The traditional uses of shipping containers will always be a main part of the industry, but at 1st Containers we are seeing a wider range of uses from many adverse areas. Rive across the country and you will invariable see shipping containers being used for storage and habitable buildings by farms, security companies and the aviation industry. One less known use is the amount of shipping containers we are now supplying to schools and scout groups across the UK. The uses amongst these are also varying widely, from storage to actual classrooms. The schools are seeing the converted shipping containers as a viably economic alternative to having new buildings built for schooling.

Primary schools, Secondary schools, Colleges and universities from far and wide are regularly ordering shipping containers from 1st Containers. From the south coast at BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY through inner London schools and colleges, to the north and Wales. Many of these institutions are having shipping containers converted as an alternative to annexed classrooms. These are more economical, the school or college gets delivered exactly what they were asking for and they are more adaptable for changes at a later date. These shipping containers can also be removed easily and quickly if they are no longer needed. For the use of classrooms within school grounds, 1st Containers tend to be supplying our 40ft shipping containers. These are easily converted by our technical team to the specification that the school requires. Windows are easily fitted, along with all internal necessities and fixtures, such as electrics and plumbing. All of these galvanised steel structures are then finished off with painting in the colour of the schools choice, or even having the schools logo emblazoned across them. 1st Containers are also supplying our dry storage shipping containers to many of these institutes for the purpose of safe storage. This can be for sports equipment, caretakers equipment and machinery and general storage of stock. All of which can be stored with the knowledge that they will remain completely safe within these secure shipping containers. The same uses are also being sought by the scouting community up and down the country. 1st Containers are supplying to scout groups across the UK for storage purposes, but also as scout huts for the purpose of the groups meetings and activities. With the ability to adapt a standard shipping container for the exact use of what they are needed, scout leaders are seeing this as the perfect alternative to hiring village halls and community centres. With this in mind, the scout groups are able to have a building they can call their own and take pride in decorating and developing it in the way they want to. The scout groups also don’t have the disappointment of scout nights being cancelled by other users of the village or community hall. We have witnessed scout groups taking full advantage of having their own space to work with, with one expanding on the nature side of scout’s activities, by converting the rooftop of their converted shipping container into a wonderful garden growing all manner of flowers, and even including a vegetable patch.

Many of the larger schools and colleges that 1st Containers have supplied shipping containers to, have been for the use at their own playing fields. With the elements battering old wooden changing rooms and shower buildings across the open expanse of a sports field, the converted shipping containers have been the perfect solution for the renewal of these facilities. A 20ft standard shipping container, converted with windows and all internal comforts are the perfect long lasting solution to the problem of external buildings not withstanding the weather. A galvanised steel container will withstand the elements of the weather for many, many years and give these schools a fully functional facility over a much longer period. The 1st Containers engineers are regularly converting shipping containers, with running water and full electrics and the schools and colleges are taking full advantage of these uses at a much more economical value than having new buildings built that will most likely not last as long.