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Glossary of temporary building terms

Trying to find out about temporary buildings? We do try to minimise the use of jargon on our website, but we can’t avoid it all! Here are explanations of the most common phrases used.

Temporary buildings

Buildings that can be hired and easily relocated – suitable for short or long-term use

Prefabricated buildings / prefab buildings Buildings that are manufactured off-site, for fast delivery and installation and are relocatable. See more information about prefab buildings
Industrial canopy An industrial structure with open sides often used as a loading bay or temporary good shelter
Industrial building A building used for industrial activity – eg warehousing, production, storage or logistics
Modular building

A building that consists of multiple modules / sections and is manufactured off site

Re-locatable building / portable building A building that can be dismantled and moved from site to site as required. See our portable buildings page.
Storage buildings A building used for basic storage - can be insulated or temperature controlled if required
Warehouse buildings A large industrial building used for warehousing with racking systems and FLT access
Workshop building A building that is used for operational activity- production, repairs, teaching etc
Planning permission Approval from local planning control for permission to build - not always needed for temporary buildings
Planning applications Applications made to the local planning authority for permission to build
Planning Officer Officer within the local authority who handles planning applications and will usually need to approve a building project before construction can begin
Site Managers Highly experienced, trained and skilled managers who oversee building projects on site
Groundworks Laying of foundations and / or concrete pad for building works - not needed on level hard ground for temporary buildings
Concrete pad Concrete foundation used to level undulating ground prior to building works
Snow & Wind loadings

The structural load which a building can safely tolerate - see Information & Resouces page

Structural calculations The calculations that determine the structural load - Aganto can assist with these
Ancillary equipment Additional equipment – eg power, heating, lighting, temperature control required for the building
Risk Assessments Determination of the risk associated with a temporary building installation
Method Statements Safe work procedure associated with a temporary building installation - a requirement for most commercial premises
CAD drawings A computer aided drawing of a temporary building. Aganto can provide these as part of our standard service.
Span The width of a temporary building. Aganto buildings range from 10m to 30m
Eave Where the side wall and roof pitch meet. Maximum eave height of Aganto buildings can be up to 6.2m, depending on the building's span.
Clearspan A style of frame that requires no internal poles or legs to hold it up, ensuring the entire internal span is clear
Bay A unitary length of structure of varying sizes, often used for loading / unloading
Purlin Structural support beam positioned in the roof between main frame sections

For more information about temporary building structures or for any technical queries, please contact Aganto’s specialist team.

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To make sure you get the right building for your requirements, budget and site, we will carry out a no obligation site survey, free of charge. This can be done at any time convenient to you.

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