Latest lets leave just one space left at Tempest

The Tempest roof terrace

Property group Capital & Centric has welcomed two architecture and design studios to its Tempest building on Liverpool’s Tithebarn Street.

It leaves just one space left to fill in the city-centre workspace.

The latest in a line of creatives calling Tempest home are shedkm and Planit-IE.

Designed to fill the gap in genuine co-working space for techs and creatives in Liverpool, Tempest is a cool, collaborative community within an inspiring space.

New tenant shedkm has signed a 10-year lease for a 3,079 sq ft space and landscape architects Planit-IE have taken a five-year lease on 1,346 sq ft.

They join a community of innovators and start-ups at Tempest, including Village Software, Broadway Partners and local success story Gas Tag, which started off in co-working space at Tempest before taking a unit and achieving national acclaim.

Tempest has reimagined the workspace, with a cafe-bar instead of a reception and co-working space covering the ground floor. With a roof top garden which hosts resident parties and yoga classes, the 1970s building even has its own bees making Tempest honey.

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Liverpool’s booming creative sector is a real testament to the growth of the city, and businesses want more options that really reflect their culture.

“They don’t want a cookie-cutter office development.

“They want a space that inspires creativity and brings people together, and that’s why we developed Tempest.

“Curating the right mix of tenants has been just as important for us as the fit-out. We wanted to build a creative community so have turned people away that didn’t fit the vibe and ethos at Tempest.

“Our residents are attracted by how cool the spaces look, but they stay because of the other people they meet.

“Right away, we felt like both shed km and Planit got what we’re doing at the Tempest. These are super creative guys involved in some incredible projects in the city and we’re sure they’ll fit right in.”

A collaborative design practice with a focus on public space, Planit-IE has been involved with high-profile projects across the UK.

In Liverpool, it’s working with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Football Club and National Museums Liverpool.

Although the firm has had a presence in the city for two years, Tempest is Planit-IE’s first dedicated studio, from where it plans to expand its team.

Managing director Pete Swift said: “We fell in love with Tempest the first time we saw it.

“It’s a great example of how a building can be re-used, keeping some of its original 1970s charm but with a modern update. It’s in a part of the city that’s really hotting up creatively and just a walk away from all the big projects on the waterfront, so perfect for us.

“The thing that really clinched it for us, though, was the communality and shared working spaces. With the welcoming café-bar reception, loads of meetings spaces and the best views in the city from the roof top garden we couldn’t ask for more. It really sets the right tone for our visitors and customers.”

Award-winning architects, shedkm have designed some of the North West’s most iconic buildings. They’re behind a number of Capital & Centric’s developments, including Kampus, Cusader, Phoenix, Talbot and Nowhaus.

Mark Sidebotham, director at shedkm, said: “We have outgrown our much-loved Liverpool studio so were on the look out for something new. We’ve worked with Capital and Centric for years and align with their ethos, so Tempest was an obvious choice.

“It’s exciting to be located in the evolving business district, with views of the river and a great brutalist concrete building that we know will make a fantastic home for our Liverpool studio.”

Spending an average of £2m a week on regeneration, Capital & Centric is also behind Littlewood Studios, a planned film and television hub at the iconic former Littlewoods building and the adjacent Bunker building which is home to Human Recognition Systems.