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ALL IMAGES ON THIS WEBSITE IS OF ACTUAL TOPSHELL DESIGNED & MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS.

ENGINEERED SPACE SOLUTIONS
WESTERN CAPE & GAUTENG

With over 15 years of experience, Topshell expertly designs, develops, and constructs custom-built pods and converts containers according to the exact specifications and needs of our clients.

We offer full turnkey solutions from meeting for initial ideation to final delivery on-site.  Our container solutions are underpinned by meticulous planning, thoughtful design, and technical expertise.

As a market leader, we continuously explore new technologies and can confidently design, build and deliver state-of-the-art container solutions that are sustainable, efficient, and requiring of minimal maintenance.

Shipping Container Conversion Workshop in Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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Containerized Solar Power Plant
INDUSTRIES WE SERVE
WESTERN CAPE & GAUTENG

Through smart engineering solutions, Topshell gives businesses the ability to dream bigger. Our expertise and experience span multiple industries and verticals, including:

HEALTHCARE

CLINICS | HOSPITALS

Topshell specializes in the design and construction of prefabricated healthcare facilities, including high-tech hospitals, healthcare clinics, and other essential services.

Manufactured off-site according to your exact specification, these custom medical containers are fully equipped and can be deployed in record time.

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EDUCATION

CLASSROOMS | SCHOOLS

Over the past 15 years, Topshell has constructed countless educational facilities, including creches, container classroomscomputer labs and vocational training centres.

Incredibly versatile, these customized containers provide a cost-effective and convenient solution for South African schools and institutions that require additional space.

Custom-built Container Classroom

FMCG & RETAIL

COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

An industry leader, Topshell has extensive experience with the B2B market.

We design and construct contemporary containers that meet the cost, durability, functionality, and environmental requirements of a wide variety of commercial and industrial establishments.

Our impressive portfolio includes restaurants, kitchens, cafes, retail stores, wine shops, bars, and butcheries.

Shipping Container Coffee Shop for Seattle Coffee Co.

MCC & SWITCHGEAR

POWER AND AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Topshell specializes in the construction of comprehensive containerized switchgear, control assemblies, and motor control centers.

As qualified engineers, we are capable of managing the entire project lifecycle, delivering cost advantages and time efficiencies.

All our engineered container solutions are constructed strictly according to client specifications and drawings.

Containerized Switchgear

RENEWABLE ENERGY

CONTAINERIZED SOLAR SOLUTIONS

Designed for rapid deployment and installation, our Containerized Solar Solutions unlock endless possibilities by providing cost-efficient, clean, decentralized, and dependable power to remote and rural communities in Africa.

Containerized Solar Power Plant

WATER TREATMENT

WATER & SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS

Constructed according to your exact specifications, our Containerized Water Treatment Plants provide a complete plug-and-play solution for a wide range of domestic, commercial, industrial, and municipal applications.

Containerized Water Purification Plant

E-HOUSES

E-HOUSES | COOLING UNITS

Topshell manufactures high-quality modular enclosures that integrate high, medium, and low voltage electrical, control, safety, and auxiliary components.

Custom-built according to your exact specifications and in strict accordance with ISO 9001 Standards, our E-Houses are robust and durable, ensuring the long-term safety of sensitive electrical equipment and high-tech systems across different industries.

E-House/Cooling Units for Microsoft Data Centres

RESIDENTIAL

CONTAINER HOMES | EXTENSIONS

Strong, stackable, and highly customizable, used shipping containers make for a practical, sustainable and trendy building block for homes, apartments, and residential extensions.

Manufactured and finished in a controlled factory setting, Topshell can build and deliver a complete container home in record time, minimizing the mess, inconvenience, and total embodied energy cost associated with conventional on-site construction.

Luxury Shipping Container Home Extension
OUR PROJECTS
CUSTOM-BUILT PODS | CONTAINER CONVERSIONS

All our custom containers and pods are designed and constructed in-house at our Special Projects Workshop.  Centrally located in Gauteng and the Western Cape, it is here where we create purpose-built spaces that add immense value to companies, communities, NGOs, and individuals.

Below you’ll find a small selection of work we’ve done.

CONTAINERIZED COFFEE SHOP

FMCG & RETAIL
Shipping Container Coffee Shop for Seattle Coffee Co.
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CONTAINERIZED RESTAURANT

FMCG & RETAIL
Nando's Containerized Concept - Container Restaurant
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BROADCASTING UNIT

FMCG & RETAIL
Modular Broadcasting Unit for Pretoria FM
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MEDICAL CENTRE

HEALTHCARE
Shipping Container Healthcare Hospital
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CONTAINERIZED SHOWROOM

FMCG & RETAIL
Custom Containerized Showroom for AFGRI
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LUXURY APARTMENT

RESIDENTIAL
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TASTING ROOM

FMCG & RETAIL
Shipping Container Tasting Room for Winery
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SWITCHGEAR

MCC & SWITCHGEAR
Containerized Switchgear
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ON-SITE OFFICE

FMCG & RETAIL
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WINE SHOP & STORAGE

FMCG & RETAIL
Shipping Container Bar and Wine Shop for Audacia Wine at Root 44
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OFFICE & STORAGE

FMCG & RETAIL
Custom on-site office and storage container
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AGRI-CHEMICAL STORAGE

FMCG & RETAIL
GLOBAL GAP Custom Chemical Storage Container for
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ECD CENTRE

EDUCATION
Cipla Shipping Container School ECD Centre
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CONTAINER CLINICS

HEALTHCARE
Rural Shipping Container Clinic
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KITCHEN & CAFE

FMCG & RETAIL
Shipping Container Kitchen and Cafe
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TURNSTILE CONTAINER

FMCG & RETAIL
Turnstile Container for Construction Site
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SKID-MOUNTED MCC

MCC & SWITCHGEAR
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SKID-MOUNTED MCC

MCC & SWITCHGEAR
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Whether you decide on a custom-designed pod or container conversion, we guarantee a good value for money product.

WHY WORK WITH TOPSHELL?

Over the past 15 years, countless companies, including some of South Africa’s most well-known brands and NGOs, have entrusted Topshell to design, construct and deliver high-quality containers. Here’s a few reasons why:

ESTABLISHED

Established in 2005, Topshell has been in the container business for over 15 years and is widely regarded as a reliable, ethical, and highly skilled service provider, offering high-quality container conversions and custom-built pods. 

SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED

Our team is highly specialized and has the qualifications and hands-on experience to produce durable containers that satisfy all your requirements.

Our all-inclusive skill set and turnkey approach allow us to manage your project in-house in its entirety: From conception to completion, you are in competent hands.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Topshell prides itself on its computer-aided design, CNC production processes, and expert in-house engineering that goes into the conversion and customization of every Topshell container and custom-built pod.

Our in-house CAD design, simulation, customized engineering, and manufacturing infrastructure allows us to materialize your blue sky movable working or living space.

INNOVATIVE

Our success is built on our capacity to focus on our clients and find out exactly what requirements the space should satisfy.

Based on this information, we are able to create containers that fulfill all your requirements, while delivering maximum space, schedule, cost, and energy efficiencies.

ECO-CONSCIOUS

In addition to saving you the time, money, and mess associated with on-site construction, our custom containers decrease the demand for bricks and other building materials, lowering the total embodied energy cost associated with constructing a new building.

By recycling and repurposing discarded containers and building custom-designed pods, Topshell creates new, movable spaces with limited environmental impact.

DETAIL-ORIENTED

When it comes to finish, Topshell is meticulous about detail and quality, ensuring only the best fixtures and finishes are applied to every custom container.

Our keen attention to detail, coupled with our expert engineering solutions and quality finishing, ensures we deliver superior spaces that last a lifetime.

MADE IN AFRICA, FOR AFRICA

Topshell has the technical capability to absorb any first world technological building block and build it into a final product suitable for deployment in rural Africa.

Most specialized infrastructure products developed in First World countries seldom withstand the challenges of robustness and minimal technical support that Africa demands.

Topshell understands the challenges Africa offers and we can design, manufacture install products that will last in Africa!

ETHICAL

We commit ourselves to ethical business practices:

01.  We will not and have never paid or accepted any form of favour from any party to secure or procure a project.

02.  We promptly pay all our creditors at month-end or as stipulated via agreement.

FAQ

Below you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding our custom-built pods and container conversion service.

HOW MUCH DOES A CUSTOM CONTAINER COST?

The price of a custom container and/or pod depends on a number of variables and the unique specifications set out by the client.

The customized nature of containers and pod products also means a customized price-point based on a final design that includes superior quality finishes, the latest developments in energy saving, alternative energy, LED lighting, inverter-type air-conditioning, as well as insulation standards applied in the design and manufacture of each space.

Whether you decide on a custom-designed pod or container conversion, we guarantee a good value for money product.

To chat about the possibilities and/or request a quote for your container conversion or custom-pod project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For Gauteng, please click here.

For Western Cape, please click here.

DO YOU BUILD CONTAINER HOMES?

Yes, we can manufacture a contemporary container home or custom-designed accommodation pod.

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

We don’t offer payment plans, but will gladly advise re: a way forward.

DO YOU DELIVER?

We have our own crane trucks and can deliver a single or several container to your desired location.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

We have two well-placed depots, centrally located in Gauteng and the Western Cape, South Africa.

Gauteng Address:

59 New Rd
Glen Austin AH
Midrand
1685

Western Cape Address:

HOW DO I GET A QUOTE?

Your nearest branch will be able to advise and assist with an accurate quote.

For Gauteng, please click here: REQUEST A QUOTE

For Western Cape, please click here: REQUEST A QUOTE

OUR CLIENTS

These companies trust Topshell to deliver purpose-built, quality containers and custom-designed pods.

REVIEWS
WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS SAY?

We have two clinical Nurse practitioners; a dental hygienist and administrator, and numerous volunteer medical staff who offer their expertise to our communities, and the clinic structure provided by Topshell is a pleasure for all of us to work in.

Nina de Jager

The communities in which we work are very fluid and land is difficult to come by, which means sometimes the spaces we create either need to be added to and enlarged or relocated entirely, so flexibility is non-negotiable.

David Grier

From the first visit to the final installation, my experience with Topshell was amazing, not least of all, because my eyes were opened to the potential of these structures, for family and community use.

Trevor Strydom

As a pharmaceutical supplier, we at Cipla aim to provide accessible, affordable, professional medical care for people in township areas that is also convenient and respectful of their dignity, and getting this right is not always easy.

Andrew Stuart, CIPLA

The Topshell experience was unforgettable and of the highest quality. They were willing to walk the proverbial EKSTRA MYL in an exceptionally warmhearted and friendly way!

Muriel Lutz
REQUEST A QUOTE
WESTERN CAPE & GAUTENG

To chat about the ideas and possibilities for your next project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your nearest branch.

To request a quote, please click on the relevent button below.