In 2013, Andrew Gregson was running a company he was about to shut down, while he was discovering the maker movement. An idea came, opening his own space to mix technologies and sciences, which he brought to his friend Tony Fish. Why? “To apply technology to a social context! Projects need to have a purpose, have benefits with social aim for people.”
In early 2014, the space was found and Fab Lab London company cofounded. By the summer, they had the keys. “We bought two drills to bring the wall down, and assembled the lab in 4 months from recycled materials at 80%!” The great opening happened in September 2014.
It was aimed at makers. “In the UK, a maker is someone who makes jam, textile, crafts, not necessarily an engineer. My mom makes cakes, my son makes a mess. The lab was focused on IoT, Tech, digital fabrication at the beginning.”
The interests are wider now with projects about food, smart materials, bio-techs, fin-techs, green-techs. “You can apply what we do here to many many contexts, environments, markets. But we were doing too much, and now we are trying to do less and less. To focus.”