A three-storey office building has been created out of used shipping containers in Sunderland.
The £1.2m project was carried out by Clugston Construction for Sustainable Enterprise Strategies, which supports social enterprises.
Thirty-seven used shipping containers were adapted and reconditioned to create the complex, which will house SES staff members and start-up accommodation for new businesses.
Each container will have been in use for about 20 years, travelling upwards of 1 million miles transporting goods across oceans.
SES director Mark Heskett Saddington said: “We chose his unusual method of construction because it’s sustainable and appropriate.
“SES is committed to the principle of reduce, re-use and recycle and of course Sunderland has a long association with shipping. It’s also a relatively quick and low cost construction method.”
Clugston Construction north east regional manager Steve Waggett added: “Not only is it an innovative use of freight containers that may have otherwise been scrapped or left unused, but it is a sustainable project that will benefit the local community in the long term.”