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With an ever increasing focus on environmental issues these days, Containers Direct have an increased demand for secure and compliant chemical stores. Guidelines from the Environmental Agency and HSE (Health and Safety Executive) state that all hazardous substances such as chemicals, flammables, fertilizers and pesticides must be stored to safeguard the welfare of people, animals and the environment. Regulations have become tighter and are being more stringently implemented, and the responsibility is now upon the employer to do a COSSH assessment of materials to be stored.

Choosing the right chemical store

If this sounds a little overwhelming, a chemical container store from Containers Direct is the perfect solution. In response to these regulations we have recently created a specialist fabrication department, dedicated to the construction of chemical stores. This allows us to work to your own risk assessment and applicable regulations to provide you with the perfect chemical container store for your hazardous substances.

Please note we are not qualified to provide HSE/COSHH guidance. Although our Chemical Stores meet most of our customers' requirements, we would advise checking with your HSE officer before purchase if you have any concerns.

Bunded chemical stores

Containers Direct can fabricate any length of container to fit our clients' individual requirements, from either new or used shipping containers. All chemical stores need to be bunded, which basically means sealing the container so liquid does not escape. There are different means of doing this, depending upon the level of safety standards you're required to meet. To reflect this, we have designed two different types of container conversions to chose from, plus a third option of a flat pack product.

All options can be fabricated from either new or used containers.

Option 1 - The Kite

Shipping containers are manufactured with marine ply floors which are porous, so the first step in the process of converting them for chemical storage is overlaying the floor with a steel Durbar plate and 6 inch return lip to contain any spillages that may occur. The Kite is fitted with a Durbar plate is designed with a raised pattern surface, making it slip-resistant and self draining, which also makes it easier to clean, thereby reducing the risk of corrosion and extending the life of the container.

Option 2 - The Hawk

Don't want to wade through the spillages on the container floor? Although the Kite safely contains all spillages, the Hawk drains them away through a grate floor, so you don't need to paddle through them when you access the container.

This is achieved by overlaying the bunded Durbar floor (as seen in the Kite) with a removable drainage grate. This grate becomes top floor of the container and is suspended six inches above the bottom floor, level with the returning lip of the container (this reduces the internal height of the container by 6 inches). Drainage valves can be added as an optional extra, as seen on the Falcon model.

Kite and Hawk Optional Extras:

These can be added to enhance performance of your Kite and Hawk chemical stores:
  • Louvered vents - strongly recommended as they reduce the temperature within the container, and allow any build up of toxic fumes to escape.

  • Shelving

  • Drainage valves
Two shipping vents and exterior repainting are included in the model price.

Option 3 - The Falcon

The Floor

Instead of using a lip, which can make it difficult to lift heavy goods into the container, we completely re-fabricate the floor of the container by removing it, and fitting a sumped base below, which allows spilt liquids to drain through, and be carried away by means of fitted valves.

This is done by removing the timber floor, flipping it on its side and welding a steel floor to the underside. A metal structure is then created and welded to the existing cross members, upon which the new floor can be attached. The new steel is primed, and ready for the new floor to be fitted.

A Durbar floor is welded to the new steel framework leaving a gap around the edge to enable spillages to be collected in the newly created sump and the interior is painted. Alternatively, we can fit a removable drainage grate to overlay the floor.

Finally we attached drainage valves to the bottom rail to enable the sump to be emptied (these valves are removable).

The Vents

We then create apertures in the side and attach vents.

The container is now ready for painting in a choice of colour.

Shelving can be included as an optional extra.


Option 4 - Flat pack chemical stores

Easy to assemble, can be delivered to awkward areas and includes all the safety features of a standard chemical container. For more details see our page on flat pack chemical stores.


We provided our client with a 10ft used chemical store, with sunken bunded floor, overlayed with a Durbar plate floor, drainage valves, air transfer grilles, solar powered lighting and repainted.

"Generally of all the companies who quoted for this job, you were the best, that's why you were chosen, along with the ability to fulfill everything we needed for our container requirements."

From A. Moxon, Eaton-Martek Power Ltd



CHEMICAL STORES 10ft Kite - K10 (On display in Chemical Stores » Shipping Containers)
CHEMICAL STORES 12ft Kite Used - K12 (On display in Chemical Stores » Shipping Containers)
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