Our client was in possession of a Mobile Laboratory that was manufactured using two 40’ Sea Containers. One side wall had been removed from each container and they are mechanically fixed together to create a usable workspace. In order to ship these units it is necessary to separate the two containers and have false walls manufactured to keep the weather out.
The first phase of this project was to pack up the contents of the Lab, which contained numerous sensitive and high-value items. Once the Lab was cleared, the client then commissioned contractors to split the containers into individual units. All weatherproofing & flashing had to be removed and the containers were separated with a mobile crane. A reasonable gap was provided to allow for the manufacture of the False Walls to seal the containers ready for shipment.
As the quoting process was carried out prior to the container being split, there was very little information available as to the means available to fix the false walls in place. The original concept was to drill into the steel structure and use mechanical fixings to secure the framework. This would have been a very difficult and time-consuming method.
Once the containers were split, it became apparent that there were numerous locations around the open side that were reinforced with robust steel beams. Drilling was no longer really a viable option. However, these steel beams provided a substantial lip to grip around with timber blocks and then sandwich with the ply skin upon application. The pine stud frames were custom-made section by section and held in place with timber blocks until the 18mm ply skin was fitted. This method worked out to be very efficient and much quicker than the original concept proposal. The project was completed far ahead of schedule, with considerable savings for the client.
The stud wall had to be retrofitted during construction The completed false wall the Mobile Laboratory