ABOUT COMMON GROUND WORKSHOP
Common Ground Workshop is a London-based architectural studio which harnesses creative energy through evolving collaborations that put clients, end users and communities at the heart of the project. Specialising in private residential housing, commercial workspace & hospitality fit outs and arts & culture sectors, the studio has a unique design approach that combines extensive experience of commercial space operation with a strong design sensibility and understanding of the application of materiality.
The goal of Common Ground Workshop is to create key collaborative networks between local professionals and a broad range of industry leaders to enrich and drive value into every project. The studio is both situated within a manufacturing co-working space and also operates a hybrid commercial space based at The Common E2: a flexible hub that combines co-working, exhibition & gallery space for the community with a café and retail offer. We believe that access to this continuously-evolving community and space greatly enriches our own process of design development and uniquely informs the quality of our design work and project consultancy.
With over 35 years of combined design, construction and operational experience, and as owners of a dynamic co-working and hospitality space, we holistically understand the process of project development from creating a brief and a vision for your site to consulting on the commercial side of running a new business and securing a premises. Through ongoing consultancy with a broad range of organisations and individuals we are in a unique position to help guide you through every stage of your project and to help you get off to the best possible start.
OUR STUDIO AT THE COMMON E2
The Common E2 is a cafe brunch and community workspace destination in Bethnal Green which also doubles as a adgile workspace and the design studio for Common Ground Workshop. Conceived by architect and coffee fan Mark Sciberras, The Common E2 opened to the general public in January 2015 as a hybrid cafe and design studio in the heart of East London’s creative communities which brings together locally roasted specialty coffee, fresh seasonal food and cakes in an integrated workspace and design studio.
The Common E2 was envisaged and now performs as a space where creatives from various disciplines can work, share ideas and engage with the public in a transparent, seamless and integrated way. Customers can sit with other designers, architects, new brand developers and tech start-ups or teams in a work meeting and have the opportunity to watch concepts and designs develop in front of them.
Mark has created a space which takes the concept of a common (or public park) and delivered it in the form of a cafe and shared workspace where members of the public, freelancers and emerging entrepreneurs can socialise, work and collaborate
WHY COMMON GROUND WORKSHOP
At Common Ground Workshop we strive to create a bespoke experience for every new project for our prospective and existing clients, and we believe that a successful outcome stems from a strong working partnership and a deep understanding of each project’s unique context.
We pride ourselves on the following core values:
We understand that our clients ambitions and needs must never be compromised. A large proportion of our work comes through repeat business and we believe that this is testament to our client focused working ethos.
We believe in the strength of our design ability and work with our clients ambitions to create imaginative yet rational architectural solutions
We believe that imagination and design creativity must maximise the potential of but never exploit our clients budget
We have in-depth experience in delivering all design and documentation Work Stages
We have delivered projects from feasibility and concept design stage to practical completion
We have ongoing site detailing and site management experience
We are continually developing construction skills education material for CPD lectures, and working with universities to help nurture the next generation of architectural professional
We have completed building projects in the United Kingdom, and Australia
We believe that every project is unique and respond to the environment, climate, location, brief, and client’s requirements in a unique way
We avoid repetition and the recycling of ideas
We are developing a dialogue of new ideas and approaches through competition submissions and bids
Mark Sciberras is originally from Melbourne, Australia and educated at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane where he qualified with a Bachelor of Built Environment and a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001.
Mark graduated with first class honors and went on to win the RAIA university medal. Relocating to London in 2006, Mark worked on several masterplanning, cultural, commercial, retail and residential projects with high profile award-winning practices before setting up Common Ground Workshop in 2013.
Mark’s interests also include exploring new opportunities through collaborations with other creative disciplines such as musicians, visual artists, graphic designers, product, fashion designers and performers.
Juan Guilmar Baldoni
Senior Architectural Designer
Juan Guilmar Baldoni is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His academic background includes a MA in Architecture and Urbanism with a major in Visual Arts. During the final year of his degree,
Juan worked on various architecture, masterplanning and landscaping projects, while also undertaking art collaborations and composing music with his own band.
Juan relocated to London in 2017 and joined Mark Sciberras of Common GroundWorkshop. Juan has contributed to the design of residential and commercial projects in North East and South East London and currently the lead designer on a farmhouse estate in Hertfordshire.
Juan's design sensibility is imbued in the development and production of different design ideas, and the relationship between architecture and arts fields where he enjoys spending his spare time exploring exhibitions, contemporary art galleries and artist practice / studios. This is where Juan gathers much of his inspiration.
Jack is a UK registered architect having obtained his professional qualification in practice from The Bartlett in 2011, and joined Common Ground Workshop as a Director in 2019.
Having worked in key roles at multiple award-winning practices Jack brings a substantial amount of experience in residential, commercial refurbishment & new-build, and masterplanning sectors across all scales. He has extensive design, construction and project management experience and is also a professional mentor, working to date with architects and students at universities across London including the Royal College of Art, Westminster and London Southbank, and at the University of Kent.
Jack specialises in design within challenging urban and rural contexts, and has successfully obtained planning permission for a number of flagship residential and commercial schemes across the UK.
Connor Pearce is a freelance Architectural Assistant who is completing his final year at Kingston School of Art. He has extensive background experience in construction and is currently undertaking Part 1 experience at Common ground Workshop. Connor has been nominated for several awards for his architectural drawing and has strong design and technical capability.