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Repurposing an old 20ft Shipping Container in Birmingham

Recently we took in this old and somewhat rough looking 20ft shipping container from a site in Birmingham city centre. Having been used for storage by the University for some years, this 20ft shipping container was still structurally sound and dry inside and this unit was a prime candidate for refurbishment.

As with any shipping container that has been out on site for approx 10 years this container did have some minor defects. Rust on the rear sill and at the front of the container below the internal floor line. The paint had faded and this was uneven across all sides as some sides have had other goods sat leaning against the container – clearly for some time (shown by the darker / less faded areas of paintwork)

On the plus side this container has previously been purchased as new (one trip) and has not spent 10-15 years moving cargo around the world, as a result it is virtually dent free and much smarter than an average refurbished shipping container we would offer. The lack of wear on this older 20ft shipping container also suggests that it has many years life left to give as a secure storage container.

As you can see from the ‘before’ pictures below, the container is in good general order but its looking a bit tired care of the faded paintwork.

As with a lot of sites, Birmingham City University regularly contact us when they have shipping containers to dispose of as our container purchase service is a quick and easy way to have shipping containers removed from site and get some money back for them.

Once in our yard, we do our standard checks to see what if anything needs repairing. This involves one of our experienced and professional container inspectors checking over the container to ensure its structurally sound and meets export shipping requirements (if needed). This includes an underside check of the underfloor cross-members which provide much of the structural strength when being lifted when loaded with cargo.

From here we undertake any repairs required to bring this up to scratch, and we gave this shipping container a full external repaint in our stock dark green colour (RAL 6007 bottle green) – to give us a shipping container that’s back to a near immaculate condition.

In this instance this container was not going out for export again so we painted over the shipping markings. We will do this as standard for all containers getting a repaint that are to be used for storage use. Here are the pictures of the finished container ready to leave our yard:

We should point out to the casual observer that this container is a fair bit smarter than our typical refurbished containers, purely as the majority of used containers we receive have more dents than this one. You should not expect a basic refurbished shipping container from us to look quite this smart, although from time to time (as was the case here) the customer got a very nice surprise when their container arrived! 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, which also includes our ranges of flat pack sheds, container canopies and more. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 7pm 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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