When it comes to fire, flood or weather damage to buildings, it’s all about fast, effective action. Failure to get warehousing, production or trading back up to 100% capacity within a few weeks could mean business failure. Temporary structures proved to be an effective contingency option yet again when Waterways Garden Centre lost their main trading buildings to snow damage. Not only did Aganto temporary structures keep them open and trading, but they were able to consider exchanging it for a larger, more permanent Aganto building as a longer-term plan. Read more about the Waterways project and why emergency temporary structures are so effective.When it comes to fire, flood or other major damage to buildings, then recovery needs to be lightening fast. The whole business survival depends on it.
Another client – with a similar situation to Waterways Garden Centre – enquired about an emergency temporary structure for retail after their existing facilities had suffered from snow damage. Aganto installed a new retail building for them, that was ready to use within two weeks. This is fast, but not a record for Aganto, who have been known to have an emergency temporary structure installed after one week from initial enquiry.
How a temporary structure can help
This may sound like bragging, but it’s not. There is nothing more important to businesses that have lost some or all of their warehouse building or retail unit to get the space they need fast so operations or trading can begin again. Once they know production is continuing, orders are still going out or customers are still visiting and buying, they can then start on the long-term recovery process.
One of the events that also triggers an emergency response is warehouse fire. Through electrical failure, human error or arson, warehouse fires cause destruction and devastation to a business. The ability to have a new temporary warehouse structure – including building links and canopies installed on-site in under a week means any undamaged goods can be re-housed quickly and new stock bought in. Operations can then begin again at full strength.
It’s not just the quick response that’s important either, it’s the quality of temporary structures being installed. They have to do the job. Sensitive or chilled goods still need a temperature controlled environment and the public still need a safe, comfortable building to shop it, albeit temporarily.
Emergency temporary structures that don’t compromise on quality
A good example of how the quality and customised features of large temporary structures can be retained is when we provide temporary fire stations during rebuild projects. These buildings aren’t provided in an emergency, although ironically they will be used for emergency response! Rather they are used temporarily while the rebuild projects are carried out. There is absolutely no room for compromise or error though on these temporary fire station structures as lives could potentially be put at risk if the emergency response wasn’t operating at 100%.
So, although provided quickly in an emergency, these Aganto temporary structures are fit for purpose and can be used indefinitely until long-term plans have been secured.
Waterways initially hired their temporary retail structure but after using it successfully for 3 months, considered purchasing a much larger building for permanent use. Turning to Aganto in their time of need solved their short-term crisis and also provided opportunities in their longer-term plans.
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