Update on our move to The Forge

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 13:00
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Update on our move to The Forge


In May we announced our exciting plans for Craft Central’s move to The Forge in the Isle of Dogs. The build is now well underway to Emrys Architects’ imaginative design and we look forward to being in our new East London home from 1 September. The virtually free standing birchwood frame housing the studios has been made off site and is now being installed. The bleacher seats leading down to the full height exhibition space are nearly finished. This exciting transformation from an industrial building to high quality workjng spaces for our community of designer makers, creatives and start ups is now happening very fast.


Craft Central as a destination 

The Isle of Dogs is known for its shipbuilding past and is an area of traditional industry. Through our move we will start to bring design and making back to the area, not just through the creative businesses based in our building, but also through our public programme.  This includes our popular Craft It Yourself workshops, regular exhibition events and other activities of interest to the wider community. 


Viewing access and open weekend – dates for your diaries

We can arrange viewing access by appointment now. Just drop us an email info@craftcentral.org.uk. or phone 02072510276


We will celebrate Craft Central’s move with an open weekend from Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October when you will have the chance to come and see our new home.  More information on our plans for the weekend will be confirmed shortly, but in the meantime, please save the date!



How to find us

The Forge is based close to the river and within easy access of Greenwich, Canary Wharf and Surrey Quays.  The building is:


  • within a secure gated community
  •  in a largely residential area, Close to the river and within easy access of the business districts Canary Wharf and Surrey Quays
  • five minutes walk from Mudchute station on the DLR
  • four stops from Canary Wharf, and the Jubilee line, and two stops from Greenwich
  • three minutes from Masthouse Pier, with river boat services to central London and Greenwich
  • three minutes from the Thames pathway and cycle track

Studio, meeting room and exhibition hire space

We still have self-contained studio spaces available in a variety of sizes from 83 to 286 square feet and making maximum use of natural light.  Studio space costs £53 plus VAT per square foot*. The fee includes building maintenance, business rates, water, Wi-Fi, 24-hour security, 365 x 24/7 access, pre-booked secure car parking, and use of the communal kitchen.

There will also be shared workspace, with benches, for craftspeople who want somewhere to work occasionally, rather than committing to a full-time studio.

* A service charge of £1 per sq. ft.  (or £1.80 per sq. ft. for electric kilns), plus VAT applies to cover electrical usage

In addition, we are providing flexible co-working spaces, with business grade Wi-Fi, for freelancers and start-ups for just £100 plus VAT per month. 

An exciting 1,000 square foot full height exhibition/event space is available for hire, together with a number of smaller spaces suitable for meetings, talks, classes, workshops and other events.

For more information about space hire or to arrange viewing access, please call Craft Central 020 7251 0276, email info@craftcentral.org.uk.


Common services

These include the kitchen, café type informal seating and meeting areas and Wi-Fi throughout the building, 24 hour security, 365×24/7 access, pre-booked secure car parking and a loading bay deliveries.  The ground floor has for disabled access and we hope to extend this to the mezzanine when finances permit. The building will be maintained and cleaned to a high standard.

 Further information

Address enquiries to info@craftcentral.org.uk. Or 02072510276

Please also see The Forge fact sheet