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Kingmoor Park in Carlisle is set to benefit from modular business space, in a development that will be a first for Cumbria and one of the first of its kind in the Northwest

Planning permission is to be submitted by Kingmoor Park Properties Ltd to create an 18,000sqft business village out of recycled shipping containers. The new development will be called “ModVillage” with a reference to modular and in recognition of Kingmoor Park’s MOD history.

The initial phase of the ModVillage – architecturally designed by Revolution Architecture part of the Prospus Group – will consist of 24 offices and a café.

Galloway Modular Construction (GMC), based in Newton Stewart, will convert and supply the shipping containers.

It is hoped that the new ModVillage development will create a vibrant space for local businesses to grow. Indoor and outdoor communal areas will create great spaces for collaboration, with on-site parking and great transport links an additional bonus.

Commenting Neil McIntyre, Kingmoor Park’s Managing Director said: “There are similar projects springing up throughout the UK in Swansea, Newcastle, Tyneside, Cornwall and Bristol creating business hubs out of these incredibly versatile, weatherproof containers.

“Whilst the initial phase at Kingmoor Park will focus on office space, we will be looking to expand in the future offering a made-to-measure service for upcoming phases that could present opportunities for other uses such as cafés, hairdressers, and even accommodation.”

Meanwhile, Alistair Fell, Director of Prospus Group added: “We are excited at the prospect of working with Kingmoor Park Properties and GMC to provide Cumbria with its first shipping container business village within the Kingmoor Park Enterprise Zone.

“Similar projects in the UK are playing a vital part in providing unique, economical, and environmentally friendly business space for companies regardless of their size and are also contributing significantly to the regeneration of urban areas, creating hubs for like-minded entrepreneurs and creatives whilst providing hundreds of jobs for communities.”

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