The world’s first pop up shopping centre?

A new ‘pop up mall’ with space for 60 pop up shop units is to open in the summer of 2011 on an East London site that has been disused for decades. Old Bishopsgate Goods Gard is owned by Hammerson, who has eventual plans to redevelop the site into a retail and residential park.  With a timescale of up to five years before development of the site is likely, the planning team behind the pop up mall are hoping that in the meantime it will become a major trading destination for independent shop owners.

The pop up mall – founded by the team behind clothing label Boxfresh – will be constructed of 60 container units and will be known as Boxpark.  Roger Wade, managing director of Boxpark, commented:

“There’s never been a situation where multiple containers have been put together on an temporary site to form a mall”.

Architects Waugh and Thistleton are designing the innovative mall concept.

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