Containers provide all home comforts

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2013
Christchurch pods
JOSEPH JOHNSON/ Fairfax NZ

HOME SWEET HOME: Craig Powley, left, and Rob Strickland (right) of Edifice Building in a fitted-out pod – one of 25 furnished containers to be used for worker accommodation in Addington.

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The first shipping container village for rebuild workers - complete with PlayStation 3s and cleaners - will open in Addington later this year.

Christchurch company Edifice says its container units, known as pods, are "selling well" and inquiries from prospective tenants are received daily.

Edifice managing director Rob Strickland said the firm had taken on a lot of earthquake work from Fletcher and Arrow International and had to look outside Christchurch and New Zealand for extra workers.

"There really is a big shortage of temporary accommodation in Christchurch and it's not getting any better.

"A lot of companies have found that the biggest problem for new staff is finding somewhere to live."

Their solution was to fit out 20-foot containers with beds, bathrooms, a kitchenette, a television and a PlayStation, and stack them on top of each other.

Strickland said 13 out of the 25 units for the Parlane St, Addington, complex had sold to investors but a few had been bought by contractors who needed somewhere to live. The pods cost $45,000 plus GST to purchase and will be rented out for $250 a week - a cost that includes internet and utilities.

An on-site manager would "keep an eye on things", Strickland said, and co-ordinate weekend activities for workers who wanted to "explore the best of the region". "We want the complex to have a good culture so we're having an outdoor space with barbecues and also containers that will be used as common rooms and kitchen and dining areas."

Edifice was looking at other sites around the city that could house larger villages made up of 48 units.

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