Eldapoint Container Solutions

Eldapoint Container Solutions

THE THINKING INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE BOX

When imagination meets a talented design team, we create new ways in which a simple shipping container can transform the environment.

By pushing traditional boundaries, businesses are discovering how converted shipping containers can transform their projects across the globe. It’s all a matter of thinking inside and outside the box. From the harsh extreme environment of Antarctica to trendy city centres, intelligent container conversions find new ways to improve everyday buildings.

The way we work, live and socialise has changed, and container conversions are providing the flexibility to think smarter. Sustainable, cost-effective, secure and highly mobile shipping container conversions are bringing new solutions and answers for industries.

Office developments, social and bespoke housing solutions and retail facilities, including pop-up shops, bars and restaurants, are now commonplace in our everyday lives. The humble shipping container has a new journey to take, and Step Inside explores the new innovative ideas that forward-thinking sectors and individuals can benefit from. We regularly see how shipping container conversions address challenges and match the desires of even the most aspirational clients.

The floods that caused such devastation in the US states of Texas and Florida earlier this year saw the arrival of “clinics in a can”. These shipping containers were converted into doctor’s offices to deliver primary care to people struggling in disaster areas. Solar-powered mobile surgeries have been deployed across the world in disasters such as earthquakes and offer critical support to the affected areas.

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Across the Globe - Container Conversions are Creating New Solutions and Opportunities

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) also recently turned to Eldapoint for a container conversion solution that could withstand the extreme conditions that the Antarctic demanded. Eldapoint delivered a solution that was mobile, adaptable and secure.
For over more than 60 years, shipping containers have continued to transform the way goods are transported across the globe. Revolutionising international trade, they serve the logistics and shipping industries well. Now, by modifying shipping container buildings they are also revolutionising building and design concepts, constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved.

Container conversions deliver sustainable, cost effective solutions that can be relocated anywhere in the world with ease.

Shipping containers by their very nature are robust. It’s true that in their raw format, containers are simple structures, but with some imagination, the transformation capabilities are almost endless. ISO container conversions offer a quick turnaround from conception to delivery, allowing instant routes to market, or solutions to challenges. The retail industry is just one which has been transformed by the simplicity of converting shipping containers. We are experiencing the growing trend for pop-up shops, bars and restaurants within city centres, festivals and events, and as exhibition units reaching customers. The portable nature of containers provides new ways for businesses and their products to reach customers. Regardless of location, these converted containers become branded promotional solutions. Architects and developers are realising the benefits of these units and love the eco-friendly aspect, as well as the sustainable advantages that complement the versatility they provide.

Neil Ainsworth is partner and architect at Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP). They designed the distinctive business ‘pods’ planned for Cotton Court, a restored mill in the heart of the city. He says: “The concept of using industrial containers as office space has become a model of success around the world. The pods look good and are easily adaptable to each occupier’s requirements. We are keeping the industrial theme of the site and these shipping containers will look great alongside the original, restored mill building.”

One client approached Eldapoint requiring an innovative container conversion to create a meeting place hub which would attract more people into a UK city centre.
Andy Blount of Eldapoint, says: “It was decided that a pop-up venue was the best solution for the client, retailers and of course the community. This would allow small and medium sized businesses into this new space, attracting footfall and new revenue possibilities.”

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"FROM AN ECO-FRIENDLY SKI AND YOGA RESORT IN THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS OF GEORGIE, TO A LUXURY POP-UP HOTEL IN MELBOURNE, AND NEARER TO HOME START-UP BUSINESS UNITS IN PRESTON, LANCASHIRE, GO TO PROVE THAT CONVERTED CONTAINERS HAVE ENDLESS USES." 


"Providing new and used container conversions delivered the space solutions they required with the cost effective results. Converted 20' and 40' containers were transformed into retail facilities for a range of businesses, with the internal shop fitting designed to suit the company's needs."

The striking two-story structure has walkways, staircases and balconies for public space. Andy adds: “Once again converted containers delivered the quickest and most cost-effective solution, offering modular offsite construction with minimal disruption onsite.”

More often designers are thinking outside the box when creating shipping container conversions.

The growth of container architecture is producing buildings which are stunning aesthetically, as well as being functional solutions for many sectors. It’s true to say that these container building solutions are causing quite a stir. The USA Today newspaper recently highlighted some of these innovative projects being created and delivered around the world.

They include Fullscreen Copper and Kings Distillery in Louisville, where six shipping container conversions have been transformed into a popular boutique, café and visitors’ centre.

Container Park in Las Vegas is a multi-story project and includes galleries, bars and restaurants, along with a tree house play area, all guarded by a giant praying mantis made from recycled metal!

Another standout project is Box Office in Rhode Island. This is an abandoned warehouse that is now home to 32 shipping container conversions that provide offices and studios. The community are proud of the solar powered project and its strong green credentials.

The speed of construction of shipping container buildings is a really strong point when it comes to considering a conversion project. It was a big positive in Christchurch in New Zealand when it looked to rebuild after its 2011 earthquake.
Start Café, made from three containers, opened shortly after the disaster and donated a percentage of its sales to restoring a theatre that had been badly damaged in the city.

Nearer to home, here in the UK BoxPark in London’s up and coming Shoreditch area is a collection of container buildings that are home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, independent retailers and pop-up facilities.

Container conversions are also recognised by many organisations as a way to tackle the homelessness problem in our towns and cities, with several housing projects now in the public eye and making headlines.

And a seven-story student housing block in Glasgow has grown up on an old unused industrial site, created by 500 shipping containers. As well as bedroom accommodation, the design for the property includes a karaoke room, cinema and helter-skelter slide between floors.

Modified shipping containers are driving new thinking from architects, developers and communities, and Eldapoint is championing the market growth.

Andy Blount concludes: “Our work in this area continues to grow and the ideas being brought to us for projects are very exciting. The critical element for anyone looking to use shipping containers for new build projects, is having a partner that completely understands the product. They need to work with you throughout planning, design, manufacturing and through to completion.”
Our container conversion division believes the solutions that converted containers offer are almost limitless. One company in British Colombia is even turning containers into stunning backyard swimming pools.

Put simply, you bring the idea and Eldapoint will provide you with converted containers to make your project a success.

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