The obvious answer to why use a temporary building is because there is a temporary need. There are many other uses though that involve long-term use, weather protection, keeping storage on-site, improvement projects etc. They all however benefit from the three factors that make temporary buildings so unique; speed, cost and flexibility.
A temporary building has more uses than you might imagine and could benefit your business without breaking the bank! Over the years, we have helped many customers to grow their business or recover from a disaster. These are some of the applications that our temporary buildings have been used for, but as industry changes who knows what uses they will have in the future.
Growing the business
Most businesses seek to expand and a temporary building can be an important part of achieving the goal. Growth can be organic and planned or it may be that more operational space is needed because of an unexpected order or seasonal demand, whatever the reason for the expansion, a temporary structure can play a part. If more space is needed at short notice a temp building can fill the gap as it can be on site and ready for use in a matter of days, particularly useful if a new order creates space problems.
Using a temporary building as part of an expansion plan means that there is less long term financial exposure as the building can be hired as an alternative to purchasing outright which gives more confidence for the longer term.
Building improvement projects
When undertaking building changes such as refurbishments or rebuilds, using a temporary building installed on site, means that the operations and trading activity of the business can carry on without any disruption. One excellent example of this type of use is a temporary fire station where the existing facility was upgraded and a temporary building was adapted to act as a fire station to ensure operations were not disrupted.
Protecting goods against the weather during loading and loading is increasingly important as the effect of wet damage can be costly both from a financial and customer satisfaction point of view. As it is usually attached to the existing building, using a temporary canopy building means that loading and unloading can be carried out with effective weather protection.
A loading bay canopy is often used for the long term and are therefore normally purchased outright, however if business needs change the structure can be taken down and resold, either to the supplier or a third party. An advantage of this type of building is that as it is built on hard standing, when it is removed it leaves little evidence of it ever having been there.
Keeping everything in-house
When more space is needed there is the option of securing more off site space. This does have an impact on the operational efficiency of course as transport costs and stock control are affected. Many businesses use a temporary building to keep their warehousing or storage activities on site resulting in a significant cost saving over the off-site alternative.
Using a temporary building is not always for the short term, they can often be used instead of a permanent structure. For general storage and warehousing applications we have seen these buildings being used for 20 or more years, which represents a huge saving over a traditional building.
There is always the chance that an unfortunate occurrence like a fire can happen which will impact on the ability of a business to function. Using a temporary building in the short term allows a business to maintain operations and minimise the disruption to its commercial activity. Using a temporary structure in this situation also buys time so that decisions can be taken about the future without the stress of a non-functioning business.
There are many uses for a temporary building because it is a fast, flexible solution for numerous applications and is adaptable to a wide variety of industries. Using a building for warehousing, storage, retail or even as a fire station as amongst many of the possibilities. For more information on our range of buildings click here.