Recycled Containers ♻️

Recycled containers is re-using the shipping container, up-cycling is far more interesting as it is the process of turning a humble shipping container into new structures and thereby adding to its value

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A brand new two storey bike store and training centre built with 4 40ft converted shipping containers.

We believe the phrase “up-cycle” better sums up what we hope to achieve when we turn the humble shipping container into a new structure.

The parts from recycled containers are used to make interesting structural content but it is the container itself that can be used to produce some interesting and exciting buildings. Shipping containers are in many ways an ideal construction material. They are designed to carry heavy loads and to be stacked in high columns. Their doors can be left in place to form screens or other design elements or can be removed and other material fitted in their place including glazed units.

Recycled containers are also designed to resist harsh environments, such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their high strength, recycled containers may be adapted for secure storage and accommodation.

All shipping containers are the same width and most have two standard height and length measurements and as such they provide modular elements that can be combined into larger structures. This simplifies design, planning and transport. Up-cycled containers could be the future of construction as they are plentiful, affordable and an adaptable alternative to conventional construction.

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More about Recycled Containers

Containers are already designed to interlock one to another for secure transportation using the steel corner castings at the top and bottom of each container. Structural construction is completed by simply securing them in place using the corner castings or fabricating additional connection points. Due to the containers’ modular design additional construction is as easy as stacking more containers. Recycled Containers can be stacked up to 12 high when empty.

InBox Projects offers welding and cutting services to form openings, connections and architectural detail to the recycled containers. All work is completed in factory conditions prior to delivery. Pre-fabricated modules can also be easily transported by ship, truck or rail, because they already conform to standard shipping sizes.

Many used containers are available for use in construction and per square metre costs are lower than a finished structure built by conventional labour-intensive means such as bricks and mortar — which also require larger more expensive foundations. Container construction involves very little on-site labour as most of the work has already been completed off site at our facilities.

Containers are designed to be supported by their four corners making a very simple foundation possible. Containers have eight corner castings, four on the bottom and four on the top of each corner post and are very strong as they are intended to support a stack of other containers. A 40ft shipping container weights over 3,500KG so each time one is up-cycled we are saving thousands of kilograms of steel. In addition when building with containers, we are also reducing the amount of traditional building materials needed (i.e. bricks and cement).

InBox Projects also offer a range of up-cycled materials for fitting out the buildings including timber, glass and other products. Architectural antiques, parts from boats, planes and trains can also be included in the build making our structures truly up-cycled.

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More information about Container Housing including costs

Upcycling – The shipping container is a second life structure. We change its’ use from shipping goods around the world to becoming an integral building block for a wide range of exciting structures. We also use upcycled products throughout our build where possible. To discuss your next build please contact InBox Projects using the contact form below or give us a call. it’s always nice to speak to you!

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