Early in the Trinity Buoy Wharf project we devised an innovative way of building affordable new workspace. Container City™ is a fully flexible modular system of using redundant shipping containers to create stylish and high quality, yet affordable, accommodation for a range of uses.
The prototypes, "Container City 1" and “Container City 2” were built at Trinity Buoy Wharf in 2000 and 2002, and since then a growing number of projects has been prefabricated in the Wharf's workshops, commissioned by a variety of local authorities, educational and health establishments and private companies. In 2005 the Fawood Children’s Centre in Stonebridge, North London, made of containers, was shortlisted for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize.
USM’s headquarters at the Wharf occupy part of the largest and most recent Container City structure, “The Riverside Building”, made from 73 containers and providing 22 separate units on five floors, completed in September 2005.
This versatile modular system is an outstanding example of recycling in practice, cutting both building costs and construction times dramatically and, with its strong yet lightweight framework, keeping the need for environmentally damaging concrete foundations to a minimum.