Container Conversions

When it comes to container conversions universal containers has you covered. We have been converting shipping containers into anything from accommodation units to restaurants and even showrooms for our clients. With over 20 years experience we have pretty much seen and done it all with containers, but we know that every customer is different, with different needs. Whether you require a container conversion for storage, from 8ft to 40ft, an extra office space or on-site canteen, we can supply whatever you need with a huge selection of bespoke features.

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Our team are fully experienced, dedicated and used to satisfying customers’ varied container conversion requirements. Our know-how means that any size or location of hired container can be installed quickly and efficiently. From the basic container size and shape, Universal Containers will modify and install to any customer specification. Over the last two decades we have taken your standard ISO shipping containers and turned them into simply wonderful and practical spaces for our clients.

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40ft Teaching Area/Double Office

20ft Office Store

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Using standard containers or cabins we can take a sketch or list of requirements and make your idea a reality. Whether it is a small single unit project or large multi-unit we have the team to facilitate your needs and complete your shipping container conversions.

Discussing your project with our team, you can be assured of experienced advice and help in all aspects of getting your idea off the ground and into production. If you don’t have a drawing, we have a service which can be provided through the CAD DESIGN TEAM.

Through our partners we can also provide certified structural steel calculations. 

Bespoke Containers


We have the ability to convert shipping containers or cabins into showrooms and marketing suites, designed to your requirements.


Being able to working direct with the project team here at Universal we can work alongside you to get the design you require regardless of your industry and the location of your target group. We can work with you to create the perfect unit for an attention-grabbing marketing presence!

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Containers are becoming a popular choice as the first port of call for producing self-contained biomass boiler houses. Biomass boilers are often required by Churches, schools and other county buildings where budgets and planning regulations do not allow for new structures to be erected. This means a need to have the availability to convert the standard steel shipping container into a custom built structure suitable for housing the biomass boiler.

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Sometimes it is just too difficult to fit all the parts you need into just a single unit, or maybe you would prefer different units to have their own purpose but access to all units through a central doorway.

This can be true of site offices were a ‘reception’ unit will lead through to offices, meeting rooms, toilets and induction rooms. This is especially required for stacked units where the first floor units are linked to allow single point access but all units can be accessed from this central point.

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One of the most common request is to convert containers to mobile site offices, canteens and toilet blocks.

We normally fit steel personnel doors into the sidewalls of the container. But as we fabricate each order to your requirements the position of doors and windows can be modified, without any extra cost to yourselves as long as the quantities don’t change

You can have extra windows fitted or even doors to suit your requirements and the windows we supply are fitted with security shutters that make the unit more vandal resistant.

The internal lining of the units are normally beige melamine on top of studding, insulation is provided by SuperGlass mineral wool.

Electrics are normally included and depending of the type of unit vary greatly. We normally fit the electrics as surface mounted in white conduit with trunking for distribution.

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We have converted shipping containers for our client’s to be used as housing units.

Our accommodation containers offer solutions for numerous reasons, a bespoke house that is different than any other, we offer a build that can be built off site for quick deployment on site.

The size of the container can be increased by linking them together and also by stacking them. So if a 40ft x 8ft wide space is not enough, you are able to expand the width by multiples of 8ft. This can of course be adopted for 20ft units as well, or even bespoke 30ft units.

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ATEX Electrical installations are normally required for COSHH stores where highly volatile hazardous substances are being stored.

ATEX is normally classed as either Zone 1 or Zone 2, the zoning which is applicable to your COSHH store is down you as our client to advise as you have the knowledge of how the COSHH store will be used and the products to be stored.

Typical parts that are ATEX certified as part of our COSHH stores are as follows:

  • Lights Switchers
  • Lights
  • Heaters
  • Thermostats

As part of the ATEX install we can also organise an independent assessor to attend our site to inspect the units and issue a DSEAR certification, which some insurance companies may require.

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Our data room containers have been specifically designed for the mobile or temporary use of IT systems. Ideal for use during conversion and expansion work and when relocating your IT. The system can also be used as a permanent IT or server room or as a main or backup data centre.

Even the basic version of the container data centre is a fully functional system. Suitable optional packages can be added to the basic model.

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20ft Biomass Conversion

40ft Workshop

Common Container Conversions


Minor modifications can entail just a couple of extra vents or a door. These are normally small changes to the container and therefore are not considered conversions.

Some of the items considered as a modification.

  • Single Window
  • Container Vents
  • Apertures
  • Weather Louvre

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These are perfect for self-store clients who want to maximise storage potential without an unnecessarily large price hike. They can be made from 40ft, 30ft, 20ft containers and split into a minimum of 4ft wide ‘rooms’. We can have any size container converted for you. It can also be used by people who would prefer to have separate compartments for different types of items.

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We can manufacture bespoke shelving to your specific requirement, as we have our own fabrication teams, the depth, distance between shelves and type of shelving itself (steel or wood). The length of the shelving and position can be adjusted to your exact requirements. We can however if required also fit standard shelving from online retailers to meet your needs or specific requirement.

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As part of the extensive services we offer, we can plywood line the interior of the containers and insulate to help with any condensation issues. The depth of the plywood can be decided on what use the container might have - thinner plywood for just keeping the insulation tied in or thicker to allow items to be screwed or nailed to the plywood. The insulation depth can also be altered to suit your needs or for a specific U-Value requirement.

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There are a number of occasions where access though the cargo doors is not the most appropriate means of access to the container. This is where fitting a Personnel door can be attractive to the end user. Personnel doors come in several different sizes, including Disabled width. They are normally multi-point locking steel doors so the integrity of the containers strength is not compromised. We also have the capability to fit Anti-Vandal Shuttered windows for the areas where security might be an issue but daylight during normal hours is required.

uPVC and Aluminium double glazed windows and doors are also available, including fitting of Bi-Fold doors, the usual options with these type of windows are available.

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As we have a fully qualified (to 17th Edition) electrical team on premises we can also offer a bespoke electrical installation to your Store, Office or Canteen etc..

This includes but is not limited to LED lighting, metal clad sockets and switches, consumer units, power inlets, heaters, hand dryers, down flows, water heaters, air conditioning including 3-phase installations.

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With our purpose built spray booth on site that can handle up to 2 x 40ft containers at a time, we are also in a position to be able to offer specialist spray jobs. If you have a RAL colour or BS colour we can normally order paint mixed to that colour code for you, maybe to match corporate colours, or an adjacent building to blend the container into the scene.

We can also spray elaborate multi-colour designs if this is desired.

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One of the most common request is to convert containers to mobile site offices We normally fit steel personnel doors into the sidewalls of the container. But as we fabricate each order to your requirements the position of doors and windows can be modified, without any extra cost to yourselves as long as the quantities donít change You can have extra windows fitted or even doors to suit your requirements and the windows we supply are fitted with security shutters that make the unit more vandal resistant. The internal lining of the units are normally beige melamine on top of studding, insulation is provided by SuperGlass mineral wool. Electrics are normally included and depending of the type of unit vary greatly. We normally fit the electrics as surface mounted in white conduit with trunking for distribution

Containers convert perfectly into various sizes of smoking shelters for use at home or office. They are robust, strong and last for years. You are able to pick the exact size, which allows them to fit into the position you require. Please contact our team now for more information about smoking shelters. We have them in stock and can deliver to you fast with just a couple of days notice.

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Why Universal Containers?

40 Years building bespoke conversions 40

Years building
bespoke conversions

685 Bespoke conversions completed in 2016 685

Bespoke conversions
completed in 2016

308 Hired bespoke conversions in 2016 308

Hired bespoke
conversions in 2016

14,980 Hours spent converting container spaces in 2016 14,980

Hours spent converting container spaces in 2016

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