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Bongo’s Bingo founder plans Baltic shipping container leisure complex

The co-founder of Bongo’s Bingo wants to open a music, arts, drinking and eating space in the Baltic Triangle made from repurposed shipping containers.

Joshua Burke is behind plans submitted to Liverpool City Council for ‘Content’, which would be based in Cains Brewery Village.

Proposals are for 15 steel shipping containers sited on a corner site on Stanhope Street which is currently used as a carpark – seven at ground level and seven on a second level with one left empty as a gateway.

The seven ground level containers will be supported on concrete pillar foundations and are earmarked for retail/leisure use.

It’s envisaged the seven containers above will be used as office space.

The proposed Interim Phase of Concept.

According to the planning application for Content, there will eventually be three main areas of the container village:

  • The Interim Phase: mainly populated by retail units, cafés, restaurants and bars. This will also double up as an “exclusive events space”.
  • The Highstreet: an extension of the Interim Phase which will incorporate the addition of ‘The Makers’ – independent makers which “celebrate quality craftsmanship”. These units will also function as retail units.
  • The Offices: this area will mainly focus on confined affordable offices, with quiet courtyard spaces, private access and rentable meeting spaces. This will be situated at the back of the site and will create a well thought through sound barrier for the surrounding residential units

The initial application is solely focused on the Interim Phase with the second and third areas still in the conceptual stages.

Burke has devised the scheme alongside Carl Turner Architects which has created similar projects around the UK including Pop Brixton in London.

According to the planning application, the ethos of Content has been adopted “with minor alterations” from the successful South London project.

Pop Brixton is home to 55 independent businesses including restaurants, retailers, makers, street food traders, designers, digital start-ups, a community barbershop, a youth radio station and a number of social enterprises.

Pop Box, the project’s main events space, is built from upcycled shipping containers.

The proposed site of the shipping container development.

A document included with the planning application reads: “The types of businesses we are looking to connect with are those that contribute to the community of the Baltic Triangle.

“We are particularly looking for businesses that will provide the kinds of services that Liverpool residents need to create a live, work, play environment in our neighbourhood.

“We prefer owner-operated businesses that reflect the unique personality of the emerging Baltic area rather than chains or franchises.”

If the council approves the plans, Content hopes to be open a some point in 2019.