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Kwikspace concludes first turnkey converted container camp

The African specialists in prefabricated buildings, Kwikspace, completed its first turnkey converted container solution for a client in Temane, Mozambique. The relocatable camp caters to the domestic and business requirements of 50-plus personnel, which includes living quarters with en suite bathrooms; kitchen and adjoining dining room; recreation room; offices; laundry; and ablution facilities, as well as two refrigerated containers – one used as a freezer and the other a chiller. The camp, which houses personnel involved in the contractor’s remote test site drilling for months at a time, is a complete living and working environment that can be easily moved to accommodate site relocation when necessary.

Kwikspace supplied a turnkey solution which included generators for the power supply and the plug-n-play water and sanitation plants. The marine containers were treated for corrosion and insulated, refurbished for living quarters and dining space, and fitted with electrical points and air-conditioners, while the en suite bathrooms comprise conventional toilets and showers. Kwikspace also supplied all required furniture such as beds, lockers and lamps for the living quarters; desks and chairs for the offices; and leisure activity paraphernalia for the recreation room.

The tender was to supply converted marine containers because of the durability required for multiple-use modular buildings. “Sasol needed a solution that would serve as both home and office space with the associated comfort levels, but also one that was sufficiently sturdy to be relocated every few months,” explains Andy Harris, International Operations Executive, Kwikspace.

“Our shipping containers, once converted, provide exactly the same convenience as our other modular buildings but are much sturdier, lending themselves to limited abuse resulting from frequent relocations over rough terrain,” he says.

The order was received in the latter part of April 2017 and the last consignment collected from Kwikspace at the end of June – only six weeks later. The client assumed responsibility for site installation, providing all required equipment, machinery and labour, although Kwikspace operations from Tete was on site to train client personnel and oversee water and electrical connections to the units. “One of our locally trained supervisors from Kwikspace Tete was on site for the three month-long site installation period,” Harris explains. “Even though our buildings were delivered already assembled, he performed a skills-transfer role, ensuring that site staff were trained and competent in levelling and siting, water and sewage connections and associated plumbing arrangements and electrical connecting.”

Harris concludes by saying that Kwikspace has had a presence in Temane for almost four years, and in that time has provided on/off services to clients there, although generally sourced by their local sub-contractors. “Having a history with our clients helps us improve our service offering. We get to understand their requirements better, and are therefore able to improve on our already exemplary product and service offering.”

Kwikspace’s professional project management team provides complete turnkey solutions that cover aspects such as, design, earthworks, site clearing, fencing, paving, roads, landscaping, external reticulation, major utilities, power generation, water and sewage treatment plants, fully fitted kitchens and laundries, furniture and fittings, transportation and logistics services as well as project and camp maintenance.