The Sharp Project ships in more converted containers for start-ups
The Sharp Project, Manchester’s digital content production complex, is increasing the number of converted shipping-container units from March.
A total of six new containers will be added to the ‘Red Street’ which was the first phase of the building to receive tenants in 2010. Four doubles and two singles are being added to increase the total number to 32 which includes 16 double and 16 single spaces. Placed in two terrace rows they create a high street feel. The glazed-fronted units are perfect for start-ups and SMEs who require a short term lease.
Single containers are 160 sq ft (8ft x 20ft) and cost £50 + vat per week. Double containers are 320 sq ft (16ft x 20 ft) and cost £85 + vat per week including one car parking space. Power and connectivity are an additional charge.
Sue Woodward, Director of The Sharp Project said: “Micro businesses and SMEs are the backbone of the digital creative sector. Demand for affordable, flexible space is high. There has been a waiting list for our container units right from the start. It’s great to be able to accommodate more start-ups and watch them flourish in this unique environment where they can meet, share ideas and skills and collaborate on projects with other tenants. Our ‘easy in, easy out’ policy means start-ups don’t need to make a long-term commitment which really encourages them to make that first leap into business.”
One of the tenants in the Red zone, Henry James, from innovation and design company, Inventid, said: “We relocated to The Sharp Project from Leeds as we believed it would help us grow our business and that has definitely been the case! Manchester has enormous international pedigree in manufacturing, innovation, textiles, music and sport – so it made perfect sense to be here. The very fabric of a container as workspace excited us most about The Sharp Project since it defines so much about contemporary product design and logistics. The members’ community is very important to us – we’ve collaborated widely with other energetic, talented businesses and our glazed front provides a perfect opportunity for passing trade and a casual chat with visiting delegates. We’re looking forward to welcoming more start-ups into this part of the building – who knows who’ll be working with next?”
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