Mr Box convert a container to a laboratory for University of York

What do you do when you need a fully-fitted laboratory created from scratch in a relatively quick timescale? That was the problem facing researchers from the University of York in 2014, when they needed new laboratory space at their atmospheric monitoring observatory in Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa. Building a permanent structure would be time-consuming and expensive, so the team chose Mr Box to create a lab using two 40ft containers, which would then be joined together on site in Cape Verde by the university team. Dr Katie Read, Coordinator of the Cape Verde project for the University … Continue reading

Convert a Container Into a Student Car Garage

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Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College is a co-educational secondary academy in Berkshire, with over 250 students in the school’s Sixth Form. The school is set to offer a Level 1 course in Motor Vehicle Studies where students undertake automotive assignments in a practical and realistic environment, but lacked a suitable space for the young mechanics to get hands-on with a vehicle. After they reviewed options for developing a learning facility, looking at previous projects we had undertaken, Mr Box was chosen as the ideal solution for the classroom, with a converted container offering the most versatility. … Continue reading

Provide self-storage at your marina

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In 2017, figures showed that the number of people taking part in sailing and watersports hit a seven-year high. In total, over 14.3 million people (27.3% of UK adults) participated in any water-based leisure activities – an increase of two million on the previous year – so this definitely a growth market. However, with the British weather such as it is, boat owners don’t want to be dragging their kit to and from the marina every time the sun shines – far better that they have somewhere safe and secure to store it, so it’s ready and waiting when conditions … Continue reading

A mobile lab – wherever you need it

Sometimes, scientific research needs to take place in the most awkward of environments – a remote island, for example, or a rural African community. Researchers need to be where the subject is, but it’s not always feasible to have access to a fully-equipped lab in every location. Building a laboratory from scratch can be time-consuming and expensive, particularly in the developing world, and with funding for research being at a premium, this is often not a cost-effective or practical solution. However, a converted shipping container can make the perfect lab – portable, durable and secure, as well as being able … Continue reading

A taste for containers

With festival season upon us, thoughts soon turn to food and drink – after all, how else are visitors going to keep warm in the unpredictable British weather? In recent years, container conversions have become a staple sight at festivals and outdoor events, and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. The 21st century equivalent of a burger van in a layby, container conversions are cheap, sturdy and, most importantly for the food and drink market, portable. Once your unit is fully kitted out, you can take it round the festival circuit, maximising the return on your investment and helping … Continue reading

Thinking Inside of The Box: Businesses That Operate From Shipping Containers

With the rising costs involved in both construction and renting a commercial space, plenty of businesses across the UK are now turning to non-traditional facilities to run their operations. One of these facilities is shipping containers, a strong and secure alternative that have proven to be considerably more affordable than brick and mortar buildings. But what does it take to successfully convert a shipping container? How to Convert A Shipping Container When you decide that a storage container is the best option for your business, certain considerations must be made. While there will always be problems that occur with any … Continue reading

The Advantages of Storage Box Rental

Whether it’s for personal or commercial use, buying a storage box to temporarily house your belongings or equipment often far outweighs the cost of rental. These metal storage containers (also referred to as shipping containers) stand to serve a variety of uses for a wide range of industries. What Are the Advantages of Renting Over Buying? Rent or buy? Essentially, it all depends on the nature of your business and what you’ll be using the container for. Understandably, failing to actively use your storage container when you’re renting it means that you’ll be wasting money but, at the same time, … Continue reading