Containers First Provides Cost-Effective Portable Building Solutions in Light of Rising Construction Costs

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Combining 25 years of industry experience with a touch of creativity, shipping containers sales and hire expert Containers First offers an affordable solution for organisations in need of portable buildings, work spaces, and even affordable housing units: used shipping containers in place of traditional building structures.

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With a touch of creativity mixed with the technical expertise of highly skilled engineers and builders at Containers First, used containers are transformed into useful portable buildings at a fraction of the construction cost of a traditional building.

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According to the 2012 International Construction Costs report recently released by global built asset consultancy EC Harris, Australia is ranked the third costliest location in the world in which to construct buildings and infrastructure. The report reveals that Australia jumped up two spots from its fifth-place ranking during the previous year. In light of these findings, Containers First, Australia's leading provider of used shipping containers for sale or hire, recently announced its top quality container modification services as an ideal and affordable building solution for projects by the government and the private sector as well.

The EC Harris study, which benchmarks 53 countries across the globe, shows that the rise in cost rankings is commonly affected by various economic factors. In Australia, another significant issue affecting costs is the need to respond to natural disasters; specifically in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, costs were found to have risen by 13%, 7%, and 20% respectively following the devastation caused by earthquakes, tsunamis, and major floods. Containers First offers less-expensive second hand or refurbished used shipping containers for use in any number of business or industrial applications such as portable office spaces, field laboratories, or even travelling showcases.

Shipping container infrastructures can involve very little labour compared to brick-and-mortar projects that often require larger and more expensive foundations. [Shipping container prices, even when containers are purchased brand-new, are considerably lower than other materials and require minimal on-going maintenance. In addition, customers have the freedom to choose the most economically priced used container to fit specific needs, like a lower grade container for simple static storage or a higher grade one for more active transport purposes.

Constructed or refurbished at Containers First's own facilities to meet ISO standards, all containers are made using high-grade steel frames, timber floorings, double doors that open up to 270 degrees, and corrugated steel walls; these materials enable containers to carry heavy loads and withstand stacking in high columns. When used for storage or work space purposes, therefore, used shipping containers serve as highly durable and secure structures that can resist a variety of harsh environments.

With a touch of creativity mixed with the technical expertise of highly skilled engineers and builders at Containers First, used containers are transformed into a variety of useful portable buildings—comfortable housing units, animal shelters, diver training tanks, mobile kitchens or bars, welding stations or workshops, wine cellars, meat coolers, or dangerous goods or explosives storage containers—at a fraction of the construction cost of a traditional building.
For customers seeking less elaborate customisations on their containers, the company is happy to provide simple and cost-effective solutions to create the right unit for every imaginable need. Containers First can install entry doors, windows or skylights, flooring, shelving, electrical or communication wiring, air-conditioning and insulation units, and reliable security mechanisms to produce the ultimate fully functional container infrastructure.

"Both government and private sectors turn to Containers First when critical projects must meet the highest standards of quality whilst providing equally exceptional value," explains a Containers First representative. "We’ve successfully designed, fabricated, and delivered countless container modifications, from the routine to the challenging. With Container First’s technical expertise and innovative thinking on your project, you can be assured whatever you can imagine, we can build."

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