A storage container is the answer to many problems. Whether you’re looking for instant secure storage for tools on your construction site, or you need somewhere to store paperwork, a storage container can help. Inevitably, some storage containers are no longer suitable for their original purpose. 

The BBC reported that in 2015, out of the 2.48 million standard-size 40ft (12m) storage containers arrived in the UK, 2.41 million left again, leaving the rest behind to find a new life as something else. The retired storage containers are put up for sale when the wear and tear is no longer repairable. 

It’s at this point that innovative people take them on to create something new.


Cargo, Bristol



Over in Bristol, a new shopping centre and restaurant hub has been set up using reclaimed storage containers. It has been such a success that shortly after its completion, Cargo was named as one of Bristol’s main foodie hotspots. What locals are enjoying about this particular venue is that it is an inner-city restaurant built sustainably that is supporting tiny local independent eateries, bars, cafes and food outlets.


Boxpark, Shoreditch Wembley & Croydon



Constructed entirely out of reclaimed storage containers, Boxpark is essentially a pop-up mall offering people everything from independent shops to small food outlets. According to the Boxpark website, what makes these places unique is that they offer “a unique position in being able to offer affordable and flexible leases for lifestyle brands, cafes, restaurants and galleries to trade and succeed.” It’s the perfect place for someone with a budding business to grow their following and brand.


STORAGE Container Pools



Something we didn’t see coming was storage containers being turned into quite fancy swimming pools. After spending years stopping water from getting in, these shipping containers are no longer letting it out! The container itself is sealed and waterproofed and the corners and seams are welded to strengthen the structure. The container is a much cheaper and sustainable alternative to a concrete or fibreglass pool and should last many lifetimes. These are mostly a hit in Australia where it doesn’t rain 80% of the year.


Cupp Tea Bar Bristol



It’s all happening in Bristol. A particularly pretty conversion is the Cupp Tea Bar, a wonderful little unit in the city centre that sells Bubble tea, coffee and noodles. The converted 20ft storage container was developed by the Cupp team in 2013 and later that year they won the nationwide acclaimed ‘Best Short Term Retailer of the Year’ at the Sceptre Awards.


Stylish Modern Homes



 A combination of the outrageous cost of traditional housing and some ‘millennial’ attitude led one bright American to build her own house. Seattle based Julianna Carlson sketched out her own two-story home and achieved the outstanding design using six 20ft storage containers. It took her about a year to finalise the interior layout. All of the storage containers were left intact with mostly just cosmetic details altered throughout. The results are outstanding and a perfect example of what can be achieved from not only a design perspective but also a sustainable perspective in this ever growing, increasingly cluttered world.

If you’re interested in the safe, secure and instant storage solution that storage containers can provide for your construction site, then please get in touch with us today. All our storage containers are manufactured to the highest level of safety and security, and come in a huge variety of sizes to suit your needs.