Canopy Covered Workshops

Shipping Container Canopies are a truly versatile option for all sorts of workshop or workspace requirements. They can be used a as permanent solution on your site or moved from project to project if you are working on contracts in different locations.

20ft CanopyWhat are Container Canopies?

Our container canopies have been designed and produced by leading manufacturers of polytunnels. They consist of a hard-wearing PVC sheet attached to a galvanised steel frame to form a large sheltered area. End panels can also be supplied if a completely enclosed area is needed. The canopies provide excellent protection from the elements for all sorts of applications and fit between pairs of shipping containers. There are widths and heights available to suit almost any requirements.

How would a container canopy work for me?

Canopy Workshop

Shipping Container Canopy Workshops offer a range of benefits over working outdoors or in a more traditional building:

  • Protection from the weather. If you’re operating an outdoor business such as a car wash, collection depot for aggregates, coal or garden supplies, or vehicle repair centre then a canopy can allow your work to continue as normal when the weather is against you. Potentially increasing productivity of your workforce.
  • Container canopies provide covered workspace for a fraction of the cost of a bricks and mortar building.
  • If you need to increase workspace quickly (your company has won a large contract for instance) – no problem. A container canopy can be supplied and installed in a matter of weeks. Need to set up a workshop on a customers’ site? within a few days you can move your whole operation almost anywhere. The supporting containers can even store the canopy parts and other items for the move!
  • Customer comfort. Many businesses invite customers onto their site, to load vehicles or to service or clean them. A canopy in the right place can make this a much more pleasant experience for your customers when the weather is poor. It gives them a good reason to choose you over your competitors!

40ft Canopy WorkshopCan I use the containers for extra storage?

Yes you can, these give a great storage option for tools and equipment, but that’s just the beginning! We can adapt these containers to offer you the best possible layout for your workshop.

Use a side opening container or roller shutter container to give you easy access to whatever you may need at the time. An adapted container can be a staff canteen, changing room, toilet block or a waiting room for your customers. You can even have a fully insulated office container with views into and outside your canopy workshop.

Some of our customers double stack the containers to give even greater working height, so the containers can be used for storage and tools on the bottom level, with the top level being offices. We can even supply staircases and gantries for this type of set-up. Please give us a call to discuss your individual requirements.

What sizes of covered workspace are available?Canopy with Van

We can supply huge canopies, suitable for use as aircraft hangers or mobile construction depots, but more suitable for workshop use would be the smaller options in our range. Our smallest canopy spans a 8m width and sits between two 20ft containers. This size is ideal for a car wash operation or vehicle service facility.

Overall canopies can be any length you need in multiples of 20ft (circa 6 metres) long. They can span widths between containers at 8, 10, 12, 14 wide. With the added benefit of the containers themselves providing secure storage on site for all your tools and equipment a container canopy can be a relatively inexpensive way of setting up a professional and efficient small business.

If you have need for a bit more space then we’ll be able to find a suitable option for you. We can even advise on a canopy that can be extended as your business grows.

There is also a good deal of flexibility in height. The use of high cube containers will give you an extra foot. You can even double stack your containers if needed to raise the peak height by a further 8 ½ to 9 ½ feet.

Can my business afford a container canopy?

We have a large range of canopy options available. With such a range available we can find a solution to suit almost any application and budget. Please give us a call to discuss or send an email outlining your requirements, contact details at the bottom of this page.

Building a CanopyOn-site assembly

Your canopy will sit on at least two containers, of either 20ft or 40ft length. We can quote for these from basic used shipping containers, or for modified containers to include facilities such as office space or changing rooms. The containers used will need to be ISO shipping containers, cut-down containers. non-ISO storage containers may not have the correct dimensions or fixings. Using a set of our ground anchor brackets is also highly recommended. These will reduce the risk of damage to the canopy in the event of a heavy knock to one of the containers.

A team of 2 or 3 competent people should be able to assemble one of the smaller canopies without too much difficulty. You will need access to tools and a cherry picker or similar. Some constructions may require welding. Instructions are provided. You may wish to contract a local fabricator to assist with construction, especially if building one of the larger canopies, alternatively we can quote for on-site assembly on request.


Our range is made up of canopies from several different manufacturers, so the guarantee terms can vary a little. The galvanised steel frames tend to have very long warranties (up to 80 years!),. The material sheeting is only covered in certain circumstances, but can be replaced in 2 meter sections so any damaged section can easily be removed and renewed if damaged. Please do ask for further detail regarding any canopy that is of interest. 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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