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Container Conversion into a Life Guard Lookout

Key Facts

Size: 20ft new ‘one trip’ shipping container and 20ft flat pack container
Use: Lookout tower and office container
Location: Hartlepool
Project Length: 4-weeks

The Conversion Brief

We were approached from Hartlepool Borough Council who were exploring the option of using shipping containers. They were looking to convert 2no. 20ft shipping containers to use on Seaton Carew beachfront as a life guard look out station.

Breakdown of the Project

We were approached by the Hartlepool Borough Council with a requirement for 2no. 20ft containers to use on Seaton Carew beachfront for storage and a life guard look out station.

The ground floor 20ft storage unit was formed from a new ‘one trip’ shipping container. The container was lined internally and externally. The top floor 20ft container was formed from one of our flat-pack office containers. The unit is shipped into the country in flat-pack format with all the lining & insulation already on the inside of the steel corrugated panels. We supplied extra windows along the ends & sides to ensure the lifeguards have a clear view across the whole beachfront. We build this up in sections. One assembled this looks just like an ordinary 20ft shipping container. The unit was accessed via a secure steel personnel door.

We supplied & fitted a galvanised staircase to gain access to the first-floor container. The staircase was fitted with a secure gate at the bottom to prevent any unauthorised access.

Conversion breakdown

  • Using a 20ft new ‘one trip’ shipping container with a 1no. 20ft flat pack container stacked on top.
  • Modifications to the 20ft new ’one trip’ shipping container included.
    • 1000mm x 1000mm sliding window with secure shutters.
    • Internally ply lined over 50mm celotex insulation.
    • Resprayed externally in white – RAL9010.
  • The 20ft flat pack container included.
    • windows with secure roller shutters. (As standard the flat pack container comes with only 2 windows but we can customise on request.)
    • The configuration was critical due to the positioning of the windows for use as a lookout.
    • Also, the personnel door needed to be the last panel along the right-hand side to match the staircase.
    • Internal electrics including.
      • strip lights.
      • double sockets.
    • An external staircase was fabricated to gain access to the upper container.
      • Including safety railings.
      • Secured barred gate.
      • Fabricated from box section with chequer plate steps.

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