Temporary buildings v permanent

1st March 2014

Temporary buildings may not be as durable as permanent ones, but they can’t really be caught when it comes to speed, cost and flexibility. How and why would you choose to use one over a permanent building though and what would be the advantages and disadvantages to your business?/temporary-buildings

You might want to laugh in the face of this topic as yes, of course, a permanent building is more durable than a temporary one.

But, before you get too caught up in your mirth, there are many businesses who are now legitimately using temporary buildings instead of permanent. And, benefiting from the kind of speed, flexibility and cost savings that a permanent building just can’t compete with.

When and why then would you choose to use a temporary building over a permanent one, apart from the obvious temporary requirement?

A short story about temporary buildings

Imagine, there was once a renowned builders merchants with numerous branches and sites throughout the UK. All of these sites needed storing and trading facilities. Many sites came ready made with the acquisition, some needed upgrading and a few building from scratch.

The clever builders merchant had some temporary buildings installed at a few sites and trialled them to ensure they had no negative impact on the quality, durability or success of their branches. Once the data was authenticated, they implemented a group wide strategy of buying and using temporary buildings as opposed to new builds.

And, as the type of temporary building they were using met the British Standards for structural safety (BS6399), it meant that, for their storage requirements, they were a legitimate alternative to a more permanent building.

As businesses can save up to 70% by using a temporary building instead of a permanent one you can imagine the kind of cost savings they were enjoying. And, that’s not all.

The lead times are 6 to 12 months shorter than a permanent building. In-fact a couple of weeks to supply and 4 days to build. Returns were therefore quick and healthy.

Why aren’t more people doing this?

It could possibly all be in the name. Temporary suggests short term use only and to some might even plant a perception of inferior.

Let’s go back to the beginning though, yes temporary buildings aren’t as durable as permanent buildings. They won’t still be here in hundreds of years. But, they do pass the UK’s structural safety tests and will withstand the UK’s maximum snow and wind loadings. Meaning they can safely be used long term.

So, how do they compare?

Faster – 2 or 3 weeks to supply, 4 days to install.
Cheaper – up to 70% with a fast return on investment.
Easier – no foundations, no disruption, no hassle
More flexible – easy to change, dismantle, remove or sell.
Not as strong – but strong enough.

Okay, we aren’t really sitting on the fence here, rather firmly on the side of temporary buildings. And, at the end of the day if we changed sides there would be many advantages a permanent building will have over a temporary one.

Just not in relation to speed, cost or flexibility.

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