By then, he had discovered the nearby Nottingham Hackspace, which opened in 2010.
Based in a red brick Victorian warehouse previously used by the city's lace makers, Nottingham Hackspace is one of the most successful, self-funded, member-run communities of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The result is an "orchestra" that jams in part of the Hackspace during social occasions.
Maker Space is the city's own version of what's called a hackspace, a place for people who love to experiment and build things.
Alistair MacDonald and Brian Degger took on the space known as the Cottage nearly two years as an office, but also had an ambition to open the area up as a communal hackspace.
The hackspace in London is almost a factory that you can open with Oyster cards.