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Using A Container as your Business' Reception Building

  • Conversion
18th August 2020

If you have a business that is rapidly expanding, maybe you don’t have enough room in your existing premises, are looking for a reception area that is separate from other offices, or indeed, don’t require much office space at all, it can be tricky to find a bricks and mortar solution. One of the best options that you have is to use a converted container as your business’s reception building.

There are several reasons why using bespoke shipping containers are a good choice, and offer more benefits than an old-fashioned reception building.

They can be completely customised to provide you with electricity and running water, enough space as your land will allow, and can be decorated to be fully branded to compliment your business. A container office gives you and your business more flexibility, helps to reduce waste and can be designed to meet all of your reception building needs.

Portable and Flexible

One of the most important characteristics of a shipping unit is that they are portable. Providing that they have the right base, they can be placed anywhere. This means that if you have a site that is growing or changing in size, you can ensure that your reception office is always close to the action and in the right place.

A modular building can also be used as a semi-permanent structure, meaning that it is a great longer-term option as well, if this is what you are after. It can also, of course, be moved from site to site.

When you are gettingto convert into your r eception building, you have a great deal of flexibility with regards to how it looks and how it works. You can work with a professional design team and specialist technology to design your perfect reception building that works well for you, as well as looking the part.

Size and Layout

Two of the most important choices that you need to make when you are designing your reception building is its size and layout. There are three common sizes of container to choose from – 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft.

These can also be easily stacked on top of each other or joined together side-by-side to create a larger space. This gives you complete flexibility over the size of the building, accommodating as many or few personnel that you need, as well as giving you a choice over the layout of your new office.

Personnel Doors, Windows, and Hatches

Our units have been designed to allow for the easy filling and removal of cargo. This ‘door’ is less suitable for use for personnel, and it takes up a lot of space. You can, therefore, put in your own personnel door for your convenience, in the place that is most suitable for you.

Given that a container is essentially a metal box, you will almost certainly want to add in some windows to let in extra light, and maybe a hatch to allow reception staff to speak to visitors without them needing to come into the office.

These can all be securely locked to help to prevent theft and vandalism.


It is important that, when you are designing a new reception or office, it is functional and does everything that you need it to. This might just mean having a hatch and desk, or it might mean needing a toilet and running water, electricity, and Wi-Fi, for example.

Lighting and electricity can be installed and connected when it is delivered to the site, along with ramps for disabled access, and linings for insulation.

Decoration and Accessories

One of the best things about designing your reception is that you have numerous options regarding how it looks. You can add racking or shelving to the inside of the office, and have it professionally painted so that it is a nice place to be. Many businesses use this opportunity to add their branding, ensuring that visitors are left in no doubt about where they are and who you are.


Using a shipping container to create your reception is a great way to reduce waste. In our globalised world, huge amounts of cargo are being moved around every day. Instead of these being thrown away or put into landfill, they can be reincarnated in another form – as a customised office space.

Converting is one of the best ways that you can create your ideal reception or office. It gives you flexibility over its location and layout and allows you to design it in the way that suits you and your needs the best – both visually and in functionality.

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