Using a temporary building to extend your warehouse

By 20/08/2018No Comments
If you need to extend your warehousing space on site a temporary building is certainly worth considering. And, given the modular nature of these structures it can be relatively easy to reconfigure them into canopy structures and create bespoke links. Because of this the methods of extending warehousing space with temporary buildings can be adapted to different circumstances. What are the different solutions available though and how can they help businesses?

Businesses needing to extend their warehousing space are often experiencing some kind of growth. And, because of this, space usually needs to be found quickly to capitalise on that growth. Installing a temporary building is certainly one way to ensure these commercial opportunities are maximised.

What are the different types of temporary building though that can effectively extend a warehouse and what are the other scenarios when you might need to find this extra space?

What makes a temporary building such a fast and effective warehouse extension?

If you have the space on site then you can have a standard temporary building installed for additional warehousing purposes in under a week. This is because buildings are bolted down to existing level hard standing and typically don’t need any kind of ground-works or foundations laying.

Not only does this achieve significant time savings, but also cost. Savings in labour, equipment and time on site are huge. This coupled with the ability to have a building up and running at least six months earlier than a traditional build means any return on investment will come in much quicker.

As well as these commercial advantages using a temporary building for a warehouse extension will keep your business responsive and options flexible.

Different types of temporary building warehouse extension

There are several different ways to use temporary buildings to achieve an easy, fast and effective warehouse extension.

Firstly, you could have a stand-alone temporary warehouse building installed on site, either next to your warehouse facility or even linked to it. Links are standard practice for most temporary building suppliers creating covered access for fork-lifts and staff, plus full integration with existing handling and storing processes.

That said, additional warehouse space can be placed anywhere on site where the ground surface is suitable. So whether or not it sits adjacent or linked to your existing warehouse is down to you.

Temporary canopy building extensions

If you wanted to extend your warehouse with a dry holding area for goods prior to despatch, you could use a temporary canopy building. Again, these can be linked to your warehouse to ensure full integration and can be configured with just a roof, or with walls as well.

Canopy temporary buildings are also used for goods in/out areas and, again, can be easily linked to the warehouse facility.

Other reasons to use a temporary building to extend warehousing

Growth is the obvious reason for extending site space and facilities. Weather protection however is another common one, especially in the UK. Customer expectations and industry regulations continue to tighten in terms of wet damage to pallets and goods with the slightest bit of damp leading to whole pallet loads being scraped in some cases.

To avoid any repercussions with customers, pallet networks or industry bodies most businesses are now finding ways to ensure goods are never left in the open during loading, holding or long-term storing.

Whatever your business needs in terms of a warehouse extension, it would certainly make sense to add temporary buildings to your list of possibilities.

If you’ve ever used industrial temporary buildings to extend your warehousing space we would appreciate any feedback or comment below.

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