The last 12 months has seen some turmoil for UK businesses with the build up to and result of Brexit. For a period last year the business world seemed to temporarily hold its breath, pausing large decisions and investments and simply waiting to see how the British public would vote.
Hold your breath too long though and you’ll perish, so wisely businesses have started breathing again and pushing ahead regardless of the uncertain commercial (and political) landscape. Continue reading
If you’ve ever heard the term industrial marquee and wondered what one is, you’re not alone. You obviously aren’t going to be partying till dawn in an industrial marquee so what would you use one for and when? And, more importantly, what exactly are they and why do people refer to them as industrial marquees? Continue reading
Temporary building installations are a remarkably fast and non-disruptive process; for a standard sized aluminium framed warehouse it is usually under a week. Existing concrete can generally be used without the need for any other ground-works and despite the speed and simplicity these structures can be in situ for ten years and beyond.
For those of you new to temporary buildings and the installation process, one of the best ways to understand it would be to see an installation first hand. This can be tricky to arrange though so the next best thing for a fast and thorough education on temporary building installations is to visit a fully operational building in situ. Continue reading
Modular buildings can vary greatly in terms of size, design, components, materials and applications they are suitable for.
Some are modular boxes that are fully prepared off site and then craned into place on-site, literally ready for use immediately. Others are manufactured off-site in sections. For modular warehouse buildings, the frames are manufactured in the factory and transported to site where one frame section is erected at a time. The appropriate wall and roof panels are then added.
Essentially though, what these and most other modular buildings have in common is the majority of the work is done in a controlled factory environment with final assembly on-site. Continue reading
Contingency planning is one of those tedious but necessary tasks that every business has to carry out. Nobody wants to consider disaster as part of their business to-do list but having a watertight procedure in place is certainly the way to go to safeguard the future of any company.
Prefabricated warehouses can be of incredible help if anything did happen to go wrong and more and more managers are incorporating them as part of a contingency plan. They have a range of properties and can be used for a number of functions and scenarios.
Many businesses require temporary storage solutions from time to time. And often quickly. Because of this it’s good to be aware of what the options are and what would be best for your business in a hurry, or worst case an emergency.
What you choose depends on what you are storing and volume, how much spare site space you have available and a preference for and availability of off-site industrial space in your area. Continue reading
Up until recently most supermarkets were built as traditional brick and mortar structures. Now, though, many supermarkets have taken on a more modular, prefabricated approach creating many benefits associated with speed, cost and environmental issues.
If you’re new to temporary buildings and thinking seriously about hiring or buying one there are some key aspects that need to be understood. And then avoided! What are these issues then and why are they key to a successful and sustainable temporary building project?
Temporary buildings and prefabricated structures are always going to be compared to more traditional buildings and workspaces. Terms like ‘temporary’ and ‘prefabricated’ can often throw up doubts in minds about suitability and functionality.
Are these justified thoughts or unwarranted misconceptions? How do storage buildings, industrial canopies and prefab options differ from the more common brick and mortar approach? Are there any similarities between the types?
If you’re considering what foundations are required for a temporary building you need to first understand what the essential component of that building, ie the frame, is engineered from.
If it’s steel then the weight equals groundworks, additional cost and time. If it’s aluminium then foundations become a much simpler, economical and in most cases an almost non-existent affair. Obviously, this has something to do with the lightweight qualities of the metal, but if they don’t need foundations how are they installed and do the lightweight qualities and alternative construction processes affect strength and durability?