The Sharp Project

Sharp Project expands

David McCourt

Manchester's digital content complex, the Sharp Project, will add further converted shipping container office units from March.

Six new containers will be added to the first phase of the building, called the Red Street.

Four doubles and two singles will be added to increase the total number to 32, split into 16 double and 16 single spaces, and placed in two terrace rows.

The glazed units are aimed at start-ups and small firms requiring short-term leases.

The Sharp Project is based in a 200,000 sq ft refurbished warehouse on Thorp Road previously occupied by electronics company Sharp. The £16.5m profit-for-purpose development is owned by Manchester City Council.

Single containers are 160 sq ft and cost £50/week. Double containers are 320 sq ft and cost £85/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. It's great to be able to accommodate more start-ups and watch them flourish in this environment where they can meet, share ideas and skills and collaborate on projects with other tenants."

Henry James, co-founder of innovation and design company, Inventid, and tenant at The Sharp Project, said: "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. 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."

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