Conversion FAQs

What is a Container Conversion?

A container conversion is a modular building or portable accommodation unit that has been constructed using the ISO 20ft or 40ft shipping container as a building block.

What is containerisation and how did ISO shipping containers come about?

Follow this link for the history of the ISO shipping container

How long does it normally take to convert a shipping container?

Depending on complexity, once the final drawings are agreed, typical build time is between two and ten weeks. We cannot agree an exact date until you actually place an order and we raise a proforma invoice which would need to be paid by return to guarantee the agreed date.

Is the container conversion work carried out in-house?

We have a specialist in-house team of welders, carpenters, floor layers, paint sprayers and electricians which means that our work can be monitored throughout the conversion process to ensure it meets our high quality standards.

I need detailed CAD drawings – can you help?

We have our own in-house CAD team and can produce drawings for any of our products, including the plan, elevation and site layout as required. For modular and conversions projects we will normally ask for a contribution to the drawing and development work, but this will be credited off your final invoice when you place an order with us.

What warranty do I get with a converted container?

We offer a full 12 month guarantee.

Can container conversions be shipped overseas?

There are many rules affecting certification for shipping, as this requires significant structural integrity. The container could be at the bottom of a stack of six containers all with 30 tonnes in and therefore for domestic markets we do not build to this specification. Please tell us at the beginning of the project if you need to ship the container and it is also worth noting that container conversions including openings and apertures are not suitable for rail transport due to the excessive air pressure created by passing trains.

Can I come and see my container being converted?

By prior appointment, you are welcome to come along to our Suffolk headquarters and see how your container conversion is progressing. You will need to wear protective clothing and time in the workshop will be limited as otherwise it could affect our works programme.

Do you supply container homes?

We can build container homes to architect drawings or if necessary we can work with you to produce suitable designs. Please remember that homes will need to conform to the relevant building regulations

What if my container needs repairing?

Portable Space has trained staff to inspect, repair and certify shipping containers. We can also renew the CSC shipping plate for overseas shipping use if required.

Do you carry out groundworks or foundations for my container?

Any groundworks would need to be completed prior to delivery. For more complicated conversions such as stacked or extremely heavy units, you may even need a ground survey to ensure that the loads would be supported sufficiently. However for most basic conversions, a firm flat hard core base would suffice.

Can I fit UPVC or aluminium framed double glazed windows or doors?

Any configuration of windows or doors may be fitted, from simple glazed panels to full side opening bi-folding doors.

Can my container be clad?

We can clad the external walls of the container with either timber or UPVC to suit your needs.

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