Skip to content

Case Study: Outdoor Catering Unit

29 December 2023

Category: 

Case Studies

Client Industry: Hospitality Industry  

Job Location: Trafford, Manchester

Value of work: £16,500

Project Overview

A restaurant had been operating successfully for several years. However, due to increasing demand and limited space within the restaurant premises, the owners decided to expand their operations by introducing an outdoor catering unit. After careful consideration, they opted for a shipping container conversion as a cost-effective and versatile solution. The owners conducted extensive research to find a reliable supplier for their shipping container conversion project. After evaluating various options, they selected Universal Containers for their excellent reputation, quality products, and expertise in container conversions.

The Challenge

The main challenge was creating a fully functional space, up to all necessary health regulations and codes for the preparation of food. Another challenge was staying within the limited budget of the restaurant, while also providing an aesthetically pleasing solution.

The Approach

The restaurant owners contacted Universal Containers to discuss their requirements and vision for the catering unit. Our experienced team of designers and engineers worked closely with the owners to understand their specific needs, including the desired layout, equipment, and aesthetic preferences. We presented several container options to the restaurant owners, considering factors such as size, condition, and budget. After careful consideration, a used 20-foot shipping container was chosen as the ideal base for this project. 

The Solution

The shipping container was transformed into a fully functional catering and service area by installing countertops, a sink & wash area, full internal electrics, and a food preparation area. The exterior of the container was painted in the restaurant’s branding colour. Once the conversion was completed, we arranged for the delivery and installation of the catering unit at the restaurant’s designated outdoor space. Our experienced team ensured a seamless installation, including ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations.

The Result

The introduction of the shipping container catering unit proved to be a significant success for the restaurant. It allowed them to expand their services, cater to larger events, and attract new customers. The versatility of the container conversion also enabled the restaurant to relocate the unit to different locations, maximising its outreach and profitability.  

Client Feedback

“Fantastic service – Andy Rushton was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The converted container has been invaluable in helping our restaurant expand, we have had three units to date, and looking at two more moving into 2024.”

Looking for a remote food catering solution? We can accomodate to various needs ranging from mobile restaurants and food trucks to fully functional kitchens, cafes, bars, and beyond!

At Universal Containers, we understand that one size doesn’t always fit all. If your storage or transport needs are unique and require a specialised approach, we’re here to help.

We specialise in providing tailored solutions to match your exact specifications. Whether you’re in need of custom dimensions, specific modifications, or need expert advice on container customisation, our dedicated team is ready to work closely with you to find the perfect solution.

Contact us today to discuss your specific needs, and let us assist you in finding or customising a shipping container that aligns perfectly with your requirements.

Share this article

Article categories

More inspiration

shipping container garden center

Case Study: Garden Center

Date: February 29, 2024

Universal Containers embarked on an exciting project to enhance a garden centre's retail experience by supplying and customising two shipping container cabins. The goal was to seamlessly link these cabins on-site and transform them into a vibrant and functional gift shop.

Read Article
wooden shipping container workshop

Case Study: Shipping Container Museum & Workshop

Date: March 31, 2024

In the pursuit of enhancing their museum and workshop facility, the Locomotive Society sought a creative solution to provide a welcoming space for their members, while adhering to the historical aesthetic of their railway centric environment.

Read Article
coshh storage converted container

Case Study: Chemical Store Shipping Container Conversion

Date: November 6, 2023

The client, an Industrial Chemical Storage Company specialising in chemical production and storage, faced the challenge of storing hazardous chemicals on their premises while adhering to stringent health and safety regulations.

Read Article
shipping container ticket office

Case Study: Shipping Container Ticket Office

Date: December 18, 2023

The local rugby club had been using a small, outdated ticket booth that no longer met their needs. The club's management sought a more efficient and visually appealing solution that could accommodate their growing fan base.

Read Article