Sheffield shipping container scheme is fresh out of the box

An artist's impression of Krynkl, the proposed new development built from shipping containers in Shalesmoor
An artist's impression of Krynkl, the proposed new development built from shipping containers in Shalesmoor
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There’s no need for bricks and mortar with this new Sheffield development - set to be built entirely from recycled shipping containers.

The complex - called Krynkl - is planned for Shalesmoor, featuring a bar and restaurant, 16 offices, a rooftop garden and a health club.

Developers say the building’s eco-friendly design is a UK first outside of London, describing the scheme as a ‘mini creative industries hub’.

Plans for the £500,000 project have just been submitted to Sheffield Council, but already the ground and top floors of Krynkl have been pre-let to the Milestone restaurant group, which is creating a new venture specifically for the site.

Health club firm Be X Fitness, which recently opened a second Sheffield branch on Penistone Road, has also signed up to move in, along with a barbers.

David Cross, managing director of Kelham Island-based Coda Studios, which is behind the scheme, said the idea had been ‘in the background for a while’.

A temporary market called Ship:Shop was mooted in the city centre six years ago, in place of the then-stalled Sevenstone retail quarter.

“It’s quick to do, it’s flexible so we can change it around, and the costs are low,” he said.

“There is nothing at all in Yorkshire like this. It’s a complete first. The closest development you will find to this design is Boxpark in London, which has been an enormous success.”

David said it would be ‘particularly attractive to smaller start-up businesses’ and that using containers provided a ‘green solution to making the most of limited space’.

In total, 23 boxes made from corrugated steel - the material which inspired the name Krynkl - will be needed to form the units.

Plans have also been laid to redevelop the printing works next door to form apartments.

David said the scheme will link with the revival under way at Kelham Island. “Lots of people are going to be living there, from students to young professionals and families, but it needs more of a heart in terms of retail and commercial businesses. It’s a big scheme.”

The development is being let and managed by Tim Bottrill, of city chartered surveyors Fernie Greaves.