Fully-furnished shipping containers form unique prefab hotel

Fully-furnished shipping containers form unique prefab hotel

Photo courtesy of Inhabitat

Architecture firm Chapman Taylor has unveiled images of the recently completed Holiday Inn Express at Manchester’s Trafford City – the first hotel in the North West United Kingdom to be built using a special type of volumetric modular construction based on steel shipping containers.

The hotel was built off-site as separate modules and assembled on-site in under a month, reports Inhabitat.

The architects worked with the main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, to develop a detailed design of the hotel with a focus on exploring modular options.

All 220 guest rooms were completed before off-site and include interior furniture, fixtures and fittings, carpets, curtains, wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling windows. A team of workers then stacked the first 125 modules on a podium structure upon their arrival at Trafford City – in less than one month.

The use of a comprehensive BIM model helped inform the detailed design and enable off-site fabrication. Every container features a vapor control layer and pre-finished rain-screen cladding that make them watertight.


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