THECUBE is appointed to the GLA’s Open Workspace Group

5th Jan 2015

We are very excited to announce our appointment as part of the GLA’s Open Workspace Group. The role of the group is to discuss and create a best practice outline for coworking spaces, art spaces, maker spaces, and offices.

It was an interesting first meeting with a lot of experience and knowledge around the table. Below is the summary of the questions presented by the group. Given the age of transparency and social media, if you as a placemaker, user, or developer and would like to present questions or comments to the group via THECUBE, please email us directly at

Summary of Questions

  • How do you help potential business owners who are priced out of London?
  • How do you convince developers to create more commercial spaces rather than luxury residential flats?
  • What role to Local Authorities play in creating more workspaces?
  • As a ‘placemaker’, how do you create attractive investment proposals ?
  • How do you use the mixed use model more useful, especially its outer environment?
  • What is the role of planning permission and policy ?
  • How do we solve the problem of losing spaces due to rent increase and redevelopment ?
  • Are developers too passive in the workspace supply chain?
  • How do you help spread knowledge and use of these new type of workspaces out of London?
  • Universities are not able to find space, how do we solve that problem?
  • Should workspace operators / owners get business rates relief ?
  • What is the role of culture in attracting people to a city and thus spurring the economy?

Our Points

If property developers are choosing to create residential developments over commercial we must understand what is driving this decision to become more attractive propositions to them. Secondly, it seems that the problem is more complex than simply giving tax reliefs or reducing rent, it is about creating a stronger economic system.

THECUBE’s questions were how to evolve the thinking behind spaces as just a place to hold people but as tools for spurring on the economy? Secondly, how do you create a stronger supply chain between architects, ‘placemakers’ and property developers to create environments that people want to interact with, generate economy, and designed with smarter technology?