Toxteth could follow London’s trendy Shoreditch and Brixton areas with a new retail area built from shipping containers.
If given the green light, the scheme will provide 14 units for local retailers and entrepreneurs to move into.
Developer CanCo has submitted a planning application to Liverpool City Council for what it promises will be a ‘funky, urban’ concept on Lodge Lane.
It’s proposed the refurbished, insulated containers with glazed frontages will be painted in different colours and laid out around a landscaped central courtyard bounded by Lodge Lane and Grierson Street, with some stacked two high.
CanCo says that, subject to planning permission, it is hoped work to build the scheme out will be underway on site by the autumn.
Nathan Schreiber of CanCo says: “Lodge Lane succeeds because it meets the needs of its local community and, in doing so, has become a draw for the wider city.
“It’s a big success and try finding an empty shop unit. You won’t. Our aim is to provide more room for local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in a low-cost, high quality setting.”
A mix of retailers and other businesses are set to be targeted for the development if it goes ahead, and will be offered ‘easy-in, easy-out terms’.
Nathan adds: “Lodge Lane is a great neighbourhood and we want to add to its appeal whilst giving local residents the opportunity to set up or expand their businesses.
“We want to provide an environment where retailers can test new concepts and products.
“These are difficult times for the High Street but with the right focus on place-making and meeting local needs we know places like Lodge Lane can continue to thrive.”