At Global Shipping Containers we offer a wide choice of cladded portable units.

Cladded Portable UnitsOur cladded portable units are carefully cladded in treated timber, this can soften the look of standard shipping container which can then blend aesthetically into your surroundings offering a weathered natural look. As our buildings are all wind and watertight and painted before cladding there is little maintenance to be done.

Cladding is becoming more of a popular option to disguise, hide or conceal your portable building. With clean, sharp modern lines they will fit into any environment.

For bigger projects and larger requirements we can also offer cladded portable units that have been joined together to make a larger space. Ideal for smaller offices, outhouses, gyms or garages. The photos below include pictures taken from a modular office made from cladded 40ft shipping containers that our yard installed for our hauliers in Manchester. These modular units are purpose built giving the customer total flexibility over how to use the available internal space.



All our standard cladded portable units are ;

  • Delivered to site ready for use with out simple ‘plug and go’  hook-up system
  • Fully prepared and externally painted prior to cladding. 
  • Externally clad in pressured treated 6″ x 1″ timber complete with border.
  • Kirncroft anti-vandal shutters throughout. 
  • Double Glazed aluminium framed sliding windows.
  • External ‘Plug and go’ system to hook up power for the office.
  • Fully insulated walls and ceiling.
  • Choice of beige or white 11mm melamine wall coverings.
  • Electric points and heater included as standard
  • 2 Internal ceiling lights 
  • Cushion floor included.
( subject to acceptance )



Do I need planning ?

Shipping containers have similar rules to sheds and are classed as a temporary structure. In most cases they should be exempt from any planning permission requirements. We do however, always advise, that you seek advice from your local planning office to ensure that there are no local restrictions. It has been known that in some areas there can be additional exclusions.

The only time you will most certainly require planning consent for your portable cladded units is if you are planning the use to be a commercial business such as self storage business, join multiple containers to form large offices, or convert them to form a residential dwelling. This would generally fall in the same category as would a standard brick built structure.

If the commercial use is for a temporary site office, a small industrial unit for storage for days to day storage in connection with your business then in most cases this would also be exempt. Please ensure you check with the landowner for any local restrictions.


Previous Projects


Cladded Portable Unit Options.

We would be more than happy to discuss your project further and prepare a tailored solution for you. We can build to most sizes, subject to access and along with our standard cladding you can choose any base colour from our colour palette. You can also add a huge array of options from ;

  • Additional internal electrics
  • Washroom facilities
  • Toilets
  • Kitchens
  • Outdoor lighting
  • UPVC windows and patio doors.
  • Internal walls

We may at times offer reduced price units that are pre-prepared and ready to ship, contact us for details.



 We can also supply our cladded units in
8‘x8′ 10’x8′ 20’x8′ 30’x8′ 40’x8′ 10’x10′ 20’x10′ 30’x10′ 40’x10’
Fully custom sizes on request.


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