Temporary Building FAQs

If you’re considering a temporary building for the first time then you’re likely to have many questions on your mind.

Why use temporary buildings?

Temporary buildings get called lots of different names, portable buildings, prefabricated buildings, but essentially it means a building that can be installed and easily relocated – suitable for short or long-term use. By choosing an Aganto temporary structure you can quickly increase operational capacity or on-site storage space with minimal cost, delay and disruption.

Three key reasons why a temporary building is commissioned

SPEED: get the extra on-site space you need in days, avoiding the delay and cost of groundworks. No need to hire off-site space.

COST: achieve up to 70% cost savings when buying a temp building as an alternative to a permanent building. Or hire to reduce your long-term liabilities.

FLEXIBILITY: hire, buy, dismantle, relocate or modify your temporary building as your business needs evolve.

Engineered from a lightweight but robust aluminium frame, an Aganto temporary building is quick and easy to transport and install, is durable and provides excellent quality and unbeatable value for money.

How long does a ‘temporary building last?

Although usually referred to as “temporary buildings” or “temp buildings” Aganto structures can be used as a long-term solution – a cost effective and faster alternative to traditional building construction.

Environmentally Friendly Systems

Aganto prefabricated buildings will compliment most environmental strategies as over 80% of the structure can be recycled at the end of a very long-life. Prefab Buildings are also being used very successfully to house recycling programmes and help business reach 0% landfill status. We have added to this our own environmental policy which we are committed to following and developing in accordance with environmental issues and concerns.

Prefabricated buildings and the environment

  • The prefabricated building frames are engineered from aluminium, a material that can be recycled indefinitely, requiring minimal energy for the process and creating minimal CO2 emissions.
  • We use polymer walls that are manufactured from recycled PVC windows and have 100% capability of being recycled.
  • We are currently investigating developing technologies for PVC can be recycling.

Aganto and the environment

Aganto is committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its operations on the environment. The key points of our strategy to achieve this are:

  • Minimise waste by continual and regulated evaluation of operations, ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
  • Actively promoting recycling both internally and amongst our customers and suppliers.
  • Source and promote a prefabricated building range to minimise the environmental impact at the production, construction and lifespan stages.
  • Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the company.

Aganto Prefabricated buildings for waste processing

Many manufacturers are coming under pressure to reduce their landfill, often with a target of 0%.

Aganto prefab buildings are becoming very popular for accommodating in-house waste processing operations – with the added benefit of being able to run a trial programme before committing long-term.

Working with Aganto to create an in-house waste processing facility will enable you to get up and running quickly and cost-effectively. You can then start to reap the benefits, i.e. eliminate third party waste costs, generate revenue from selling the processed waste on and achieve positive recognition and credibility for your 0% landfill status!

View our waste storage and processing case studies, or to discuss environmental issues with the Aganto team, call us or complete our enquiry form.

Download our Environmental Statement here

Temporary buildings planning permission?

Understanding when planning permission is required is never clear cut! The threshold for permitted development (not requiring planning permission) is a freestanding temporary building with a gross floor space of 200m2. In many cases, a building smaller than 200m2 in an existing industrial estate, away from boundaries, parking or access would be permitted development, however we recommend checking the interpretation of these rules on any specific site. Should a building not require planning permission, it is still a requirement that the local planning authority is notified of the completion of the building as soon as reasonably practicable.

Download the Aganto Temporary Building Planning Service Pack here

Aganto’s planning permission service

If you are looking to install a temporary building then Aganto can arrange the whole planning application for you via an established partnership with our third party planning consultant, whose own expertise is grounded in work with house builders, property consultancies and landowners. They can manage the planning application process for you, collating all drawings, plans and documents as required by your Local Planning Authority.

Most general information can be found on the government planning portal, but instead of just pointing your business in the direction of a planning information overload, Aganto will direct you on your way to a successful planning approval with one simple phone call…

Reduce the headache…

Here at Aganto, we know many potential customers find the whole topic of planning permission a challenge and a headache. Buildings of a certain size and location will need planning permission but there are many cases where it may not be necessary. Aganto are the temporary building specialists, working hand-in-hand with planning professionals Mosaic Town Planning. The team are most certainly the planning experts, and have a strong track record in securing planning permission for Aganto buildings.

We will be able to guide you through the process from the initial enquiry by liaising with Mosaic along the way. Help with landlords, costs and local authorities are also part of the joint offering.

Aganto and Mosaic Town Planning work in a long term partnership to achieve speedy planning approvals and ensure your Aganto building can be installed as soon as possible – in most cases about 12 weeks and often even sooner than that.

Aganto’s advice…

Should you decide not to take up our full planning service, there are still many ways we can assist you with your temporary buildings application.

A set of CAD drawings are supplied as a matter of course by Aganto, and provide a suitable basis for you to produce the required plans. In addition we can supply you with a complete set of structural calculations, demonstrating how your temporary building meets the required snow and wind loadings for the UK. It is also worth remembering that we are able to supply a range of different coloured wall and roof cladding so buildings can blend in with natural environments or match corporate colours of existing buildings.

We will assist you as much as we can with application forms, speaking to the council on your behalf or sourcing additional plans and drawings.

How do buildings get linked?

To ensure full integration with your existing facilities and processes we can link our structures to your own buildings or to each other.

These weather-proof links for temporary buildings will help you ensure

  • employees, goods and equipment are kept dry at all times.
  • processes and procedures are kept as efficient as possible.

Typical applications for linked temporary buildings

  • linking a loading canopy to an existing warehouse.
  • linking a warehouse temporary building to an existing production facility.
  • gutter-linking two hire structures together to create the overall sq m needed.

Installation and dismantle

The link is fitted as part of the standard installation process.

For hire contracts when linked temporary buildings need to be removed, the links are dismantled and taken away along with the temporary building. This is an easy process that allows your site and buildings to quickly go back to their original state with no evidence or residual of the link.

For more information on our temporary building construction and build process call us today or fill in our enquiry form.

Temporary building compliance and installation

  • The aluminium frame is manufactured from high-grade 4 channel aluminium extrusions.
  • All uprights and truss sections manufactured alloy extrusion in addition all steel parts are hot dipped galvanised.
  • The frame comes with a 10 year guarantee.

Temporary building sizes

  • Standard buildings sizes range from 5m to 30m wide, 4.2m to 6.2m high and unlimited length.
  • Bays come in 5m multiples.
  • Bespoke sizes can be manufactured to order.
  • To cover larger areas we can link buildings together.
  • Buildings can also be linked to existing structures.

Temporary building compliance and installation

  • Buildings are calculated to BSEN1991 for Snow and Wind Loadings.
  • All roof, wall and floor systems conform to British Fire and Safety Codes.
  • CAD drawings are provided for every contract.
  • Buildings can be installed on hardcore, tarmac or concrete.

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More information about Aganto’s range of temporary buildings

Prefabricated buildings (prefab buildings)

Get more space in a matter of days with an Aganto prefab building. A prefabricated building provides more on-ite space for a variety of uses and are available to buy or hire.

What is an Aganto prefabricated building?

  • Engineered with an industrial aluminium frame.
  • Available in 5-30m spans, unlimited length and up to 6m eave.
  • Ideal for storage, warehousing, workshops or loading areas.
  • Suitable for basic weather protection through to chilled storage.
  • Easy and quick to transport, install, dismantle, remove, relocate or modify.
  • Can be used short term or as an alternative to a permanent building.

How can a prefabricated building from Aganto help your business?

  • A building can be built on your site in 4 days requiring minimal labour, equipment and material costs.
  • The build process is fast and easy so won’t impact on your daily operation.
  • Once dismantled and removed there will be no evidence of the buildings existence.
  • You won’t need any expensive foundations or ground preparation.
  • Hire a building and avoid large, risky capital expenditure.
  • Or buy and use instead of a permanent building, achieving up to 70% cost savings.

Aganto prefabricated buildings – what people say…

Leading Builders Merchants, Travis Perkins, use Aganto buildings throughout their sites as an alternative to permanent building solutions. This achieves the company major savings in terms of cost and time and ensures fast, efficient responses to business and customer needs.

“Travis Perkins currently has seven Aganto temporary buildings in various sites throughout the country serving as storage or recycling units. Their ability to deliver and install these temporary buildings so quickly has helped our business time and time again, keeping operations efficient and customers impressed by rapid response times. As a company we are complete converts to temporary buildings and wouldn’t recommend using any other provider than Aganto.”
John Burgoyne – Maintenance Surveyor, Travis Perkins

Glossary of temporary building terms

Trying to find out about temporary buildings? We do try to minimise the use of jargon on our website, but we can’t avoid it all! Here are explanations of the most common phrases used.

Temporary buildings

Buildings that can be hired and easily relocated – suitable for short or long-term use

Prefabricated buildings / prefab buildings

Buildings that are manufactured off-site, for fast delivery and installation and are relocatable. See more information about prefab buildings

Industrial canopy

An industrial structure with open sides often used as a loading bay or temporary good shelter

Industrial building

A building used for industrial activity – eg warehousing, production, storage or logistics

Modular building

A building that consists of multiple modules / sections and is manufactured off site

Re-locatable building / portable building

A building that can be dismantled and moved from site to site as required. See our portable buildings page.

Storage buildings

A building used for basic storage – can be insulated or temperature controlled if required

Warehouse buildings

A large industrial building used for warehousing with racking systems and FLT access

Workshop building

A building that is used for operational activity- production, repairs, teaching etc

Planning permission

Approval from local planning control for permission to build – not always needed for temporary buildings

Planning applications

Applications made to the local planning authority for permission to build

Planning Officer

Officer within the local authority who handles planning applications and will usually need to approve a building project before construction can begin

Site Managers

Highly experienced, trained and skilled managers who oversee building projects on site


Laying of foundations and / or concrete pad for building works – not needed on level hard ground for temporary buildings

Concrete pad

Concrete foundation used to level undulating ground prior to building works

Snow & Wind loadings

The structural load which a building can safely tolerate – see Information & Resouces page

Structural calculations

The calculations that determine the structural load – Aganto can assist with these

Ancillary equipment

Additional equipment – eg power, heating, lighting, temperature control required for the building

Risk Assessments

Determination of the risk associated with a temporary building installation

Method Statements

Safe work procedure associated with a temporary building installation – a requirement for most commercial premises

CAD drawings

A computer aided drawing of a temporary building. Aganto can provide these as part of our standard service.


The width of a temporary building. Aganto buildings range from 10m to 30m


Where the side wall and roof pitch meet. Maximum eave height of Aganto buildings can be up to 6.2m, depending on the building’s span.


A style of frame that requires no internal poles or legs to hold it up, ensuring the entire internal span is clear


A unitary length of structure of varying sizes, often used for loading / unloading


Structural support beam positioned in the roof between main frame sections

Call today for a free site visit for your temporary building

To make sure you get the right building for your requirements, budget and site, we will carry out a no obligation site survey, free of charge. This can be done at any time convenient to you.