Plans to create a new workspace out of 90 shipping containers within a former warehouse and jail have been given the green light by planners.
The new space at Wapping Wharf in Bristol will feature an atrium and decking on number of levels including the roof. It will cater for about 250 people across a number of businesses.
Under the plans, drawn up by Alec French Architects, the walls of the disused J S Fry warehouse, which was also formerly part of the old Bristol Gaol, will be restored and new workspace built inside.
The scheme will have five levels including ground floor and will also include some car parking, a café area with outside seating, a shower suite, 24-hour access, a drying room, lockers and secure bicycle store.
Space ranging from 1,500 sq ft up to 22,000 sq ft will be available.
Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the way Bristol has embraced Wapping Wharf, so it’s fantastic to be able to expand into the workspace sector, meeting the strong demand from businesses for a high quality, unique working environment in the very heart of the city.
“At CARGO Work, we are taking an unusual approach to creating the building as we’ll be adapting the shipping containers and using them as ‘building blocks’ to create a completely unique, bright and airy building with a real industrial dockside feel about it.
“People working at CARGO Work will not only benefit from being close to the vibrant cultural, leisure and economic hub of the city, but will be able to enjoy the incredible array of independent restaurants, cafes, shops and more right on their doorstep, not to mention the beautiful harbourside setting.
“We have already received huge interest in CARGO Work so it’s excellent news that we can now press on with turning our exciting plans into reality.”