Creating community

Worship Square is made for more than just work. In fact, we are building a diverse community, underpinned by a design that encourages social interactions inside the building and out.

Everyone welcome.

Supporting innovative start-ups to flourish, 10% of Worship Square will provide workspace for local businesses. Emerging businesses and scale-ups can make their home here also book on-demand desks, meeting rooms and flex space,supporting changing needs as they develop.

As part of the Worship Square community, start-ups have access to all amenities, including the communal terrace, fitness studio, ground-floor hub and building app.

Inspiring futures.

  • We want to inspire the next generation of STEM talent to explore the wide range of opportunities within the built environment. We work with local schools and youth groups creating projects and sharing knowledge that will help young people realise their potential.
  • In Spring 2022, our Worship Square site team invited children from the local school to help them spruce up the Square’s garden beds. Together they planted over 500 specimens from 22 different plant species.
  • Giving children somewhere fun to play when its raining, we recently installed over 3,400sq ft of indoor turf at the Lyceum School. We also held a competition to design a safety sign, with all entries earning a place on our hoarding outside the school.
  • We recently invited 20 female secondary school pupils to tour the Worship Square construction site. There, they heard from our design manager about plans for the Square’s transformation, and learned about different roles in the design and construction industry.

Rising up.

Keen to engage with the local community, we have formed a close relationship with Hackney-based youth initiative RISE 365 – a community interest group in Hackney, designed to reach, inspire, support and empower young people and the community. We created 14 paid work placements for RISE 365, tasking the team with introducing a new vending machine to the sire. They conducted market research that informed an enticing and profitable product selection. The team also designed the branding for the machine, and a management plan for keeping it well stocked.

Through our work with RISE 365, we have won the BPIC Network Community Project award – a built environment inclusion business working with industry organisations to improve ethnic minority representation as well as retention.