The Sharp Project is adding a further six converted shipping-containers to its existing stock of 26 containers, in the development’s ‘Red Phase’ of the building complex in east Manchester.

The glazed-fronted units are pitched at SMEs who require a short term lease.

The new units will comprise of four doubles and two singles taking the total number on offer to 16 double and 16 single spaces. The units are situated in two terrace rows with a view to creating a ‘high street feel’.

Sue Woodward

Sue Woodward

Costs for the units start at £50 + vat per week with power and telecoms additional.

Sue Woodward, director of The Sharp Project said: “Micro businesses and SMEs are the backbone of the digital creative sector.

“Demand for affordable, flexible space is high. There has been a waiting list for our container units right from the start. It’s great to be able to accommodate more start-ups and watch them flourish in this unique environment where they can meet, share ideas and skills and collaborate on projects with other tenants.”

The Sharp Project, also recently announced it has secured significant additional funding to develop both the existing development and also the redevelopment of the former ICL building in Gorton into new film and TV production space.

The former ICL building is perfect for production purposes because the computer maker required large open, secure spaces when it was operating out of its former Gorton R&D headquarters.

Over £16m has been invested in the Sharp Project to date, with the monies primarily coming from the EU and Manchester city council.

Fifty plus digital and production companies are now based in the complex, spread across its 200,000 sq ft of refurbished warehouse space.