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Sheffield's new shipping container scheme!

Created: 28 August 2015

There’s no need for bricks and mortar with this new Sheffield development – set to be built entirely from recycled shipping containers.

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

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, who are creating a bespoke venture specifically for the site.

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’.

“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.

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[Image via Sheffield Star]

 

UK manufacturing order books recover unexpectedly in August

Created: 21 August 2015

British manufacturing order books recovered unexpectedly in August, although expectations for output fell to their lowest level since January, an industry survey showed this week.

The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) monthly total order book balance from its monthly industrial trends survey rose to -1 from -10 in July.

There was some sign of improvement in export orders, although the CBI warned that eight out of 18 of its manufacturing sectors covered in the survey were still experiencing below average levels of export orders.

"While the rebound in manufacturers' total order books is encouraging, many firms are still struggling in overseas markets," said Rain Newton-Smith, director of economics at the CBI.

"On the one hand, the strength of sterling and cheaper energy are reducing factory input costs, but the strong pound is also hitting export prices and margins hard."

Sterling is currently close to 7-1/2-year highs against a trade-weighted basket of currencies.

The CBI's output expectations index fell to a seven-month low and manufacturers said they expected average prices to fall in the next three months after being flat last quarter.

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