Mark Pryor's Containers and More Blog

Mark blogs on a range of topics related to shipping containers, container conversions and interesting cargotecture projects from around the world. Mark is based in Suffolk, UK.

Mark Pryor is a Director at Containers and More.  Mark has been working with shipping containers since 1999, and knows everything there is to know about shipping containers ... so ask away!  Go on, we dare you!

Electrical control cabin and picking stations - Container Conversion Project

Electrical control cabin and picking stations - Container Conversion Project

The brief for this project was to create an electrical control cabin and two picking stations for a waste recycling plant.  It was fairly complex as there were various conveyor belts which needed to enter and exit the picking stations at specific points.

Our solution involved converting a 20ft container into the control room, which we fitted out as an office.  We added the two purpose-built steel picking stations with the required apertures and ensured that the units were all lined and insulated, with heaters for the cold weather.

The customer chose their colour from our wide range of RAL colours - below you can see a gallery of the finished projects, we're hoping to have some 'action shots' from the customer shortly!

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Make your next meal out a restaurant built from shipping containers!

Make your next meal out a restaurant built from shipping containers!

​In recent years we have seen a definite increase in the number of food outlets choosing to build using shipping containers.  Here are three stylish restaurants we know you'll love to visit for your next night out!

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Shipping container conversions used by Southwest Florida 3D to create mobile 3D printer rigs

Shipping container conversions used by Southwest Florida 3D to create mobile 3D printer rigs

The team over at 3DPrint highlighted an awesome use of shipping containers last week when they interviewed Andy Tran of Southwest Florida 3D, a Naples-based 3D print specialist firm.

The article explains how many companies who are investing in these extremely large 3D printing rigs are spending thousands on the gantries and frames to house the equipment, whereas Mr. Tran came up with the idea of using converted shipping containers for the task.

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Construction site needed shipping container hire project for 20ft container store, stacked office, drying room and toilet

Construction site needed shipping container hire project for 20ft container store, stacked office, drying room and toilet

A roofing contractor based in the South-East approached us to help with providing some on-site facilities for approximately six months on one of their construction sites.  The project required a secure storage area, an office stacked on top of the storage which included a staircase for access, and an on-site drying room and toilet.

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Shipping container conversion gives Sustrans added - and portable - bike maintenance workshop and storage space

Shipping container conversion gives Sustrans added - and portable - bike maintenance workshop and storage space

It's not every day you have a request to build a new office which can be easily transported from one location to another with a standard fixed-body lorry and hiab crane, but that's exactly what we had here at Containers and More just recently.

Sustrans - a leading charity which helps people to take healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys - contacted us for help with creating a new building on a community farm.

The building would provide a space for community volunteers to repair bikes which had been donated, and as a storage facility for the various cycling events that are organised locally.  

The design needed to be functional and practical, but also look presentable and represent their company values.  Ideally Sustrans wanted the new office building to be timber clad onsite, and to arrive four weeks after their order was received.

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