Temporary buildings can obviously provide short term advantages to manufacturers who need fast interim space on-site for growth, new orders or unforeseen projects. What about other uses though and long-term requirements? Can manufacturers legitimately use these structures long-term and what benefits does that present in terms of cost, speed and flexibility?

If you need more space on-site but not sure for how long then obviously temporary buildings can fulfill that need quickly, easily and economically. That’s the short answer. But temporary buildings have proven to be far more useful to manufacturers in ways that can be longer-term, profitable and risk free.

Growth needed for short-term or unforeseen projects can be accommodated easily by having a temporary building installed on your site. You keep the building for as long as you need and then have it dismantled and removed allowing the space to go back to its original or a new use.

The key here is the speed you can have a building on site. Often two weeks from inquiry to installation is entirely possible. One week to organise the building and contracts and one week (less usually) to build. This could all mean fast returns on investment, efficient lead times, happy customers and frustrated competitors.

But, what if you looked to use a temporary building longer term? Can this be legitimately done? And, even considered as an alternative to a more permanent build?

Temporary buildings are given the name temporary because of the ability to build them without needing foundations, a process which then leads to easy dismantle and removal. Because of this they are available for hire and sale. That doesn’t mean however that they can’t be used long term as well. These buildings are engineered to meet BS 6399, which means in layman’s terms they are strong enough to withstand the UK’s maximum snow and wind loadings and can be safety used long-term.

So why aren’t manufacturers using them long-term then or instead of a permanent building? Well in actual fact, this is now starting to happen. Businesses who want to bring off-site warehousing back on-site, cover loading operations or who can’t find any suitable industrial space to lease are now looking at temporary industrial buildings instead of a permanent building. Now that we know they are suitable and safe for this the advantages that open up are pretty major in terms of time, cost and flexibility.

Firstly, cost. Manufacturers have been known to achieve up to 70% up front cost savings when using temporary buildings instead of traditional bricks and mortar. Secondly, time. How does 1 month for a brand new temporary building, designed, manufactured and installed on your site by just one contractor sound compared to the 12 month headache, endless contractors and bottomless expense of a new build project? And don’t forget, then comes the snagging issues.

And lastly flexibility. Even though you’ve purchased the building the method of installation doesn’t change so you can still easily remove it at any time. It can therefore become an asset that can be sold on if for some reason it’s no longer needed down the line.

Low cost, fast returns and flexibility all help cut down on risk; something that can hamper growth and the long steady road out of recession.

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