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use them as a semi-permanent, long term solution to their storage needs. They are never classed as a “permanent” building but can effectively be used for the long term.


What can I use a temporary building for? The answer is, practically anything! Most common uses include storage and warehousing (including chilled and ambient storage), loading bays and canopies, workshops, manufacturing and maintenance areas. However they are also regularly used as sports halls and gyms, car showrooms, retail space, and disaster management solutions. Really, you are limited only by how much space you have available on site for installation and access, what ground conditions are, and what your budget is.


What are the key benefits of a temporary building vs an alternative solution? If you’re seriously considering a temporary building, you have probably already discounted the permanent build option based on time and cost. A permanent build with foundations and ground works can take many months, at high cost when you take build and foundation costs, legal fees, stamp duty and agents’ fees into account. A temporary building can be installed within a couple of weeks subject to the building specification, and at a fraction of the cost. Off-site storage, such as a hired warehouse or container is sometimes seen as a cheaper option, but watch out for hidden costs such as duplication of personnel and security, extra plant equipment and double handling – not to mention the increased time taken from storage to line which also increases the overall cost of operations. Temporary buildings really come into their own when you look at their flexibility. n The building’s specification can be designed precisely to fit the available footprint on site, however bespoke the size may be. It is even possible to link a temporary building to an existing permanent structure if required.


n If you go down the bespoke route, you can opt for any number of options to optimise your space inside, such as racking up to the apex, or a mezzanine deck.


n If you choose to hire your temporary building, it can be onsite for just as long as you need it. So you can increase or contract your on-site capacity in line with business demands, eliminating wasted space and wasted money.


Some temporary buildings utilise a steel frame – and these can appear cheaper. However aluminium has several major advantages over steel: n Aluminium is highly resistant to corrosion, giving your building a longer life; and, while incredibly durable, has superior flex under load.


n The lighter weight nature of aluminium makes it quicker and easier to erect onsite.


n Steel structures require expensive groundworks rather than erection through an existing hard-standing area.


n Most steel structures are only offered for purchase rather than the flexibility of hire.


n Steel structures are mostly made to order, unlike “off the shelf” aluminium, so are less reactive to disaster management problems or quick turnarounds.


What do I need to consider before installation? One advantages of a temporary building is that you should not require groundworks or foundations, as long as the building is to be installed on a solid surface like concrete and the frame can be bolted directly onto the surface. Where this surface is not present you will need to pour a slab prior to installation of the frame. However even when this is necessary, the lack of other groundworks and foundations makes installation far quicker than a traditional build. Think about Planning Consent – as this is required for all buildings which will be in place for longer than 28 days. This usually takes a minimum of four weeks. Any temporary building provider worth their salt will undertake a site visit before they offer you a price for installation. This enables them to make sure that your site is suitable for the type of building you have asked for, and that there aren’t any potential problems you haven’t thought of. If you are happy with the price, make sure that they also come back to site prior to installation and carry out a site scan – this will pick up any unseen problems below ground such as services which need to be factored into the installation. Take the time to get it right now to save yourself headaches in the longer term.


A final word If you are convinced that a temporary building could solve your space problems, follow this checklist and you shouldn’t go far wrong: 1. Do your homework – what services can your temporary building provider offer you? (i.e project management, planning consent, maintenance contracts and building MOTs?)


2. Insist on a site visit and ground scan – don’t take risks with your installation!


3. Compare like for like – when comparing quotes, make sure the specifications are the same. What is the profile of the frame? What standards does the building conform to? What guarantees do they offer?


Further information


Spaciotempo has been providing temporary buildings to businesses across the UK and Ireland for over 40 years. With offices in Staffordshire, Belfast and Motherwell, we offer genuine UK-wide coverage. Thanks to our own manufacturing plant in Northern France, and


our own dedicated operations team, we are proud to say that we design, manufacture and install our own temporary buildings for any application or market sector. The strength of our experienced team means we can offer anything


from a 5m x 5m storage box to a bespoke multi-span structure including turnkey features and project management.


Telephone: 01889 569 569 www.spaciotempo.co.uk


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