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Shipping Container Conversions

Shipping containers are renowned for their qualities of strength, security, longevity and portability, making them an ideal structure from which to construct buildings for many uses at a cost that beats that of traditional buildings. Used 20ft shipping containers and used 40ft shipping containers represent excellent value for money as a starting point for container conversions. Our converted shipping containers are versatile, modern and durable, and cover a wide variety of purposes from pop-up shops to animal shelters. As well as creating bespoke conversions we also hold standard shipping container conversions in stock, such as basic offices and chemical stores.

Popular Container Conversions

Budget Site Offices
Shipping container offices provide a flexible workspace anywhere from your back garden to construction sites. Site offices can be permanent or temporary structures which can be relocated. Portable offices are low cost compared to traditional office buildings as a "one-off" outlay with no ongoing rent and can be tailored to your requirements with a range of features.
Bespoke Engineering
Shipping containers can be used as the building blocks for housing equipment and technologies for industry and engineering. From plant rooms to laboratories, testing facilities, boiler houses, exhibition units and water treatment equipment, we've cleverly adapted shipping containers to incorporate very specific features our clients require for their specialist operations.
Pop Up Shops
Pop-up shops made from converted shipping containers are becoming increasingly popular as a way to set up a mobile retail unit. From elite brands like Nike and Superdry, to small artisanal vendors, shipping container shops represent a quick, low-cost, mobile and eye-catching way to serve customers on the go. Add your own signage or ask about our decals.
Gym Containers
Gym containers allow you to work out or train privately in your garden, skipping the queues and scrap your membership fees. Portable gyms are also popular for commercial use, or set up as a franchise with a design to reflect your branding. For personal trainers, a home gym can give you freedom and flexibility to work from home, and your clients the privacy they desire.
Joined Up Containers
When standard 8ft wide containers are too narrow for your requirements we can join them together to create an extra wide shipping container. This can be 16ft wide or 24ft wide, or even 32ft! Joined up shipping containers are popular for creating spacious shipping container garages, offices, classrooms and clubhouses, made in our own workshop and joined together on site.
Garage Containers
Shipping container garages usually need to be at least 10ft wide. Our most popular container for car storage is the CarTainer®, a 10ft wide new build container, with bespoke sizes of up to 12ft wide also available. For double garages and beyond we create shipping container garage conversions by joining up containers, using either new builds or standard 8ft wide shipping containers.

Catering Conversions
Capitalise on the growing trend of using a converted shipping container to take your catering business to places traditional cafes and bars can't reach. Whether it's a coffee trailer, hot dog stand, burger van or a gourmet kitchen and bar, pop up catering units attract attention, capitalise on passing trade in popular tourist spots, and can go on the road for the summer festival circuit.
Workshop Containers
Shipping container workshops are robust, portable and can be adapted to fit specialist requirements of your trade, such as ramps, tool racks, work benches and shelving. Portable workshops can be moved from one site to another with relative ease and can be partitioned to include storage space or welfare facilities such as a kitchenette, toilet and washing facilities.
New Builds and Extra Wide
Come to us for your new build shipping container. We are one of the top manufacturers of new build containers in the UK which we construct to a high standard for strength, security and quality. We build to any size and specification and will take on any bespoke design. Many of our clients opt for a new build if they require an extra wide container, but we also build narrow shipping containers under 8ft wide.
Living Roof
Attract the birds and bees with a conservation friendly roof! A shipping container with a living roof not only promotes biodiversity but once installed and thriving looks delightful too. An eco-friendly roof is a popular addition on shipping container classrooms, as part of outdoor learning and conservation programmes. Green roofs are easy to install, low maintenance and help with water drainage on the container.
Chemical Stores
For bunded chemical storage a shipping container chemical store meets COSHH regulations for keeping hazardous substances. Robust, secure and leakproof they are widely used on farms, and in workplaces for diesel storage, flammable materials, pesticides, fertilizer, and paints and oils. Our flat pack chemical stores feature a sumped base and suspended floor grate and are quick and easy to relocate between sites.
Explore our range of work!
See our real-life case studies of shipping container conversions undertaken at Containers Direct. These include our standard designs for shipping container offices, garages and catering units, along with unique creations such as pop-up bars, stages, exhibition stands, a catwalk, cheese-making factory and a science laboratory. Let us know what you need from a shipping container and we will endeavour to produce it!

Why choose Containers Direct?

Containers Direct are industry leading specialists in shipping container conversions with a reputation for cutting edge innovation, delivering projects on time and providing first class customer care. We have worked on a wide variety of container conversion projects from bespoke site offices to pop-up shops, working with big brand names like Superdry to the local self-starters, like Coffi Camlan Garden Centre in Snowdonia. We have undertaken high-end engineering work for the MOD and worked with clubs and charities delivering bespoke budget workshops and offices. We have that much confidence in our converted shipping containers that our main office is, of course, a building constructed from eleven joined containers and some of our workshops are built from joined up used 40ft shipping containers!

Should you choose Containers Direct to deliver your conversion project you will be assigned your own Account Manager, based on site here at our Conversion Depot, who will manage the project from the design and CAD phase, through to production. We look forward to working with you in helping achieve the best outcome and value for money. To view some of the wide variety of work we produce why not browse our Case Studies, where you can see a whole range of converted container projects. We undertake work for all budgets, ranging from the big and bold to smaller budget-friendly conversions from used 10ft shipping containers and beyond.

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Shipping Container Projects - Our High End Container Conversions

View our most engaging container conversions, undertaken for some of our biggest clients. From joined up containers and boiler houses, to wood cladding and big brand names; Containers Direct have the experience and quality you can trust.

Skullcandy exhibition unit
New build garage container
Catwalk containers
Container bar and roof terrace
Garden centre container
The Hangar Bar
Pop-up football club bar
Joined up office conversion
Bespoke chemical store
Joined up office and canteen
Boiler house container
Opera store container

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Case Study of the Month

CS100064- 16ft wide ModiBox®

This conversion is based on our ModiBox® design, which provides a budget office unit for a wide range of applications. This example is an extra wide office, which we created by joining two shipping containers together. We delivered the office to West Ham Utd Academy of Football.

25th June, 2024

Just some of the clients we've worked with

British Gas
Liverpool FC
British Heart Foundation
Network Rail
Harley Davidson

Committed to Quality

Containers Direct are industry leading experts in Container Conversions. With our own 4.5 acre, in-house fabrication depot, you will be dealing directly with our team of experts, and we can provide complete quality control of your project. We are members of Make UK, a body who champion and celebrate British manufacturing and manufacturers.


Our client, Kerry McMinnis, requested a used 20ft container conversion with blank walls to ends, tilt and turn white UPVC window, apertures for bifold door, hole for pipe aperture, framed aperture for extraction and exterior repainted in RAL 9005 Jet Black:

"Professional, reliable and seamless transaction from start to finish. Great communication with Neil Clarke no detail over looked and earlier lead times which was an absolute bonus to us. Already recommended to 2 other people.Great company, great service, product exceeded expectations and a very satisfied customer."

Our client, Mii Engineering, requested a new build 17ft x 10ft containers converted into an offices:

"Positive - able to match the required colour blue that was requested from Tata."

Our client, Simon Hartley, Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, requested a 25ft & 40ft Joined together Container Conversion - Plylined and insulated, fire exit door, electrics package A, side 8ft wide electric roller shutter & exterior repainted in RAL 9005 Jet black:

"The two persons that attended site to connect the two containers were very helpful."

Profound Decisions made the profound decision to purchase three containers from us. Two were simply repainted and treated with Grafotherm (28ft and 20ft), while the third (28ft) was converted with side doors, windows, interior partition, vinyl flooring, electrics and ply lining:

"The entire process was excellent. Delivery company were particularly superb - and the product looks excellent. We will definitely be back for more soon!"

Our client, Go Below Underground Adventures, requested a 10ft container conversion, with extra thick ply lining, a personnel door with anti vandal shroud, vinyl flooring and black repaint:

"Really pleased with the container conversion" Miles

Mid Herts Divers club ordered a 24ft container conversion modified with additional side doors, ply lining and insulation, louvre vents and external repainting:

"We previously purchased a smaller container from you, and as you gave us such good service then , it was a very easy option to order a further unit from you.
The whole experience was faultless and you excelled once again."

Pete Hodkin
Mid Herts Divers

From Trudy at Trudy Scrumptious:
"They did a fantastic job on my new cabin, couldn't be happier. Really good price too."

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