Bespoke Container Stack for Smithfield Casings, Welwyn Garden City

In February 2021 we delivered this bespoke container conversion to Smithfield Castings and Sundries Ltd of Welwyn Garden City. In this case study, we talk through the customer’s needs and how we helped provide the best and most cost-effective solution for this client.

The customer needed some storage for their yard, but with space at a premium, the customer wanted 2x 13ft storage units on the bottom, and a 16ft storage container for storage of lightweight items stacked on the top, but orientated sideways across the bottom units.

The customer also wanted all of the storage containers repainted, with lock boxes for extra security, and anti-condensation treatment inside to allow for storage of condensation-sensitive goods. They also requested high cube containers to provide additional height in their storage containers.

Stacking a shipping container sideways on top of a bottom row.shipping container stacked sideways

Stacking a shipping container sideways across 2 base containers is not the usual way to stack containers as they are not designed to be stacked in this way. We completed this work by adding some support frames/goalposts inside the base containers, and some underfloor fixings on the top container. This allows the top container to sit flat on the bottom units, and the goalposts ensure there is no risk of the bottom containers being crushed by any weight loaded in the top unit.

This setup was only possible as the customer is storing very lightweight items in the top container, and it would usually not be a practical solution if you needed to store heavy items in the top container.

Keeping costs sensible

For this specific job it worked well to cut up a single used 40ft high cube container into 3 sections. 2 number 13ft sections were cut from the front end (the non-door end of the shipping container) leaving a 16ft long ‘door end cut’. Using a single 40ft container to make all 3 units saved the customer over £1000 versus using separate donor containers.

Working with used containers does mean that there are dinks and dents down the sides, but this also saved the customer over £2000 + VAT compared to working with new quality (one trip) containers. Used containers prove very popular with a wide range of commercial and industrial customers who may be more concerned with functionality and price over cosmetics.

We blanked off the open ends, added our lightweight flat panel doors to the 13ft units, added lockboxes to the doors, and gave the outside a repaint in dark blue marine-grade paint RAL 5013 to give the containers a smarter overall appearance.

We then fitted a roof section of our insulation kit to help prevent any condensation build-up inside these containers.

All 3 containers were delivered by a single large artic truck that lifted them all safely into position.

We’d like to thank John and the team at Smithfield Casings for being a pleasure to work with!

Looking for Butchery Supplies, or Shipping Containers in Welwyn Garden City area?

Smithfield Casings are proud to be a highly respected, long-standing, and leading provider of high-quality food trade & butcher supplies. Based in Welwyn garden city they have thousands of products from packaging products to ingredients. Their huge ranges are also assisted by free UK-wide delivery. offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.

If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 5pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).

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