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Manchester - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester

Pollard Yard will be our first large scale container workspace project and our first project in Manchester. We’re so excited to unveil provisional plans for the site, which is currently a derelict 2-acre plot of land.

3D drawing birds eye view - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
How did this come about?
Having successfully launched our own brand of container workspace with Cardiff Containers, we started looking for new sites where we could go large and take our concept to the next level.
Manchester has been on our radar for many years now. It’s a city full of creators and innovators and is crying out for more affordable, flexible workspace.
After much searching we found a huge plot of unloved land not too far from the centre of Manchester. And Pollard Yard was born.
Pollard Yard entrance - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
What’s there at the moment?
A warehouse once stood on the site but was demolished many years ago, with just a few exterior walls and foundations left intact. We took on the plot in September 2018 as a disused wasteland and got to work straight away on an epic site clearance. Next up? Infrastructure.
Unlike most new developments, we’re moving really quickly, pushing to get the site fit for purpose and the first set of container workspaces ready to view in November.
At the moment the site looks like this….
Site view - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
And eventually we’re turning it into this…
3D drawing 2 - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
But this won’t happen all at once. This side of Christmas we’re hosting an Open Day, when we’ll unveil the first Pollard Yard workspaces and give those interested the opportunity to reserve a space.
We’ll also be making the rest of the land available to local event, festival and market organisers looking for outdoor space in central Manchester.
Eventually we hope to add another 200 container workspaces, a dedicated event space, plus we’ll be investing heavily in facilities and infrastructure. Pollard Yard will then be one of the biggest creative and community hubs in Manchester.
3D drawing - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
What will the pilot project spaces be like?
Each container workspace will be lined with chipboard and kitted out with plenty of power sockets and lighting. Units will be fitted with a double patio door at the front aspect, just inside the existing container doors. All in all this makes for a light, well insulated, secure private workspace.
Both small and large containers will be available for rent, with around 30 spaces available as part of the pilot project in the new year.
Inside a container Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
How much will they cost?
Our pilot project spaces will be super affordable and among the lowest prices on offer in Manchester. Small pilot project containers will cost just £160 a month and large pilot project containers £280 a month.
These prices will be for the first 6 months only and are super low in reflection of the fact that onsite facilities will be on the basic side and the vibe pretty DIY in feel at first.
Following the pilot project, monthly costs will increase to around £250-270 a month and £400-£425 a month.
More information
Inside a container Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
Where is Pollard Yard?
Pollard Yard is on Pollard Street East in central Manchester. The site neighbours Ancoats and New Islington, and is a 20 minute walk from the city centre along the canal. Not too far from the Northern Quarter and accessible by car, tram, bus, bike and foot.

Next to the canal - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester

How can I get a container?!
If you’re interested there are two things you need to do:
ONE. Let us know you are interested! You can either comment below, sign up to our mailing list or email enquiries@meanwhilecreative.co.uk
TWO. Come along to the Pollard Yard Open Day on 29 November.
The Open Day will be the first opportunity that anyone will have to view and reserve a space. Viewing is essential.
RSVP now through Eventbrite

How can I run an event?
We’re really keen to hear from people that want to make positive use of the land and run events over the next 6 months. Don’t delay, get in touch for more details now!
3D drawing 3 - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
Meanwhile founder and MD Fred Wyatt, said ‘having trialled the concept in smaller cities, we found there was a real appetite for affordable spaces and Manchester with its rich industrial history was my dream location for our next move. Our aim is to support enterprise through providing inexpensive premises for businesses to flourish.’
Collage - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester
Pollard Yard is the biggest project Meanwhile Creative have taken on to date, so it’s a bit daunting, but really, really exciting, and we’re blown away by the positive response we’ve had in Manchester so far. Thank you!
More details to follow soon…
Aerial view - Pollard Yard | Converted container workspaces in central Manchester

7 Comments

  • Kevin McGiLL says:

    Good Luck!

  • Craig says:

    Will there be on site security? Lot’s of wrung uns round that area is a concern with expensive equipment inside!

    • admin_mc says:

      Hi Craig. The site will be secure, as will the containers. Best thing is for you to come along to our Open Day on 29th Nov and have a chat with the team

  • Chris says:

    How is insulation and ventilation managed?

    • admin_mc says:

      Hi Chris. The containers are lined with OSB/ply, which keeps them nicely insulated. Ventilation is from the front aspect, where a sliding double door is fitted inside the original container doors. This is the set up we have in Cardiff and all works well

  • Steven McCrory says:

    What arrangements do you have for Internet? We own and operate a Metropolitan wireless network in Ancoats and can provide cost effective Internet quickly for the pilot phase. We are also on the government voucher scheme which can help fund the infrastructure costs. Happy to provide my contact details to discuss further?

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