An innovative way of expanding the Cotton Court Business Centre ( https://www.lancashare.co.uk/directorydetail/events/cotton-court-business-centre ) in Church Street, Preston, is now underway. Branded as The Cotton Pods the containers will be kitted out to be home to start-up businesses.
Owner of the business centre Robert Binns said: “Since Cotton Court’s conversion to a business centre, we have been the catalyst for a significant number of start-up businesses and more than 50 new jobs have been created as a direct spin off from Cotton Court.
“One particular success story involves a business which began renting a single desk at £25 per week and is now worth more than £6 million with offices nationwide.
“Our aim is to continue to act as an incubator for hungry, bright young entrepreneurs and give them the space and support to realise their ambitions in business.
“Cotton Court is a Preston success story and growing demand means we need to expand to supply the space demanded by the city’s emerging creative talent.
“If we can keep them here and help them grow their business they will employ more people, live locally and spend money in the city.”
The proposals would see 16 of the containers set up, each being 20ft long and stacked over two levels in two locations on the site.
Neil Ainsworth, Partner and architect at Frank Whittle Partnership said: “The concept of using industrial containers as office space is an appropriate one and has become a model of success around the world.
“The Cotton Pods look good and are easily adaptable to each occupier’s requirements. We are keeping the industrial theme of the site and these pods will look great alongside the original, restored 1851 mill building.”