Boxpark pop-up mall founder aims to open second site

The founder of east London ‘pop-up mall’ Boxpark has announced plans to open another development, similar to the existing Boxpark next year.

The Shoreditch Boxpark

Roger Wade, chief executive of brand consultancy Brands Incorporated and former owned of fashion brand Boxfresh, says he is looking at six-to-12 sites around London and hopes to open a new development by Christmas 2012.

He says the new development could be more focused on leisure, featuring, for example, a festival stage and a skate ramp.

Wade says Boxpark will also be putting out a tender for designers and architects to work on the new development.

The existing Boxpark development, in Shoreditch, is set to fully open on Saturday.

Designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects, the site comprises retail units made from recycled shipping containers and split over two levels.

The aim is for the development to be in place for approximately five years, after which the site has been earmarked for a major development starting in 2016.

Boxpark tenents include fashion brands such as Boxfresh and Puma and charities including Amnesty International and Art Against Knives.

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  • Eddie November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Amnesty International is going in there? Really? After Roger Wade threatened to sue Christchurch, New Zealand’s Re:Start container mall which was developed because of the earthquake devastation from February 22’s killer quake, I’m wondering if anyone driven by something other than wealth would really want to support such a development.

  • Andy November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    After flying out to see the worlds first pop up container village in christchurch NZ back in Oct 2011 i will be interested to see how the the shoreditch sites stacks up.

  • Benjamin November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I as surprised how mundane it is. At just two storeys and all one colour, it looks as though the architects were striving to make a minimum impact. Also, I note that they opted to box-off the industrial steel ducting out of the back of a few units with wooden planks which again gives a suburban feel to it. Persoanlly, I think it’s a bit of a wasted opportunity. I think they should have used Lok-Ek who have a proven record in container design.

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