The Coldest Journey


Urban Space Management (CONTAINER CITY™) Ltd was proud to support Sir Ranulf Fiennes’ lasted expedition – ‘The Coldest Journey’.

Departing from London on 6th December 2012, ‘The Coldest Journey’ was the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter.

Covering over 2,000 miles in temperatures frequently as low as -90 degrees, the team had to be entirely self-sufficient as no search and rescue facility can penetrate inland during winter. To aid them the team asked Container City to provide them with shipping containers for their living quarters and area for environmental studies.

Built on sledges that was pulled behind the expedition, 2 x 30ft containers provided the living space and vital protection from the elements, whilst another 30ft container was the moving science lab used to gathering information to understand the effect on climate change upon the poles.

As well as conquering this final frontage of polar exploration, the expedition raised $40m for Seeing is Believing; a global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness in developing countries.

Key Facts

Client The Coldest Journey
Completion date September 2012
Uses Accommodation and Science Labs
Installation time 1 Day
Total space created 67 m2
Location Antarctica
Team Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Anton Bowring, Dr Mike Stroud, Tristram Kaye, Jeanette McKenna
Charity Seeing Is Believing


“I am proud to have been involved as a supporter of Sir Ran Fiennes’ inspiring adventures since 1982”

Eric Reynolds, Founding Director, Urban Space Management Ltd

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