Pollard Yard

Home of Manchester International Festival, hundreds of galleries, exhibitions and world-leading cultural events and the BBC’s huge, advanced broadcasting hub MediaCityUK, Manchester has built up a fierce reputation as one of the most exciting, creative cities in the world

Full of self-starters and innovators, Manchester is crying out for more affordable workspaces for makers, solopreneurs and micro-enterprise.

So what better place for us to launch our second container project, Pollard Yard?

Call 0161 854 1469 or email pollardyard@meanwhilecreative.co.uk to arrange a viewing.

Our goal: To establish one of Manchester’s biggest creative co-working communities, and give hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, creatives and small businesses the space they need to grow. 

Launched: June 2019

Location: Pollard Street East, Manchester. The site neighbours hip Ancoats and New Islington, and is a 20 minute walk from the city centre along the canal.

The project: Our first Meanwhile Manchester project provides much-needed, affordable studios and light industrial style workspaces very near to the centre of Manchester in converted shipping containers.

Around 30 ready-to-move-into pilot project spaces launched in June 2019, on a site with a pretty basic set up as we started to put infrastructure in place.

Later in 2019, we went big, adding another 67 container workspaces, alongside investing more heavily in the site, shared facilities and breakout space and introduced a full time site manager, Lucy to the site. 

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get in touch with our team

0161 854 1469

More on the spaces: Our containers offer ground level access, security and natural light from the front aspect. They are perfect workspaces for small office based businesses, makers and hands-on creative practitioners. We offer high speed internet starting at 20mbps for £10p/m.

Among those working on site are a web designer, film producer, tattoo parlour, lash specialist, musician, music producer, translator, graphic designer, clothing brand and event photographer. In total we have 97 containers now active on site.

Spaces available: 

  • Small 20×8 ft (160 square feet) units – £225 a month
  • Large 40×8 ft (320 square feet) units – £425 a month

No VAT is applicable.

The detail:

  • Flexible monthly rolling contracts
  • All bills (bar internet) included
  • 24/7 access
  • Loads of natural light and ventilation* through front aspect sliding door
  • Self-contained, clean and regularly sanitised
  • Ground floor easy access
  • OSB chipboard lined interior
  • Plenty of power sockets and lights
  • Onsite parking (subject to additional cost)

*Some businesses may require additional ventilation or extraction. e.g those that create humid environments or need warmer temperatures. Please assess on your viewing and speak to a member of the team.


By tram: Holt Town – 2 min walk / New Islington – 5 min walk
By bus: 216 or 231 from Piccadilly Gardens every 10 mins
On foot: 25 min walk from Piccadilly Gardens, 20 min from Piccadilly Station


"Be part of one of the biggest creative co-working communities in the north"

Rachel Meanwhile Creative

get in touch with our team

0161 854 1469

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