Shipment Studios - Three Friends Transform Shipment Container Into Top Class Studio
Shipment studios opened their doors to the public last month and we decided to check it out for ourselves.These three friends did something extraodinary.Located in Winterbourne-Bristol with beautiful surroundings Alfie,Liam, and Jack transformed a out of use shipment container into a top class Dj and music production studio.With all 3 of them having full time 9-5 jobs they created this fantastic space in only just 4 months.
Once inside the studio,you would never guess you are in a shipping container.These three guys have done such an amazing job of this,really something to be proud of!
From left to right, Jack Houston-Alfie Richardson-Liam Scapens.
We caught up with the guys to tell their story and answer a few questions:
How did this idea come about?
Liam - "The idea stemmed with Me and Alfie wanting our own business so we could be more independent and essentially be our own bosses long term. However, with me and Jack starting music production at the start of lockdown, the idea of having our own music studio space which people could openly use, seemed like an opportunity the 3 of us could not miss. Funnily enough over a couple of messages, Jack mentioned that his family said "Why don't you have a studio inside a shipping container" minus the fact we had no land to put it on and that is where Alfie got involved. With the lack of affordable studio spaces in Bristol, it seemed like a great idea because: We would be upcycling and more eco friendly It will be more cost effective long term It is a unique selling point because there is not already a business offering this Room for expansion with additional shipping containers further down the line It was a perfect template for us to design the studio The square footage of the container fitted perfectly in the land allocated The full project was developed in Alfie’s shed, as funny as that sounds, it’s true. The shipping container aspect just seemed the perfect housing for the studio. Previous to the concept we were still in lockdown, so therefore we had a zoom call to have a chat about the idea and where to go from there".
What was building it like?
"Surreal, tough, and it put us well out of our comfort zone but it was a rewarding experience for sure. Seeing each phase of construction complete was a massive boost to morale. We would finish our 9-5’s and go straight to the studio every day, working until 10pm most days, and weekends all day! The drive/positive atmosphere we all had even when we had setbacks, to get it complete was something we will never forget. We would like to give a big shout out to everyone that helped us throughout the project. They supported us massively in achieving the quality and the vision itself, that we initially dreamed of".
"Day 1 of shipment studios, when we secured the land 1. Container delivery day 2. Installation of tecsound Sy50 acoustic membrane (to 3. Stud walling installation 4. Installing the insulation and first fix electrics (both of which we did ourselves) 5. Cutting and installing plywood as well as polyfilling. 6. Priming walls and ceiling and installation of doors 7. Painting 8. Installation of production room/booth window. 9. Building our desks from scaffolding planks and installing in each room aswell as flooring (We used an acoustic rubber matting to dampen the overall sound of the container and reduce vibrations from outside) 10. Installing acoustic panels in the DJ and production room. 11. After the 2nd fix electrics was completed, we finalised the project by installing all equipment and accessories."