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Box Park: Innovative, Pop-Up Retail Precincts

by Lizzy Nguyen

Box Parks in London to be the Future of Retail & Hospitality

By now you should know that the previously humble shipping container is no longer quite so humble. Design creativity and technological innovation have meant that shipping containers are increasingly being used for purposes other than shipping and storing goods. They’re praised for their environmental friendliness, cost-effectiveness and inherent durability, so it should come as no surprise that shipping containers are being used regularly in modern building and construction projects across Australia and the world.

Take BoxPark as an example. BoxPark, a London start-up turned retail space conglomerate, is leading the way for the modern implementation of shipping containers for alternative purposes. The company has now established a number of large scale and highly popular shopping and dining precincts – and, you guessed it, they’re constructed solely using shipping containers. BoxPark claims to be the world’s first pop-up mall, embracing street-market culture in conjunction with refitted shipping containers to create an affordable and flexible retail trading space.

The ‘parks’ comprise dining options, fashion retail stores, lifestyle brands and galleries in association with large areas of open public space to create an all-encompassing customer experience. They’ve also played home to a number of events and performances, working to exhibit talent and establish a sense of community – that’s just the power of shipping containers! After the success of their retail venture, BoxPark are currently looking into expanding their service provisions and diversifying their portfolio. They plan to do this by creating BoxHall, an amped up version of BoxPark, and BoxOffice, a collection of office spaces created entirely using shipping containers.

Clearly there is high demand for, and a general attraction to, repurposed shipping containers. With Container Traders, you can create a smaller scale implementation using shipping containers available in Australia. Whether you want to design a pop-up restaurant or café, convert a shipping container for use as a granny flat, or simple store excess goods in an accessible container on or off site – Container Traders can help! We’ve got a range of new and lightly used containers available for sale or hire across Australia. Wherever you’re located, we can get the perfect container delivered right to you. Need your container modified? We can help with that too. With an extensive list of possible modifications, nothing is ever off limits at Container Traders. From electrical fitout, plumbing inclusions and storage shelving to insulation, air conditioning and windows/doors – we can always help you create your dream space.