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Insulated Shipping Containers

We can insulate any new or used container in any size. Insulated shipping containers keep your contents protected from outside weather conditions, temperature changes, condensation, and dampness.

Insulated Shipping Containers

All of our shipping containers can be configured to be insulated in our Web Shop

Insulation is essential for both storage and shipping, especially if your goods are valuable, delicate, or could easily be damaged by changes in temperature and condensation build-up. We can insulate your new or used container, whatever its size and use, adding a layer of guaranteed protection from the elements using plywood, melamine boarding, or food and medical grade materials.


  • Made from Corten Steel (COR-TEN)
  • Floor crafted from Marine Grade Plywood (27mm thick)
  • Windproof and watertight
  • High-security steel doors
  • ForkLift pockets/slots
  • Multiple lasing points
  • Multiple air vents
  • New containers are available in green (RAL6007) or blue (RAL5010 or RAL5013)
  • Used containers can be painted any RAL colour requested 

Conversions and customisations available:

  • Lining and insulation (plywood, melamine boarding, food-grade and medical grade materials)
  • Racking and shelving
  • Condensation prevention installation
  • Security padlocks with multiple keys
  • Electrics, heating, and lighting installation
  • Add your business’ branding
  • Gas strut operated fitted hatches
  • Manual and automatically operated roller shutters
  • Doors, windows, and skylights
  • Finishes and colours
  • Any bespoke fabrication required

About our new containers

Our ‘One Trip’ shipping containers are brand new and built to ISO shipping standards in China before arriving in the UK after a single cargo trip. All new containers are fabricated from corrosion-resistant Corten steel, wind and watertight, include a factory fitted lock box, and can be used for domestic and commercial storage, as well as converted for a variety of different uses. New containers are available as standard in green (RAL6007) or blue (RAL5010 or RAL5013) but we can also respray containers in any RAL colour requested.

About our used containers

Our used containers are UK manufactured and sometimes cut down from larger containers depending on the original size, so we can meet whatever requirements you need. Used containers can be customised just like our new containers and are also wind and watertight, resprayed inside and out with marine grade corrosion resistant paint in any RAL colour, and fitted with a high-security lockbox. Please note, that used containers are not universally stackable. If you want to create multiple storeys we can help you choose the most appropriate containers.

Need something specific? We’ve been building bespoke containers for 40 years. We can design and fabricate any bespoke specification for your new or used container. Contact our team with your needs and requirements and we’ll make it a reality.

Looking for a completely custom solution?

We have a wide range of base containers that can be customised to your needs, however we realise that sometimes you need something completely ‘Outside the box’.

Contact us and one of our experts will be in touch to help design the container of your dreams

Our containers in action

See some of the ways our amazing customers are using their containers.

Case Study: Chemical Store Shipping Container Conversion Case Studies
Case Study: Chemical Store Shipping Container Conversion

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.

Dropside Shipping Container Conversion Shipping
Dropside Shipping Container Conversion

Universal Containers take pride in continually pushing the boundaries in product development within the shipping container industry.

32ft × 10ft Stacked Cabins
32ft × 10ft Stacked Cabins

These 2 large 32x10ft cabins were built for a British transport company. They requested a large space to act as a welfare facility for drivers and staff in the peak district. Due to the customer’s specific requirements, one unit was not large enough so we suggested 2 units, however floor space was an issue on-siteContinue reading “32ft × 10ft Stacked Cabins”

32×10 Green Office Offices
32×10 Green Office

This particular office unit was completed for a North-West-based container hire company.

20×10 Gas Bottle Store
20×10 Gas Bottle Store

Custom Built Atex Coshh store for storing gas bottles. This unit was custom built with corrugated steel panels 20ft long x 10ft wide. It had a fully ventilated floor from galvanised steel mesh, as well as 4 aluminium louver vents in the walls. We also fitted galvanised box section racks with chains on to holdContinue reading “20×10 Gas Bottle Store”

Corrugated 32×10 Office / Store room
Corrugated 32×10 Office / Store room

Corrugated steel cabin 32ft x 10ft with adjustable jacklegs anti vandal steel personnel door and anti-vandal aluminium sliding windows in steel shutters. Painted externally in non-corrosive container paint in a vibrant red. Internally with walls where lined in a cost-effective melamine faced chipboard and fully insulated throughout in Rockwool. The floor had hard wearing vinylContinue reading “Corrugated 32×10 Office / Store room”

20ft Multi-Bay Unit
20ft Multi-Bay Unit

Standard shipping container transformed into a bespoke storage unit. With multiple purposes across many industries. For example, self-storage companies or engineering companies for members of staff to lock tools away when not in use. The unit was split evenly into 8 small rooms approximately 5ftx4ft each by steel partition walls for security. Each room withContinue reading “20ft Multi-Bay Unit”

10ft Generator Housing Container
10ft Generator Housing Container

10ft container conversion for an off-grid company custom built to house a very large generator. The customer wanted a unit with multiple apertures and louver vents to allow for ventilation, they wanted all openings to have cover hoods to help stop water coming in. The Universal CAD team had a meeting with the client toContinue reading “10ft Generator Housing Container”

40ft × 12ft Truck Stop Shower Unit Site Accommodation
40ft × 12ft Truck Stop Shower Unit

This 40ft x 12ft custom built flat panel cabin was a container conversion project completed for Eddie Stobart’s site.

Are Shipping Containers the Solution to Homelessness? Site Accommodation
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Cladded Container Bar
Cladded Container Bar

A simple 20ft container converted for a customer who needed a unit for 2 uses, sometimes required as just a basic store. Then sometimes they wanted to use it for an office space. So we fitted 2 windows with steel security shutters and fitted an anti-vandal steel personnel door for easier access, especially when beingContinue reading “Cladded Container Bar”

20ft Cladded Store
20ft Cladded Store

Storage container for Sliver cross baby in Skipton, our client wanted a cladded container to be used to store stock in there Skipton depot. As the unit was cladded externally in high graded larch cladding, we used a used 20ft container to help keep the cost down (as the container condition wouldn’t be seen) toContinue reading “20ft Cladded Store”

Patio Door 20ft Conversion
Patio Door 20ft Conversion

Reception area to link to an existing building in Manchester, a cost-effective way of creating extra space to a premises as a substitute to bricks and mortar. With the beauty of being able to take it away at any time and us it for a different purpose. This once tripped 20ft shipping container was internallyContinue reading “Patio Door 20ft Conversion”

40ft Food Pantry
40ft Food Pantry

This 40ft converted container was built for a church community group in Leeds, they were looking for a large container to use as a food pantry. So, we took a brand new 40ft container fully insulated it to stop any condensation from occurring, lined in 9mm plywood. Fitted electrics throughout including lighting, heating, and doubleContinue reading “40ft Food Pantry”

10ft Container Beer & Burger Bar
10ft Container Beer & Burger Bar

New 10ft ISO shipping container for a burger bar in Scotland. This customer was looking for a small shipping container to expand his beer and burger chain. Placing this outside a busy train station in the heart of Scotland he is now trading bigger than ever thanks to the help of Universal Containers. Us andContinue reading “10ft Container Beer & Burger Bar”

40ft Roller Shutter Container
40ft Roller Shutter Container

New 40ft container conversion for a truck stope in Yorkshire, Split into 4 bays by solid steel partition walls. Each room had its own purpose for the trucks, 1 was a diesel fuel pump, 1 with screen wash and ad blue, 1 with a steam cleaning jet wash and the final room was just aContinue reading “40ft Roller Shutter Container”

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