Mr Box Provides Conference Solution for Blackwood Homes

Blackwood Homes provides accommodation across Scotland for people with a range of disabilities and housing needs.

When planning for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester recently, the team wanted to showcase their innovative homes in all their glory – but transporting a full-size unit to the venue simply wasn’t feasible.

And that’s where we came in – replicating one of the firm’s units across three converted storage containers to share with conference delegates.

Blackwood’s development manager Stephanie Sutherland said: “We wanted to create a mobile working replica of our connected and highly accessible ‘Blackwood Home’.

“Using the containers proved the most cost-effective solution, as well as allowing us the freedom to move the home and reposition it should it be needed.”

To recreate the homes in all their glory, we turned the units into six separate rooms, with doors and windows as necessary, and fitted them out with all the technology Blackwood offers its residents.

As such, the containers were supplied with iPad control for almost everything, such moving all appliances up and down for ease of use, automatic doors and fully-accessible bathroom facilities. It was a challenge to get strong WiFi coverage – essential to showcase the technology used in the homes – inside the boxes, but working with the Blackwood team, we got there in the end.

All equipment and furnishings were supplied by the client, along with blinds and soft furnishings, and it was our job to ensure everything fit together as an exact replica of one of Blackwood’s own homes.

The project was one of the most innovative initiatives we have worked on, and we were proud to play a part in bringing these amazing facilities to life – and they proved very popular at the conference!

Stephanie added: “The boxes were created specifically for the event, and we are not looking at alternative construction methods for our sites. However, many people who visited us were very interested in the prospect of creating real homes from the units!

“I’d be happy to recommend using Mr Box for any further container projects. We were delighted to work with the team, as the final product exceeded our highest expectations.”