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Temporary buildings under the spot light

8th January 2013

Read our latest blog which takes an open and honest look at temporary buildings and considers the pros and cons for UK industry.

Companies often use a form of temporary building or prefabricated building for their additional storage and operational requirements.

Large clear span metal framed structures are generally used for this type of industrial application whereas modular units similar to those provided by Portakabin are more likely to be used for activity such as classrooms or offices.

Many of the different types of structures that fall under the category of temporary building or prefabricated building however bring about many advantages that are derived from speed and simplicity. For example, aluminium framed temporary buildings are typically an off the shelf product which eliminates any architectural design fees.

Most prefabricated buildings will at the very least halve lead times when compared to a permanent building as the manufacture and ground preparation are carried out simultaneously in different locations. Leading on from this is the ability to manufacture most temporary buildings and prefabricated buildings in a controlled factory setting. Here any delays, waste or problems can probably be tighter controlled than on-site with the factory systems and procedures. Manufacturers are also in a better position with this tighter control to ensure consistent quality, checking every temporary building is up to standard before leaving the factory.

Many modular structures and temporary buildings require minimal or even no ground preparation, rapidly speeding up the process. In fact, because aluminium framed temporary buildings are off the shelf and can be built directly onto existing hard standing, they are often used as emergency buildings after warehouse fire damage, creating emergency storage space in literally days. In commercial terms this could mean capitalising on growth opportunities that require additional space long before the competition have even thought about their ground works.

The speed and simplicity of most temporary buildings and prefabricated structures usually equates to substantial cost savings and commercial gain. And, with the ability to hire many structures, there is a lot of choice and flexibility for companies that is well suited to the current economic climate.

That said, however, there are disadvantages, the main one being the aesthetic qualities and limited design options. There are no bespoke design solutions that will make headlines on a company’s status and brand and precise requirements in terms of bespoke architecture can’t really be met. Additionally, although temporary buildings and prefabricated buildings normally meet the required British Standards for structural safety and can be used as an alternative to a permanent structure, no one would argue against the superior level of permanence that is derived from a traditional building.

With the many temporary buildings, modular units and prefabricated structures available combined with traditional bricks and mortar, there is certainly plenty of chose for those businesses looking to expand and improve their facilities.

Please comment below on your experience of temporary buildings or contact Aganto for more information.

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