BBC - Case Studies

1st Containers provide containers to many indoor and outdoor events. All manner of different uses are supplied by our team of engineers, from conversions to refrigerated units to backstage concert areas. We were extremely privileged to be approached by the British Broadcasting Corporation, and to be involved in the biggest global event of 2012, when the BBC needed our help for their transmissions of the Olympic Games.

They needed a vantage point for their onsite studio at the Olympic Park and 1st Containers were able to provide exactly what they needed. The fact of the matter is, that using containers where in the past other alternatives may have worked is financially more viable, better for the environment and lot less stressful. Containers already exist, and converting them is less expensive than building something new. As they already exist, they are more environmentally friendly than building something new, and the process is a lot quicker than building something new, so relieves the stress of time dependent projects. All of these factors were considered by the BBC in making their decision, and also the fact that we could use existing containers to acquire the height of the studio required rather than having to make a temporary platform from scratch.

1st Containers were able to provide all of the necessary materials and machinery to achieve the perfect result. With our specialist engineers and trucks, we were able to deliver all that was required with the minimum of delay, and our experience with shipping containers enabled us to construct the studio and platform onsite in a very short and efficient timescale. Eighteen shipping containers were stacked and secured to give the height necessary for the studio to have the advantage point of being able to look over the whole of the Olympic Park. Atop we placed the converted container, completely enclosed from the elements to protect the presenters from any adverse weather conditions. The BBC, so pleased with the final product, commissioned 1st Containers to repeat the process for the Breakfast team where the live news broadcasts would be sent from during the Olympics. We again were able to conduct a seamless operation of stacking and securing with an open top studio placed at the pinnacle for a wonderful viewpoint across the park.

We were very proud to be involved in such a huge event, and along with the BBC, we look forward to working alongside many more global companies that need the expertise and experience that 1st Containers can offer.