Commercial Shipping Container Conversions

Tired of waiting months or possibly longer for your building projects to be constructed? Struggling to keep up with the exponential costs that can quickly spiral out of control? If you plan on relocating your business or certain employees to a new facility or need extensions to accommodate your business growth, don’t settle for the hassle of brick-and-mortar construction. Shipping container conversion is the solution your business needs for expansion, relocation and more. From the economical benefits to the speedy and customisable building and finishes, this blog is here to highlight why converting a shipping container for your company is ideal.

Commercial Shipping Container Conversions

The Fight for Space

More and more business premises are being built every day, which makes it challenging to find premises that meet your requirements. Navigating the high costs of premium commercial land and property can be extremely worrying and tiresome. It may be that a competitor swipes up the space you were after in your catchment area, or you simply can’t afford the cost of building an extension.

The fight for space when relocating or expanding is a major issue. By utilising converted shipping containers, these hurdles can be jumped and you crossing the finish line in first place.

Common Relocation Problems

Operational Disruptions

When relocating to a new office, warehouse, restaurant, gym or leisure centre or retail space, the move will typically cause major disruption to your business operations. Assets and employees wanting the time to move, technology needing to be properly integrated, planning and coordination challenges causing delays and the necessity of adhering to regulatory compliance. All these disruptions will ultimately lose you money and could damage your reputation.

Cost Overruns

It’s a nightmare when costs begin to add up to unexpected sums. Mistakes in budgeting and unanticipated costs may result in relocation project cost overruns. Initial estimates might not take into consideration delays, particular equipment handling or additional renovations which would put a strain on finances and would require unplanned resource allocation.

Logistical Challenges

Organising the transportation of your equipment, ensuring everything arrives intact, setting up new operations and moving physical assets are all complex and prone to issues when relocating. Hiring reliable movers is also quite costly, and multiple trips to and from your existing premises to your new one is a huge knock on the environment.

Employee Travel

Many employees can become extremely dissatisfied with a change in their commute, as relocating to new premises has the chance of making commutes much longer for employees. This can impact their willingness to relocate and their overall productivity. The stability and cohesiveness of a team can be impacted by employee turnover and unwillingness brought on by changing travel routes or enduring lengthier commutes.

Legal And Regulatory Hurdles

Businesses that relocate often run into legal and regulatory issues. The relocation process can be made more difficult by having to comply with new or local regulations. This includes acquiring the required permissions and understanding the tax ramifications. These duties might cause further delays and the need to hire additional legal advice.

Common Commercial Extension Problems

Planning Permission

When considering an extension for your business, planning permission is one of the first things you’ll come across. Applying for planning permission is an arduous process and applications can take anywhere between 8-12 weeks, or longer, to become accepted. And that’s if they are accepted at all, as councils are often prone to denying extensions based on ridiculous reasonings.

Design And Construction Challenges

Sometimes, your existing space poses several challenges when it comes to designing your extension. It could be that your space doesn’t accommodate the design you want or need, or traditional construction is difficult due to disturbing wildlife or natural areas as well as various safety concerns. Traditional construction takes several months to complete and must be extensively checked to ensure it is safe and functional, adding to the time your business could be using to be productive.

Contractors And Suppliers

Finding reliable and affordable contractors and suppliers can be very hit or miss in the UK. Delays, subpar workmanship and supply chain disruptions can hinder project timelines and affect the quality of the finished project.

Technical Limitations

Technical limitations pertaining to the infrastructure of the current building, such as those involving plumbing, electrical or structural issues, may apply to extensions. Innovative solutions are frequently needed to overcome these constraints, which can increase expenses and prolong project schedules.

Environmental And Neighbourhood Concerns

Opposition to extensions can arise from concerns about how they affect the environment or disturb the community. Problems like increased traffic, noise and changes to the local aesthetic can cause the local community and environmental organisations to object, causing the project to stall during critical stages.

Design Your Perfect Premises

So, what’s the best way to overcome these challenges? That’s right, shipping container conversion. Shipping containers can be transformed into a wide range of uses for businesses in commercial sectors. Shipping containers can be converted into:

And much more.

Container conversion in the UK is growing in popularity with many successful projects taking place for many different types of businesses and at various locations.

What’s more, the cost of having a converted shipping container installed at your site is so much more affordable than traditional construction. You will be saving costs on:

  • The initial framing and foundation work required with traditional construction, significantly reduces labour and material costs.
  • You’ll have a faster turnaround time saving you project costs related to time, including site management and rental equipment.
  • By adding or removing units, containers can be flexibly resized to meet various needs. They can be stacked on top of each other making modifications much more affordable.
  • Reusing shipping containers as building materials is an eco-friendly option that can also be cost-effective. Recycling the materials can potentially qualify you for green building incentives or tax benefits.
  • Because shipping containers have standard dimensions, design and planning are made easier and there is less chance of expensive mistakes and alterations being made.

Let’s Build Your Future

Your shipping container conversion journey starts with MPB. We supply businesses with a variety of amazing shipping containers that we convert to meet their requirements and to showcase their unique branding and goals.

Explore our affordable, durable and quality-checked used shipping containers that the expert team at MPB can make your own. You can reach us to discuss your project further by giving us a call on 01889 271 406 or sending us your details via email. We look forward to hearing from you.