This container started life as a 40ft shipping container and would have been on the sea for many years and was coming to the end of its shipping life. So we were delighted when an enquiry came in for a used container to be transformed into a bird hide for a nature reserve. They had a tight budget so the used containers were a good option for them. They wanted the unit to be 30ft in length and for public use so we had the task to come up with a solution for them. We took the 40ft container and firstly cut it down to 30ft. then taken a full side out where the public could access the unit and fitted some barriers / handrails. Next we cut multiple viewing slots out of the walls and steel framed them, this was at head level for the average adult with steel benches for sitting and observing with shelves for drinks etc. As this unit was for the public the client wanted it to be open to everyone so we created a viewing point suitable for wheelchair users by fabricating a box to extend the width of the unit in one place for a wheel chair to go under allowing the user to get full access to the viewing point. The box was bolt able for transport. This unit had to be fully anti vandal proof as it was open to everyone so we overlaid the timber flooring in non-slip steel chequer plate and finally painted the full unit in anti-corrosive container paint.
1 used 40ft container cut down to 30ft
Cargo doors removed and panelled in
1 side cut out and hand rails added
Multiple view slots cut into the walls
Steel flooring throughout
Wheel chair accessible box
Unit painted internally and externally choice of RAL colour