It's official. Wembley is getting its own Boxpark.
Brent Council has granted planning permission for a new iteration of the 'casual dining and event destination' for Olympic Way, just north of Wembley Stadium.
The original Boxpark opened in Shoreditch in 2011 (and recently had a revamp). The structure was almost entirely built from used shipping containers, with retail on the ground floor and eateries up top. A second, more ambitious Boxpark opened in Croydon in 2016, with the emphasis on food and drink. This uses even more shipping containers, but has the feel of an open warehouse space, ideal for events.
The Wembley version is set to be the biggest yet. Its design has evolved considerably from the 'pop-up mall' concept of the Shoreditch pioneer. Similar to Croydon, the focus is very much on food, booze, coffee and events. To put it in the patter of the press release, you'll get "27 independent food and beverage operators and 20,000 sq ft dedicated events space and 300 capacity venue."
This is a joint venture between Boxpark and Quintain, the developers of Wembley Park. It is set to open in late 2018.