Architecture
Hugo Hardy - Architecture
Nicola Few - Architecture
Ian Gunter - Interior Design
Sunil Pawar - Graphic Design
Martin Evening - Photography
Ed Fish - Programming (Python / JavaScript / C#)

Mike Macdonald - Photography
Glen Travis - Film Making
Ben Sladden - Business Startup
Martin Warner - Business Startup
Dudley Moor-Radford - Business Startup
John McKenna - Writing to Win Business
Mark Kitson - Marketing
Mike James - Performance Coaching

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Berkhamsted

Hertfordshire
5 min walk from Berkhamsted Station
Clarence Rd, HP4 3AS
  • Desk Rental
  • Hot Desking
  • Meeting Room
  • Wood Shop
  • Maker Space
  • Workshops
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Stratford

East London
1 min walk from Stratford International
Celebration Avenue, E20
  • Desk Rental
  • Hot Desking
  • Meeting Room
  • Robotics Lab
  • Maker Space
  • Workshops
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East London
5 min walk from Stratford Station
Penny Brookes St, E20
  • Exhibition
  • Hot Desking
  • Meeting Room
  • 3D Printing
  • Workshops
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Blog and social
Find out more about co-working and making at D-Lab Studios.

Future Makers: Why making is great for kids

If the benefits of making are great for adults, they’re even greater for children! Here are four ways making can boost your child’s learning, creativity, and confidence.

BY
Carli Fish
June 13, 2018
Design

D-Lab visit Architectural Association

We got a back stage pass to the AA's new digital prototyping lab.

BY
Ed Fish
June 13, 2018
Architecture

Five reasons coworkers succeed

Research suggests that renting at a coworking space can boost your business and mental health. Find out why.

BY
Carli Fish
February 6, 2019
Business