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Start-up firms could be based in Church Street shipping containers

Posted on - 8th September, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre, Redevelopment
Cotton Court is expanding with its start-up pods
Cotton Court is expanding with its start-up pods

Shipping containers could be installed in the car park of a Preston city centre business centre.

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The innovative way of expanding Cotton Court in Church Street has been lodged with planners.

Branded as The Cotton Pods the containers would be kitted out to be home to start-up businesses.

Owner of the business centre Robert Binns said: “Since Cotton Court’s conversion to a business centre, we have been the catalyst for a significant number of start-up businesses and more than 50 new jobs have been created as a direct spin off from Cotton Court.

“One particular success story involves a business which began renting a single desk at £25 per week and is now worth more than £6 million with offices nationwide.

“Our aim is to continue to act as an incubator for hungry, bright young entrepreneurs and give them the space and support to realise their ambitions in business.

“Cotton Court is a Preston success story and growing demand means we need to expand to supply the space demanded by the city’s emerging creative talent.

“If we can keep them here and help them grow their business they will employ more people, live locally and spend money in the city.”

Another view of the shipping containers
Another view of the shipping containers

The proposals would see 16 of the containers set up, each being 20ft long and stacked over two levels in two locations on the site.

Read more: New openings at Church Court

Partner and architect at Frank Whittle Partnership Neil Ainsworth said: “The concept of using industrial containers as office space is an appropriate one and has become a model of success around the world.

“The Cotton Pods look good and are easily adaptable to each occupier’s requirements. We are keeping the industrial theme of the site and these shipping containers will look great alongside the original, restored 1851 mill building.”

The full plans can be seen on the city council website and comments can be left there.

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