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Our mission

Gather Round was founded in 2018 by Ben and Jason after trying and failing to find a creative workspace for their design studio, Fiasco Design.

Having established Fiasco Design in 2010 from an incubator space in the centre of Bristol, the studio has moved premises 5 times, expanding as the team has grown. Now a team of ten, when it came to moving again, Ben and Jason struggled to find a workspace that wasn’t an office and didn’t tie them into a long term contract – at extortionate rates.

Speaking to other creatives they realised that they weren’t alone in their quest, so they decided to do something about it.

Gather Round is the manifestation of two years of hard work, research and planning in an attempt to design and build a space for creatives and creative endeavours. A space that genuinely encourages community and collaboration.

Ben Steers and Jason Smith

Location

Located in the heart of Southville, we’ve chosen this area for its cultural significance, buzzing arts and cultural scene and thriving community spirit.

A mere 100 yards from North Street with its independent eateries and pubs/bars, including Bristol favourites such as Mark’s Bread, Bristol Beer Factory and the Tobacco Factory.

We’re a stone’s throw from acres of green space at Ashton Court Estate; a short walk from Wapping Wharf and the Harbourside, as well as easy access to Temple Meads railway station and Bristol Airport.

With the new 20,000 sq/ft Old Brewery development planned for the area behind Mark’s Bread, we find ourselves in an evolving, thriving community of Bristol.

Gather Round, Cigar Factory, Raleigh Rd, Bristol, BS3 1QU

  • Ashton Court estate is just a 15 minute walk away.

  • Bristol Beer Factory beers are the best in town. Fact.

  • Grab a fresh loaf at the world famous Mark's Bread.

  • The hustle and bustle of North Street is just 100 yards away.

  • Work on the Old Brewery development starts later this year.

The space

A 5,000 sq/ft space, our flagship venue is the ground floor of the Cigar Factory, an original 1900’s red brick building and part of Bristol’s industrial heritage.

Our aim is to create workspace that is both beautiful and practical. As creatives we think we know what makes for a great creative workspace.

The space consists of 6 private studios, 16 dedicated desks as well as areas for group gatherings, workshops and events, and large communal kitchen. There are nooks and crannies for quiet contemplation and meeting rooms for different occasions.

With windows on three sides of the building, natural light pours into the space. For darker corners you’ll find constellations of Tala lightbulbs and desklamps which will warm the space, come rain or shine.

Frequently asked questions

Hell yeah. We love a doggo. If you’re a Studio or Resident member and they’re well behaved and don’t bark, bite or stink the place out, we’d be happy to have them.

We’re keen to encourage our members to walk, run, cycle or swim to work. There’s an off-street sheltered area to store bikes during the day.

Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol’s main train station, is a 10 minute cycle or half hour walk away. There are also regular buses that run direct if you want to give your legs a rest.

We appreciate that some creatives are early birds, whilst others are night owls. You can get access to the space any time of the day or night, weekends or bank holidays. Hell, you can even work Christmas Day if you want to (although we wouldn’t advise it).

Access to the space will only be possible through the use of an electronic fob. The space will also be equipped with security cameras. Private studios are lockable and Residents will have lockers to store their things. Safe.

Our fibre optic broadband means you’ll get faster, more reliable internet, with a back-up line incase things go wrong. That way you’ll never be offline – unless you want to of course.

Sound good?

Our space is only as amazing as the people who fill it. So we’re always interested in hearing from creative people and companies who would like to be part of it.

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