February 2016 Post Archive - S Jones Containers Blog
A pop up café with an innovative origin is proving a real winner at Battersea Studios, London, by freeing up valuable commercial space for future rental.
Home to some of the UK’s most creative businesses, Battersea Studio’s owners were keen to make the most of every square foot of the iconic building at Silverthorne Road, Battersea.
So London based architects Barr Gazetas commissioned us to help bring their innovative solution to life.
We supplied two modified shipping containers as the basis for the pop up café, so the former cafeteria space in the main building can be redeveloped for additional rentable space.
The containers were designed and supplied together with the access stairs and mezzanine platform, and roof structure with letter ‘B’ sign that sits on top of the overall structure.
The ‘B’ sign, which weighs a considerable 1400kg, is mounted onto a complex support structure. It is fabricated from 20mm thick laser cut Corten steel sections to create its ‘dashed’ appearance that becomes strikingly 3D when illuminated at night.
Barr Gazetas’ use of Corten steel for the sign and stair cladding, combined with the corrugations of the containers creates a striking ‘industrialistic’ look - the Corten steel is a specialist ‘weathering’ steel that is typically installed unpainted and allowed to oxidise (rust) to create a patinated finish.
The Angel of the North is made of this material, as are the cladding panels of shipping containers because of the Corten steel’s corrosion resistant properties.
Our stock- in-trade is to provide containers to meet unusual requirements.
Previously the company designed, manufactured and supplied the modified containers for the iconic Wahaca restaurant on London’s South Bank.
Tom Lacey, associate director at Barr Gazetas, said: “We found that by working directly with S Jones Containers as the designer and manufacturer, it brought us closer to the manufacturing process, giving us greater control of the development of the specification as it progressed.”
Our Senior Technical Sales and Design Manager Les Newick explained that shipping containers provide great flexibility and adaptability and are ideal for this kind of installation. “When combined with creativity and engineering know-how, they can be extensively applied to a host of diverse projects.”
He added that a particularly challenging stage of the installation was the roof canopy and 1.4 tonne “B” sign, as they had to be lifted and pre-assembled in a single crane lift.
“My thanks go to everyone involved as this was a very difficult and technical lift carried out by our haulier John Butlin Ltd in torrential rain, and everyone was soaked to the skin by the time we finished in the dark and the cold,” he said.
“The extent of engineering and site work continues to prove that S Jones Containers can deliver projects from initial design through to final delivery.”
When the call came to provide some funky looking converted containers for Europe’s largest trampoline park, we bounced into action.
We were tasked with providing something different for Freedog Urban Activity Centre in Swindon, who wanted to create a new food and beverage area, reception, party rooms and seating.
The 36,000 sq ft centre at Kembrey Park contains not only 150 trampolines, but also features two large foam pits with more than 5,000 soft blocks, two dodgeball courts and two basketball slam dunk lanes.
Using our renowned ingenuity, our designers came up with creative solutions to provide a new Snack Shack, reception area, party rooms and office space using recycled, customised shipping containers.
And staff at Freedog Urban Activity Centre are delighted with the result.
Freedog Marketing Manager Andrew Cox said they particularly liked the rugged, urban look and feel of the containers.
“They work really well with the aesthetic of the building as they fit with the industrial warehouse they are now housed in.
“We love the overall look and feel of the building and that fact that we are able to offer a different customer experience,” he said.
Our Technical Sales and Design Manager, said: “This is another project which demonstrates the versatility of shipping containers, their novelty, functionality and suitability for venues, events, leisure and hospitality uses.”
This latest project follows on from other challenges tackled by our design team in recent months.
Last year events company GTA Global turned to us to create special “pop up” bridge features for the Nissan Playstation® GT Academy 2015 International Race Camp Day it ran at RAF Cottesmore, one of five major challenges of the programme.
And previously we designed, manufactured and supplied the modified containers for the iconic Wahaca restaurant on London’s South Bank, and most recently for a ‘pop up’ café at Battersea Studios in London.
As well as mainstream container sales and hire, our specialist design engineers use 3D CAD technology to transform containers into highly sophisticated containerised solutions for events and hospitality – for music festivals, nightclubs, enclosures, pop-up restaurants and cafes, and housing.