The first offices of a £1.3 million unique development at a major Carlisle industrial park have been delivered.

Kingmoor Park’s ModVillage – made entirely of bespoke shipping containers – aims to bring something different to Cumbria’s only Enterprise Zone and will be home to number of growing and start-up businesses.

Since the project was revealed in January of last year, Kingmoor Park has been inundated with enquiries from local businesses.

This week saw the first four containers, each weighing six-and-a-half tonnes, delivered to the site.

The team are now adding the finishing touches ready for the first occupiers.

Neil McIntyre, Kingmoor Park’s managing director, said: “We can now share with enquirers what can be achieved with the containers.

"We have an example on site that is fully kitted out and are in the process of showing lots of people around.

"People are surprised by the amount of office space a container gives. They are also energy efficient and affordable which adds to the attraction.”

The initial phase, which has been designed by Revolution Architecture, part of the Prospus Group, will consist of 34 offices and a café.

Prospus Consulting is the project manager for the development and the offices have been supplied by

Galloway Modular Construction, based in Newton Stewart.

GMC specialises in creating contemporary offices, retail units, and luxury holiday accommodation

Alistair Fell, director of Prospus, the sole agent for the development, said: “The delivery of these units is incredibly quick.

"From signing on the dotted line to occupancy in a bespoke space could be as quick as 12 weeks.

"We have a lot of interest in the project which is the first of its kind in Cumbria.

"We have the capacity to deliver as many of these unique offices as demand requires.

"Credit has to go to Neil and the team at Kingmoor for taking such a proactive approach to offering exceptional office space to growing Cumbrian companies.”

Those behind the scheme say they hope the new development will create a vibrant space for local businesses to grow, and flexible lease terms and additional support should see tenants flourish.

Indoor and outdoor communal areas will create spaces for collaboration, with onsite parking and transport links.

The containers are made from Corten Steel and can be remodelled to a bespoke specification.