Container Community Hub Pops Up in London’s South

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Since opening last May, a new container development called Pop Brixton has energised the gritty streets of inner-city Brixton with a vibrant burst of commerce and community.

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Historically, this South London neighbourhood has faced a range of social and economic challenges, including high unemployment, poor quality housing, inadequate amenities and high crime rates.

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The Pop Brixton initiative aims to combat some of those issues by supporting local jobs, training and enterprise.

Launched in 2015, Pop Brixton is a temporary urban rejuvenation project commissioned by Lambeth Council, which provided the land at no cost. Project architects Carl Turner Architects describe the development as a ‘mini city of culture, enterprise and community’.

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Built on a former brownfield site, the initiative has transformed a once derelict space into a hive of activity, bringing much-needed leisure space and work opportunity to the neighbourhood.

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Created with low-cost, low-energy, upcycled shipping containers, the sprawling container community covers an area of around 2,000 square metres.

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The colourful shipping container complex was designed to showcase the area’s best independent start-ups and small businesses, giving them a platform for sharing skills, ideas and space.

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Pop Brixton was conceived as a place where ‘things are possible’ – everything from performance to business incubation to community yoga classes – and so the design consists of a variety of raw, flexible spaces that can evolve as needed.

The modular approach to design has a deliberate focus on efficiency and sustainability.

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Pop Brixton will occupy the site in Brixton until at least October 2017, at which point the Council plans to redevelop it.

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