Amazing Uses of Steel Containers

For decades steel containers have been used as a great storage solution for a number of different purposes. Here we take a quick look at some of the more unusual and unique uses of steel containers that have come to light in recent years, showcasing the versatility of these great products.

Last week’s episode of the hugely popular TV series Grand Designs saw a very interesting and unique project, even by the often quirky shows standards. The programme followed the trials and tribulations of a young architect and farmer in Northern Ireland, Patrick Bradley, whose dream was to make his ideal family home …. Out of steel shipping containers.

The project was an ambitious one to say the least, at times leaving long-time presenter of the TV series Kevin McCloud in a state of utter bewilderment, and saw the ambitious architect transform four 45 foot long shipping containers into a truly unique and inspiring work of art.

The containers were welded together to form a giant cross and covered with a dark grey coloured metal to form a surprisingly aesthetically pleasing design. The Belfast Telegraph quotes the architect as stating that his vision was to create “a piece of art or sculpture nestled into its surrounding landscape”.

Interestingly this is not the first time steel containers have been used for a unique and unusual purpose. For example the last few years have also seen a number of pop-up shops open in converted steel containers, such as the Boxpark retail park in Shoreditch, East London, which is built entirely from a total of 60 recycled shipping containers.


Here at Flintham Cabins we are specialists in site accommodation and steel storage units. We are also able to offer a range of steel containers in London for sale and for hire, to meet your requirements. For more information about our range of products and services please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our expert team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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