First pop-up mall comes to East London

A new retail experiment constructed from shipping containers is set to be unveiled in London this October.

DIY Week reports on what truly could be described as the first pop-up mall ever.

Forty of the 60 containers at the Boxpark will be dedicated to small brand shops only; many of which have already started to install their shop fittings. The remaining units, housed on the first floor, will be made up of cafés, galleries and restaurants.

The team behind Boxpark believes that the Shoreditch site – which is conveniently located next to the train station – could create a shopping revolution in the East End.

Developers Hammerson will deconstruct the mall in five years’ time to make way for 2,000 homes. Leases for retailers in the meantime are available as a one-year or full five-year contract. Boxpark has stated that rents will be “affordable.”

Boxpark founder Roger Wade said of the concept: “I was always fascinated by shipping containers – the idea of Boxpark was a fusion of many personal ideas over time.

“I wanted to create something on a grand scale by using shipping containers and offer retailers short leases, versatility and cost-effective retailing that made sense – the antithesis of the out of town shopping mall.”

The 4.7 hectare site, known as Goodsyard, was derelict for more than 40 years prior to Hammerson taking over, says Wired.co.uk.

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