Category: Container Conversions

Dropside Shipping Container Conversion | Universal Container Services Ltd

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: August 28th 2022

Dropside Shipping Container Conversion

Universal Containers take pride in continually pushing the boundaries in product development within the shipping container industry.  We are dedicated to researching and developing new techniques within our sector in order to provide our customers with products not only for today, but also the future.

With the well-documented decline of our high streets and the small businesses which traditionally occupied them, there is an increasing interest from local authorities, start-up companies and entrepreneurs searching for newer, creative ideas to revive our shopping centres, markets and city centres.  We have spent a lot of time over the past year developing a cost-effective solution for these needs, utilising shipping containers.

Shipping containers have many qualities and make a great blank canvas to create the perfect, bespoke, manageable unit.  Containerised solutions come with the benefits of affordability, sustainability, strength and flexibility.  With all of the above in mind, we have taken our first steps towards helping rejuvenate and sustain old and new businesses alike with the development of our 20ft pop-up shop/café/bar.

The possibilities with this container conversion are plentiful.  The entire side panel is operated via an electric winch system, taking less than one minute to fully open and close, with an additional traditional door available at the rear or side of the unit.  Once opened, an extended floor space is available which provides capacity for all manner of uses such as seating or product displays.

The floor space is sheltered by a full electric awning system which is rated for UK weather conditions.  The awning is available in a choice of colours and add on features including wind and rain sensors.  The unit is available in a range of internal and external finishes.

After seeing this unit in action, we’re sure you’ll agree that it has massive potential in many applications.  The possibilities are endless whether you’re exploring your options in opening a small café, pop-up shop or moving the unit from festival to festival.

If you share our enthusiasm for this industry-leading project, please get in touch for more information.

The Ready Made Shipping Container Conversion | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: August 11th 2022

The Ready Made Shipping Container Conversion

We frequently advertise shipping containers as being a versatile means of creating the space you need for anything from storage to retail and even living space.

Container conversions can be a great, flexible means to creating office space, cafes, pop-up shops and more.  As we always point out, the biggest limitation is your imagination!  That certainly is the case when it comes to the blank canvas, as it were, the plain, untouched shipping container.  But what about the ready converted shipping container?  For instance, in the case of this 20ft x 8ft container conversion that we currently have ready made and ready to go, there is the potential for use as a site office, kitchen or toilet block.

So, what would you use it for?  Don’t forget, what you see here is just the beginning, these ready made shipping container conversions are so versatile that they can be added to and further converted to suit all sorts of needs, they quite literally are building blocks. Due to their very nature, shipping containers can be stacked or joined, giving way to much larger structures, our own Irlam offices being a great example of this.

This particular container conversion is available at time of writing for a great price, but is unlikely to be around for long due to demand.  However, that said, it is always worth getting in touch to see if we have any similar ready made shipping container conversions available, after all, it’s what we do!  Alternatively, if you have an idea or requirement for a container conversion which is outside the norm, it is also worth getting in touch, we have a long history of undertaking all manner of container conversion projects for all purposes.  After all, custom made shipping container conversions is a large part of what we do, one size most definitely does not fit all!

Are Shipping Containers the Solution to Homelessness? | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: June 1st 2022

Are Shipping Containers the Solution to Homelessness?

Within today’s economic climate, many of us face struggles surrounding our finances. However, the majority of England’s population are able to successfully get by, either with no external assistance or with the help of food banks and similar. Homelessness across the globe is a real social crisis that needs solving. Since 2010, estimates show that there has been an increase of 165% of people having to live on the streets. Surely, in modern day England, we should not have families having nowhere to turn to but the pavement.

So, what would a viable solution be? A cheaper alternative to housing and sheltered accommodation- adapted shipping containers! The versatility of shipping containers means that they can be transformed into self-contained micro flats, or built up and converted into shared accommodation buildings. This revolutionary idea has been implemented from Brighton to Cardiff, but the city of Bristol is now well known for using shipping containers as ‘moving on accommodation’ to aid its homelessness issue. In addition to these cities providing shipping container homes for the homeless, a Buckinghamshire town is creating these homes to prevent homelessness in one of the UK’s richest areas.

Not only will this type of accommodation provide a safe environment for families and individuals with nowhere else to go, but it will also dramatically increase the likelihood of them gaining employment, helping them to shatter the stereotypes of being homeless. Figures from 2018 show that around 55% of homeless families are actually in work. However, it is difficult for them to maintain a stable job and income, making it tough to secure housing. Yet, one of the many perks of shipping container homes for the homeless is that more than adequate shelter is provided, ensuring that jobs can be held down and that their chances of permanently getting off of the streets are raised substantially.

It is estimated that within the United Kingdom, over 300,000 people are sleeping rough- however, this figure does not take into consideration the ‘hidden homeless’, those who have nowhere to live but are not recorded in official systems as needing housing assistance. This number is staggering, and to do nothing about it would be ludicrous- especially with this solution sat right in front of us.

In addition to providing shelter for these people, shipping container homes would also offer a secure environment- allowing those who once worried about making it through the night a restful night’s sleep.
We are facing a real social crisis that needs a solution immediately. It’s neither humane nor morally right to continue leaving vulnerable people on our streets, regardless of their history. Each and every man, woman and child living on the streets deserves a chance to be welcomed back into society with open arms. Adaptable shipping container homes for the homeless offers a chance for these individuals to return to a happier and safer life, away from the daily fears that come with having nowhere else to turn to.

Accessible Living with Shipping Containers| Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: July 22nd 2019

Accessible Living with Shipping Containers

In an era where roughly 20% of the country lives with some form of disability, it’s difficult to imagine that many of these people do not live in suitable housing. Universal Containers are proud to announce that we have produced a model home for Blackwood – a company who specialise in providing specialist housing and care.

This fully furnished unit demonstrates the high-end finishes that we produce in addition to the versatility of shipping containers. The Blackwood Project features a professionally fitted and adjustable bathroom and kitchen, which allows for an adaptable home that can be suited to anybody. Not only does this space encourage independent living, it also promotes connectivity to the outside world via WiFi and the integration of the CleverCogs system. An intelligent, futuristic home is something we all dream of. However, a home like this is highly beneficial to those wishing to live a full, self-sustaining life. From the unit’s aluminium access ramp to a sliding door for easy access, the Blackwood Project was created with accessibility as a priority.

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Blackwood wanted to ensure that owners of their properties could live safely and securely, without the need for residential care and also believe strongly that those with disabilities have the most to gain from technological advancements- as even a wheelchair can be seen as technology. In creating the Blackwood model, we aim to aid Blackwood in bringing more awareness to the lack of adapted homes across the country and showcase the modern standard for these homes.

The Blackwood Project’s kitchen features worktops, units, an oven, a hob, a sink and an extractor fan. Additionally, the bathroom is fitted with a sink, toilet, shower and a shower chair. As previously mentioned, all of these units are adjustable and can be moved wirelessly to accommodate to the owners needs and preferences. Furthermore, the Blackwood unit consists of 6 rooms; an entrance, bedroom, study, bathroom, kitchen, and an open plan living/dining room, providing a spacious, easy to use home. This space also includes glazed windows all around the unit, allowing for vast amounts of natural lighting. The Blackwood model also has fitted high-end spotlights and electronically operated blinds for the night or in case natural lighting isn’t quite your thing.

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Here at Universal Containers, we share the values of Blackwood, ensuring great value and even better quality for our customers. We believe that the use of the Blackwood model will draw attention to and encourage people to buy innovative adapted homes that are not just suitable to them, but enjoyable to live in.

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.