Containers have long held an Â attraction for designers as the Â ultimate off-the-shelf industrialised, Â transport ready, stackable house Â component. They are particularly Â attractive in short term Â developments because they Â can be picked up and moved Â elsewhere when the term comes to Â an end. All they need are proper Â doors and windows, fitting out with Â plumbing and electrics and, hey Â presto, low-cost hi-tech cool homes Â for all.
Container City is the brainchild of Â Eric Reynolds, Managing Director of Â Urban Space Management who was Â looking for a way to address the Â problem of providing space at a construction cost low enough to ensure affordable rents for artists and creative startup businesses.
Constructed from redundant shipping Â containers the first phase, completed Â in 2001 was originally three stories Â high and provided 12 work studios. Â In 2003 a further floor was added Â providing 3 additional live/work Â apartments.
The containers were pre-fabricated Â off-site and upgraded as necessary Â to provide the desired thermal and Â acoustic performance standards and Â to meet local building regulations.
Developer: Â Urban Space Management
Architect: Â Nicholas Lacey and Partners
Principal Supplier: Â Container Space Ltd