Month: September 2018

4 Things to Remember When Repurposing Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: September 27th 2018

4 Things to Remember When Repurposing Containers

Repurposing containers is now an incredibly popular choice for homeowners and businesses alike who are seeking out alternative storage solutions and cost-effective premises and facilities. Of course, it’s not always a done deal for a lot of people when they’re considering using a repurposed shipping container for their project. We believe this is because a lot of people still don’t know just how many big benefits there are to choosing shipping containers as an alternative to fixed structures and other options.

Trust us, there are lots of positives, however we’ve narrowed it down to 4 main benefits you should remember if you’re considering repurposed shipping containers.

Shipping containers are long lasting

Just because shipping containers are significantly more cost efficient than, say, a home extension, this certainly doesn’t mean you’ll only get a few years of use out of it. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The average lifespan of a shipping container is upwards of THIRTY YEARS. This is no surprise really. They’re made from reinforced, galvanised steel. Add this to general care and maintenance, and you’ll get years and years out of your converted shipping container.

Shipping containers are totally customisable

It might be hard to visualise a shipping container becoming, for instance, a gym. However, with the help from our talented CAD team, we can show you what your repurposed container would look like post conversion and the options are endless. From the external, right down to lighting and flooring, through to other fixtures and fitting, you choose which boxes you want to tick and we’ll make it happen.

Shipping containers can save you A LOT of money

Rather than investing in a permanent structure for your home or commercial site, which requires planning permission and a huge investment, why not consider a container? Not only are they are non-permanent structure so that they may be moved, they generally don’t require planning permission. Oh and when compared to a standard house extension or additional building, the price makes them an absolute steal.

Shipping containers are suitable for lots of projects

Let’s take a construction site, for example. A standard container could be used for general on-site storage or large-scale storage of machinery, specialised containers could be used for COSHH storage, converted containers could be transformed into facilities, offices, you get the drift? If you think outside the box, recycled containers can be repurposed for pretty much anything.

Learned something? Probably! If you’re still unsure as to whether repurposing a shipping container is suitable for you, just give our team a call for no obligation advice, or even pop down to see us! Our site is based in Irlam, Manchester, is located very close to the M62/M60, so we’re certainly easy to find!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about choosing the correct shipping container to suit your needs, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email andy@universal-containers.com

Why You Should Use A Shipping Container For Your Next Pop Up Event | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: September 19th 2018

Why You Should Use A Shipping Container For Your Next Pop Up Event

Pop-up events are becoming more and more popular.

With the continual introduction of new brands, creating a sea of competition amongst brands, it’s important to stand out – and not just online. Brands are quickly realising that in order to make an impact on their target market to create a long-lasting impression, a different approach must be taken. Whether it be at a festival or a retail venue or anything in between, standing out in the crowd could be quite difficult – until the shipping container conversion became an option! Nowadays, more and more brands are repurposing shipping container to use as retail units, brand experience stations and pop-up venues across the country, and it’s no surprise why.

Affordable

Companies can find themselves spending thousands and thousands on specifically designing the materials to accompany pop-up events. From the actual structure used for the promotion, right down to the flyers and samples handed out on the day, the costs can soon rack up. A shipping container conversion repurposed for a pop-up event can certainly bring those numbers right down! Shipping containers can be bought either new or used to save costs, and due to the fact that they are built to last, they have a long life span so can be used time and time again.

Customisable

Thanks to their standard structure, shipping containers are wholly customisable. This means that they can be totally reimagined to fit right into your brand’s aesthetic, through colour, fabrication, modification and overall purpose. There are literally hundreds of options of how you can convert your new or used shipping container, but to give you a better idea, our design team are always on hand to produce beautiful CAD drawings so that you can actually see your ideas come to life. From windows, to doors, to lighting, to internal and external painting – the list is seemingly endless. Oh and don’t worry, we’re a large team, and there is no job too big or small!

Portable

Whether your event is a one-off attraction or a nationwide (or even international) pop-up sensation, your converted shipping container can come along with you every step of the way. Thanks to their original purpose, the shipping container is specifically designed to be easily transported via rail, road or sea so you will have no trouble taking your pop-up event from one city to the next by whichever means suits you best. Also, because a container is predominantly used for storage, chances are that even if you’ve heavily customised the interior, there will still be additional room to transport associated items to the next stop too!

Whether it be for a festival or an experiential marketing campaign or even a simple information kiosk, the main goal is to provide a memorable experience for the consumer. By repurposing and redesigning a shipping container, you would achieve just that, before any exchange of goods, or words for that matter! When you’re considering what you need for your next pop-up event, consider a shipping container conversion to create that unforgettable brand experience for your customers.

Surprised? Perhaps! You may have even seen converted shipping containers in situ at previous events but thanks to their clever design, you may have not even noticed that that is how they began life. Shipping containers are a great structure to repurpose, and can save you a lot of money in the long run.

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about designing a shipping container for your next pop up event, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email andy@universal-containers.com

4 Tips To Prevent Frost Damage To Shipping Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Sales & Hire

Date: September 14th 2018

4 Tips To Prevent Frost Damage To Shipping Containers

As always, our British summer flew in quicker than expected and we’re now working our way towards the winter months. With this in mind, it’s important to give your converted container the same care and attention throughout the colder periods of the year as it is when the sun is out too.

Damage to shipping containers caused by frost can create a series of costly repairs and in many cases, those repairs are actually easily prevented by taking a few simple steps to care for your conversion. Whether you’re hiring a container, or if you’ve bought or converted a container, it’s important to make time to perform a few simple checks and general maintenance to ensure that you find yourself problem-free when the snow melts.

To protect your shipping container from frost damage during the winter months, we would recommend the following: 

Keep an eye on your heaters

When using your container, keep heaters on a low setting if possible and ensure that all are switched off when not in use. If your heaters are continuously left on in your converted shipping container, condensation may become a problem and during the colder seasons, this condensation can quickly become frost. It’s important to keep your container heated whilst in use but it’s equally important to take the necessary precautions to not cause any damage during Winter by checking that all heaters are off when the container is vacant.

Ensure pipes are insulated

All pipes should be fully insulated to protect your container against any frost damage. At Universal Containers, appropriate insulation comes as standard with all converted containers. Don’t forget that if you do have a problem, we offer an off-site repair service so you can rest assured that if you do run into any issues, we’re happy (and fully trained and qualified) to help.

Check your water sources

If you have a kitchenette in your container, or if it is a canteen unit, or even toilet blocks, it is imperative to ensure that water is drained and switched off when not in use. If not, this can quickly freeze during winter months and end up costing you a lot of money to repair. To avoid these unnecessary costs, just be sure that you double check all your water sources.

Maintain moving parts

Frost and general winter elements can have an extremely negative effect on the moving parts of your shipping container so we would always recommend that you maintain these parts with simple preventative measures. A good idea would be to pay close attention to door locks, padlocks, handles, and other moving parts, by adding a small amount of oil or grease. This will stop the mechanism freezing up during winter.

Not as difficult as you thought?

Of course not. It’s amazing that such little maintenance can prevent such huge damage to your container so this Winter, be vigilant and protect your container from the elements. If you’re still unsure about how to protect your shipping container from frost damage, or perhaps you’re not certain if it has been adequately insulated, please feel free to call our friendly team on 0845 050 330 or email andy@universal-containers.com for no obligation advice.

10 Reasons To Choose Self-Storage with Universal Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Storage Containers

Date: September 2nd 2018

10 Reasons To Choose Self-Storage with Universal Containers

Self-storage can be a life saver, to businesses and home owners alike. We’ve seen our containers used for the storage of literally thousands of different household and commercial items, so you’ll be hard pushed to find a storage solution that isn’t fit for purpose for you.

Why do people use our self-storage facilities?

There are hundreds of reasons that people choose to self-store at our site in Irlam, but here are just a few which might give you a good idea as to whether our containers would be just the storage solution you’re looking for.

  • In between moving houses, people will use containers to store household goods inc. furniture and white goods
  • Construction companies may use containers to store tools and machinery that are not used daily during commercial works
  • When renovating a home, people will use containers to store new and old household goods inc. furniture and white goods
  • Businesses may use containers to store office goods and other business equipment in between moving premises, for instance.
  • When undertaking house clearances, people will use containers to store new and old household goods inc. furniture and white goods
  • If you’re running out of space at a home or business, containers can be a source of additional space to store things that conventionally may be kept in spare offices or garages.

These are just a few of many, many reasons people choose to self-store and we’re certain we could continue telling you, however, we’re sure you’ve got a good idea of just how versatile our on-site container self-storage units are.

What makes Universal Containers Self-Storage different?

We’re well aware that there are lots of self-storage facilities across the North West of England, however we’d like to believe that we’re a cut above the rest as we’ve gone that extra mile to ensure that our customers can rest assured that their items is storage are kept safe and secure.

Here are 10 reasons to self-store with Universal Containers:

Staff

Our professional staff have a “do what we can to help” attitude and provide world class customer service, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands should you have any queries or questions at any point.

Security

Our site has state of the art security along with floodlights, 24-hour CCTV with night vision, off a private road, full enclosed fenced area, 24-hour access, offering clean, dry and secure self-storage.

Flexibility

We are pleased to offer a range of flexible rental rates suitable for both long-term or short-term rentals. Although long term commitment is certainly not required, we do offer great discounts for long term contracts to ensure you get the best deal possible for self-storage.

Cost

With our self-storage solutions starting from as little as £2 per day, we are thrilled to offer some of the most competitive rates for storage in the North West of England.

Quality

All of our self-storage units are made up of brand new containers to ensure your belongings are kept safe and dry. High quality not only ensure that your belongings are kept safe, but it also means that your storage container is very secure too.

Variety

We have a range of different sized containers available for self-storage, varying from smaller 10ft containers right up to our largest 40ft containers. This means that you can choose a size to suit your needs, and your budget won’t be affected by having to shell out for a container that may be too large to suit your storage requirements.

Access

Our self-storage containers are all situated on a hard level standing offering drive-up, load or unload, no lifts, no trolleys and no walking, straight in or out of your vehicle. We wanted to provide a hassle-free self-storage solution to our customers and by ensuring ease of access.

Location

Our large, self-storage site in Irlam, Manchester, is located very close to the M62/M60, which means that we are ideally situated for your convenience. Just stick the sat nav on & you’ll be here before you know it.

Versatility

Thanks to the fact that we offer a variety of different sized containers for self-storage, this means that you have many more options in terms of what you can store and how much you can store. The versatility of our self-storage allows you to store large or bulk items without having to lots of different storage facilities.

Quality

All of our self-storage units are made up of brand new containers to ensure your belongings are kept safe and dry. High quality not only ensure that your belongings are kept safe, but it also means that your storage container is very secure too.

Learned something? Probably! If you’re still unsure as to whether self-storage is suitable for you, just give our team a call for no obligation advice, or even pop down to see us! Our large, self-storage site in Irlam, Manchester, is located very close to the M62/M60, which means that we are ideally situated for your convenience.

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about choosing the correct self-storage solution to suit your needs, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email andy@universal-containers.com