Design Studio at NDT Broadgate

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Introducing the Design Studio at NDT Broadgate!

From conception, NDT Broadgate has been a design-led project, and far and away the most exciting space at NDT Broadgate is the Design Studio.

Over the last year we’ve been listening to artists, in particular designers, who can be especially isolated while also shouldering many hidden costs in their practice. This design studio is a direct response to these challenges.

Consisting of 40 individual design stations and work spaces, a large group workspace, storage facilities, and a shared making space, our Design Studio is a space for independent work, a place to bring collaborators, a site for presentations and workshops, and above all, an active site for the cross-pollination of artists.

A home for freelance designers, in Central London, completely free for a whole year.

Studio Residents
As part of the Design Studio we have offered a number of year-long residencies.

We are currently home to 20 designers over the next year. Giving each access to:

– An individual design workstation

– Individual shelving & a lockable cupboard/drawer unit.

– Shared storage space for larger items

– 24/7 access.

For more information, and to find out what we were looking for from our Studio Residents, please visit here.

Design Cafe
Alongside the Studio Residents, we are also opening up the rest of the studio space to be used as hot-desking space for Designers of all disciplines and experiences. We are hoping this provides a flexible workspace as an alternative to the theatre foyers, coffee shops and third spaces thaare often temporary workplaces for so many designers.

Under this model, the Design Studio will be open Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 6.00pm for designers to use.

In order to use this space, all that will be required of a Designer is to:

1. Sign up to our Designers network via this form. 
2. Before you want to use it, let us know you’re coming via this form.
3. On your arrival, sign in at our reception on the 4th Floor.
4. Welcome to the studio!

In terms of eligibility, you just need to make clear that you either

– worked in a design capacity on a theatre production since January 2019
– have graduated from a theatre design course since 2019.

We are not currently making the studio available to those currently studying.

Initially, we will not be capping availability for the Design Studio, so we expect to not have to turn anyone away. We’ll be monitoring usage and how busy it gets, and then if we find there is very high demand, we will introduce a more formal booking system to regulate numbers in 2022.

Studio Mailing List
To sign up to the Desgin Studio mailer, please visit here.

Help Us Shape It
We have big plans for building the studio culture of designers at Broadgate, as well as forging strong links to existing design networks across the country, to create a community that outlives the time we have at Broadgate.

This is being headed up by NDT’s Staff Associate Designer, Shankho Chaudhuri. If you’d like to discuss anything, specifically about the design studio, please do email him at or email our Design Studio inbox at

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