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Shipping Container Office

Over the last few weeks, the nation has been told to work from home wherever possible.

This has, most importantly, helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus and saved lives all over the country. But it’s also proven to employers just how feasible and easy remote working can be.

People have set up ‘office’ in their homes and, thanks to email, instant chats and video conference calls, they’ve managed to stay connected and focused. Bosses have started to realise the benefits of working from home. Therefore, when the lockdown measures are lifted, it’s predicted to become much more common in the UK and potentially even the norm for certain types of business.

But what if you don’t have space for a home office? For many, the last few weeks have been spent with a laptop on the kitchen table or working in the lounge (surrounded by the kids!). That’s fine for now, but it isn’t practical or sustainable in the long-term. It may not be possible to convert your spare room, and home extensions can be very expensive. So, what’s the solution?

Here at Gap Containers, we believe it is a converted shipping container office.

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What is a shipping container office?

It’s exactly what it says on the tin. A shipping container office is a new or used shipping container, that has been converted and renovated to create a traditional office environment. This can be placed at the end of your garden, giving you an additional room – away from the hustle and bustle of the main house – to set up any equipment and work on a day-to-day basis.

Container offices can be customised in any way you like. You could choose to keep things simple, with a basic desk and internet connection. Or you could go for an all-singing-and-dancing structure, with multiple high-tech features and impressive aesthetics. It’s entirely your decision.

Here at Gap Containers, we offer a diverse range of internal and external fixtures and fittings and the exact specification can be tailored to meet your needs. Whatever you require to do your job, just let us know and together we can create the perfect shipping container office for your property.

Would I need planning permission?

In most cases, no. Shipping container offices don’t have any foundations and are technically classed as a ‘temporary’ building – therefore, planning permission isn’t usually required.

There are a few circumstances in which you may need to apply to the local authority first. For example, if you live in a conservation area or a listed building, or if the design is particularly big. But such cases are very rare and, nine times out of ten, permission is quickly granted.

How much does a shipping container home office cost?

This depends on several factors, including the size of the container office and the internal and external finishes that are chosen. The bigger the transformation, the more it will cost.

But rest assured, here at Gap Containers, we strive to make our container office prices as competitive and affordable as possible. We can work to any budget and, compared to the cost of a home extension or renovation, they’re an incredibly cost-effective and worthwhile investment.

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Invest in a shipping container office today

If remote working is about to become your new ‘normal’, and you wish to find out more about shipping container offices, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Gap Containers is a leading UK specialist in container conversions. We’re always excited by the prospect of a new project – and we can help to utilise the space in your garden and create the ideal home office for your requirements. Our team are happy to help at any time. So why not give us a call today on 0870 240 9405 or send an email to to get started?


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