Fabrix secures two more tech and F&B innovation lettings at The Billiard Factory on Holloway Road
Fabrix has secured two long-term lettings at The Billiard Factory, leaving just two units remaining at the Holloway Road creative campus.
Gorillas Technologies, the on-demand grocery delivery service founded in Berlin, has taken almost 4,500 sq ft for a term of five years. The move follows a major funding round and expansion in Germany and The Netherlands. The Billiard Factory will house the UK headquarters, and the Gorillas service – which uses hyperlocal distribution hubs to deliver groceries in just ten minutes - launched in the Angel and Shoreditch areas this month.
Patron London has signed on for a period of 10 years and will operate the ground floor retail unit fronting Holloway Road with plans to launch London’s first off-the-shelf bottled cocktail shop, Le Cocktail Shop, from the space. The Billiard Factory will build on Patron London’s two North London based French restaurants Patron Cave à Manger and cocktail venue Tabac Bar as well as their online home delivery service Maison Patron.
Morgan Baker, Investment Manager at Fabrix, says: “Our vision for The Billiard Factory has transformed a vacant warehouse into a lively creative campus which contributes to the resurgence of Holloway Road.
“These deals reflect the way in which the F&B scene is transforming and innovating in London - from hyperlocal groceries to bottled cocktails. Signing up Gorillas Technologies and Patron London confirms the attraction of The Billiard Factory for the next generation of tenants and operators looking for design-led, mixed-use space in well-connected urban fringe locations. We look forward to welcoming them to the Billiard Factory community.”
George Edgar, UK Brand Marketing Manager at Gorillas, says: "We're really excited to be launching in North London and we feel the Billiard Factory is the perfect hub to grow our business from. Bold, creative values sit in sync with the heart of our business and we're looking forward to developing relationships with the other start-ups that occupy the space."
The campus is already home to creative tenants including world-leading costumiers Cosprop, big screen animators Blink Productions and leading youth arts organisation the National Youth Theatre. The Green Room Café is already on site and a popular local amenity.
Fabrix purchased the vacant site in 2017, extensively restoring it to create over 23,000 sq ft of contemporary and affordable flexible workspace, retail and public realm. Heritage design features such as exposed brickwork walls and timber trusses have been retained throughout the space.
The development of The Billiard Factory is in line with Fabrix’s approach to purposefully repurposing underused urban space.