Imperial Containers

Used Containers

At Imperial Containers we pride ourselves on providing high quality used shipping containers at the best prices throughout the UK.

New Containers

Brand new containers are now available throughout the UK. If you've worried about rust and wear in the past, you can order from us with complete confidence. All our steel containers are wind and weatherproof, making them ideal for a variety of long term and practical uses.

Container Conversions

Gone are the days where a shipping container's sole purpose was for storage. In recent years businesses have been finding unique and exciting ways to transform shipping containers into a trendy base or addition to their business.

GrafoTherm

GRAFO-THERM is a one-time solution to the problem of condensation in your workplace, garage, and is especially effective inside shipping containers..

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Used Containers

At Imperial Containers we pride ourselves on providing high quality used shipping containers at the best prices throughout the UK.

Used or second hand shipping containers are useful for a number of uses. Most commonly our customers use them for dry storage. All our used containers are in good condition and are wind and waterproof. Ideal if you need that extra storage space. We have had used containers converted into offices, outdoor swimmingpools, toilets, and classrooms just to name a few. So dont be afraid to ask should you need something a little different.

Standard sizes of used containers are mostly 20ft, 40ft, and 40ftHC (High Cube) shipping containers. These are easily the best size of containers for both availability and value for money. Buying a used container that meets your needs is our priority. Tell us what your planned use for the container(s) is and we will be able to suggest the best solution for your requirements.

Security

As the primary reason for purchasing a shipping container is for some form of storage many of our clients choose to add a lock box to their container. These come in 2 forms. The main one is a secure welded lock box. This is is arranged prior to delivery / collection so it is ready for use straight away on site. Having this kind of additional security is favoured by insurance companies.

The 2nd option is a Bolt-on lock box. These are much cheaper but they are sent out seperately from the container and will require you to arrange fitting/installation yourself.

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New Containers

Brand new containers are now available throughout the UK. If you've worried about rust and wear in the past, you can order from us with complete confidence. All our steel containers are wind and weatherproof, making them ideal for a variety of long term and practical uses.

Domestic storage is the most common purpose, but your options don't have to end there. The sturdy, steel structure of the containers makes them the cost-effective choice for a startup shop, hot food stand, office space, portable library, self-contained den or even a bespoke swimming pool. There are endless ways you can explore the opportunity of making your container as unique as you want to. Our new containers also fulfil a wide range of shipping requirements, and can be used to move vehicles, packaged goods, extra large cargo, luggage and furniture, making international relocation easier.

The champion feature that keeps containers ever-popular is their unlimited resourcefulness. They are intermodal, which means they can fit seamlessly with other containers of the same size. This makes them perfect for stacking, or side by side extending. They also come with discreet air vents for circulation and heavy duty flooring; some customers even use the units as an extension of their living space. If you're looking to give the unit a complete overhaul, give us a call - we provide help with window and door fittings, electrical sockets, shelving and custom insulation. You can even choose the colour of the container - just tell us your preference when placing your order. With Imperial Containers, you can even customise the exterior to make your business more visible. We can place your company name and logo on the doors and sides. We are driven by customer satisfaction, so whatever your requirements, we've got you covered.

All of our containers are very secure, meeting the highest international standards. But for an extra layer of security, we can also fit hardened lock boxes known as 'cowls' to your unit, concealing your padlock from view completely.

Imperial Containers provide a one-stop shop designed to meet all your container needs, and whether you'd like to come and collect or have us deliver it, we are happy to arrange it with you. When it comes to containers, there is no 'one size fits all'. So if you'd like to make a more detailed inquiry by phone, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We're waiting to help!

Sizes

20FT SHIPPING/STORAGE CONTAINERS

This is often the most popular size, as it's ideal for most shipping and storage requirements. You can ship anything from plants to electrical goods.

20ft containers are available as new (once shipped), or in a variety of used standards and conditions. Their steel structure, marine ply floors and heavy duty cargo doors make them suitable for a wide range of applications.

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40FT SHIPPING/STORAGE CONTAINERS

Being twice the length, these containers are ideal for extra heavy cargo, moving goods across continents, or even a pop-up classroom.

40ft containers are available as new (once shipped), or in a variety of used standards and conditions. Their steel structure, marine ply floors and heavy duty cargo doors make them suitable for a wide range of applications.

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HIGH CUBE SHIPPING/STORAGE CONTAINERS

Either 20FT or 40FT and as its name suggests these containers are similar to the standard containers but offer additional headroom and capacity should you require it.

High cube containers are the ideal solution when the 8ft 6inch height of a standard container is simply not enough.

This container is the largest, and naturally the most versatile for shipping and business possibilities. The highcube has the advantage of extra ceiling space, making it easier to transport bigger vehicles, very large furniture or even industrial machinery.

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REFRIGERATED SHIPPING/STORAGE CONTAINERS - REEFER

Refrigerated containers are the ideal solution for storing / transporting chilled and frozen goods. Often used as walk-in cold storage.

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Choose a colour

Generally our New containers come in the standard Blue or Green RAL colours. We can provide containers in any colour you like simply tell us the colour you require or if you know the RAL colour code that is even better. Give us a call and speak with one of our agents to arrange.

Security

As the primary reason for purchasing a shipping container is for some form of storage many of our clients choose to add a lock box to their container. These come in 2 forms. The main one is a secure welded lock box. This is is arranged prior to delivery / collection so it is ready for use straight away on site. Having this kind of additional security is favoured by insurance companies. The 2nd option is a Bolt-on lock box. These are much cheaper but they are sent out seperately from the container and will require you to arrange fitting/installation yourself.

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Container Accessories

Lock Boxes

Lock boxes are metal cubes / metal shrouding that is welded onto your container doors covering the locking mechanism. A low-cost solution, using a lock box dramatically increases the resistance of your container to break-ins, by making it harder to lever open the lock itself. It also acts as a significant deterrent, the mere presence of a lock box encouraging potential thieves to move on.

Our lock boxes are an affordable, quick and easy to fit, yet efficient solution. We can also supply lock boxes that are powder coated to prevent rust and save the hassle of painting.

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Racking and Shelving

If you use your container for storage or perhaps you are converting it into office or workshop space, then racking and shelving space is a must-have accessory. Our high-tech, easy-to-fit solution is fully supported by the walls and roof of your container, using the internal D-rings, leaving your floor space free for additional storage. These quick-fit, high-strength solutions have a load rating of up to 500kg per bracket, allowing you to store even the heaviest items, and can create shelving systems to run the entire length of even a 20ft container.

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Divider Walls

Featuring independent spring stabilisation, and dedicated security, our internal divider walls can be used to create a 'container in a container'. Whatever your needs might be, whether to build separate office spaces, storage spaces, or to separately secure especially sensitive items, these dividing walls will be ideal for you.

Each panel has spring-loaded stabiliser feet which hold it in position inside the main container, and optional lag bolts can secure the whole assembly to the floor for added security. Dividing walls can be fitted at any point inside your container, to create separate spaces of whatever size you wish.

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Personnel Doors

Your container already has doors - but not like these! If you are not using your container as a shipping container, then the chances are you do not need the fuss and hassle of opening and closing the large end-on doors every time you want access to your space.

That is why our range of steel doors and frames are here to help.

Not only are they constructed from 16 gauge steel, powder coated and baked to prevent rusting, and available in a full range of colours to match your container, these doors also come with pre-installed high-security locking mechanisms to keep your container safe.

Each door is insulated against fire, and rated for a full ninety minutes' protection, as required by many fire safety regulations. The doors also feature four heavy-duty hinges and are reinforced with steel tubes for increased safety and security.

All of our doors can be bolted in or welded, and can easily be fitted in one hour or less.

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Padlocks

You can have the most secure container, with the finest lock box in the world; but if your padlock is the weak link, thieves are still able to gain entry and make off with your property. Our range of high-quality, easy to fit, top security, padlocks aims to give you the best chance of keeping unwanted guests out of your container and ensuring the safety of your belongings.

All of our padlocks are specifically chosen by us to be suitable for use outdoors, to stand up to the challenges of the British weather, and to be compatible with our full range of containers and other accessories. Of course, they will also work in tandem with any of our range of lock boxes for extra security and peace of mind.

We even supply all of our padlocks with spare keys - just make sure you do not leave them inside the container!

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Windows

If you are spending significant amounts of time in your container, whether as an office, workshop or storeroom, the opportunity to allow in some natural light is probably appealing. That is where our range of stylish yet robust container windows can help. Carefully engineered from fourteen gauge steel, these windows come with double-glazed, thermal glass and a steel security mesh which, for safety, can be opened from the inside to act as an emergency exit.

These windows are powder coated, to protect against rust and corrosion, which also saves the hassle of having to paint them, and come in a range of colours to match your container. They can be added into any of your container walls, by either bolting or welding, and are easily installed in under an hour.

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Air Vents

Not just about allowing in the fresh air, by increasing air movement into and out of your container, these vents offer an extensive list of potential benefits.

  • Reduce heat, especially in the summer when the metal construction of a container can turn make it feel like an oven
  • Prevent moisture build-up, especially important if you are storing items which need to stay dry
  • Allow fumes and gases to escape, vital for safety if people will be working in the container or entering after long periods when it may have been sealed
  • Allow fresh air in to stop it feeling quite so 'stuffy'.

The air vents are powder-coated and so do not need painting or welding, and come with an integral screen to keep bugs, rodents and other unwanted visitors out.

Each air vent is constructed from super-strong steel and can be installed in less than 30 minutes.

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Stacking Pins

Stacking pins are devices fitted into the bottom corner of a container, designed to allow stacking of containers on top of each other. They are constructed using a plate, with a locking pin top and bottom, which fits into holes that are built into the corners of containers as standard.

While all containers are designed to be stacked by international standard, using locking pins is vital to ensure that they do not come apart and topple over, causing often fatal accidents.

By purchasing locking pins directly from us, you can be assured that they will be constructed from the finest materials, to the highest standards, and ensure the security and safety of yourself and your people at all times.

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Grafo-therm

Condensation prevention
Grafo-therm is a one-time solution to the problem of condensation in your workplace, garage, and is especially effective inside shipping containers. It couldn't be easier to apply or commission.

There are many places around commercial, industrial and domestic buildings where an anti-condensation coating could provide major advantages.

Condensation can mean big problems
Condensation that forms on the inside of single skin steel or aluminium roof surfaces is not just unpleasant and annoying. It can also bring with it a host of long-term issues.

It’s also a problem around metal ventilation shafts and can appear on the walls of any metal structures used in businesses or homes.

With wide variations in outside temperature, workplaces, public buildings and domestic garages can suffer from beads of moisture regularly forming inside. This is particularly true of warehouses, factories, workshops, cold stores and metal containers.

It can be a particular challenge for schools that have metal roofs on outbuildings, or sports halls and other places where the interplay of heat inside and cold air outside creates a constant film of moisture on the ceiling.

The cost of ignoring condensation
Quite considerable. Apart from the fact people using the building will find constant dripping condensation off-putting, it can also corrode the construction materials and compromise other fixtures, fittings and furniture. In some cases, condensation can shorten the lifespan of metal roofs to as little as five to seven years.

Worse still, condensation is a health hazard, leading to moulds and spores that can cause serious allergies and ill health. Grafo-Therm contains carefully formulated fungicides to address this issue.

There have even been cases when dripping condensation from ceilings has caused workplace accidents, which could mean you face litigation.

How to sort condensation effectively
Constant wiping and cleaning can be a costly and time-consuming activity – and one that is highly impractical for many garages and workplaces.

It would be far better to deal with the issue of condensation in your garage, workshop or building thoroughly, with a one-off application of a reliable specialist coating.

A simple solution to condensation problems
Grafo-Therm can be applied to the surface of your roof or walls easily and cost effectively. We at Imperial Containers have first-hand experience of how effective it is – and we are happy to offer this thoroughly tried and tested product to businesses and homeowners.

We have made it possible to purchase this versatile product and apply it yourself. Or we would be happy to provide you with a quote site service calls to tackle the problem using our experience and expertise.

Advantages of dealing with condensation using grafo-therm
Not only does this product keep your metal roof and other surfaces dry and condensation free, it also increases the light reflection on your ceiling, walls and metal ventilation structures. A coating of Grafo-Therm can even help to reduce reverberating sound.

Its insulation properties also extend to reducing the amount of heat transmitted from solar energy through the building’s roof.

A quick solution to workplace or garage condensation
Imperial Containers would be pleased to provide quantities of this non-hazardous material – and step by step instructions – so you can apply it yourself.

Or, we can provide a no-obligation quote for using our extensive experience and skills to apply flawless moisture protection to you building with Grafo-Therm anti-condensation coating.

Grafo-Therm is a quick and effective solution to workplace, garage, or shipping container condensation. We provide various anti-condesnation solutions for many of our customers. Grafo-Therm is especially popular with Self-Storage businesses that use shipping / storage containers and is reccomended to anyone with worries about condensation.

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Container Conversions

Endless possibilities

Gone are the days where a shipping container's sole purpose was for storage. In recent years businesses have been finding unique and exciting ways to transform shipping containers into a trendy base or addition to their business. Behind the stylish alternative exterior of shipping container conversions, they provide extremely affordable and sustainable facilities ideal for small companies.

There are lots of different ways in which small and large businesses use shipping containers. From mobile offices, warehouses, additional work spaces, studios or restaurants, the possibilities are endless and businesses are adapting the versatile structure to accommodate a variety of business needs. Designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, shipping containers are built to last, making them the ideal base structure to begin creating a tangible outlet for small businesses.

We have put together a list of five alternative ways you can use shipping container conversions to enhance your small business.

Office Space

It can be difficult to find affordable office space for a small businesses. Renting costs can be expensive and may not always fall within with your small business budget. Shipping containers can be converted to provide ideal office space without breaking the budget. It also helps business owners who are looking to make a healthy profit without spending all of their money on rent and the other expenses that come with running a business.

The containers can be customised to mimic modern office buildings, perfect for impressing during internal client meetings. The exterior can be decorated to uniquely match the business logo or theme, leaving a lasting impression of the structure for existing or potential clients.

Shipping containers can also be used to create mobile office space. This is ideal for small businesses who have yet to decide on a location from which to base themselves. It also allows small businesses the option to remain flexible and to grow and change with the surrounding town or city.

Bars and Restaurants

Shipping container restaurants have recently increased in popularity since larger, household name businesses have started using them. Recently, dining in street food style and trendy places has become increasingly popular with customers. Small businesses can use shipping containers to create an easily accessible street food style restaurant which can be moved or deconstructed as quickly as it is built.

The container can be converted to create alternative bar seating with additional tables and chairs outside. The variety of shipping container sizes allows small businesses to build their restaurant almost anywhere they like, on the beach, in a busy city or hidden in a rural location. For small businesses wishing to test the popularity of a location before fully committing to the rental costs of a property, a container conversion is perfect. Shipping containers can also be used to extend existing restaurant space by creating rooms such as beer cellars.

Retail and Pop-up Shops

You might have worked hard behind a computer to build a strong online presence, but with an increase in sales you would like to expand and create a tangible place where your customers can visit. Building a shipping container retail outlet is an affordable and extremely accessible option for a small business. It not only provides a flexible alternative for smaller companies who haven't yet decided upon a base location for their store, but it limits additional shop expenses that may prevent small businesses from running a store to begin with.

Another option for small businesses is to create a mobile pop up shop. Many businesses use shipping containers to create temporary shops during busier times of the year, usually around national holidays. For some customers the limited time increases the desire to buy and many businesses can use this effective tactic to boost their sales.

Studios and Galleries

Many shipping container conversions can be used to create small music and video production studios. These can be based anywhere you like, from the comfort of your home to the centre of a city. For small arts and crafts businesses a shipping container is a great alternative to provide studio space to create your product within. The container can be converted to suit all forms of arts and craft businesses, from fine art, pottery, jewellery making or sewing. The flexibility of the containers means that you can base your personal studio in your back garden.

For some small businesses wishing to build an open studio or gallery, a shipping container is ideal. The container can be designed to create a quirky display unit for customers to view your artwork. The mobility of the container also allows you to get creative with your gallery. Base the container closest to your muse and creative inspirations. If you are a painter who takes great influence from the sea, consider building your shipping container on the coast and decorate it to blend within the natural surroundings. You will be able to provide your customers with a whole new way of viewing artwork and will more than likely reap the exposure and benefits of the individuality as well.

Storage Warehouse

We did say that shipping containers had moved on from their days of storage uses but ultimately they still provide fantastic options for small businesses. If you are a small business who has a large online presence or a retail shop looking for somewhere affordable to store your products, a converted shipping container may just be the perfect option. Rather than storing everything in boxes piled high, you can convert your shipping container to create a personal workable warehouse for your business.

So there you have it, five inspiring and alternative ways you can use a shipping container conversion to enhance your small business. While these five options should get your imagination going, the possibilities of using shipping container conversions do not stop here. There are so many ways in which containers can be used to create unique spaces for businesses small and large, including small classrooms, pop up theatres, aviation fuel tanks, living spaces or even swimming pools.

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Transport and Haulage

Imperial Containers Transport Services

We can arrange transport of your containers using our network of trusted haulage partners throughout the UK. All the vehicles we use have twist locks and the drivers are experienced in transporting containers on a regulat basis. Should you have any questions regarding transporting a container feel free to contact us and one of our experienced team will be happy to assist you.

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