Amazing Space – The Humble Shipping Container

1 November 2018

Think about a shipping container. What springs to mind?  

A dark wet dockside with a police detective breaking in to find illegal contraband?  

The Channel 4 continuity sequence where they align to make a large number 4? 

We bet you’re not thinking of a nice place to work, a trendy place to grab a bite to eat, or a pop up shop. Thought not. 

Shipping containers however have become very fashionable of late, and it’s not hard to see why. They are designed to be strong, watertight, stackable and to maximise the use of their footprint. They are (relatively) easy to transport, plentiful, and can be arranged in a way that offers flexibility. It’s no wonder they seem to be appearing in most major cities and are being used in more and more ingenious ways. 

At a time where building materials are expensive, these modular, quick to erect structures offer developers and landowners the option to try something new and interesting without breaking the bank.  

It seems there is no limit to the flexibility of uses that these containers offer.  

Take Wapping Wharf in Bristol. This former dockside industrial site is home to CARGO, a development of containers that have been adapted to offer food and beverage retailers who have (until now) been trading from mobile kitchens and pop up restaurants the opportunity to refine their menus at a more permanent location. Bristol-based entrepreneurs who own ‘Pigsty’, purveyors of everything porky, have subsequently opened a permanent restaurant on the popular Gloucester Road.  

Pop up retail units in Shoreditch’s Boxpark, as featured in The Apprentice, Krynkl in Sheffield, and Pop in Brixton give start up businesses a stepping stone between being online only and having a permanent presence on the High Street. Their inexpensive nature also means Landlords are able to offer more flexible terms to incoming occupiers rather than seeking commitments for 3 years or longer. 

We are delighted to be involved with Podville on Almondsbury Business Park in Bristol. Creating inspiring yet affordable workspaces, stepping away from the bland white offices and long leases people are familiar with, here you’ll find design-led, flexible co-working spaces for Bristol’s small businesses. 

These office workspaces benefit from free parking, secure cycle storage, all inclusive bills (no hidden extras), private super fast broadband, flexible contracts, air conditioning and use of additional meeting rooms when required.

For further information on creative spaces to let in Bristol please take a look here.

If you are a landlord who is interested to find out more about how you could incorporate a similar development into your scheme, or an occupier looking for space like this, we would love to hear from you. Contact us and we will do our utmost to use our network of contacts to find if we can make it happen for you! 

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