How Long Do Shipping Container Conversions Last On Average?
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by containersalesadagency
2d ago
The majority of shipping container conversions are designed with an expected lifespan that can either be measured in days or in decades. Either they are built to be a temporary exhibition or they are designed to last as long as any other permanent dwelling. For people looking into a shipping container home, this is an interesting question because the modern history of cargotecture is so new that not even the oldest major shipping container projects have ever been tested. The first major shipping container project in the UK, London’s Container City 1, still exists in its resplendent red industr ..read more
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What Was The First Conceived Shipping Container Conversion?
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by containersalesadagency
1w ago
In many respects, shipping container conversions are a product of the 21st century, with the first major projects emerging at the turn of the millennium and the concept of reusing one of the most critical inventions for modern business becoming used for practically any purpose imaginable. However, whilst the concept of reusing containers at this scale has become hugely popular in the last two decades, the concept is actually much older than its earliest successful implementations. Before Container City I, there was the office of Stewart Brand that he used to write the 1994 book How Buildings L ..read more
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Did An Obscure Film Inspire Shipping Container Conversions?
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by containersalesadagency
1w ago
Inspiration can come from the most unusual places, and nowhere is this more apparent than the idea that a cargo shipping container can be converted into a beautiful home.  The first major actualisation of this idea was Container City I on Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. This proved the concept was not only possible but desirable, with a lot of scope to make modular housing of all shapes, sizes and price points. This was, in itself, possible thanks in no small part to a 1987 patent for converting steel shipping containers into a building that could be lived in, presumably as a way to use sto ..read more
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Can You Get Retrospective Approval For Container Conversions
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by containersalesadagency
3w ago
In matters involving local planning authorities, it is far better to ask for permission than forgiveness, and this is currently more so the case with shipping container conversions. Whilst the use of shipping containers for almost any residential, business or industrial use you can think of has erupted in popularity over the past few years as they have proven to be a cheap and attractive option, there have been complications when it comes to planning permission. There was the Newport Council ruling on the shipping container farmhouse constructed by Stephen Gibbons that had existed for three de ..read more
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Why Did A Shipping Container Home Cause Controversy In Newport?
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by containersalesadagency
1M ago
The converted shipping container home is rightfully undergoing a renaissance in the UK, as a sturdy, robust way to easily build affordable housing. There have been quite a few successes since the first Container City in London, but nearly a decade before then, one of the first-ever shipping container homes was built to very little fanfare. Three decades later, it caused such a controversy with the local planning council that the man who had lived there for most of his life was evicted and formally asked to leave in a story that had become so notorious that the council involved made a public st ..read more
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How Containers Housed Thousands Of Students In Amsterdam
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by containersalesadagency
1M ago
One of the most fascinating aspects of modern shipping container conversion culture is how it blurs the lines between temporary and permanent construction, where ostensibly temporary solutions end up being popular enough to remain and outlive supposedly permanent buildings. There are a lot of examples around the world of this happening, including the pioneering Container City I, but there is another, even larger example of a container housing project intended to solve a very acute problem. Venice Of The North The Netherlands’ capital city Amsterdam had by the early 2000s become a victim of its ..read more
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What You Need To Create A Home Gym In A Shipping Container
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by containersalesadagency
2M ago
Home gyms have shot up in popularity since the pandemic, as fitness enthusiasts had to move their normal workout routines from the gym when they were forced to close. However, all the large equipment can take up a lot of room at home, which is why converting a shipping container could be the ideal solution.  What you will need to transform the space into a functional gym will depend on your fitness goals, but here are some basic things you will require for a fully functional home gym.    Rubber flooring The first thing you need to fit out your converted shipping container is app ..read more
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Could Shipping Containers Help Solve The Housing Crisis?
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by containersalesadagency
2M ago
Few things are more versatile than converted shipping containers. Having spent a working lifetime being used to transport all sorts of goods around the world, they can be transformed into all manner of useful spaces. Some can be used simply for storage, some can be modified as retail outlets, but perhaps the most practical use is to turn them into homes. This technique has been used by self-builders and the size of the property can depend on a couple of factors, one being the size of the container or containers used, while the other is the number deployed. An example of what can be done at the ..read more
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How Shipping Containers Built Europe’s Largest Shopping Mall
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by containersalesadagency
2M ago
The beauty of a converted shipping container is not only that it can be used to create practically any type of business that you can fit into a metal box but that it is inherently scalable to a massive degree. Whilst some projects thrive by trying to fit as much as you possibly can into the ISO-certified space, others will stack dozens of containers together to create huge residential and commercial space. However, whilst projects such as Hatch and the two Container Cities are major projects that take full advantage of the shipping container principle, one shopping centre in Eastern Europe goe ..read more
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Will Shipping Containers Take Over From Shopping Malls?
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by containersalesadagency
3M ago
The British high street has been under lots of pressure over the last few years, thanks to the rise in online shopping and the cost-of-living crisis forcing people to spend less. However, it is now facing another threat – new shipping container markets.  What are shipping container markets? Most of us have become used to seeing pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars in converted shipping containers, and, as they are a popular way to target customers and save money on rent costs, whole markets made of these units are now being created. Wales’ new shopping centre This is being seen in Wales, as ..read more
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