The idea of transforming a shipping container into something wonderful has quickly become a familiar concept here in Manchester – think Hatch, Pollen Yard and the upcoming Embassy initiative, for starters – but it was Boxpark who pioneered the shipping container community back in Shoreditch in 2011, with the world’s very first pop-up dining and shopping destination.
Now, after an entire decade of rapid growth in the capital, the team has cast their sights on Manchester – with a new complex in the works near Spinningfields.
Set to open by the River Irwell, Boxpark’s latest project will take up residence by the junction of Water Street and New Quay Street, with chief exec of Allied London, Mike Ingall, confirming that the former ‘Albion Market’ site “will be a street food ‘concept’ with entertainment and some retail”.
The news was let slip on Linkedin last summer, and confirms major competition for Bruntwood’s popular Hatch complex which currently resides under the Mancunian Way on Oxford Road.
Currently earmarked for a summer 2022 opening, guests can expect outdoor drinking and dining, plenty of independent food traders and businesses, shopping, live events and more.
Boxpark currently operates three locations in London – including Shoreditch, Wembley and Croydon. The Manchester venture will mark the fourth location for the business, and the first move outside of the capital.