Temporary warehousing, the choices

18th July 2013

If you need to accommodate overflow warehousing quickly what are the options? You could lease property off-site but depending on where you are in the country you might find a last minute search is fruitless as the availability of quality property continues to decline. You could also consider temporary warehouses and having one built on site. This post looks both temporary warehousing options in more detail and the benefits they both provide.

If you have a temporary storage need there are several options to consider. The most traditional and well known is to lease industrial space off site. The availability of quality industrial space is however declining so you may need to consider other options for your temporary storage and warehousing needs.

In the past leasing off-site space was a quick, affordable and effective solution. There are some disadvantages to this solution such as additional maintenance and transport fees, but generally it was a very workable method. In many areas quality industrial property is now few and far between and you would probably need to plan ahead if you wanted to secure something suitable. This isn’t always possible though when unforeseen new business and growth opportunities that are reliant on more space arrive unexpectedly at your door.

So what are your other options? When speed is of the essence you can have a temporary warehouse constructed on your own site very quickly. An aluminium framed structure of this nature won’t need any foundations laying so it would be a very quick and non-disruptive way of increasing space. And, despite the name ‘temporary’ these structures can fulfil many different storage and working requirements.

There is a choice of insulated cladding available to create temperature controlled environments as well as a wide range of sizes and the ability to link buildings to existing structures. The latter point offers a way to fully integrate this kind of temporary warehouse extension with existing storage and handling processes.

The fact temporary warehouses can be constructed so quickly also means they can be taken down and removed just as easily. So, in theory the structure could be used as an interim measure while longer term plans for sourcing quality off-site storage or even a new build are considered.

If the temporary warehouse fulfils all your overflow storage needs short-term however what about keeping it long term? Can this be legitimately done? Yes it can, much to the surprise of many warehouse and works managers out there. The aluminium frame of a temporary warehouse is a heavy duty industrial profile that meets the required British Standards for structural safety (BS6399). This means it can withstand the UK’s maximum snow and wind loadings and can be used long-term. Because of this many suppliers offer a purchase option as well as hire.

So, out of the two main choices for temporary warehousing both provide a fast and cost-effective response. Leased property might be harder to come by now and has the disadvantage of being off-site. Whereas demountable temporary warehouses can be literally taken off-the shelf, delivered and installed on your site in under a week.

If you have any opinions about this blog or experience of temporary warehousing, please comment below.

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