When thinking about a temporary building the image created is of a utilitarian structure with four walls, a roof and an access door, but they can offer much more than being a merely functional shelter.
For instance a temporary structure can be used as an addition to an existing building. As an example, transferring goods from a vehicle to a warehouse presents its own difficulties, which can be solved by a temporary structure. Being open to the elements, there is scope for damage to the goods or, if the warehouse is unable to receive a consignment and it has to sit outside, there is potential for it to be spoiled. To prevent this happening, a temporary structure can be used as a canopy over the loading and unloading area. Usually an open fronted structure linked to the warehouse or loading bay, it allows vehicles to be unloaded under cover, keeping goods and personnel protected from the weather.
Using a temporary structure to link between buildings
They can also be used to provide cover between buildings to protect goods and personnel as they pass between. Using a temporary structure for linking between buildings is a specialist task, as it is a tailor made design, although relatively economical when compared to the benefits it provides.
Using a canopy link can have other advantages beyond weather protection. It can be used as part of the production process, for instance air drying or curing for a product may be required. If the canopy links the production facility to the warehouse, this can be carried out under the canopy, maximising time and space. Consideration should always be given in any linking project to the guttering to ensure the area is watertight.
Different uses of temporary structures
Temporary buildings have a wide range of applications beyond just being used for short term storage. For example they can be used as retail buildings either as a temporary replacement, for additional selling space or as a purpose built permanent outlet. The building can be fitted out to a standard equivalent to a permanent building as it can be insulated and heated, have glazed doors and windows and have special lighting and flooring to create a pleasant customer experience.
If a fire station is being refurbished or replaced, the service still has to continue and a new temporary home has to be found. A temporary building could be used as a temporary fire station, meeting all of the criteria of a purpose built facility. Operational requirements like rapid rise doors with a traffic light system as well as an exhaust extraction system are fitted to maintain safety and efficiency.
Waste management is a significant cost factor to businesses and here temporary buildings can help as well. Processing or storing waste on site where possible means that savings can be made on third party waste management. If needed disposal can be carried out more efficiently in larger quantities meaning less transportation and fewer skips etc. required on site.
These buildings have also been used as workshop buildings, recreational buildings and educational buildings amongst many other applications. The great advantage of these buildings is that they are quick to install, suitable for short or long term use and available to buy or hire. They are a flexible option either as an addition to a permanent building or as an alternative.