Boxpark and Quintain have announced a joint venture to open Boxpark Wembley.
The brand new dining and event destination will be located in the heart of the 85-acre Wembley Park site which is currently undergoing regeneration by Quintain and is set to become the UK’s largest build to rent development.
Boxpark’s are temporary, meanwhile use, built from shipping containers on sites which are set for a different development some way in the future. However, the popularity of both the Boxpark’s built so far would suggest that they may persist for some time longer than orginally planned. Getting one in Wembley is certainly a big plus for Quintain and Wembley Park.
Known as Boxpark Wembley, it will be the first Boxpark for the north west of the capital and the third for London after Shoreditch and Croydon. Shoreditch offers cutting edge fashion retailers, while Wembley, like the Croydon version, will fuse modern street food with cool bars to create a new dining and cultural destination.
The venue in Wembley Park will include up to 29 independent and up and coming food and beverage traders. Set out in a bespoke layout covering 4,000 sq m on Olympic Way (known to fans the world over as Wembley Way) it will create a new entertainment space for those living in, working at and visiting Wembley Park.
Alongside the food and drink offer, the space will provide a year round events destination to add to Wembley’s world leading event venue portfolio. Boxpark Wembley will host a programme of events for up to 2,000 people at a time.
Boxpark will also provide a new “fan village” experience for visitors to the Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, and provide a local venue for the 4,000 students and 2,000 people who already live at Wembley Park. The 10 year joint venture will aim to provide year round animation to the area, which is undergoing rapid transformation with 3,000 homes under construction by the end of this year.
The venue is expected to have particular appeal to those who are increasingly calling Wembley Park home. At completion Wembley Park will have 5,000 rental homes available, managed by Quintain’s lifestyle focused rental management business Tipi, which offers an all-inclusive rental offer with shared lounges and social spaces.
Speaking about the deal, Angus Dodd, Chief Executive of Quintain, said: “Boxpark Wembley will open up Wembley to a whole new audience as well as create a new destination for stadium and arena event days. We look forward to working with the Boxpark team and opening in late 2018.”
Adding to this, Roger Wade, Founder and CEO of Boxpark, said: “Boxpark Wembley is located in an iconic location, on Olympic Way in Wembley Park. We hope to work closely with Quintain, Brent Council and other venue operators on the site to develop a world class food, drink and entertainment destination, and possibly the best fan park in the world!”
Boxpark Wembley is set to open in late 2018, and will in the coming months begin the process of letting the units.