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Mark blogs on a range of topics related to shipping containers, container conversions and interesting cargotecture projects from around the world. Mark is based in Suffolk, UK.

Sailing ahead with bespoke design and build

Sailing ahead with bespoke design and build

After 15 years at the forefront of the container conversions industry, you'd have thought we must have "seen it all before". Sometimes, though, an outstanding conversion project comes along.

One fully-bespoke container conversion project took 18 months to design and build, such were the exacting standards and craftsmanship required to uphold our client's brand; a top level, world class pro racing sailing event. 

When we heard it was going to become part of their pro sailing team offices in the Caribbean, naturally, the Containers and More team offered to pack corporate flip-flops and do an immediate site visit. That turned out not to be necessary, thanks to a meticulous briefing from the client about their requirements and regular communication to review and sign off each stage of their project. 

We helped to design their multiple-use meeting space with general office and storage facilities, IT rooms, sail making shop, kitchen, machine workshop and housing for the two generators that would power all 18 containers. 

The containers we used were CSC (Convention for Safe Containers) plated after modification, so they comply with global safety regulations and remain suitable for shipping anywhere in the world. They are robust, portable and suitable for marine / oceanfront environments, wherever the client's team will be located. Special design features included dual action (hot and cool air) AirCon to suit both temperate and tropical locations, and roller shutters for the client's ease of access and security. 

Not only was this heritage brand pleased with the outcome, but we also found it an interesting professional challenge. It was satisfying getting all the right people involved in the project, with sufficient capability and capacity, each doing innovative new work and all of it bespoke. It was enjoyable working with a very practical client, whose flexibility in their own design brief allowed us to complete the project to a high standard and on-budget, whilst making best use of our experience. 

Bespoke containers conversions can be surprisingly affordable and flexible solutions, especially compared with traditional, non-portable buildings. If you have a great idea for a building, we can draw up the plans and then construct it for you. Containers aren't only for storage and offices, they also make ideal staffrooms, pop-up shops and restaurants, workshops, classrooms and even residential housing. 

You can read more here about bespoke shipping container conversions or see photos of some of our completed projects. With a national network of depots, we also can help with all your container sales and hire enquiries. Fill in the online form or email us at enquiries@containersandmore.co.uk.

Below are some images of the completed containers:

1. Double stacked lockers for sailing team changing room in a converted shipping container

2. A new 40ft high cube container with air conditioning (cool and heat) for use in Caribbean and in the Baltic. Includes a bulkhead just inside double doors for entrance door and glass panels for natural light. Also 4 x windows with steel anti-vandal shutters. All additions and apertures are within ISO dimensions for shipping. The interior is fully lined and insulated with hard wearing poly floor covering. Electrics to include dado rail and spot lights.

3. Sliding window entrance to team changing room. Showing ventilation for drying room section on left.

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