Containers on a high in the deep south


  • Diverse range of containers support major Southland construction project
  • Storage, accommodation key to on site safety and efficiency
  • Container demand high as region ramps up

Transforming a city  

As transformative construction projects go, Invercargill will look like a different city once an inner-city redevelopment is completed.

More than 45 buildings were demolished to make way for Invercargill Central, the new shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in the heart of New Zealand’s southern-most city.

A wide range of Royal Wolf containers – providing storage and accommodation solutions – have been on site for the majority of construction which is two and a half years through a three-year build timeframe.

The number of containers on site have varied at different stages of the project, including a mix of 10 and 20-foot storage units, dangerous goods containers, and site offices and lunchrooms. One 10-foot unit was located on the top storey of the development to store tools and products for workers on the upper levels.

Invercargill Branch Manager Andie Sherlock says as construction progresses there is less room on site and containers enable space to be maximised.

 “Containers not only provide space saving capability, they’re also a safe, dry and secure storage and accommodation solution for the construction team throughout the entire build.”

Diverse range on site

Ms Sherlock says there continues to be ongoing demand for containerised product in Southland with growth in the housing and construction sectors through to infrastructure and agriculture.

“There’s a lot of construction going on around Invercargill, with plenty more in the pipeline including development of a whole new suburb.”

She says there is also significant container demand for household storage and specialist units such as refrigerated and dangerous goods containers.


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