Advantages of a temporary building
The great advantage of a temporary building over a permanent alternative is the speed of construction. Most prefabricated buildings will be ready in at least half the lead time of a permanent building. A traditionally built structure will require groundworks to be carried out before building can start, whereas a modular building can be made ready to build whilst this work is going on. Of course some temporary buildings like those that are aluminium framed do not require any groundworks at all and only need level hard standing as a base. This is a particular advantage if the building is required at short notice for example, after a fire or to take advantage of an unforeseen commercial opportunity.
The quality control of a temporary structure is, for the most part, carried out off site in the factory environment before erection, removing the possibility of onsite problems during the building process. With a permanent structure the commitment is long term and although the operational requirements may change, the building is always there; a temporary building however can be removed if it is no longer required. This type of building offers a degree of flexibility which a permanent building cannot.
Types of temporary building
Choosing the right building depends on what it is to be used for. When thinking about a temporary building often something like a Portakabin comes to mind. They are ubiquitous and offer a great solution where space is needed as a classroom, office or site hut for example. For other applications like storage or other operational requirements, larger clear span metal framed buildings are required.
A steel building is one option and these buildings are used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. The construction of this type of building means that some groundworks will be required which will extend the build time. A concrete floor is part of the build process and if the building is removed at a later date the floor will need to be dealt with.
One alternative you may not have thought of is an aluminium framed temporary building which requires no ground works and can be in situ in a matter of days, not weeks as may be the case with a steel building. The short lead time and lack of ground preparation means that an aluminium framed building can be in operation and adding value to a business fast. If circumstances change and this type of building is no longer required it can be removed without any evidence of it ever having been there, which is ideal when there is a short term requirement. The other advantage of this type of building is that it can be hired, meaning that costs can be apportioned regularly and the building can be returned when no longer needed.
When choosing a temporary building it is very much “horses for courses”, and one type of building will suit some businesses better than others. The important thing is there is choice and weighing up the relative benefits of each type of building means you will come up with the right decision.