Freeholders, local authorities and developers

Modular, adaptable and vibrant with low-impact construction

CRATE pro-actively works with local and national authority freeholders and has reinvented the landlord’s role as we redefine the workplace community, and with it, breath new life into the high-street operating model.

With national and local economic policy encouraging job creation and regeneration of under-utilised assets, the opportunity to collaborate and ‘placemake’ with local councils, developers and freeholders has never been so great. As a private sector partner, CRATE brings a design, build and operate service package that delivers economic activity and local vibrancy.

Our partnership approach delivers ground-breaking real estate. CRATE offers mixed-sector workspace solutions from light-industrial, to retail, amenity, makers/creators and office-based service businesses. Our approach works in short lease and permanent sites, as well as the podium space of residential developments. With our flexible and environmentally sensitive construction approach, awkward and under-utilised sites in every town and city across the UK can potentially host a CRATE scheme. This is our long-term goal. As we grow, we are committed to operating CRATE schemes and see this as our core competence.

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Location flexible

CRATE is a location flexible, long-term, physical platform that brings entrepreneurs together with local authorities and freeholders. We seek to facilitate a value exchange. Entrepreneurs pay rent to CRATE for a business environment that is a platform for growth, while council and developer freeholders provide land in return for economic impact, job creation and regeneration activation. CRATE delivers long-term sustainable impact through our package of services to tenant businesses that delivers affordability and valuer for money.

Quality that isn’t temporary or ‘meanwhile’

The flexibility of our product means it can start out in one location and be moved to a second site with minimal fuss. Alternatively, CRATE can activate regeneration on a site for 5-10 years before businesses are re-housed into a purpose-built structure (or ground/lower floors). 

At CRATE, our design and build philosophy for units and infrastructure is long-term. With routine maintenance, Crates have an equivalent life to conventional construction. Our unit appeal is enhanced by the sustainability of its internal construction, which exceeds modern business standards.

The value proposition 

Placemaking and economic activity that ‘pays it way’, turning an expense into a revenue generating return on investment (c. 10% net p.a.).

Commercial premises that match the needs of a large and increasing micro and SME market, delivering high levels of local jobs.

Embedded physical and digital business support that ensures on-site and local businesses have a platform for growth.

Workspaces that enable smaller firms to base themselves near larger local employers to access supply chains and distribution channels.

Amenity businesses that serve nearby residents, the local workforce and other businesses (curated to local need).

Growing-on space for tenant businesses through varied unit sizes of cross-sector uses.

Seeding of larger, local commercial premises and / or the local high street on an ongoing basis.

Solutions for awkward sites, variable lease lengths and S106 planning obligations.

A packaged design and build / fit-out service managed and delivered at cost , with a success-based ongoing operating contract.

Three delivery propositions (Activate, Make and Places), each adaptable to local need.

The future...

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Vicki Willis - Epping Forest District Council

We see immense benefits from working with CRATE for economic development and growth.

CRATE schemes offer local authorities and developers the chance to generate a market-competitive return on investment from regeneration and/or placemaking activities. 

CRATE sites are chosen with some specific criteria, key to this is close proximity to public transport, road links or urban density. CRATE’s largely off-site construction shortens construction and reduces local disruption. CRATE has experience of a breadth of business tenant use-classes that ensure local economic requirements are fully met.


Site minimum requirements

CRATE seeks a minimum freeholder commitment to prospective sites that includes a serviced land platform of:  
- Road access with sufficient clearances for construction 
- Pavement access & street lighting 
- Electricity - 3 phase, 200 AMP
- Fibre optic broadband 
- Water, mains drainage
- Level, cleared site with a Type 1 hardcore finish 
- If contaminated, land to be encapsulated