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Shipping Containers For Construction Sites

Wednesday 28 July 2021 Filed in: General

Shipping containers are an essential addition to any construction site. As construction sites generally exist for a temporary period of time, any facilities and amenities required there need to be portable, quick to provide, easy to erect and take down again. For these reasons shipping containers are an essential addition to construction sites, providing fast and flexible solutions to all practical and legal site requirements.

Whether they are used simply for secure site storage, the health and safety requirements of welfare provision, or providing office space, shipping containers can be adapted to tick all the boxes needed on construction sites.

On site storage

It's essential to have somewhere safe and secure to keep materials and equipment when not in use. Not only are storage containers robust and durable and therefore well suited to the heavy demands of a construction site, they are also theft and vandal proof. Made from Corten steel and fitted with a steel lock box to protect the padlock, they are a force to be reckoned with! Along with standard 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers, they can be cut down to any size to fit any space. 10ft shipping containers and flat pack storage containers are good for smaller sites with a faster turnaround for relocation. A wide range of optional extras can be fitted to storage containers, including electrics, ply lining, shelving and ramps.


Many construction sites employ a security guard, or a manned entry point for visitors. This can be in the form of a portable office, or a small kiosk. Shipping containers can easily be converted into small portable offices, or a purpose-built security booth can be used. This flat pack security booth can be easily disassembled and transported to a new location whenever required, and it's compact enough to fit in a transit van!.

Portable offices

Every construction site needs an on-site office, and shipping container office conversions are ideal for use in temporary locations. Whether a small office, large office, or a fleet of offices are required, portable shipping container offices offer strength, security and flexibility. The ModiBox® range is a standardised office conversion, fitted with essential modifications such as melamine lining, electrics, anti-vandal windows, a personnel door and vinyl flooring. Bespoke features can be added, such as a canteen package and internal partitions to create separate spaces for different uses. For quick and easy relocation flat pack offices are a convenient option.

Welfare provision

Construction sites are bound by legal requirements for the provision of suitable welfare facilities for employees. Facilities must be provided for changing and cleaning, comfort breaks that include food and drinks, and of course, toilets. Again, shipping containers can be converted to provide suitable units that can house welfare facilities. Conversions can combine both canteen and toilet areas, or for larger sites they can be provided separately. Portaloos and chemical toilets are a short-term solution for smaller sites, or short periods of use, but mains connected, purpose-built toilet blocks are preferred as a more hygienic option for larger number of workers and more sustainable use.

Case studies

The beauty of shipping containers for construction sites is that they can used for just about anything, either converted or as they come, and once the job is finished they are ready to move on to the next site job. Take a look at some of our case studies showing a diverse range of shipping container conversions for all construction site uses.


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