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PostTue Oct 25, 2016 4:55 pm

New 'box city' made from hundreds of shipping containers planned for Cardiff Bay

There are plans to create a "Box City" in Cardiff Bay from hundreds of shipping containers.

The space would include hotel apartments, offices, street food venues and even an outdoor cinema.

The innovative quayside scheme would see around 400 shipping containers reconfigured to create a stunning environmentally-friendly four-level development.

It would be built on a derelict site at Porth Teigr and cover more than 50,00 square feet. It would be the largest shipping container inspired scheme of its kind in the UK.

Box City is the brainchild of property entrepreneur Simon Baston, who runs DS Properties.

His interests include the Tramshed in Grangetown, Cardiff, which has a music venue, live/work apartments and a tech hub for creative industry and tech firms, Tramshed Tech.

The project has been designed by London and Cardiff-based EllisWilliams Architects, which has a base at Tramshed Tech.

The Welsh Government has given its initial approval to provide a lease for Box City on a 0.64 acre site. It could open as early as next spring.

The plans include:
36 retail units at street level, including restaurants
Space for street food venues, a pop-up market and bar
Some 20 serviced business units - which could be rented by the day or for as long as 10 years - each extending to 260 sq ft and 14 smaller units of 100 sq ft
A community gym with yoga and dance studios and a cycle repair shop
56 hotel apartments rooms with balconies at the top level
An outdoor stage and a huge cinema screen
A map with the site of Box City marked in red

As well as being one of the most sustainable property development schemes on this scale ever seen in Wales, the project will be targeted at indigenous businesses - from tech start-ups to specialist food and drink producers.

Box City would also be a tourism and leisure attraction in its own right.

Plans revealed for huge redevelopment of the Brains brewery site in Cardiff
Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “These are really exciting proposals that have the potential to completely transform what is currently a derelict and disused site in the Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay.

“If these plans come to pass they could see Wales becoming the first country in the UK to host a storage container development of this kind - which would be quite a coup in itself – and could bring a host of exciting leisure and business opportunities to this growing area of Cardiff Bay.

Mr Baston said: “DS Properties are delighted to be working alongside the Welsh Government once again to provide the most innovative spaces for the burgeoning creative, tech and media industries now operating in South Wales." ... s-12076389


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Re: Box City - Cardiff Bay -

PostTue Oct 25, 2016 5:49 pm

I noticed the container cafe in Porth teigr has extended into another container, looks quite decent though i dont think the plans above are really suitable on a large scale.


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Re: Box City - Cardiff Bay -

PostTue Oct 25, 2016 6:06 pm

Looks really cool to me, it's something unique and is going to help expand the Bay in that direction nicely. Even better if it's ready by spring next year.


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PostTue Oct 25, 2016 6:15 pm

I'm not opposed to the idea and I think it could look quirky with other modern developments around it. But I do think it's in the wrong spot.

There are currently similar containers being used as short-term offices outside Bristol Temple Meads and I think they're are great for start-ups or project-specific offices etc., where you can accomodate a high turnover. But there's no mention of parking, so how do people get there? Ideally you want them by a major transport hub, i.e. a railway station, so I don't see that they'll be sufficient demand without easy access. The transport arrangement for the Bay are already a joke!


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PostTue Oct 25, 2016 6:27 pm

Looks great but: "It could be open as early as next spring"

Surely not?


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Re: Box City - Cardiff Bay -

PostTue Oct 25, 2016 7:52 pm

This sounds great, the bay needs more to offer than just a couple of restaurants and bars like it currently does!

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Re: Box City - Cardiff Bay -

PostWed Oct 26, 2016 10:49 am

The ones in Croydon, Brixton and Shoreditch all look really cool – and it would be nice to see Cardiff doing this too.


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PostThu Oct 27, 2016 12:20 pm

There's a similar place in Seoul that I've been to a few times: ... r.html?m=1

If they can get it right this could be a really great addition to the city.


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Re: Box City - Cardiff Bay -

PostFri Jul 28, 2017 9:12 am

Is this project dead? Not heard any news of this for a while.


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Re: Box City - Cardiff Bay -

PostFri Jul 28, 2017 11:22 am

It's not on Loft Co's project page on their website. If you Google search it you can find the page which I guess has been hidden.

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