It is not generally realised, but temporary buildings can be used for a surprisingly wide variety of purposes. Traditionally they have been thought of as functional buildings providing additional operating or storage space, and they still fulfil these important functions, but they are capable of so much more.
Fire stations for example are built for a single operational purpose with specific requirements. It might be thought that such a building could not be replicated in a temporary structure. The problem is, that if the existing building needs refurbishment where do the fire engines go? The answer, of course, is a temporary building which is fitted with the necessary accessories such as rapid rise doors and a traffic light system. A bit more specialised than a box for a bit of storage!
The use of temporary buildings has recently expanded into the NHS, an even more specialised use. A contract awarded by Royal Stoke University Hospital for portable wards and operating theatres was worth £13.5 million. There has been a shortage of beds and facilities in the NHS for some time, as is all too well known, and using temporary structures to cover the shortfall has its advantages. Temporary buildings can be operational in a comparatively short lead time and can often be placed adjacent to existing buildings to ensure continuity.
In fact there are many businesses in the commercial and public sectors which could use a temporary building at some stage. Temporary structures of the type Aganto supplies have been used as retail units, educational buildings, workshops, or for waste processing, amongst many other applications. The great advantages of this type of building over a permanent structure is that it can be erected straight on to hard standing without the need for foundations and because of the modular construction the build time is relatively short. Cost is another factor, as a permanent building is significantly more expensive than a temporary one.
Using the word “temporary” is a little misleading and implies that these buildings have a short operational life, but many have a design life of fifteen years and meet British Standard 6399 which covers resistance to snow loads and wind speeds. Of course many businesses may only need the building to cover a short term need which is where another advantage of a temporary building is shown, in that it can be hired for as long as it is needed, and when the structure is dismantled there is little evidence of it ever having been there.
Temporary buildings offer space and sophistication in a short lead time and at a competitive price. If you would like more information about haw a temporary building may help your business, please give us a call.