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20ft Converted with glazed windows and doors with internal electrics

Key Facts

Size: 20ft new ‘one trip’ shipping containers
Use: Retail containers / office containers
Location: Midlands
Project Length: 3-weeks

The Conversion Brief

We were approached by a client looking to use shipping containers at their site as pop-up retail units and office space. The shipping containers were converted to have large glazed windows and doors fitted along the side-wall of the container with internal modifications. The end result looks great and provides some much-needed office and retail space for the business and its customers.

Breakdown of the Conversion Project

While we were exhibiting at a Farm Business Innovation, we were approached by a customer who was looking to utilise unused space of their farm. They were open to various options that we discussed while we were on our trade stand, including possibilities like self-storage. After the show the customer contacted us to further discuss how shipping containers could be used on their site.

The idea of self-storage was changed and they were intrigued by using converted containers. After we provided various ideas of previous container conversion projects the stand out use was to create retail containers and office containers and create a HUB on their farm for start-up businesses. The design of the containers required to let in natural light, together we come up with the design to add 2no. large glazed windows and French doors.

We shunted the 20ft containers into our workshop and started cutting out the large aperture on the left-hand 20ft corrugated panel. We dressed the aperture with box section and also 2 addition box section between the where the French doors and glazed panel will be fixed in place. Then we supplied and installed French doors (8ft x 5ft) in the centre between an 8ft x 4ft glazed panel on either side. The containers were internally lined with 9mm melamine boarding over 50mm rockwool insulation with a vinyl floor laid over the 27mm hardwood flooring. We installed flush fit electrics with spot lights and stainless-steel double sockets throughout the container. The container was resprayed externally to the customers required colour – RAL7016. The containers were delivered in pairs to site and offloaded and the customer has created a stunning business HUB with other on-site facilities and is thriving.

Conversion breakdown

  • 20ft new ‘one trip’ shipping containers – 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6”.
  • Modifications included below for all 8no. containers.
    • Large 13ft aperture cut from the left-hand 20ft corrugated panel.
      • Dressed with 50mm box section.
      • Additional 50mm box section installed vertically.
    • 8ft x 5ft French doors supplied and installed.
      • Coated black aluminium frame.
    • 8ft x 4ft glazed panels.
      • Coated black aluminium frame.
    • 9mm Melamine lining internally.
      • Over 50mm rockwool insulation.
      • Including trim.
    • Electrical installation.
      • Spot lights.
      • stainless steel double sockets.
      • Wall mounted heater.
    • Resprayed externally to customers’ requests – RAL7016.

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