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Four benefits of shipping containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: June 4th 2019

Four Benefits of Shipping Containers

After years in the industry, we’ve had our fair share of shipping containers. With this in mind, we wanted to bring things back to basics and write a blog post emphasizing the benefits of shipping containers.

Before starting your next project, why not consider a shipping container? Shipping containers aren’t just limited to storage. Our service is proof of that. Over the years, we’ve completed hundreds of shipping container conversions, including projects of all sizes. Our service knows no bounds, for example, last month we launched a brand new product with our new stadium seating solution.

So, in this blog post, we’re looking at four benefits of shipping containers and why you should consider them for your next project.

Shipping Containers Are Dynamic

The limitations of shipping containers know no bounds. Shipping containers don’t need to be used just for storage. As mentioned, we have years of experience in container conversions and can accommodate your next project accordingly.

Some of the work we have completed demonstrates how versatile shipping containers can be. The simple box design of shipping containers allows them to be perfectly moulded around pretty much any idea that you can think of. Looking for a garden home? There’s a shipping container for that! Looking for a jacuzzi with a built-in overhead cover? There’s a shipping container for that too!

In addition to all the possibilities that shipping containers can turn into, they’re also perfect for transporting goods to different places, hence the name. Since shipping containers are already designed with transportation in mind, moving from location to location is simple. Their unique size is tailor-made to be carried by large vehicles and be transported wherever they need to go.

There is a large range of shipping containers to choose from. This means that, regardless of your budget, it will be easy to find a shipping container that not only matches your project but also matches your budget as well.

Shipping Containers Are Strong and Durable

Being designed for transportation, shipping containers need to be strong and durable. Some shipping containers will travel long distances and experience a range of weather conditions, so each one is perfectly crafted to ensure that the contents inside remain safe.

With this in mind, this makes shipping containers a perfect solution to a wide range of DIY projects. They can be used as storage predominantly, but previously, we’ve designed and developed shipping containers to meet a varied range of needs such as accommodation, stadium seating and more.

Shipping Containers Are Fast to Build

Another huge advantage of shipping containers is that they’re fast to build. When starting your next project, you want to get started as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than getting a great idea and being halted by time.

We often require just a couple of days to get started on your project and turnaround can be accomplished in a matter of weeks.

Shipping Containers Can Be Reused

Shipping containers can be reused, which is perfect for the environment.

Shipping containers can be reused for all sorts of reasons, but this is a service that we currently offer. We can repair and fabricate any shipping container regardless of the quality, this makes shipping containers an eco-friendly alternative for your next project.

Over the past few decades, the number of people who are concerned about the environment has increased. Thankfully, however, shipping containers offer an eco-friendly alternative to many different solutions already available on the market.

So, What Are You Waiting For?

With all of these benefits in mind, what’s stopping you from utilising a shipping container for your next project? Start today and discover the endless possibilities that come with shipping containers. Call us today on 0845 050 0330.

Stadium Seating Made From Shipping Containers | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: May 23rd 2019

NEW! Stadium Seating Made From Shipping Containers

Shipping Container Stadium Seating NOW AVAILABLE

After having experienced an overwhelming increase in demand over the last couple of years, we’ve decided to add shipping container stadium seating to our ever-growing list of standard container offerings. Converted containers are being used for hundreds, if not thousands, of different purposes across the UK and the world. More and more people are continuing to find different uses for shipping containers, which is great for so many reasons.

Recycling a used shipping container can have many benefits, including the saving you a lot of money! For homeowners looking for additional space, rather than constructing an expensive, permanent house extension, lots of people are now opting for shipping container converted into garden rooms which offer them the same solution for a fraction of the price. Not only that, having the container installed in your chosen location by our team of professionals is a one-off job. That’s right, no workmen in and around your house for months on end as we construct the container to be fit for purpose at our site before delivering to your UK mainland address. Of course, it’s equally important to remember that although your converted container may look completely different post-fabrication, it’s still a shipping container! These containers were obviously built to last, as their main purpose was to transport goods and cargo via rail, road and sea, so with the right care and attention, you can rest assured that your container is safe from the elements and built to withstand the test of time.

Hassle-free, cost-effective, fit for purpose, and built to last need we say more?

The same benefits apply to our latest shipping container stadium seating. 

Stadium Seating

Hassle Free

Stadium seating and dugouts are traditionally a fixed item or require large-scale construction, whereas shipping container stadium seating offers the convenience of being transportable in addition to being ‘ready to go’ with no construction necessary. Their portable nature allows them to be moved about as and when you see fit, so they’re perfect for roadshows and touring events. It’s no wonder they’re so popular with amateur football clubs and outdoor arena events alike!

Cost Effective

Given the fact that traditional stadium seating requires a skilled workforce to construct and erect safe, effective seating, it’s not only the materials that incur a high cost, it’s the staffing that can increase your bill too. With shipping container stadium seating, we build your desired stadium seating at our site in Manchester and then transport and install the completed units to your desired location, quickly and efficiently. In comparison to traditional stadium seating, you’d be saving more than just a pretty penny!

Fit For Purpose

At Universal Containers, we pride ourselves on being the UK’s leading specialists in shipping container conversions, so when it comes to converting your chosen container into stadium seating, we can create bespoke units specifically to suit your brief. When discussing your project, our professional team can offer helpful advice to enable you to choose the most suitable, cost-effective options to transform your container into a purpose-built unit that is fit for exactly what you require. Whether you need more seating, additional coverings, windows, etc, we can help.

Built To Last

The initial purpose of a shipping container is to withstand extreme weather conditions, so if you’re looking for a long-term solution for stadium seating, you can rest assured that shipping container stadium seating will have a lifespan suitable to your brief as they are built to last. With the correct care and attention, shipping container stadium seating can last for decades with very little maintenance necessary.

Interesting stuff, right? We certainly think so! A portable, durable solution for stadium seating was long overdue and with our brand new shipping container stadium seating units, you can rest assured that you’ll have spent little and gained a lot with this cost-effective container conversion.

If you would like more information on stadium seating, or if you wish to discuss a container conversion project you have in mind, feel free to call Universal Containers on 0845 050 0330 or email for a free, no obligation quote or friendly, helpful advice. 

Could your home benefit from a Garden Room? | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Garden Rooms

Date: April 16th 2019

Could Your Home Benefit From A Garden Room?

Garden Rooms Are Very Popular In The UK…

…and it’s no secret as to why. Homeowners across the country are actively seeking space saving solutions for their home and many find that a garden room is the solution to that problem. We’re in an uncertain economy as of late, thanks to the introduction of Brexit, no one really knows where they stand financially. Generally speaking, if you need more space in your home, the first thing you do is, well, look to buy another home.

Due the uncertainty of the economy, a lot of homeowners are steering clear of seeking new properties and are attempting to source solutions to upgrade their current home. Of course, the first choice would be to have a fixed property extension but with that, there can be a lot of hassle. From planning permission to changes to your mortgage to finding reliable tradesmen to carry out the work professionally, it’s not an easy task.

This is why homeowners are choosing garden rooms as the ultimate space saving solution.

Garden Rooms Are Temporary

Due to their very nature, shipping container garden rooms are a temporary addition to your home. Of course, they can remain in position as long as you like but the difference is that you have the option to move and remove the garden room whenever you see fit. This means that planning permission, in most instances, isn’t necessary – however, we’d always recommend you check with your local council first.

Garden Rooms Are Cost Effective 

A permanent built extension to your home can be an incredibly costly investment, especially if works are delayed or you end up with unprofessional tradesmen. Shipping container garden rooms are available at a fraction of the cost of a house extension, yet can still provide the all important space necessary to add to your home.

Garden Rooms Are Multifunctional

Garden rooms are wholly versatile and their range of purposes certainly isn’t limited! We’ve created hundreds, if not thousands, of garden rooms since we began trading and all of which have been used for many different reasons. From offices, to art studios, to play rooms, to man (and woman) caves, the list is endless. Garden rooms can also be totally customised to suit your purpose in mind, which leads us on to our next point.

Garden Rooms Are Customisable

Shipping containers in their raw form allow for a huge range of customisation options, including UPVC windows and doors, anti vandal features, electrical fittings, lighting, heating, and more. If you have a purpose in mind for your shipping container garden room, then our professional team can recommend specific features suitable to your brief.

Garden Rooms Are Delivered & Installed

Once your shipping container garden room conversion has been completed to specification, you can sit back and relax. Our experienced team will deliver your garden room to your location (UK mainland) and install it securely on site, giving you peace of mind that your garden room can be fully functional in a short space of time without the need to employ other professionals.

Garden Rooms Are Built By Professionals

With over 40 years of combined experience in shipping container conversions, you can rest assured that any container conversion completed by the Universal Containers team is done so to the highest, safest standard possible. We create garden rooms and other container conversions for domestic and commercial clients across the country, and there is never a job too big or small.

Garden Rooms Are Durable

Shipping containers are built to safely carry goods via rail, road and sea, so it’s vital that they are strong and durable enough to withstand the elements. These features are not lost when the shipping container is converted. Constructed from galvanised steel, shipping containers will show very little sign of weathering, especially when correctly maintained.

Garden Rooms Are Long Lasting

Thanks to their durability and clever design, shipping container garden rooms aren’t as short-lived as you might first think. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. With proper maintenance and care, a converted shipping container can last in excess of 40 years.

Food for thought? We think so! The possibilities with shipping containers are endless. Every single day, we receive enquiries from up and down the country with different ideas for container conversions, including our popular garden rooms, and with each customer, we do everything we can to make their dream a reality.

If you would like more information on garden rooms, or if you wish to discuss a container conversions project you have in mind, feel free to call Universal Containers on 0845 050 0330 or email for a free, no obligation quote or friendly, helpful advice. 

Shipping Container Conversions: Bars & Restaurants | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: March 8th 2019

Shipping Container Conversions: Bars & Restaurants

Shipping containers are so popular these days.

You will see them everywhere, probably without even noticing. Container conversions are being used by businesses across the world for lots of different purposes: construction site offices, toilet blocks, storage facilities and now more commonly, bars and restaurants.

Why Shipping Containers for Bars and Restaurants?

Cost Effective

Shipping container conversions are much less costly to fit out than a standard bar or restaurant. Not to mention that there’s no rent to pay on the container!

No Commitments

Shipping containers, due to their nature of being transportable, rarely require planning permission unless they are to be a fixed premises. Containers are popping up as temporary eateries and cafes up and down the country and they are beginning to make an appearance at festivals too!

Fully Customisable

Shipping container can be transformed into pretty much anything you want them to be. At Universal Containers, we firmly believe that there is no job too big or small and if you can think it, we can build it. We have a variety of fixtures, fittings and fabrication options available to convert your container to specifically match up with your brief.

What do Shipping Container Bars Look Like?

We’re glad you asked! Have a look at this container conversion built for a company in the North West who were looking for a ‘stand out’ unit that they could kit out into their very own bar at a local event venue.

Bar Container Conversions

We  created this simple yet effective 20ft container conversion. It looks the part with its bright vibrant colours and LED lights, which means it really stands out in the dark and will work brilliantly for its designed purpose in being transformed into a bar. Of course, these were all chosen by the client but there are lots of other optional extras available to really personalise your container so that it is fit for purpose.

In fact, the unit itself could be used for many different purposes, such as a catering unit or a sales shop front. In fact, the possibilities of a container like this are limitless. This particular unit was used indoors, however it could be easily adapted and used outdoors as we could kit it out with roller shutters to cover the openings and make it safe and secure. See?

Container Conversion Specification: 

  • New 20ft standard container
  • Cargo doors removed and panelled in
  • Large box section framed apertures
  • LED pendant lights fitted
  • Internally and externally painted any choice of RAL colours

Pretty surprising right?

It might be! The possibilities with shipping containers are endless. Every single day, we receive enquiries from up and down the country with different ideas for container conversions, including our popular garden rooms, and with each customer, we do everything we can to make their dream a reality.

If you would like more information on container conversions, or if you wish to discuss a container conversions project you have in mind, feel free to call Universal Containers on 0845 050 0330 or email for a free, no obligation quote or friendly, helpful advice. 

Which Shipping Container Should You Buy? | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Sales & Hire

Date: February 21st 2019

Which Shipping Container Should You Buy?

At Universal Containers, we’ve supplied new and used shipping containers to homes and businesses across the UK for over 40 years so it’s safe to say that we’ve got the experience, knowledge and know-how to advise and deliver to your exact specification. We want you to love your container for whatever purpose it may be. Of course, the final say is always yours but we are always happy to offer professional advice to enable you to make the best, most cost-effective decision to suit your project.

We sell shipping containers in new or used condition: a new container is – as you would imagine – brand new and as a result, more expensive than a used container. However, a used container may have only done one trip so it’s condition might surprise you! We’re happy to be able to supply shipping containers in standard sizes, 10ft to 40ft, in addition to custom sizes for special projects too.

Have a look below at the different containers for sale we have at Universal Containers, and how they might suit your project.

10ft Shipping Containers

Our 10ft containers are our smallest standard size container. 10ft containers are generally used by home owners for additional storage or even converted into strong, alternative garden sheds. A variety of businesses used 10ft containers for storage purposes, but many opt to convert 10ft containers into toilet blocks, offices, retail units and more.

20ft Shipping Containers

Easily our most popular selling container is the 20ft shipping container. At 20ft long by 8ft wide, the generous internal space offered by our 20ft containers means that they can be for both domestic and commercial purposes; perfect for the storage and transportation of large items, and ideally suited to conversion for a range of purposes, such as offices, retail units, on-site facilities and, garden rooms. 

30ft Shipping Containers

Our 30ft by 8ft shipping containers are available to buy both new and used, and as with all of the other standard containers we offer here at Universal Containers, they are fully customisable to create the bespoke answer to your problem. 30ft containers are purchased by both home owners and business alike and can provide a safe and long-lasting answer to storage or space saving

40ft Shipping Containers

Our huge range of new and used 40ft containers are our largest standard size containers available to buy. We’ve seen 40ft containers used for numerous different storage and transport purposes, including storing vehicles and machinery for construction or agricultural sites, in addition to being transformed for large scale commercial conversions.

Custom Size Shipping Containers

If you have a specific project in mind, for instance you’re looking to store a vehicle or machinery that won’t quite fit the specification of a standard size container, we are able to produce custom size containers to offer you an ideal solution. Custom size containers can also be further fabricated and converted so that they’re exactly fit for purpose, just like the one above with the addition of a full side access shutter. Please contact the Universal Containers team to discuss your project in more detail and we’d be more than happy to advise.

Helpful? We hope so! Choosing the right shipping container to suit your project can sometimes be difficult if you’re unaware of further options available, including fabrication, conversion and parts and accessories available. With over 40 years experience in selling new and used shipping containers, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands with Universal Containers.

If you are thinking about buying a new or used shipping container, feel free to call Universal Containers on 0845 050 0330 or email for a free, no obligation quote or friendly, helpful advice.