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A Fabric Shelter, also referred to as a Shipping Container Workshop or Warehouse is to a steel shed, what the steel shed was to a wooden building over 200 years ago. It’s the new preferred warehouse or workshop solution for many of the worlds leading mining and industrial companies. A disruptor of the steel shed and a very clever alternative that features a whole lot of benefits that have led to it becoming a well-established shelter solution around the world.

Shipping Container Workshop is so named due to the use of standard sea containers as a mounting system for the structural steel and fabric arched roof.  Mounting on sea containers, which are easily available anywhere in the world, means the only aspect of the shelter that needs fabrication and transport is the roof structure and end walls if required.

Why choose a Shipping Container Workshop

There are a range of good reasons to choose Shipping Container Workshops for your project or worksite – here’s just five of them

5 reasons to use shipping container workshop

1. Cost

A recent project to install eleven Fabric Structure Workshops for our client CSBP, was compared to the cost of equivalent coverage by steel sheds and the cost of the winning solution of Fabric Structures was cheaper by an “order of magnitude” according to the client.

Capital procurement demands an analysis of Total Cost of Ownership (TOC), which accounts for all costs over the lifetime of the asset, from the original purchase, transport to site, installation, on-going maintenance and dismantling at the end of the project.

Container Shed - DomeShelter Australia

2. Ordering

DomeShelter™ Fabric Structures are designed and manufactured in both standard and customised sizes with a wide range of size options available, both width and height. Standard sizes are generally available “off-the-shelf” and can be ready to ship to site often within days of ordering. A team of dedicated In-house designers work with the client and DomeShelter™ Consultants to design and engineer custom requirements to make it easy and trouble-free for the client.

shipping container workshop - ordering

3. Transport

All Fabric Structures are cleverly packed down into kit form onto specially designed racks for easy transport to site, anywhere in the world. Local Australian deliveries utilise flatbed trucks and export orders are packed into a standard sea container. As a result, transport to site is cost-effective, quick and easy.

shipping container workshop - transporting

4. Installation

DomeShelter™ Fabric Structures are deliberately designed to be installed by the client’s own teams, following instructions provided. Utilising their own teams saves the client both time and money by reducing the need to introduce outside contractors to site, with the associated costs of induction and other costs of getting external contractors to site. Those clients who prefer skilled teams to do the installation can call on DomeShelter™ approved installers.

shipping container workshop - installation

5. End of Project

Most projects that DomeShelter™ Shipping Container Workshops are supplied to have an end date, be it in just a few short years or 10 plus years. Clearing the workshop or warehouse away is just a matter of dismantling the structure and packing done into kit form again, for transport to the next project, storage or sale. Site disturbance is minimal depending on the container securing used and so site restoration costs and effort is minimised. In many instances, the shelter may need dismantling and shifting across site to cater to changing work conditions. It is not unusual for a shelter to be relocated 6-8 times during the life of a project.

shipping container workshop - dismantling, relocation

Shipping Container Workshops or Warehouses are increasingly utilised as a very viable alternative to the traditional steel shed. No longer is a steel shed the first and only option considered as the use of modern Fabric Structure mounted on sea containers presents compelling benefits.

Need a workshop solution for your project or worksite? Get in touch to speak with a DomeShelter™ Consultant.

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