Containers used as building blocks

AN INNOVATIVE way of recycling unwanted shipping containers is taking shape at Portishead Quays.

UK brewery, Hall & Woodhouse, is currently constructing a new pub and restaurant development at the waterside location, to open in October, which will comprise a steel structure with extensive glazing.

However, on either side of the building there will be ground and first floor facilities including customer toilets, staff accommodation and a meeting room created out of 28, especially adapted containers.

Architects, Mackenzie Wheeler, sourced the containers, which were previously used to import goods from China, and they were modified by workers at Felixstowe Dock.

Rupert Wheeler, of Mackenzie Wheeler, said: “Portishead Quays operated as commercial docks for many years so we felt it provided a perfect setting for a development made with shipping containers.

“These containers will be more than just trendy and fun – we intend them to be a solid reference to the site’s past which people can relate to.”

Colin Wood, head of construction for Hall & Woodhouse, said: “The containers will not only look striking, but are an inventive solution that allows us the opportunity to add further floors to grow the business in the future, with minimal disruption to the existing operation and our neighbours.”