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Mackenzie Wheeler submits plans for shipping container hotel

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Mackenzie Wheeler has revealed these plans for a new shipping container hotel development at Portishead Quays, Somerset

The scheme for Brewers Hall & Woodhouse overlooking the Bristol Channel will create a 45-room hotel as well as a pub and a 120-seat restaurant on its ground floor. 

Plans have now been submitted to the local council and phase one of the project - the pub and restaurant - is due to start on site in October this year (2011).


The architect’s view

At Portishead, we have chosen shipping containers as the essential building block of the hotel. Individual rooms are housed in containers fitted out as cabin-like rooms. The rooms arrive on-site, fully furnished and insulated. 

The use of containers also reflects the idea of travel by sea. This idea is further emphasised in the cargo-like signage and other graphics designed for external walls and within rooms and corridors.

As the development will include laundry and changing facilities for the marina, it seemed appropriate that the hotel as a whole will convey the light industrial feel of a boatyard.

Mackenzie Wheeler, Portishead (June 2012)

Mackenzie Wheeler, Portishead (June 2012)

The shipping container concept also offers the client a self-supporting modular hotel structure that can be added to simply by inserting new container units for extra rooms when appropriate.

We have deliberately stacked the containers irregularly thereby breaking up the overall mass of the design. This creates a pavilion–like effect that responds well to the generous public square the project faces. The distinctive design also creates a natural focal point for the 450-berth marina facing the opposite side of the square.

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