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Project by Justin Rees



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Project by Justin Rees

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Looking to create a multi-purpose retail/leisure facility out of re-purposed shipping containers allowing independent/start-ups to grow


LATCH is a bold and unique intervention in Llanelli town centre. Set near the Eastgate development, LATCH is a mixed-use development that offers low cost space for start-up businesses, meeting rooms, a coffee shop and a Yoga studio. The scheme is also home to the highly acclaimed Restaurant and a rooftop Bar incorporating a half covered outdoor terrace adorned with fairy lights and wood burning stoves. The scheme, constructed entirely out of shipping containers, which offers a very low cost, efficient and flexible building solution for the site.


LATCH is led by Justin Rees, who has never run a business himself, he has worked at several Industries throughout his career. As such Justin Rees has gained an in-depth knowledge of managing and promoting a business including the operations side (e.g., running day-to-day operations) and the business management side (e.g. staffing, marketing, etc.). THE PROPOSAL Creative Spaces for the 21st Century. 29 Shipping containers converted into amazing spaces for independent businesses

A similar project in Sheffield called Krynkl has had more enquiries and more coverage than any other property we are currently dealing with. It has had more interest than a lot of them combined. It has caught people’s imagination because it is interesting, it is different, and it’s very now.

The revolving door policy will lead to excitement and interest remaining high. LATCH will be a constantly evolving enterprise that will always have a rotating roster of tenants. The aim is that people use LATCH as a staging point before the commit and move into a bigger unit after becoming confident and successful. Ultimately, the tenants will always have a strong input into LATCH policy.

The container module system offers a very low cost, efficient and flexible building solution for the site.

The theme is of high quality in design, occupant businesses and products or services.


A re-purposed shipping container transformed into workshop-style space great for makers, hands-on practitioners and designers. The container is lined with chipboard and comes with ample plug sockets and lighting. It also benefits from great natural light and ventilation.

Sizes 160 ft2 or 320 ft2


• All bills (bar internet) included

• Flexible rolling contracts

• 24/7 access

• OSB chipboard lined interior

• Plenty of power sockets and lights

• Access to the main ‘House’ facilities, including the toilets, communal kitchens, social areas and meeting room.


• 24-hour access

• High speed fibre internet available (additional cost)

• Close to bus route

• Close to major road/motorway

• Town centre location

• Industrial building

• Events and meet-ups

• Break out space

• Secure postal facilities (additional cost)

• Communal kitchen

• All bills (except internet and Business Rates) included

• Creative environment

• Noise allowed

• Mess friendly


Located in Llanelli town centre, LATCH is a collection of re-purposed shipping containers that provide affordable studio space best suited to hands-on makers.


The first phase of LATCH will launch in summer 2020, with the new spaces available to a diverse range of creative and enterprising individuals such as a barista, graphic designer, illustrator and radio station.

The 4-story development utilises 29 Shipping Containers:

A) The top floor of 4 containers, and the roof, to be developed as a bar to be managed and run by Justin Rees

B) 17 letting units that can be flexibly adapted for high quality retail, services, or office space. These rented to independent and separate enterprise on an easy in, easy out, revolving door basis.

C) 4 units will provide access, stairways, lifts, toilets and reception/access areas.


24/7 access.

Entry to the main building will be with an electronic key fob. Each container will be secured with a padlock. The site will have CCTV.


Llanelli Train Station - 10 minutes walking

Llanelli Bus Station - 1 minute walking

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