Coming up: Container workspace comes to Carlisle

Cumbria's only enterprise zone is to add a container village to provide office space and a cafe for small businesses.

Revolution Architecture's design for Kingmoor Park's ModVillage (PIC Revolution Architecture/Prospus Group)
Revolution Architecture's design for Kingmoor Park's ModVillage (PIC Revolution Architecture/Prospus Group)

Carlisle City Council has approved plans for a modular village made from shipping containers to provide workspace for growing and start-up businesses. The ModVillage will be located in Kingmoor Park, Cumbria’s only enterprise zone. The initial phase of the container village, which has been designed by architect Revolution Architecture, comprises 24 offices and a café. To date, the enterprise zone has a development of 19 business units, funded by Kingmoor Park Properties and the European Regional Development Fund, as well as a showroom for vehicle maker Mercedes.

Manchester City Council has also given the go ahead to a scheme providing low-cost space for creative businesses on derelict land near Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium. Developer Meanwhile Creative plans to create workspace for small scale artisan craftspeople and industries from 50 recycled shipping containers. The business hub, called Pollard Yard, will provide the space for up to five years. Barton Willmore provided planning, architecture and heritage services on the project.

Housing association Clarion Housing Group has won consent for a 270 home scheme in Oxford. The Littlemore Park proposal includes at least 50 per cent affordable housing. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust secured outline planning permission for development of part of the former hospital site in 2016. Catalyst subsequently acquired the site and put together the detailed plans.


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