Companies are also discovering how to use containers as mobile site offices. Containers can be fitted out to provide the modern workspaces that an onsite team needs. Facilities for welfare units include canteens, toilets, offices, first aid and changing and dry rooms, even sleeping facilities.
Stuart Chidley, Managing Director at Eldapoint, said: “Over our 45 years supporting infrastructure projects, we have seen the positive impact our intelligent container solutions add to these developments. From early days, our research and development teams have partnered many of the leading infrastructure organisations to explore new products and solutions that manufactured bespoke units and container conversions can bring to the sector. This has driven conversations around feasibility, design, cost and location effectiveness and our continually growing order book across existing and new product solutions demonstrates how varied industries see the value that containers offer.”
Container Solutions at Work
Versatility is a key element that containers provide. During the building of the World Trade Centre in New York, a ‘Subway’ food outlet consisting of three stacked containers moved higher and higher up the building as it grew out of the ground. The sandwich franchise in the sky provided food to the building’s construction workers.
The thinking behind it was that the workers only had 30 minutes for lunch – and it could take them as long as 45 minutes to get from their workplace down to ground level to eat.
Within many of our own projects, including rural areas, onsite modified containers have delivered accommodation solutions, bringing projects the advantage of meeting deadlines, providing site staff and visitors with meeting areas, wash room facilities, first aid and an adequate level of toilet and washing facilities.
These all assist with a site which meets health and safety requirements, staff welfare and morale, whilst driving productivity.
Tony Pritchard, of Eldapoint, says: “The fact that with some imagination, these containers can provide many uses is why we are seeing so many projects using them throughout the industry.”
From the obvious, to some very strange requests at the beginning, our container divisions are developing new solutions all the time. One request was for a container conversion for site vehicles to be maintained on site, providing mechanical storage and maintenance solutions.
This is just one example of the intelligent container solutions that Eldapoint is delivering to allow contractors to work on developments across the UK and in all sectors.
Containers are mobile and durable, whatever the climate; they provide sustainable solutions for site use. Portable from site to site, they have the ability to be repaired and modified again. Therefore, they deliver an environmental benefit and reduce the carbon footprint for many sectors.
The signs for the construction and infrastructure industries now look positive. With continued growth, and the new solutions that manufactured and converted containers provide, perhaps the crane spotters need another method of gauging the health of the construction industry – is it time for a container watch?