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Case Study: Shipping Container Museum & Workshop

31 March 2024


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wooden shipping container workshop

Client Industry: Locomotive Society

Job Location: West Yorkshire 

Value of work: £14,500


In the pursuit of enhancing their museum and workshop facility in Keighley, West Yorkshire, the Locomotive Society sought a creative solution to provide a welcoming space for their members. The challenge was to find an innovative way to accommodate their growing community while adhering to the historical aesthetic of their railway centric environment.

The Challenge

The challenge was twofold, the Locomotive Society needed a space that could serve as a canteen for their members, fostering a sense of community, while also maintaining the historical charm that defines their railway museum. Traditional construction methods were considered, however, the logistics and costs involved presented significant challenges. They needed a solution that was not only cost-effective but also flexible enough to meet their unique requirements.

The Approach

After extensive research and consultations, the Locomotive Society decided to explore the potential of shipping container conversions. The idea of repurposing a shipping container aligned perfectly with their need for a durable, cost-effective, and transportable solution. After careful consideration, they contacted us and decided to trust Universal Containers’ services due to our extensive experience in the container conversion industry.

The Solution

We presented the Locomotive Society with a bespoke solution, a shipping container converted into a canteen with a unique touch. The unit was clad in wood with a pitched roof, seamlessly blending modern functionality with a traditional aesthetic. Internally, the container was transformed into a cosy canteen, complete with coat hooks and benches, providing a welcoming space for members to gather, dine, and connect.

shipping container canteen

The attention to detail and craftsmanship demonstrated by the Universal Containers team ensured that the container not only met the functional requirements but also exceeded the client’s expectations in terms of design and build quality. The wooden cladding and pitched roof gave the unit a timeless and authentic appearance, harmonising with the historic atmosphere of their railway museum.

wood cladded shipping container

The Result

The installation of the converted shipping container has been a resounding success for the Locomotive Society. The canteen has become a focal point for their members, offering a comfortable and inviting space for socialising and relaxation. The innovative approach to utilising a shipping container has proven to be a cost effective and sustainable solution, aligning perfectly with their commitment to preserving railway heritage.

Client Feedback

“We couldn’t be happier with the container conversion provided by Universal Containers. The quality of the build is second to none, and the attention to detail in both the design and construction has truly exceeded our expectations. The canteen has become a cherished space within our museum, contributing to the sense of community that defines the Locomotive Society.”

Looking for unique solutions? We can accomodate to various needs ranging from canteens and kitchens to workshops, modular offices, 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.

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