Month: July 2018

5 Reasons Why Your Farm Needs A Storage Container | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Storage Containers

Date: July 13th 2018

5 Reasons Why Your Farm Needs A Storage Container

You might be surprised to know that buying shipping containers for storage in agriculture is really popular. Thanks to the versatile and customisable nature of the humble shipping container, they can be used for a vast number of different uses, however farms are becoming frequent purchasers as one size fits all! A simple shipping container can change its purpose from week to week, which is why they’re both a storage and space saving solution to farms and other agricultural businesses.

Here are 5 reasons why your farm needs a storage container:

  1. Animal Feed Stores

Finding a suitable space to store animal feed can be troublesome as traditional sheds and barns made from wood aren’t as water tight and secure as you’d like, not only to keep the elements out, but the pests too! A 20ft container is just the job for animal feed stores as they are strong, weatherproof and safe.

  1. Tool & Equipment Stores

Expensive tools and equipment must be protected from any possible damage and stored safely. A converted container of any size to suit the amount of equipment you have will very easily give you the peace of mind you need. As standard, all containers are completely watertight, and with the option to add additional safety features to your container, you’re tools will remain secure, undamaged and in tip-top condition.

  1. Vehicle Garage

Keeping vehicles safe and secure is a no-brainer with a shipping container. A 20ft container is the size of an average garage, however if you’re looking for more space for more vehicles, double up to a 40ft container.Even for larger farm vehicles such as tractors, you can stack and convert containers for more width and height to your bespoke storage space! This means that you can completely customise a bespoke garage for your agricultural business to specifically suit your needs.

  1. Chemical, Fertiliser and Pesticide Storage

Storing pesticides, fertilisers and chemicals in a fully compliant storage container, will ensure that you meet with the government standards of protecting against any harm to humans, animals and your surrounding environment. Our bespoke chemical stores come in various sizes and types to meet all specification and meet all Health and Safety requirements.

  1. Self-storage Facilities

We’ve known farms of different descriptions to use land for a variety of purposes and one that keeps cropping up (see what we did there?) is creating self-storage facilities on-site for the public to access. Not only is this an efficient and cost-effective way to drive additional revenue towards your business, but it is very low maintenance and uses unused land. Something to think about!

Surprised? Probably! Sometimes, it can be difficult to think outside the box but we’ve seen it (and converted it) all! We’ve converted shipping containers for agricultural businesses up and down the country so if it’s something you’re considering, give us a call – we’re happy to help and advise the best options for you!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about how we can create your bespoke Shipping Container conversion, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email andy@universal-containers.com

13 Facts About Shipping Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Shipping Container Facts

Date: July 12th 2018

13 Facts About Shipping Containers

People all over the world are recycling and buying shipping containers for loads of different purposes. From retail units to self-storage, from domestic garden rooms to marketing suites, from restaurants and bars to on-site facilities, they are so versatile and customisable that they can pretty much be transformed into just about anything.

However, we can bet you didn’t know these 13 facts about the humble shipping container:

  1. The first modern intermodal shipping container was developed by Malcom McLean in 1956, which was designed to replace the old style of break-bulk container handling. It was 8ft high and 8ft tall.
  2. In 1992, a 40ft container full of toys actually fell into the Pacific Ocean and it would take some toys 10 months to drift ashore on the Alaskan coastline.
  3. Containers are very dependable and their services to you can last for decades. It is believed that if shipping containers are well taken care of and they are given regular maintenance, they can last for a total of 20 years.
  4. The amount you can store in one container is pretty incredible. A 40ft containers can even hold around 8,000 shoe boxes. Think about that the next time you bring home a new pair of shoes.
  5. It’s estimated 97% containers are made in China and are distributed around the world.
  6. Containers can give architects some incredible ideas for future projects. A New Orleans-based architect Stefan Breese transformed an old container into a $7,000 top quality swimming pool!
  7. Containers have been used as clinics during disaster relief, such as after the earthquakes in Christchurch New Zealand.
  8. There are a lot of ways for a container to be used but there is a city in Mexico that took this concept to a whole new level. This city, which is 48,000 square foot, is legitimately built from shipping containers! The appropriately named “Container City” uses containers for apartments, restaurants, art galleries and many more buildings that you could find in any other city.
  9. The Freitag store in Zurich is the tallest shipping container building in the world and uses 19 containers, with nine of them being stacked on top of one another. The result is a building that is 26 metres tall!
  10. In 2011, a Bangladeshi man called Din Islam fell asleep inside a container during a 12-hour shift and when he woke up, he discovered the container was actually aboard a ship! He spent 9 days with nothing to eat or drink while stuck in this container.
  11. Cargo ships can store quite a lot of containers. The largest ships can store 745 million bananas in nearly 15,000 containers. These ships don’t monkey about.
  12. Ships are the most common way to transport cargo. In fact, it’s estimated that 95% of the world’s cargo is moved by ships. It’s a great means to move goods in high volume.
  13. A container ship can travel a great deal. In fact, one ship can cover ¾ of a trip to the moon and back in one year.

Surprised? Probably, and we can bet your bottom dollar that you’ve learned something today. Shipping containers are being repurposed for so many reasons and there are lots of benefits to choosing a container as a storage or space solution for your home or business, but if you need further convincing, we’re only a phone call away!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about how we can create your bespoke Shipping Container conversion, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email andy@universal-containers.com

Shipping Container vs. Garden Shed | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: July 5th 2018

Shipping Container vs. Garden Shed

If you are considering buying a shipping container as an alternative to a traditional garden shed, we’ve no doubt that you’re already aware of all the problems that can come with a garden shed. We’ve received lots of enquiries already this year about shipping container sheds, as well as shipping container garden rooms, as more and more people look for a storage solution for their garden.

Here are some of the problems people face with the traditional garden shed, and how shipping containers are providing the ultimate outside storage solution:

Problem? Rotting.

The traditional garden shed is made of wood, and it is common knowledge that water makes mould and fungus grow faster which quickly rots wood. As a result, the shed becomes weakened and holes begin to appear, meaning that it isn’t waterproof anymore.

Solution: Shipping containers, as standard, are made from heavy duty anti-corrosive steel because they are initially designed with exposure to the elements at sea in mind. Thanks to this clever design, you can rest assured that your container will stand the test of time.

Problem? Self-assembly.

Traditionally, sheds come flat packed which means that you have to DIY and put it together yourself. For some people, this is no challenge but for the vast majority of us, we simply don’t have the time, resources or patience for flat-pack furniture.

Solution: All shipping containers that are converted by our team are delivered to all UK mainland addresses and installed by our professional team. All you have to do is tell us where you want it and we do the rest. Fancy that eh? No DIY for you.

Problem? Unsecure.

Even if you go to the effort of fitting a plethora of padlocks to your shed door, as well as ensuring that any windows are doubled sealed and secure, the chances of your wooden shed remaining a safe storage place are pretty slim. In fact, the very material that your shed is built of means that doors or windows can be forced open with very little pressure.

Solution: Not only is a shipping container made of reinforced steel, making it a hefty load to shift, but the addition of strong, secure doors and windows and other safety features mean that breaking and entering a shipping container is certainly no easy task. You’d have peace of mind knowing that your valuable equipment is safe under lock and key.

Problem? Warping.

The fact that your traditional shed is kept outdoors is a problem in itself, even though it shouldn’t be as that’s what it is for! Unfortunately, wood becomes easily warped when too much moisture gets into it and with the rain in the UK, there’s really no way of avoiding it.

Solution: The clue’s in the name – shipping containers are built for shipping – so first and foremost, they HAVE to be watertight! No warping worries needed with your container shed, as they are all wind and water tight as standard, you tools, equipment and furniture will be safe from any and all water damage that may occur in a traditional shed.

Problem? Maintenance. 

A traditional shed requires constant maintenance to ensure that it remains to be a safe and sturdy place for you to keep your garden equipment, tools, bikes and other such valuables. Wood treatment and safety precautions are just two of the many maintenance issues that need addressing continuously that take time, effort and expense.

Solution: All of our shipping container conversions require very little to no maintenance thanks to their sturdy structures and professional installation. However, if you found a problem, don’t worry – all our container conversions are covered by a comprehensive 5-year structural guarantee against any defects.

See what we mean? As much as a traditional shed might be a quick, cheap option, it’s certainly not always the most sensible option when you’re looking for outdoor storage that’s safe, strong, secure and built to last!There are lots of benefits to choosing a container as a storage solution for your garden, but if you need further convincing, we’re only a phone call away!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about how we can create your bespoke Garden Container Shed, call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email andy@universal-containers.com