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It was a record year

for the num­ber of ship­ping con­tain­ers lo­cated on city streets – and a year where these big steel boxes were used for ev­ery­thing from a pop up water­front mar­ket to a mo­bile makeover work­shop for can­cer pa­tients.

Paul Creighton, Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager of ship­ping con­tainer spe­cial­ists Royal Wolf, says con­tain­ers have be­come part of the ur­ban land­scape be­cause of the con­struc­tion boom but they are also now a go-to so­lu­tion for a wide range of projects such as re­tail out­lets, tem­po­rary hous­ing and stor­age.

“The wide range of dif­fer­ent and in­ter­est­ing projects that con­tain­ers have been used for this year shows just how di­verse they are with peo­ple putting them to all sorts of prac­ti­cal and cre­ative uses,” he says.

The Welling­ton Un­der­ground Mar­ket at Frank Kitts Park was a large-scale project that used 16 “half-size” 10-foot con­tain­ers as shops for stall­hold­ers.

He­lena Tobin, Welling­ton Un­der­ground Mar­ket Gen­eral Man­ager, says con­tain­ers were cho­sen be­cause they needed struc­tures that were se­cure, strong, and able to cope with Welling­ton’s windy weather.

“They are really cute, they open up on one side and let in lots of light and al­low the store hold­ers to set them up beautifully. And the aes­thetic of the con­tain­ers is quite im­por­tant to us be­cause we have a real in­dus­trial mar­itime his­tory and they fit really beautifully with that,” she says.

Other con­tainer projects last year in­cluded a 40-foot con­tainer and two 20-foot boxes used as a pedes­trian bridge at the Burt Munro Challenge in In­ver­cargill, a mo­bile work­shop for can­cer char­ity Look Good Feel Bet­ter, and a re­tail and food vil­lage on Auck­land’s Queens Wharf made from eight re­pur­posed ship­ping con­tain­ers.

Lead­ing New Zealand re­tailer The Ware­house also used Royal Wolf’s spe­cially mod­i­fied Dan­ger­ous Goods con­tain­ers to store thou­sands of bot­tles of per­fume and nail pol­ish in the lead up to the Christ­mas pe­riod.

Jas­mine Tay­lor, In­bound & In­ven­tory Man­ager at Ware­house Group Whole­sale, says the con­tain­ers are an ef­fi­cient and ver­sa­tile stor­age so­lu­tion that’s ideal for lo­gis­tics op­er­a­tions when they re­quire ex­tra ca­pac­ity.

“For us, es­pe­cially ahead of our busy Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod when all of our racks are full, hav­ing stock still within our site that we can ac­cess eas­ily is es­sen­tial,” she says.

With the on­go­ing con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity in Auck­land, the city’s foot­paths con­tinue to be pop­u­lated by ship­ping con­tainer hoard­ings (cov­ered pedes­trian walk­ways) in ar­eas such as Sy­monds St, Khy­ber Pass, and Wyn­yard Quar­ter.

As part of Auck­land’s City Rail Link con­struc­tion, a six con­tainer, two-storey con­tainer struc­ture was built and in­cludes two worker’s lunch rooms, an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice, two chang­ing rooms, and a toi­let and ameni­ties build­ing.

Creighton says Royal Wolf also has large num­bers of con­tain­ers lo­cated around the coun­try, rang­ing from small two and three con­tainer con­fig­u­ra­tions through to large scale in­stal­la­tions.

These in­clude 19 x 20-foot con­tainer hoard­ings at the new Novo­tel ho­tel site at Christchurch Air­port and 11 x con­tain­ers on the corner of Bryce and Bar­ton Streets in Hamil­ton on the site of the new ASB Bank build­ing.

“Con­tainer hoard­ings are one of the eas­i­est and most prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions for man­ag­ing safety on and around a con­struc­tion site and on very re­stric­tive in­ner city build­ing sites it re­duces the amount of dis­rup­tion in these ar­eas,” says Creighton.

To meet de­mand for con­tainer so­lu­tions around the coun­try Royal Wolf has opened two new of­fices in Nel­son and Whangarei.

“The de­mand is def­i­nitely there and that is driven by a grow­ing aware­ness about the wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions con­tain­ers can be used for,” fin­ishes Creighton.

TEN FOOT CON­TAIN­ERS ARE SMALLER AND MORE MANOEUVRABLE THAN TRA­DI­TION­ALLY SIZED STEEL BOXES – YET THEY ARE JUST AS STRONG AND FUNC­TIONAL.

WITH A SMALLER FOOT­PRINT, “HALF SIZE” CON­TAIN­ERS ARE OF­TEN USED FOR EVENTS AND PROJECTS WITH LIM­ITED SPACE. HOW­EVER, AT 2.99M LONG, 2.44M WIDE AND 2.9M HIGH, THEY ARE LARGE ENOUGH TO PRO­VIDE A SPA­CIOUS IN­TER­NAL AREA FOR OP­ER­AT­ING OUT OF OR AS A STOR­AGE SO­LU­TION.

TEN-FOOT CON­TAIN­ERS, LIKE THE ONES THAT MAKE UP THE WELLING­TON UN­DER­GROUND MAR­KET, AL­LOW RE­TAIL­ERS TO SIM­PLY WALK IN, SET UP AND START TRAD­ING. AT A WEIGHT OF JUST 1450KG, THEY ARE ALSO HIGHLY POR­TA­BLE MAK­ING THEM IDEAL FOR TEM­PO­RARY POP UP SO­LU­TIONS AT FES­TI­VALS OR SEA­SONAL EVENTS.

ROYAL WOLF ALSO BUILD HIGHER SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION CON­TAINER PROD­UCTS WHICH IN­CLUDE POWER SUP­PLY, THER­MAL IN­SU­LA­TION, AND AIR CON­DI­TION­ING, AS WELL AS LIN­ING AND FLOOR­ING TO MAKE THE SPA­CES COM­FORT­ABLE AND INVIT­ING.

CON­TAIN­ERS USED AS RE­TAIL OUT­LETS CAN ALSO BE FIT­TED WITH SLID­ING DOORS AND WIN­DOWS ALONG ONE SIDE OF THE CON­TAINER TO AL­LOW EASY AC­CESS FOR CUS­TOMERS AS WELL AS TURN­ING THE CON­TAINER INTO A GI­ANT DIS­PLAY CASE FOR A RE­TAILER’S PROD­UCTS.

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