Shipping containers on the beach
Converted containers used on a Cornwall beach as up to date toilets and changing facilities
On a Cornwall beach a unique yet inspiring sight can be seen – shipping containers converted into modern toilets and changing facilities for the public. The shipping containers are at Kynance Cove beach in Cornwall, and are converted toilets/changing facilities and office space for tourist season. The National Trust is behind the plan, working alongside design firm Boex of Porthleven. The trust took over just the car park at Kynance in the 1980s, when there were several buildings including a hotel. These were later demolished as the National Trust concentrated on improving the landscape, the damage that erosion had caused around the upper areas of the car park and improving the visitor access to the beach.
The National Trust said ‘‘we aim to use shipping container conversions to replace these buildings to provide new up to date toilet and changing facilities. The containers are designed to be entirely transportable units, which can be lifted off site at the end of the tourist season to leave the car park landscape completely building free. The aim is for two 20ft Storage containers to sit in the position of the current facilities and huts’’. The trust took on responsibility for the Kynance Cove beach in 2005 and said it now time to make some changes.