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What is an industrial marquee?

30th June 2013

Industrial marquees can conjure up images of a stained old pvc tent covering industrial storage. It is in fact a name given to industrial temporary buildings, which are just that; buildings.

There is a reason for them acquiring the title of marquee however and it stems from the flexibility and fast build of a marquee. The key differences however between a temporary building and a marquee lie in quality, strength and durability. Read more to find out how a temporary building is the best of both worlds.

If you’ve heard this term banded about and come up with the image of a PVC tent used for industrial storage, you might be interested in reading on.

Industrial marquee is another name for temporary industrial buildings. The latter being something that can be used long-term, even instead of a permanent building. Whereas a traditional event marquee can only be used short term due to the lower tolerance to UK wind and snow loadings.

So, why are these industrial buildings referred to as industrial marquees? Three reasons. One, both frames are made of aluminium, except the frames used in temporary buildings are a much stronger specification. Two, neither require any foundations so they can be built directly onto existing hard ground. And, it’s this factor that allows for easy dismantle and removal, and hence the third similarity; they can both be hired.

They all sound like quite a lot of similarities, but there are many more differences. We have already touched on the length of use. Aluminium framed temporary buildings can be and are used instead of permanent buildings. Here, the lack of foundations and a quick easy build process of typically 4 days ensures huge savings on labour, material and equipment.

Aluminium temporary buildings can also offer far greater degrees of insulation and temperature control with different wall and roof cladding. They can also accommodate vehicle and pedestrian access doors as a matter of course.

There is one thing to be careful of however if you are looking at aluminium framed buildings for industrial use. The frame you need for long term use should meet BS 6399. This means it can withstand the UK’s maximum snow and wind loadings. Some event companies have diversified into industrial marquee storage to cover the quiet winter months and have been known to use marquee frames which don’t meet this standard. It’s always best therefore to ask to see a copy of the structural calculations which will confirm the buildings specification and tolerance levels.

To avoid this problem altogether, it’s probably safer to stick with a specialist temporary building supplier. A lower spec building could not only present a safety issue, but you might get a visit from Building Control asking you to remove it.

So, industrial marquees do exist, but this unfortunate title some have bestowed on them has led to confusion. These unique structures are an advantageous mix of all the good things about a marquee and a more traditional building. Certainly the flexibility, time and cost savings are making temporary industrial buildings an appealing choice to UK industry as we slowly wade our way out of recession.

Please comment on this blog or your experience of industrial marquees below.

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