Dainton Portable Buildings Case Studies - Shipping Containers and Portable Cabins
We pride ourselves in delivering products and solutions that customers are satisfied with. Read how we provided well known South West businesses and organisations, including Glastonbury Festival, Paignton Zoo and Torquay Utd, with the space solutions they required.
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Case Study: Sea Sanctuary
Sea Sanctuary are a registered charity providing unique mental healthcare onboard a large 1925 classic wooden yacht.
Sea Sanctuary wanted a marine themed classroom they could use for their healthcare education.
The charity approached us with the idea of using shipping containers because of the strong nautical connections between cargo containers and Sea Sanctuary's work.
In partnership with ISO Spaces we took their brief and got creative!
We provided detailed CAD drawings and Sea Sanctuary were delighted that our designs matched their brief so closely.
We proposed joining together two 20ft shipping containers to create a large classroom. We recommended using "single trip" containers which had only been used to transport goods once and were in excellent condition.
Two side walls were cut out of the containers so they could be joined together.
We fitted ten porthole windows and a personnel door at the rear. The four doors at the front were removed and we fitted a bi-folding glass door in their place.
The unit was then plasterboarded, insulated and fitted with a new wooden floor and electrics.
Case Study: Kenex Engineering
Kenex Engineering are a long-term customer of Dainton Portable Buildings and produce steel fabrication solutions at their state-of-the art facility near Exeter in Devon.
Kenex Engineering have over 50 years experience in the steel industry and specialise in producing all types of steelwork, from access and support structures to waste handling equipment and engineering structures for training systems and simulations.
With such a diverse range of customer projects, Kenex trust Dainton as their shipping container supplier because of our reliable service and competitively priced containers.
When Kenex needed shipping containers for a new multi-function training unit for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service at Exeter Airport, Kenex knew they could rely on Dainton to deliver quality containers at good value and on time.
Kenex Engineering designed and built the new large scale multi-function fire behaviour training unit at their Exeter facility.
The training unit was made from eleven new standard 40ft x 8ft containers and four new 20ft x 8ft containers that were supplied by Dainton.
The shipping containers were delivered to Kenex Engineering and later transported to Exeter Airport, where the training unit was reassembled so it can be used to provide specialist fire fighting training.
More information about Kenex Engineering's customer projects can be found on their case studies page.
Case Study: Black Rock Beach Resort
The Black Rock Beach Resort at Millendreath near Looe in Cornwall is being transformed into a high quality holiday destination in a multi-million pound regeneration process.
The developers favoured portable buildings over traditional construction techniques because the buildings could be put up quicker, at lower cost and without some of the planning permission issues that permanent structures would have required.
The 75 acre holiday village consists of a private beach, woodland and holiday chalets.
The regeneration plans will secure a new future for the resort with the construction of distinctive, contemporary holiday homes and a centre piece spa facility.
The Millendreath Project team needed a stylish sales office that would reflect the contemporary design of the development and portable buildings that could be used as a café, surf hire shop and toilets to serve the public.
It was vital that these buildings fitted in with the new architectural design for the resort and impress existing visitors and potential buyers of the new holiday homes.
Dainton worked closely with the Millendreath Estates Manager to determine the exact specification of the buildings.
Detailed plans were drawn up for the café and kitchen portable building. It was important that the electricity points and plumbing met the customer's requirements so a quality fitted kitchen could be installed. The café is used a lot by the public so the building had to look welcoming and create a relaxed atmosphere where people could enjoy their food and drinks.
The surf hire shop had to securely store water sports equipment and have durable flooring that could cope with surf boards being dragged in from the beach.
The buildings were delivered by an experienced driver and placed in position on the beach front using a crane mounted on the delivery lorry.
We supplied a 40' x 12' portable building for use as the sales office. The developers clad the front with timber panels and built decking around the outside to provide an impressive viewing platform over the beach resort.
Three more portable buildings made up the café, surf hire shop and toilets. These were styled with timber panels that were painted white to give the impression of having faded in the sun.
Artificial grass was laid on the roof and a comfortable seating area overlooking the beach was created outside the café.
The rustic beach décor continued inside the café and the final result is a stylish set of custom portable buildings.
Case Study: Heritage Homes
When Heritage Homes needed portable buildings and welfare facilities for a new construction project, they turned to Dainton Portable Buildings.
Heritage Homes are one of Devon's premier house builders and use traditional construction techniques and craftmanship to build houses with premium levels of quality and style.
For a new multi-million pound housing project in Exeter, Heritage Homes required on-site welfare facilities for their workers and secure storage for equipment, tools and materials.
Heritage Homes were a new customer who contacted us after browsing our web site.
We have plenty of experience supplying welfare units and portable buildings to the construction industry so we knew the sort of facilities that Heritage Homes required: an on-site office for meetings and paperwork, a comfortable, durable rest area for workers, welfare facilities including toilets & wash areas and secure storage space.
We drew up plans of the units and worked with Heritage on the details, for example the location of the power points, the type of lighting and windows and other finishing touches.
Heritage Homes bought four new units:
- 24' x 10' open office fitted with double-glazing, lighting, a heater and electrics.
- 24' x 10' toilet unit, with drying facilities for clothes. The toilet unit was supplied with partition walls, a hand basin, urinals and benches and coat hooks were put into the drying area.
- 24 x '10' canteen with modular fixed seating, electrics and a sink. A staircase and landing was supplied so the units could be stacked.
- 21' x 8' secure store for storing equipment, tools and materials.
We delivered the units to the site using a Hiab lorry mounted crane. The units were stacked and the spiral staircase and landing erected.
Case Study: Glastonbury Festival
The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival needed secure on-site storage leading up to and during the world famous music festival that runs from 26th - 30th June 2013.
Setting up and running a festival on the scale of Glastonbury is a massive challenge and requires detailed preparation, organisation and planning.
Secure storage of equipment with convenient access helps to ensure the logistics run smoothly.
The event organisers knew they needed to find a reliable, cost effective supplier of shipping containers and we were delighted when they chose Dainton.
The festival organisers approached Dainton with their requirements and we proposed a mixture of twenty four new and used 20ft shipping containers on a six week hire.
Glastonbury Festival chose Dainton Portable Buildings over five other suppliers because of the large amount of container stock we hold, our rapid response to their enquiry and our extremely competitive prices.
Twenty four new and used 20ft x 8ft shipping containers will be delivered to the festival site before the event on a six week hire contract.
These will be used across the festival site to store stage production materials, fireworks, circus equipment and catering equipment.
The containers are all ISO standard units constructed from corten steel and are wind and watertight.
Once the containers are no longer required, we will collect them from the festival site in Somerset at a date and time that suits the festival organisers.
Case Study: Paignton Zoo
When Paignton Zoo started to run out of space, Dainton Portable Buildings came to the rescue with the loan of a 20ft storage container.
Paignton Zoo needed more storage space and approached Dainton because they were familiar with the type of storage containers at our Paignton Self Storage depot.
The zoo needed dry storage for educational materials, promotional stock and their seasonal displays.
The zoo is a registered charity and Dainton offered the free hire of a used 20ft shipping container.
The 20ft shipping container provides 150 square feet of storage (1160 cubic feet) and is weatherproof.
Restrictive site access made delivering and unloading the container a challenge but our expert driver lowered the 2.4 tonne storage container into place using a crane.
Bev Kemble, Portable Buildings Assistant Manager, said: "Dainton can’t provide new homes for elephants or rhinos, but we can provide extra space for the Zoo to store important materials."
Case Study: Torquay United
We worked with Torquay United to provide them with a portable building solution that met their requirements, on time and on budget.
Torquay Utd were redeveloping a stand at their Plainmoor ground and required a new changing room unit to replace their old building.
The new solution had to comply with the Football League guidelines and be:
- Water tight
- Cost effective
It had to be large enough to function as a changing room for the home and away teams and serve as a treatment room.
Torquay Utd discussed their requirement with several suppliers and chose Dainton because of our competitive prices and expertise.
Our experienced and friendly staff were able to offer advice and assistance from start to finish. We recommended two new 40' x 12' plastic coated steel portable buildings, customised to meet their requirements.
We worked closely with Torquay Utd to define how the buildings would be customised. Once the specifications were agreed, floor plans were drawn up and signed off by both parties.
This consultation process ensured Torquay Utd got the portable building solution they required.
We supplied Torquay Utd with portable buildings that were fitted with:
- Boilers and plumbing for showers, sinks and toilets
- Partition walls to create separate changing room and treatment areas
- Non-slip flooring
- uPVC windows
- High density insulation
- Lighting and power sockets
We delivered the units on an articulated lorry and organised for the Police to escort the wide load. We provided a crane to unload the units and position them in place. The units were then connected to the water and electricity services.