Property management firm Meanwhile Creative has put forward a temporary planning application to develop a shipping container-based business hub on a two-acre plot on Pollard Street East in Manchester.
The Bristol-based company first outlined its proposals for the site in October last year and has now moved forward with a planning application, prepared by Barton Willmore.
This will bring an initial 50 shipping containers to the site, totalling nearly 8,000 sq ft, targeted at co-working and flexible business space. Tenants will be offered flexible monthly rolling contracts, with the smaller size containers costing £160 per month initially.
Subject to planning and letting success, future phases have the potential to add another 100 20 sq ft shipping containers to the site, with the site laid out to allow further expansion subject to demand.
Any expansion will be subject to a separate planning application. Along with the single-storey containers, there will also be on-site parking for tenants, with portable toilets also provided.
The site is currently vacant and lies around a mile outside the city centre between Pollard Street East and Cambrian Street. It is on the opposite side of the Ashton Canal from the grade two-listed Brunswick Mill.
Meanwhile launched in 2012 and controls office and studio shared workspaces in a variety of office, studio, warehouse and container settings, both in its home city and Cardiff.
The company said it had acquired the long-term lease on the Pollard Street East site from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester in September last year.