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Shipping containers

Shipping containers, designed to withstand the rigours of long journeys, heavy loads and extreme weather conditions, have emerged as a popular building material in modern architecture and design due to their inherent strength, modularity and cost-effectiveness.
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Converted Shipping Containers

What are shipping containers?

Shipping containers are simply large, standard-sized boxes made of corrosion-resistant steel that are used to transport goods by sea, rail or road and are often referred to as simply “containers”. They have revolutionised global trade by streamlining the transportation and handling of cargo. With standardised sizes, they can be stacked and are equipped with locking mechanisms for security as well as being extremely durable. They are easily repurposed into buildings, storage units and other applications, and the most common sizes are 20-foot and 40-foot lengths. Experts at installing converted shipping containers for a vast array of purposes, MPB has been in the industry for decades and is able to ensure you get the new or used shipping container you require installed in the shortest possible time, whether you’re looking for a storage unit or one that is modified for another purpose.

Our process

Step 01 – Selection phase

At this point, you will discuss with our team the requirements you have for a shipping container installation. Whether you need a new or refurbished one, if you’re going to buy a shipping container or hire one, it’s important to consider the size and any internal fittings you may require. When these details and costs are agreed upon, we visit your site to assess the access restrictions and positioning.

Step 02 – Planning and compliance

Your shipping containers may well not require planning permission – especially if they’re only for a temporary need, but if they are going to be more permanently in position and have mains services attached or be used as accommodation then a planning application will need to be submitted. You can take care of this, or you can use our service to take care of it for you.

Step 03 – Preparation and modification

When all compliance steps have been taken care of, there may be groundworks that need to take place, such as foundations – if the building is more permanent – mains services connection as well as ducting and drainage. While the preparations take place onsite, the shipping container unit is either being manufactured or modified to include the desired features.

Step 04 – Installation

As shipping containers are designed to be transported by truck, your unit will be delivered in one piece to your site with the equipment and team of experts to get it installed and connected. If the container is going to be used for habitation, modifications such as adding insulation, windows and doors as well as partitions, electrical accessories, plumbing and HVAC systems will need to take place.

Step 05 – Handover

The final step sees the keys handed over so that the shipping container can be used for its new purpose – whether that is repurposed as an office building, toilet block, accommodation unit or canteen and kitchen area, you will have regulatory certification ensuring that it is compliant. If your new shipping container is for storage purposes, it can be filled and you will have access to the locking facilities.

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Advantages of using shipping containers

Rapid installation

As shipping containers are supplied in ready-built units, they are very quick to install. The amount of modification that you require for the unit may mean that the final handover takes a little longer, but without the need for traditional building processes, the entire construction time is vastly reduced. Also, as traditional construction can take a lot of time and generate a lot of waste, installing shipping containers instead will save these negative consequences.


As shipping containers are portable and extremely durable, they are far more cost-effective than permanent structures – and especially when the need is short-term or uncertain in duration. Even with modifications of insulation and partitions, as well as electrical and plumbing connections, using shipping containers as buildings is a cheaper way to create additional working or living spaces than a traditional build would be.


The high-strength steel that shipping containers are constructed from is highly recyclable, so even when they come to the end of their useful life, the containers can be recycled. Their compact size also ensures the minimal use of footprint that the building needs and as they don’t typically require deep or extensive foundations, they don’t cause vast disruption to local ecosystems and landscapes. It is also possible to add on other green technologies such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems.

Flexibility and customisation

Shipping containers are designed to stack on top of each other for the transportation of goods, and this ability means that it is easy to expand the installation with more containers which can be connected together internally or externally, to give more useable space inside.

Main uses for shipping containers

One of the most common uses for shipping containers is as single-unit tiny homes or stacked and arranged to create multi-storey residences. Offices for startups or businesses looking for unique office spaces can use shipping containers as they can be configured and outfitted to create a positive work environment.

Other uses can be cafés, restaurants, hostels and hotels, retail spaces, classrooms and libraries, health clinics and even workshops or art studios. Their trendy, industrial-chic aesthetic makes them popular as well as their cheaper price tag. Without modifications, the humble shipping container can be used for storage facilities in cities and rurally for farming purposes – the sky is the limit! However, if they are going to be suitable for habitation, they may need to be insulated to regulate temperature – with windows, doors and partitions added – and electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems will need integrating along with interior finishes such as drywall or panelling. If you’re considering a shipping container installation, get in touch with one of our expert team to discuss your needs.

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