In previous news posts, we have outlined some of the key considerations when starting to think about a shipping container conversion project. However, in starting to design a conversion there are some critical consideration that are often overlooked.
If you are looking at starting a shipping container conversion project, here are some of our hints and tips based on our extensive experience:
1. Container Structure
There is often a clear misunderstanding about the strengths and suitability of shipping containers for conversion. The strength and structural integrity of an ISO Shipping container is all generated from the outer posts and framework, the corrugated panels help to provide rigidity but ultimately the corner posts carry most of the load. If sides are cut away to create access and doorways, then additional steelwork is needed to reinforce this rigidity. In approaching design, it is critical to factor for providing the structural integrity needed to ensure that the completed conversion is robust.
2. Container Stacking
Many of our container conversion projects are focused on multi-level structures with containers stacked to provide a strong physical/visual presence as well as giving multi deck experiences. One common misconception is that containers can simply be dropped on top of one another to provide this type of experience. However, containers need to be stacked via the container posts and connected via interlocking twist locks in order that they are safe and robust. These are relatively inexpensive items but this method of stacking is critical to overall safety.
3. Container Roofs
One of the most common misconceptions we experience is clients believing that container roofs can be walked on. When containers are stacked the stacking is via the corner posts and the roof is never a touch point for stacked containers, all the stacking load transfers down the corner posts. A container roof is a simple thin pressed steel which whilst a single user can stand on for loading, they are not built to take a load of multiple people. If upper decks are part of a conversion design these need to be designed in such a way that the load transfers via the corner posts.
4. Water Penetration and Insulation
Providing shelter from rain for guests/consumer/staff, stopping rain penetrating your experience and making your conversion damp proof are important but often overlooked conversion requirements. If a container is to be used routinely in the colder months then adding insulation will help keep it warm, but also stop unnecessary condensation. But also designing and building the conversion with rainwater runoff for doorways and ceilings etc.
At The Events Structure, we have a wide range of customised containers and pop-up units to help support your retail operations. All temporary pop-up structures are cost-effective, fully customisable and can be dispatched for both short- and long-term use immediately. For more information, contact the team on 0161 821 1010 today.