Month: October 2018

Container Conversions For Your Allotment | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: October 30th 2018

Container Conversions For Your Allotment

Allotments are a wonderful place for communities, but they’re not great in all weather conditions.

Although some individual allotment plots have sheds and other small shelters, many allotments do not offer communal sheltered facilities for the green fingered members of the community. Rain is not uncommon in the UK, and having a place to stay out of the elements and have a warm drink would definitely be a welcome addition to allotment sites up and down the country. We have noticed that more and more people are requesting container conversions for this very purpose! A shipping container in itself is a blank canvas, and can be converted for many uses, so it is an ideal solution for allotments.

To give you a better idea of exactly how a converted container for an allotment might pan out in reality, we’ve got a bit of case study to share with you. We recently completed a bespoke container conversion for a very large allotment in the Manchester area. Have a look at the finished product…

Shipping Container Conversions for Allotment

The customer requested a container to be converted for the users of the allotment, so that they’d have a communal area that would provide shelter and basic facilities. With their purpose and basic specification in mind, we implemented the following features, fixtures and fittings to fulfil the brief:

  • We lined the unit with plywood as once the container was in situ, they wanted to paint the interior themselves.
  • We fitted the container with a kitchen unit and a water heater, so that users had access to hot water.
  • We installed a consumer unit, lighting and electrical sockets so that users could access power points.
  • We laid Polyflor with the container’s purpose in mind. It is hard wearing and easy to clean, which is important for allotment users.
  • We fitted the container with UPVC windows and doors with multiple openings, so users could see out onto the allotment and enjoy plenty of natural light.
  • We installed customer built security shutters, which increases the safety of the container, and makes it vandal-proof.
  • We painted the exterior of the container in their chosen RAL colour (6007)

The customer was extremely happy with the container conversion they received. Not only did we convert the container, we also delivered and installed the unit. Now, the allotment is pleased to share this communal area – one that is secure, durable, multi-functional and will stand the test of time.

Surprised? Perhaps! It can be difficult to think outside the box if you’re considering a space-saving, space-creating or storage solution. However, if you think a converted container could be just the job, have a chat with our team for a friendly, no obligation chat about your upcoming project. 

If you would like to know more about container conversions, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email

Unusual Uses for Shipping Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Sales & Hire

Date: October 23rd 2018

Unusual Uses for Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are not just becoming popular – they ARE popular. You’ll have no doubt seen them around, perhaps without even noticing that that’s exactly what they are. Some might look like they did in their previous life – that is fit to transport cargo across the sea – whereas others have been drastically converted to not only be more functional, but to be a whole lot more aesthetically pleasing too!

Shipping containers have fast become the first solution for many people as a space-saving or storage solution, and this isn’t just limited to the commercial world. No, as much as businesses are choosing shipping containers for a variety of different purposes, repurposed shipping containers are rapidly appearing in the domestic world in the form of garden rooms, garden sheds, and much more.

Since we began offering container conversions, we’ve had so many different enquiries and some we certainly didn’t expect. There are people all over the globe choosing shipping container conversions and some of them are pretty unusual! Just take a look at these ones we’ve found… we’d love to hear your thoughts!


You’ll have certainly seen this concept before! The humble shipping container is rapidly being transformed across the globe into urban farm units – essentially, greenhouses. Contrary to popular belief, a recycled shipping container can be fabricated in such a way to incorporate different features, such as an aquaponic system.


Now THAT is am impressive piece of fabrication isn’t it? This is The Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre in Sudan, and it’s constructed entirely from repurposes shipping containers. To form the centre, which encompasses a hospital block, staff accommodations and a cafeteria, they have used seven 40ft containers and ninety 20ft containers. What an impressive project!


The overwhelmingly versatile nature of a converted shipping container of any size means that garden rooms can be not only multipurpose but fit for both commercial and domestic use too. So it’s no surprise that people are designing their own home hideaways in the form of man caves and she-sheds, completed with heating, electricity, and other useful fixtures and fittings. A perfect escape home from home!


A lot of schools require temporary educational facilities to accommodate for an increased number of students or refurbishment to the current buildings, and shipping containers are a great solution for it! They’re safe and portable, meaning that equipment can be stored securely and once they’re no longer required, they can be efficiently transported off the school site with minimal disruption.


The pop-up shop trend is booming, not only in the UK, but across the world too. Retailers are quickly realising the potential of a converted container for a shop, bar, café and the likes thanks to their portability, durability and security. Not to mention they can be totally customisable so no two repurposes containers will ever look the same or do the same thing for that matter!


Shipping container swimming pools can be a great alternative to a traditional outdoor or indoor swimming pool, and they come at a much lower cost too. Popular for both domestic and commercial use, the shipping container swimming pool is a perfect example of how upcycling a shipping container can save you money.

SHIPPING CONTAINER… Underground Bunkers

Take a look at this home-made underground bunker, which was built using a 20ft shipping container behind a brick wall. Shipping containers are highly suited to this purpose as they are incredibly strong, durable, water-tight and weather proof.

Had you heard of all those uses? Probably not! Sometimes, it can be hard to think outside the box when you’re considering a space saving solution and the likes, however don’t worry, we’re always available to talk over the phone to offer friendly support and advice!

If you would like a friendly, honest chat about creating your own bespoke unusual shipping container to suit your needs, please call the Universal team today on 0845 050 0330 or feel free to email

Images Source: Cargotechture

What Are Special Containers? | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Sales & Hire

Date: October 16th 2018

What Are Special Containers?

Special containers are exactly that – special. This isn’t due to the fact that they’re gold-plated or the likes (although that’d be a turn up for the books wouldn’t it!) No, what makes special containers “special” is the fact that they have been fabricated specifically for different purposes so that if you’re looking for a new or used shipping container for a specific reason, there will always be a suitably designed container available to meet your needs.

Which special containers do we offer?

Good question! We offer different special containers to ensure that we’ll always be able to solve your storage or space saving solution.

  • Special sized containers
  • Double door containers
  • Full side access containers
  • High cube containers
  • Flat rack units
  • Open top containers

What are the differences between these special containers?

Everyone comes to us wanting containers for all manner of purposes, so each special container is fabricated in a way to offer a different solution. Here’s a bit more information about each of our special containers available and why they might be suitable for you.

Special Sized Containers

Special sized containers are standard size containers that are customised to any size you require by altering the length and the width as necessary. Not only will a special sized container maximise space but you will also be presented with the exact size and shape to suit your needs.

Double Door Containers

Standard shipping containers are fitted with doors at one end only, whereas double door containers have double doors at both ends of the container, creating a tunnel. These containers are very popular for a variety of storage applications in addition to the odd specialised export.

Full Side Access Containers

Standard containers are accessed via double doors at one end of the container whereas full side access containers offer bi-folding doors along the longest side of the container. This can make the process of loading and unloading much easier when considering the goods being stored or transported.

High Cube Containers

Ordinarily, shipping containers are 8’6” high, whereas High Cube Containers give you an extra foot in height, standing at 9’6”. The extra internal space offered by a high cube container means that you might just get the additional storage space you need without having to upgrade the container to the next size up, keeping costs down.

Flat Rack Units

Flat Rack Units are essentially shipping containers which allow full access through the top and sides. Unlike Full Side Access Containers, Flat Rack Units allow much more access to allow for the safe storage and loading/unloading of large cargo. These can also be found as collapsible containers.

Open Top Containers

Open top containers offer an loading and unloading solution from the top of the shipping container in addition to the double doors at one end. This can make storage and transit a much smoother process and are highly suited to shipping oversized items that may not fit entirely into a traditional shipping container.

Learned something? Probably! If you’re still unsure as to which shipping container to buy new or used that’s fit for purpose, we’re always available to talk over the phone to offer friendly support and advice!

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