New Shipping Container Restaurant @ Beadnell Bay Beach

The Landing, a brand new shipping container restaurant opened in 2022

A stunning new shipping container restaurant located just 90 meters from the beach opened in 2022. Its called The Landing and its built with recycled shipping containers. Repurposed as buildings single-use containers have never been more popular. They are an eco-friendly way to build and they look amazing! InBox Projects are proud to be involved in designing, constructing and erecting this high-quality bar and restaurant.

First contact and project proposal

After contacting us in early 2022, we were invited to submit a proposal to the owner Michael Dawson. InBox Projects was awarded the contract after beating off competition from a number of other developers. Our professional, price-conscious and friendly approach sealed the deal.

Design & plans

Mr Dawson’s brief was a surf inspired cafe for beach goers who want to grab a high quality bite to eat at the beach. There were only small number of bars and restaurants in Beadnell. Its a small village on the Northumberland coast which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The beach is popular with holidaymakers and gets busy at peak season.

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The Landing north and east side elevations in colour showing proposed timber cladding, walkways, side entrance/exit, decked areas and window apertures.

The shipping container restaurant design needed to fit in with the surroundings. We specified Siberian larch cladding externally which blends in perfectly. Four x 40ft recycled containers were specified to achieve a building footprint of 120m2. There is seating for up to 50 diners inside and 40 on the outside decking area. The Landing @ Beadnell Bay Beach is a licensed bar and restaurant, open 8am to 11pm seven days a week.

The Landing is a striking new contemporary beach side place to meet, eat and drink. It will appeal to the wide range of customers. Catering for holiday makers wanting early morning breakfast, lunchtime refreshments for beach-goers and more formal evening dining for all, this will be the go-to venue at Beadnell Bay Beach. A serving hatch for convenient walk up service also features for those needing a light snack and beverage on the go. The Landing simply has it all!

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The Landing shipping container restaurant south and west side elevations in colour showing proposed timber cladding, main entrance, decked areas, walkways, window and doorway apertures.

Planning permission

There has been is a big demand for better quality dining and bar facilities in Beadnell for many years now. Mr Dawson believed his plans would cater for this demand and attract more visitors to the area. This will benefit all business owners in and around Beadnell and will generate more jobs for local people.

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The plans above show the proposed layout for the new Landing restaurant at Beadnell Bay, which include exterior decked areas with tables and seating, interior dining area with booths, central seating, kitchen, pass, food hatch, wc and entrance.

The site has been used in the past at peak times by a mobile food unit. Plans were submitted to Northumberland County Council early 2022 for the new shipping container restaurant. Planning was granted soon afterwards.

The containers

As mentioned earlier, four recycled single-use 40ft ISO shipping containers form the main structure of the restaurant. For three of the containers we removed for side walls. This creates the open-plan main interior dining space. Structural calculations of the build involved the production of manufacturing drawings. This facilitated the steel support specifications.

Steels beams, pillars and bracketry support the roof section. Openings for internal access to WC and 10 x window apertures are cut to spec at this early stage. Steel tabs are now welded on for the external cladding mounts.

Windows and doors

Windows and doorways vary in size throughout. This gives the restaurant a unique and modern look. Walls are internally lined CLS timber frames with air gaps. Rockwool insulation is fitted and the internal walls are finished with gypsum board throughout.

Ladies and gents WC are divided by partition wall. WC accessibility provisions are adhered to and in place to government requirements. 18mm marine ply finish floor is installed and overplayed with specified flooring. Outward opening gas strut supports the serving hatch. Jotun conceal one coat paint system was prepared and applied externally prior to cladding, which was fitted on-site.

External cladding

We specified and fitted Siberian larch cladding timbers externally at our manufacturing plant leaving 12mm shadow gaps in between each. Its golden-brown colour makes it perfectly suited to the natural surrounds at Beadnell Bay Beach. The vertical configuration accentuates the height of the shipping container restaurants. The hardness of the timber makes it difficult for water and fungi penetration, ideal for beach locations. It has a lifespan of at least 50 years.


All electrical installation work was installed and tested to NIC requirements at our production facility in Cheshire. This included phase distribution board, LED baton light fittings and switches fitted all round. Twin sockets in the eating area and kitchen are installed along with 32A cooker supply & outlets.
Extractor fans, 2kw panel heaters in the eating area, WC hand dryers and many meters of cable provide a comprehensive electrical spec.

Fire alarm system

Fire alarm isolating switch, 2 zone panel c/w batteries, smoke and heat detectors, sounders and beacons form the base support system for the fire and safety, helping to keep staff and diners safe.


DDA accessibility compliant toilet and basin, standard toilets and basins and cold water inlet valve are all installed to specification. Water supply and waste to kitchen sinks, kitchen hand wash sink and WCs along with soil pipe outlets to external walls were all installed at our manufacturing facility.

Delivery and installation

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An aerial view of the site at Beadnell showing the arrival of the crane and the first of the four units that will make up the shipping container restaurant wit Beadnell Beach in the background.

Road transport to Beadnell and crane hire was all arranged by InBox Projects. A site survey ensured all logistical challenges were overcome and the area prepared and ready to receive the containers. We were on-site at all times to assist and supervise the installing process.



Starting with four x 40ft recycled shipping containers the build, from firm order and drawings approval to finish took 12 weeks. Delivered and installed in 4 days and following additional kitchen fit out, decking installation and decoration, this shipping container restaurant is a perfect example of what can be achieved. Its stunning to look at, serves the community well and above all, its structurally eco-friendly.

Aluminium windows finished with the Mars sable colour frames provide vistas to the beach outside. The development complies fully with building regulations. A commercial grade kitchen, specified and installed, serves diners at the restaurant, bar and serving hatch. An open plan indoor dining area and outdoor ‘al fresco’ dining area. The large raised decking for the outdoor diners with views of the beach and bay beyond, completes this amazing venue.

We highly recommend paying a visit the next time you’re in the area. The Landing is located at Bernica Way, Chathill NE67 5HE – Tel: 01665 720227.

Like what you see?

If you like what you see and would like to find out what we can do for you please call 01606 272875 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page, a member of staff will get back to you within 48 hours. Our designers and engineers have a wealth of experience. We design, build and deliver shipping container restaurants and offices all over the UK. What ever you have in mind, if you can imagine it — we can build it.

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Aerial view of Beadnell Bay Beach and the installation of The Landing restaurant and bar.

Further reading

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