Temporary buildings

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How much does it cost to build a temporary building?

If you’re researching industrial building costs per square metre, you may want to consider a temporary modular building as an option – because when you get the same space for approximately 25% of the cost – it’s difficult to see why you would go down the conventional route.

Installation of a temporary industrial building can cost 75% less than an equivalent permanent structure

If your proposed industrial unit is an addition or extension to your existing premises or a new facility is required for a specific function – there is probably a better, more cost-effective solution. A modern constructed temporary industrial unit has many advantages over a conventionally constructed industrial building. The build cost is just one factor. Additionally, because it’s semi-permanent – the functionality you require from an industrial unit will not be compromised.

Have you thought about the increase in your rateable value?

A temporary industrial unit is, in some circumstances, exempt. But the rateable value of your temporary building will likely be much lower than a traditional structure. This is due to it being a freestanding and portable building. So it’s not dissimilar to a capital investment in pallet racking and the rateable value assessed by your local authority will likely be significantly less than a conventionally built industrial unit. This is because it can easily be removed re-erected and reused elsewhere.

Can you get flexible payment options on the costs of your industrial unit?

A temporary building can be purchased new or if you want to bag yourself a bargain, it could be previously owned – either way, you can get finance to spread the cost over a period of time. Alternatively, you can lease the temporary structure, like you might any other piece of operational equipment, and gain the tax benefits this possibly provides. If you’re not sure, you can always rent short-term and road-test the building.

When purchasing temporary structures from Aganto, you have the option to hire for a short-term solution to increase on-site capacity without slowing down your business operations.

Are the industrial unit build costs and installation timescales fixed?

If you have ever commissioned any type of traditional building work you will have experienced both the price creep and timescale stretch that comes with it. This can be anything from the wrong type of ground to adverse weather conditions – whatever the reason, it’s likely the build schedule and cost are only ever a guide provided by your chosen contractor.

Because the temporary industrial unit is prefabricated, the construction process and cost is 100% predictable. Typically, you will have your temporary building up and ready within 5 weeks, with the installation itself completed in just under a week!


How easy is it to extend your industrial unit if you need more space?

It’s inevitable at some point you’re likely to need more space, whether a seasonal peak, a specific contract win or organic growth. Extending a conventional industrial unit is a disruptive process, which takes time and significant financial investment. With a temporary industrial unit, you can have an extension in weeks with minimal disruption to your business. You could even rent the additional prefabricated roof, floor and wall units for the specific period you need the extra space – then retract to the original building size when the seasonal peak or one-off contract has come to an end.

How long do temporary industrial units normally last?

The typical life expectancy of temporary structures is measured in decades and the strong and durable aluminium frame comes with a 10-year guarantee. With proper maintenance and care your new building could last up to 20 years.

Key features of temporary industrial units
  • Strong and durable aluminium frame
  • Use long-term in place of a permanent building – 10-year guarantee
  • Robust and weather proof (snow and wind loadings to BS6399)
  • Roof, wall and floor systems conform to British Fire & Safety codes
  • Easy to extend, modify, dismantle or relocate
  • Coloured roof and wall options
  • PVC roof provides a high degree of natural light
  • Lighting, heating options plus a full electrical fit out service
  • Fire suppression and mezzanine options

Need a temperature controlled industrial unit?

Our Insulated range of temporary industrial units are available in days and for as long as you need. Ideal for temperature controlled storage, chilled warehouses, heat efficient workshops, retail space and other industrial unit facilities where temperature control needs to be taken into consideration.

Industrial unit turn-key solutions

  • Easily installed on-site in under a week, without needing any groundwork
  • Can be used short-term or long-term instead of a permanent building
  • A wide range of sizes and specifications: 3m – 6m eave height, 5m – 30m width and unlimited length
  • Choice of wall and roof cladding for basic wet weather protection through to a heated or chilled warehouse building
  • Options for electrical fit out, generators, heavy-duty mobile heaters and LED lighting
  • Can be linked to existing buildings

Short delivery, no groundworks, relocatable and in all sizes – with power, light and heat

Affordable modular buildings can be assembled and operational within days. They can be erected on a variety of surfaces because the unique and non-disruptive method of construction involves anchoring the buildings down to the existing hard ground using base plates and ground anchors. This can be asphalt, concrete or gravel without the additional need for foundation work, provided the ground is firm and reasonably level.

Expanding your on-site storage space has never been more simple, cost-effective and flexible. We can conduct an initial free, no-obligation site survey to understand your temporary building requirements and ascertain the best solution to suit your needs and budget. We know it’s often easier to pick up the phone and speak to someone directly, so if in doubt or if you would like to know more about how mucha temporary building will cost to build – contact us today. Our team of friendly professionals are always happy to help answer your questions.

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