The Ministry, a new members club and shared workspace for creative businesses, has been opened by worldwide events operation Ministry of Sound.
The space, which opened in last year in the South London area of Southwark, has occupied a converted Victorian factory on Borough Road and kitted it out in luxury.
The now iconic brand, the new direction marks a homecoming statement from Ministry of Sound who first burst on to the London music scene some 28 years ago. The new luxury space is located just a stones throw away from the location of their first nightclub, a no frills derelict bus garage with just three working lights and an army of committed followers as Ministry of Sound tapped into a social movement. It seems, with The Ministry, they’re are continuing to do the very same thing – albeit on a majorly different financial scale.
Social working spaces, meeting offices, ultra-cool cocktail bars and fine dining is London in 2019 and Ministry of Sound are moving with the times. with tailored private offices and shared working areas, meeting spaces, soundproof studios, an immersive tech suite, a full-service restaurant, a bar 70 feet in length, an outdoor terrace, a 40-seater cinema and an events space with a diverse events programme, The Ministry has propelled itself to the forefront.
“The people we grew up with are now the founders and CEOs of start-ups and established businesses,” chairman Lohan Presencer tells Wallpaper. “The Ministry is for these people – independent creatives who light the sparks that become cultural wildfires.”
“For young people working in the creative industries in London you spend more time at work than you do at home,” Presencer explains. “Where you work should be fun, inspiring, packed with fantastic facilities and full of people like you. This is a place where creative businesses will thrive and grow.”
Simon Moore, creative Director at The Ministry, described its plush decor as “premium raw, a stripped-back simplicity with a high quality finish, which has underpinned every creative decision we took, from the furniture and fabrics through to the branding, uniforms, fragrance and art.”
With so much on offer, Presencer was quick to detail what The Ministry is trying to achieve: “We’re not a private members’ club, or a hotel doing a bit of workspace; we’re not a workplace provider as such; and we’re not a wholly social space,” he says.
“What we are is a place that creates a community. Other providers claim they are but they’re not. We are an entrepreneurial and creative business, and what we’ve done is design a place where other entrepreneurial and creative businesses can base themselves.”
Membership costs are £70 per month with a £150 one-off admin fee. For that amount, members will be given exclusive access to cultural events, sound studios, gym access, event hosting, five pairs of tickets to Ministry of Sound each year and plenty more.
On top of that, members will be allowed to sign in up to three guests at any one time.