Month: April 2018

Using Shipping Containers As An Alternative Space Solution | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Staff Spotlight

Date: April 27th 2018

Using Shipping Containers As An Alternative Space Solution

As you’ve probably gathered by now, shipping containers aren’t just shipping containers. They have quickly become incredibly versatile and more commonly these days, are considered to be an alternative space solution for domestic purposes. Of course, there are a whole bunch of alternative space solutions for commercial purposes but right now, we’re homing in on just a few of the many, many uses of shipping containers at home.

You’d probably be surprised at just how many people have bought shipping containers for around the home, mainly because they’re so cleverly and beautifully converted that you wouldn’t even recognise them for what they originally were. Space at home – for whatever purpose – can often be an issue for people but the humble shipping container has – once again – provided a solution, without the expense, time and probable stress of having to convert your home.

Shipping containers can be converted as an alternative space solution and there are loads of ways to do it, so without further a do, here are a few to get your imagination going…

Garden Shed

Sure, the wooden sheds of yesteryear kind of do what they say on the tin but unless they’re kept in tip-top condition, chances are they’ll be rotting away after a few short years of our beautiful British weather, risking damage to all that’s inside. However, a lot of people are opting to use shipping containers as an alternative these days. Our 10ft shipping containers, or even 20ft for larger containers, are secure, weather-proof, portable and super long-lasting.


A second-hand 40ft shipping container makes a brilliant, cost-effective (not to mention portable) garage. Rather than having to shell out for a brickie, a plasterer, a joiner, and everyone in between to build you a strong, secure and durable garage to store your car, a shipping container ticks all those boxes and still has room for other bits as well as your car too.


Finding the perfect office isn’t always plain, it can be a pain. Oh, and perhaps even sourcing facilities within proximity of your home is just unachievable. Why not consider a shipping container conversion as an alternative working space – somewhere you can totally personalise and receive visitors.


We have absolutely no doubt in our minds that your home is overflowing with, well, stuff. You’ve got cupboards and loft spaces fit to bursting and you’re not entirely sure you want to palm off your goods to the storage facility 30 miles away and we get that. This is why a lot of people buy shipping containers as a storage option, especially because their size means that you could fill them up with all sorts of furniture and still have room for more should it be needed. The best thing is, if you’re ever at a point where you think “we don’t need this anymore”, containers are super easy to sell too. Win, win!

Play Area

Of course, it’s lovely to let the kids out to play in the street or where ever, but ideally, you’d prefer the nippers to have their own secure space where they can play and have fun whilst you’ve got peace of mind of where they are and what they’re doing. Totally secure and weatherproof, a shipping container can quickly make a fab den for children to enjoy having their own special space and where parents can feel comforted that their little ones are safe.

Man Cave

Need we say more?

Some pretty neat ideas, right? Well, we certainly think so. If you’d like to find out more about our shipping containers for hire or sale, give us a call, drop us a line or check out of website if you’d prefer to do your own homework. Oh and don’t worry, if you’ve got an out-of-this-world conversion idea, we’ll keep schtum. 

Staff | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Staff Spotlight

Date: April 24th 2018

Staff Spotlight: Charles Eyles

Here at Universal Containers, we’re all in it for the long run. Of course, providing top quality services and products to our customers is always at the forefront of our minds, but to do so, we need to ensure that we’ve got the right team to do just that.

We’re all about creating career opportunities for hard working individuals in as many areas of our business as we can, no matter what level of experience. If there is room to learn and develop within our industry, we want to be able to offer people that chance to not only get their foot in the door, but to master a skill or trade too.

With this in mind, we decided to look into hiring an apprentice. Not just anyone, but a young person with a strong student mentality, a positive attitude and a great work ethic, to teach, train and more importantly, give them the tools they need to succeed in our industry.

Meet Charles Eyles.

That’s right! After little deliberation (because we knew it was the right thing to do), we have invested in the youth of today by hiring a new apprentice!

We are helping Charles to kick off his career with an apprenticeship in the container sales / conversion industry. The apprenticeship scheme will help him to learn key skills within the office environment and gain knowledge that future employers want and need.

Let’s all wish Charles the very best with our help… we think the future is bright!

Popular Container Sizes and How to Use Them | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Sales & Hire

Date: April 19th 2018

Popular Container Sizes and How to Use Them

The main use of the humble shipping container is for exactly that – shipping. Their sturdy and durable steel structures allow for the efficient transportation of goods across the globe. However, we’re in 2018 and we’re as innovative as ever. No longer is the shipping container JUST a shipping container anymore. We’re constantly approached with new and interesting conversion ideas and it doesn’t half open our eyes to all the possibilities out there.

You’ll have seen them for yourselves; shopping parks, coffee stalls, smoking shelters, on-site offices, public facilities, garden sheds, domestic storage, fast food retailers, commercial storage, retail units, the list is endless, really!

When organising container conversions for both commercial and domestic use, our most popular containers have been (and probably always will be) the 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers. However, for whatever reason you’re wanting a shipping container, it’s vital to ensure that the shipping container for sale you are looking at is big enough, versatile enough and most importantly, wholly fit for purposes.

So, with this in mind, here’s a little bit more about our 20ft and 40ft containers to keep you in the know:

20ft Shipping Container

The 20ft shipping container tops our list of most popular containers. Why? There are loads of reasons. It’s “middle man” size (that is, sitting between our 10ft and 40ft containers) means that it’s the most common choice, as it’s not too big or too small, but just right. See what we did there? The 20ft container is probably the most appropriate size for domestic ventures too, meaning that if you were perhaps thinking of a shed/garage conversion, a garden office conversion, or the likes, you wouldn’t lose your garden as a result. Get the drift?

Click here to view the dimensions, weight and specifications of our 20ft shipping containers

Strong, versatile and heavy-duty, our 20ft shipping containers are not only easily customisable but they are ideal for outdoor use.

Some examples of conversions of 20 feet containers include:

Storage spaces; shower and toilet facilities; pop up shops; retail units; portable laboratories; chemical stores; boiler housing; site accommodation; mobile homes; sound attenuating units

40ft Shipping Container

The big daddy of the bunch, the 40ft container is probably the biggest size you’ll be able to get your mits on for both commercial and domestic use.

Click here to view the dimensions, weight and specifications of our 40ft shipping containers

40ft containers, as you’d expect, are the best cost per square foot storage. The bigger, the better, we say! They are huge in size and because of that, they can be easily customised to whatever specification you have in mind. It’s this factor alone that makes them an extremely popular choice for conversions. We could go on and on about their various uses past, present and future, but we’d probably have you reading this all day so we’ll spare you and let your imagination do the work this time.

Was that useful? We hope so! If you have something specific in mind you’d like to know more about, feel free to give us a call or drop us a line, or you can even have a good scan through all our shipping containers for sale and hire on our website. The choice is yours!

Advertise With Universal Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Universal News

Date: April 11th 2018

Advertise With Universal Containers

Wanna to make your mark on potential customers? 

Of course you do! 

The team at Universal Containers are thrilled to announce that we have an extremely exciting new advertising opportunity to offer to businesses across, well, the country!

Our brand new, state-of-the-art, LED billboard might be just what you’re looking for!

We offer a variety of different advertising packages to suit businesses of all sizes. Have you got an upcoming promotion you’d like to share with the good people of the North West? Perhaps you’ve got some seasonal news to share? Maybe you’d just like to offer Mancunians and other alike a gentle reminder that you’re the go-to business for what you do? Whatever the reason you’re considering to advertise with us, we’ll ensure that your advert fits the bill… board. See what we did there?

Why advertise with us?

  • The LED screen is ideally located, looking onto the A57 in Manchester. This is an incredibly busy route, so the good news is that THOUSANDS of potential customers will drive past and see your advertisement EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • Not sure how you want your advert to look? No worries! If you don’t already have a design – or designer for that matter – we have a professional Graphic Designer who can work to your brief to create your ideal advertisement for a low cost.
  • You can choose from several different options for your advertisement, including the length of your placement and the number of placements (this is always dependent on how many other advertisers are using the space at the time)

Good idea, right?

If you’re interested in advertising on our brand new LED billboard, just give us a call or drop us a line to secure your advertising space today.

4 Ways to Use a Shipping Container on a Construction Site | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: April 9th 2018

4 Ways to Use a Shipping Container on a Construction Site

Construction sites are certainly not few and far between across the UK, in fact, they’re anything but. With health and safety working regulations, amongst other factors to consider when setting up a construction site, it’s not always just a case of turn up and get the job done. It is the responsibility of the construction company to ensure that there are on-site cleaning, washing, working and storage facilities available to all workers.

However, the problem faced is that construction sites are – 99% of the time – a temporary location, therefore the facilities and on-site amenities must be portable. This is where shipping container conversions come in.

Shipping containers come in all different shapes and sizes, with the option to convert them into, well, pretty much anything you want when you think outside the box. However, when it comes to kitting out your construction site, here are 4 ideas of how shopping containers would be just the job:

On-Site Offices

No matter what the purpose of the construction site, an on-site office is imperative to the smooth running of the construction project; ensuring workers are clocking in, a designated office space for the site manager and a point of contact for any one visiting the site. These are just a few reasons to have an on-site office but if you’re already in the construction industry, we know we needn’t explain it. By using a 20ft shipping container or a 40ft shipping container, you can create a simple, converted on-site office that is portable, affordable and more importantly, fit for purpose.

On-Site Toilets

Another important amenity to a construction site is on-site toilet facilities. A lot of construction sites across the UK would opt to use chemical toilets, or “portaloos” as they’re more commonly known. However, the problem with using these kinds of toilet facilities is that they can get pretty messy (not to mention smelly) after frequent use and let’s face it, we’ve probably all seen just HOW bad it can get when you’ve been to a festival. Don’t worry though, it’s not a challenge for us to convert either a 20ft or 40ft shipping container into properly equipped modern toilet facility. There’s no doubt it’d be a more clean and hygienic option too!

On-Site Break Room

The workers on a construction site spend the majority of their day grafting, and we don’t say that lightly. We get it. It can be a hard slog on a building site so for construction site workers to stay at the top of their game throughout the day, they need a bit of R&R. Somewhere to drink, somewhere to eat, somewhere to have a short break before the next job begins and sitting on the floor amongst the tools and the rubble doesn’t always cut the mustard. A standard shipping container can very easily be converted into a simple breakroom with all the necessary features so that workers have a designated area to recharge their batteries.

On-Site Storage

Shipping containers, as you can imagine, as well as being portable, are extremely solid and durable. This also makes shipping containers are safe, cost-effective storage solutions for your construction site, giving you peace of mind that tools, equipment and other bits and pieces can be stored securely on-site.

So there you have it. If you’re interested in purchasing or hiring a shipping container for your construction site, drop us a line or give us a bell. Don’t forget, our shipping containers can be used for just about anything!