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June 10, 2014, 02:38 PM

Trailer Trash

By Peter Watson

Peter Watson working hard in his innovative reused lorry trailer office [photo Cox's Yard

The curtain side container has been fully renovated with reclaimed timber, reused doors, salvaged UPVC windows to make a cosy yard office. [photo Cox's Yard

Gloucestershire, UK - Cox's Yard of Moreton in Marsh never throw anything away. For over 10 years this 40 foot curtainside artic trailer in their yard has been used as a store for all sorts of odds and ends but recently became redundant. Ever mindful of overheads and in particular local business rates of several thousand pounds on their existing showroom and office, founder Peter Watson has turned it into the ultimate portable office.

"It was worth about 400 in scrap after deducting dismantling and removal costs" said Watson " Hardly worth doing so I decided to move our sales and admin office into it. With a sound watertight roof and a solid wood floor we were half way there. A sturdy timber frame was constructed out of some very nailey unsaleable 9 by 4 reclaimed pine joists, the inside was clad with reclaimed doors left over from when the Manchester Corn Exchange was bombed, acting as wall panels, fitted some double glazed units picked up in a clearance, a 6 panel Georgian door in GWR brown and cream paint and a lovely glazed oak front door and we were off. I admit we had to clad the outside with new ship lap as we couldn't get any reclaimed but otherwise it's all recycled."

"There is a very slight slope from one end to the other and it's a bit narrow but that's a small price to pay for the savings we are making in rents and rates. I've got another curtain sider which I plan to turn into a paint shop for our railway bench business."

Cox's Yard are at 14/15 Fosseway Business Park, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9NQ. Tel: 01608 652505. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

**Salvo has recently brought back the good old SalvoPACK. It is a regional information pack with Salvo directory, handy hints and vouchers for yards. The first region to be produced is Gloucestershire and Cox's Yard are participating with a ten percent voucher for flooring and doors. A SalvoPACK costs 9.95 inc p&p. For orders call Salvo on 01225 422300. **

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