Eldapoint Container Solutions

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION… A NEW BASE

When our container conversions division recently received an enquiry from Lime Pictures, there seemed to be people arriving at work that little bit smarter dressed and with their hair styled! We can’t confirm they were looking for a part in one of this BAFTA Award winning television productions shows but we suspect they may have been.

So, who exactly are Lime Pictures.

Based in Liverpool, Lime is the home of the UK’s most talked about television – from cutting-edge formats to multi award winning, long-running drama. Lime is at the forefront of today’s popular culture – both as a content creator and the producer of TV shows that stand the test of time. Some of the company’s portfolio of shows include long running drama Hollyoaks, Celebs Go Dating – a stripped reality entertainment series for E4 that follows a group of celebrities dating journey and the smash hit, media darlings of The Only Way Is Essex.

The company produces world class, cutting edge content. From the very first steps in development through to full scale production. Lime initially contacted Eldapoint – container conversions division – with a general enquiry exploring the possibility of creating an ‘artists village’. This would be a base for production teams and actors to work from whilst filming on location in Liverpool. The company wanted to explore using converted containers for the space and we were glad to assist.

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A look at the project.

From initial meetings, Lime Pictures representatives presented their ideas, aspirations and requirements, along with initial drawing plans, as to how they wished their container conversions space to work.

Working together, we all developed these ideas further, bringing our wealth of experience within the container conversions sector. Our knowledge, coupled with Lime Pictures creative design flair led to a project journey that was not only enjoyable but truly effective in its outcome.

As with many projects, the initial requirements and ideas, along with the client’s “wish list” was modified. The outcome was a delivery that met an agreed financial budget and fluid design changes once we had explored the full possibilities offered by converted shipping containers.

First steps for our team was a site visit, to explore the location and space. After initial surveys, our team were able to plan and design final project plans and a schedule. This took in a series of unit structures that accommodated on-site people, worked within the space and matched allocated project budget. We met with the Lime project team and discussed the options, involving them in the complete process and ensuring that we fully understood how the space would be used throughout time. It goes without saying that Lime are obviously a creative team and their thoughts for the space, along with the visual external and internal look of the building, was really beneficial for our team.  

Site and Build

The project, called the artist village, was designed to site 8 containers in total. These consisted of 4 x 40 ft containers and 4 x 20 ft containers, which were converted into artist changing rooms, ablution block facilities and a generator housing unit.

Further work was required on site to link the main existing building facility to the artist village. One of the main specifications of the project was that although we were using shipping containers, the production team did not want their people to know, or feel they were interacting with what started life as a humble shipping container. With clever cladding to envelope the units, doors, windows and paint finishes, even for industry specialists the converted structure certainly does not resemble a shipping container.

An advantage for the project was that our main production facility in Knowsley offered a way to carry out the majority of the build away from final destination and then taken to site for placement and final finishing touches. This allowed for a non-disruptive way to build and minimised downtime for our client.

The installation process proved to be simple and seamless, although, it could have proved to be very different. The challenge we had to consider from day one, was the limited ease of access to the site. Our long-standing and continued relationship with John Sutch Cranes proved invaluable to the project installation. They were instrumental in the safe, robust and timely way we all worked to install the units to site.

Specialist lifting equipment was utilised to place the 8 container conversions in situ, a logistical task that many others may have avoided. Other project design areas that required some thought were the circular windows which were installed. Sourcing these from a specialist bespoke manufacturer, our own in-house fabrication team developed special window frames within the conversion to house these circular windows. Although this was a challenging design aspect, the finished build really does benefit from the effort.

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"From initial contact with the team at Eldapoint, we quickly realised we had found the ideal partner to guide our decisions with our container conversions project. They understood our objectives and throughout design, planning, build and installation, the open and transparent communications to keep us updated was refreshing. Our new facility is fantastic and creates clever space for our operations. The finished building is stunning and ticks every box we required. As a base for filming, a place to chill and a location, our new container conversions facility has met approval from everyone at Lime Pictures. We would like to thank the team at Eldapoint and congratulate them in the way they carry out business."


A further interesting design area of the project was the incorporation of a raised decking area and staircase to the units. This utilised every inch of external space, provided safe access to all areas and delivered a softer feel to the units. This integrated extremely well with the existing main facility.

It was important that the project worked within its external location and equally critical that the internal space offered ample storage, room to accommodate the numbers on site and have the ability for expansion.

“From initial contact with the team at Eldapoint, we quickly realised we had found the ideal partner to guide our decisions with our container conversions project. They understood our objectives and throughout design, planning, build and installation, the open and transparent communications to keep us updated was refreshing. Our new facility is fantastic and creates clever space for our operations. The finished building is stunning and ticks every box we required. As a base for filming, a place to chill and a location, our new container conversions facility has met approval from everyone at Lime Pictures. We would like to thank the team at Eldapoint and congratulate them in the way they carry out business.” Project Manager, Lime Pictures

The project schedule was planned with Eldapoint and Lime Picture’s teams, taking into account all areas of design, planning, build and installation, as well as finishing on site. From initial meeting and review of drawings, we agreed budget, reviewed all materials and consulted with the client on any specialist requirements. With everything agreed, signed off and schedule in place, production commenced. We worked with Lime Picture’s vision for a “grand unveiling and opening” of the facility.

We are delighted to inform that we met the agreed deadlines and the facility is now fully utilised.

More than space solutions.

The building has now also become a fixture for areas of programme filming. A recent episode of Hollyoaks has featured the units and the design, finish and space truly looks amazing caught in full scale production like this. We wonder if many who seen this, video below, could ever imagine that this started life from a few humble shipping containers and a lot of imagination supported by innovative thinking.

Hugh Daly, Eldapoint Container Conversions manager, spoke to Step Inside to explain his time working on the project, “I’ve worked on many conversions projects and have to say the time working with Lime was great. From start to finish all involved have truly grasped how versatile containers can be. Although at times, we all pushed the boundaries, we have finished with a very appealing structure that works as intended.

My only personal regret is that the directors did not seem to pick up on my acting ability and cast me, but maybe there is still time.

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