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January 19 2012

Planning sought for Dundee shipping container offices
Plans for a series of offices buildings constructed from disused shipping containers are to be submitted by Scottish Enterprise for a site at Seaforth, Dundee.

Built from an assortment of 30ft shipping containers the unconventional approach is seen as the best way of providing cheap accommodation to occupiers  quickly.

Brainchild of aim architects this would see containers stacked and adapted with windows and internal stairs.

Dubbed District 10 the Creative Media District would occupy brownfield land on a former railway goods yard adjacent to the river Tay.

The pilot scheme is designed to attract more creative industries to the area and if successful could ultimately incorporate nine separate blocks.
Flexible units of up to 1,000sq/ft would be offered
Flexible units of up to 1,000sq/ft would be offered
Individual 'work pods' will rise up to three storeys
Individual 'work pods' will rise up to three storeys

8 Comments

sultan of brooneye
#1 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 19 Jan 2012 at 13:53 PM
I remember my time in Dundee.....outdoor DJ sets and sporadic bouts of break-dancing seemed to occur on every street corner; not to mention the love of kite flying displayed by locals and students alike.....
Stuart
#2 Posted by Stuart on 19 Jan 2012 at 14:03 PM
Nothing against aim architects and wish the well but " Brainchild" really? Making a building out of shipping containers has been a mainstay of student projects for the last 30 years.
Walt Disney
#3 Posted by Walt Disney on 19 Jan 2012 at 14:35 PM
Sultan.....comedy gold. Dundee always has been the multi ethnic centre of urban culture.

Got to ask the question why though. Surely insulating, servicing, waterproofing, fire proofing etc. etc. is going to be more complex and expensive than chucking up a TF or Metframe.
Auld Cynic
#4 Posted by Auld Cynic on 19 Jan 2012 at 15:13 PM
And just out of interest. I imagine Scottish Enterprise spent..oh,I dunno, a great deal of money on remediating and infrastructure work at Seabraes?

And this is the best they can do?

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Dundee/article/20319/seabraes-pilot-scheme-would-create-office-space-from-shipping-containers.html

Laughable if it wasn’t so desperate.
Wrang Driel
#5 Posted by Wrang Driel on 19 Jan 2012 at 18:13 PM
These CGIs are nonsense. Shorts, T Shirts, Dancing, Blue Skies, Ethnic Diversity, Smiling. This is not the Dundee I know and love!

In all seriousness, I think this will be a positive development to the riverside. If you can get some modern cottage industry to take the units and compliment the University / Art College, it might even detract from the monstrosity that is Tesco Riverside.

OK. there's nothing really new about recycling shipping containers, but nobody's trying to reinvent the wheel here. Another innovative proposal by Aim.
Neil
#6 Posted by Neil on 20 Jan 2012 at 09:05 AM
Best. CGIs. Ever.
Chantelle fae poundland
#7 Posted by Chantelle fae poundland on 20 Jan 2012 at 09:38 AM
Stunning renders. Who knew that Dundee resembled a 'United colours of Benetton' ad.To think that recycled shipping containers could provoke such happiness in people.

P.S Hope the guy doing the headspins didn't hurt himself on one of the pot-holes Dundee council didn't fix.
Gordon
#8 Posted by Gordon on 20 Jan 2012 at 22:47 PM
Is the third image a deleted scene from Tron?

I never thought the prospect of reused shipping containers could be the magic bullet to promote racial harmony and all round good vibes, but hey ho.

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