In October 2014 we were approached by Peaceful Progress, a graffiti art and community interest company based in Cardiff, with the intention to use ten shipping containers for artists and community workshops with young people and clients like the Youth offending service.
Bryce Davies and his partner Jodie Driscoll are the main bods at Peaceful Progress. Their original idea was to paint used shipping containers in Graffiti and hold lots of creative community events with them. While the community events are still on the cards, after looking at our refurbished containers (repainted and with a security lock box included) it persuaded them to go for ten multi-coloured containers instead of graffiti painted used containers. They were going to be rented out to the local Creative Cardiff Community.
With a tight budget (and even tighter access!) there was a lot of backwards and forwards communication over the Christmas period and early 2015 to make sure they got what they wanted and no detail was missed. Our goal was to get this whole project completed correctly rather than quickly. Bryce and Jodie were sending us detailed plans of the area and nearby businesses that may be effected by the deliveries etc… which was very helpful indeed, as shipping container deliveries can be notoriously difficult if not properly planned.
By March 2015 Bryce was starting to get the funds in the right pots and spoke to us again regarding possible colours and realistic timescales once they got the go ahead. Come May 2015 Bryce and co were simply waiting for the landlord to clear the area and then their contract would start and then it was time to get the containers started.
All 10 containers were repaired and repainted in our Birmingham depot in June 2015. They were delivered on wagon & drag hiab equipped vehicles, two containers at a time, in an order chosen by Peaceful Progress so they could get them positioned in exactly the right order.
In July 2015, all 10 containers are in, sited and looking fantastic. Peaceful Progress’s team of handymen, including Dave the builder who helped level up and site the containers, were now busy fitting each with a framework of batons and lining/insulating the interiors. To the customers going to rent out these containers this gives the illusion of walking into a room rather than a used 20ft shipping container.
It was essential for Bryce and the team to get the feel of offices rather than shipping containers for creative Cardiff. These guys know what they want and with most of intended occupants being painters, craftsmen and perfectionists they had to be exactly right. They also went out of their way not only to keep the costs down but also to reuse and recycle local materials. The front fascia, which houses the double doors, is made out of recycled materials; old pallets, random pieces of wood etc. (Not that you’d believe it by looking at them!) So it’s not only the shipping containers that have got a new lease of life from this project.
Now, in December 2015, every container on site is being rented to a local creative entrepreneur and the site is now called The Bone Yard. An old scaffolding site in Canton, Cardiff, now up-cycled to a creative business centre.
Peaceful Progress and The Bone Yard are now providing services to young people in the South Wales area, a fantastic community interested group of individuals very similar to a non-profit company or charity. If your in the market for some funky, up-cycled, great value workspaces please drop these guys a line!
Budgetshippingcontainers.co.uk carry out a number of projects like this every year, and as you can see from the timescales above they do not happen overnight. This one in particular took nearly a year to get into place. Projects like this require not only funds and time but also accurate planning and execution to match. There are few companies with as much experience delivering containers and shipping container projects so please contact us for more information or for a chat about your own project ideas!