• 21 February 2023



The developers behind Carlisle’s leisure container village have given a first glimpse of how the exciting scheme could look.

Danieli Group announced their plans to bring their successful STACK brand to the town in November, transforming part of the Lowther Street Car Park into STACK Carlisle. And the hope is that it will be open in early 2024.

The multi-million pound investment will see 50 repurposed shipping containers used to create a complex complete with a glass framed roof which will be home to five bars, around 10 street food outlets, a central plaza with a balcony and a stage for live performances.

The company have now released a number of CGI images which showcase what visitors can expect at STACK Carlisle – the site of the former Her Majesty’s Theatre which is owned by Daniel Johnston (1982) Ltd.

It will follow in the footsteps of the highly successful similar schemes which the company has operated at Seaburn in Sunderland and Newcastle.

The Carlisle venture will give a welcome boost to the city’s leisure scene, which it is hoped will also become an attraction for people outside of the immediate area – boosting the local economy.

Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group, said there had been a very positive response since the first announcement of the scheme.

“We are very excited to be moving forward with STACK Carlisle and to be able to give people their first opportunity to see what it could look like when completed,” he said.

“We believe this will be a huge asset to the city and hopefully this imagery will give everyone a real flavour of what they can expect.”

Max Connon ,of Daniel Johnston, added:

“The city has identified the desperate need to reinvent the high street, encourage leisure and to lift the night time economy.

“Subject to the council's approval, we can bring the UK's leading container park operator to Lowther Street, supporting all three objectives.  

“Since making the application, we have seen that STACK has listened to the council and adapted the design to meet its surroundings.  

“It's clear we are dealing with a socially responsible operator with a business model that attracts young to old. As a result STACK is being supported in other towns and cities. 

“STACK will compliment all the other council initiatives and support surrounding businesses as footfall will increase. We hope the Council grabs this opportunity to give Lowther Street, and the city, a much needed boost.”

This is the fourth site planned by the Danieli Group as part of their expansion plans for the STACK brand, with STACK Middlesbrough just recently announced, along with STACK Bishop Auckland and STACK Durham and STACK Lincoln.

The original STACK in Newcastle is also moving to a new permanent home in the city centre, with is currently under construction.