The Northern School of Art
The popular Art and Design school based in Hartlepool contacted Cleveland Containers with a creative container idea, which was to design and create two class rooms made from a 40ft high cube and a 20ft high cube container.
When the Northern School of Art planned a new building, their ceramics course was out of vogue and they were considering getting rid of them. Since this happened the college has seen quite a bit of interest and demand, particularly from the fine art students, to bring back ceramics into the curriculum.
Stuart Slorach, vice principle of resources at the school said,
“We looked at various solutions internally in the building but nothing made a great deal of sense due to the nature of ceramics and even just finding enough space. We had seen various projects around the world e.g. New York, Gateshead, Teesside Park and other where recycled shipping containers were being used for shops, offices, bars, restaurants, and a whole other range of things which even included a micro-brewery. Thinking outside of the box (no pun intended) meant we saw using shipping containers as something that we could use that was flexible in scale, cheaper than building new studio space and something that could become a bit of quirky feature at the School”.
The container class rooms which Cleveland Containers created now allow the students have access to a kiln and a professional workspace. The containers are fully fitted with electrics, led lighting, a sink and workshop and a false ceiling. The room is bright due to the natural light from the 5 double glazed windows which have also been fitted.
We recently visited The Northern School of Art to see the classrooms in place and to get some photos of the finished project, see images below:
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