IDEX 2015

Plug-and-play accommodation [IDX15D1]

23 February 2015

When the military deploys, it’s got to be in double-quick time. That’s where a system like the HERCon hard-walled expandable redeployable container from Weatherhaven Africa (South African Pavilion, Stand 12-C20) comes into its own.

Looking like a standard ISO shipping container, the HERCon expands to three times its container footprint in a matter of 30 minutes. Importantly, all internal services, such as electrical wiring, plumbing and sewage, are pre-installed, and no earthworks are required.

“This is true ‘plug-and-play’, because it can be operational within an hour or two, enabling the military to rapidly set up anything from ablutions, kitchens or dining complexes to sleeping quarters and offices,” explained Karen Coetzer, Weatherhaven Africa’s marketing manager.

She added that the container’s internal volume is not compromised, and with a CSC rating, the containers can be stacked.

The HERCon low cube unit is transportable by C-130 Hercules, and requires no materials handling to offload at smaller airfields.

Besides numerous enquiries from international clients, the company has, in recent times, been awarded South African Air Force contracts for a 350-man shelter (accommodation), operations rooms, storage and ablutions with quarter tanks.

“Weatherhaven Africa, and our sister company Canvas & Tent, have an in-house manufacturing capability for all our redeployable camp systems, including the HERCon. Our factory is already manufacturing the ablutions and quarter tanks,” said Coetzer.

Optional extras for the HERCon system are carpeting, air-conditioning, luxury wall coatings and furniture. Weatherhaven Africa prides itself on providing environmentally friendly installations, which often include grey water, biological instead of chemical sewage treatment, and solar power.

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