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A couple from Geelong convert shipping containers into office space, a unique “Eat Street” on Ocean Street, a city made of boxes, and a cargo container floating Wake Park: all in our monthly roundup of container news from Aussie and around the globe.

Couple converts shipping containers into office space in Geelong

During his time as a barber, Steve Connoley had numerous discussions with clients who expressed mixed feelings about working from home. During these discussions, Mr Connoley found out that although people did enjoy working from home – i.e. not having to commute to Melbourne – they didn’t like the distractions that came with it.

Another problem mentioned by several of his clients was that there weren’t any small-scale conference spaces in the area which made it difficult to have small business meetings forcing people to contend with meeting in cafés.

These two factors were what gave Mr Connoley the idea to create office space for hire – an idea he executed with his wife, Camilla Connoley. So far the couple has 30 ready-made cargo container offices for purchase and sale with several available for on-site hire.

The Connoleys say they chose to use shipping containers because they are portable, and they blended well with the industrial surroundings of North Geelong.

(Source: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/geelong-couple-turns-shipping-containers-into-office-space/news-story/49497ff8c8cc88ce8ae70fc0406540b8)

Ocean Street’s “Eat Street”, Sunshine Coast

Ocean Street patrons are about to experience dining like no other after the local council approved an “Eat Street” inspired outlet, entirely designed from shipping containers.

The concentration of food outlets made from converted shipping containers will provide visitors with a wide variety of dining options, adding to the street’s urban character.

The development will host a total of 14 tenancies with the containers being arranged to create “a semi-covered urban laneway through the centre of the site.” Informal landscaping and seating will help provide a unique experience for everyone.

(Source: http://mysunshinecoast.com.au/news/news-display/containers-to-be-shipped-to-ocean-street,45898)

Cardiff Bay’s “Box City”

In yet another government approved large-scale container development, developers from Cardiff Bay, Wales are looking to build a mini city using cargo containers in what is dubbed to be the “UK’s  most ambitious sea container development.”

The 50,000 square feet development, according to preliminary designs, will feature several hotel apartments, retail and office space, an outdoor cinema, and a pop-up food market.

About 400 shipping containers will be used to build the four-level environmentally friendly development.

(Source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/new-box-city-made-hundreds-12076389)

A floating cargo container wake park

Three wakeboarders have designed and created a wakeboarding park in Pula, Croatia, using cargo containers. The trio, Dominic, Felix and Hernler, used a crane to put containers into place creating a 360-degree floating course. The park also includes a flying obstacle made from a hoisted shipping container.

It took ten days and the help of five divers to get all the containers floating in the right areas. The wakeboarders also had to find a special crane to wakeboard on which they were able to find in Pula after a long search in several European ports.

The hard work was worth it, though, as they were able to create a one of a kind wakeboard park – actually the only one to include a levitating obstacle. Check out the amazing video they made at http://www.surfertoday.com/wakeboarding/13181-riders-create-a-floating-wake-park-using-shipping-containers.

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