Don’t worry! They don’t look like this when they’re finished. Photo credit - Pixabay.
Accommodation for students in Glasgow has been made using shipping containers from China.
I was quite lucky with my student accommodation. I was able to live in college for three years, looking over the river Cam and occasionally laughing as a passing tourist fell off a punt into the river.
Whilst my room might have been historic, and had great views, it was also draughty, falling apart, and the nearest bathroom was about 3 miles way. Or at least that’s how it felt when I needed to go in the middle of the night.
One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that my student room would not have endured a several week long sea journey across the world.
However, that’s exactly what the latest student digs on the banks of the river Clyde in Glasgow have gone through!
The shipping containers have been assembled on site and then covered in an attractive facade.
Such a method of construction has the main advantage of being incredibly quick to assemble. It takes just four weeks to put all of the shipping containers into place. It also allows designers to have most of the interior work done off site, where it might be easier and cheaper to complete.
Nevertheless, the system isn't without drawbacks. It's obviously quite expensive and harmful to the environment to transport shipping containers around the world. It's also controversial to have work that would normally be done by local tradespeople completed overseas.
This is not the first UK building to have been constructed in such a way.
In 2016, we reported that a 220 room Holiday Inn, located in Trafford City, Manchester, was becoming the first so-called 'molecular' accommodation in the North of England, with similar buildings also under construction near London City Airport.
If you're finding it hard to visualise the hotel or student accommodation, or understand why anyone would want to stay there, you'll probably be relieved to hear that it doesn't look anything like shipping containers once completed!
The units are assembled, pre-installed with most of their interior fittings.