Temporary building solutions can be an absolute life-saver for many companies, regardless of their area of operation, in many different scenarios. Storage, holdings, canopies and recreational spaces all fall under uses for temporary buildings and can possess a longevity anywhere between 1 month to 30 years. In this article we’ll be talking about the many different reasons behind temporary buildings, and how they’re near-perfect alternatives for sports halls and many other publically used areas. However, before we get into detail, let’s first look into that phrase “temporary building”, what exactly does that mean? Well, in general cases, a temporary building is a unit built as an alternative means to the prior structure, be that due to a fault or renovation. This temporary building is then used in its place, and I know what you’re thinking, wouldn’t it be hard to carry out our football practice/PTA meeting/parent’s evening in a temporary building? The short answer is no. This is because temporary building solutions come in an extraordinary amount of shapes, sizes and requests placed by the customer to ensure that all details such as insulation, materials and dimensions are met and catered for, so that any and all previous uses are still possible.
If that isn’t enough as to why temporary buildings are so suitable in such a vast amount of ways, below I’ve given three sub-headings covering any smaller details
We’ve already gone into some detail on the advantages of temporary building solutions, so we can keep this part brief. The first clear advantage is speed, one of the main reasons behind companies needing these buildings is due to an often catastrophic emergency, bad plumbing, a fire, or some kind of disaster that has rendered the primary building unusable. As a result of these issues, the new structure has to be up quickly, reliably and effectively, making sure that the customer can use it for exactly what they were doing before. Secondly is flexibility, since contractors deal with such a wide-array of designs and needs, planners work personally with the client to ensure that every little detail is included. We’ll come to the structures’ longevity further on, but due to the fact these temporary buildings are designed so well, and with the customer in mind, this is usually why they aren’t temporary at all, and are often used for other means well after the move back to the primary building. The final advantage on my list is cost, one manufacturer of temporary building solutions, Aganto, claims that they can save customers up to 70% on price as a direct result of their planning, recycling and materials used for all of their temporary buildings.
For How Long? and Recycling
Although the name itself implies that of temporary usage, temporary building solutions are often used well beyond the time that the primary building is out of service for. This may seem ineffective at first glance, but when the right amount of time and effort is put into designing this “temporary” building, more often than not customers find that all the necessary requirements have been met and it would be a waste to deconstruct the building. Therefore, as opposed to the temporary structure staying for a few months, while the maintenance or renovations are made to the primary building, it is often kept decades onward, for storage or other alternative uses.
Another important mention in regard to temporary building is that, as of 2018, a lot of suppliers are attempting to maximise recyclables in any and all areas of their work. This could be through the materials used to build the structures, such as aluminium framing and polymer walls, generally allowing up to 80% of all structures to be recycled upon deconstruction. It could also refer to the fact that most suppliers offer storage solutions for the ability to mass recycle, as some companies amass a lot of waste, therefore creating difficulties in removing it quickly and efficiently.
The last detail on our list on temporary building solutions is in the vein of planning permission, in regard to what goes into the project, who should be notified and if it’s really needed at all. Unfortunately, understanding when planning permission from a council or government is needed is never an easy guess, so it’s usually best to give your local government body a call. In many cases, with any building smaller than 200 square meters, planning permission is often not needed; however, with customer care being a high priority for many temporary building suppliers, most are very happy to do the hard work for you. Standing by your side, drafting and providing the project’s designs in CAD, filling in the planning application and consulting the officials themselves to discuss the fine details of the project’s legitimacy.
In regard to examples of the types of structures and designs themselves, I’ve listed a few below with the uses of a sports hall in mind. On the surface some of these temporary build types may sound very similar, but dependent on situation, budget and time-cycle, they could each be more appropriate according to the client’s context.
The modular steel roofed temporary building is an all-round ideal for the medium-term alternative to any kind of larger, frequently used building that a lot of people will be visiting. It prides itself as the middle ground on price, size and added details, and that’s why it offers such a competitive price-point from Temp-re Build. Weather-proof, durable and versatile, the steel roofed temporary build is particularly useful in that it can be moved between locations on-site fairly easily, and as a result, can also be built and re-built quickly. Or, if you’re looking to get back to your primary building, this structure can be dismantled and recycled or sold as a quick removal method after.
Going a step beyond the previous build, the insulated structure offers more in regard to comfort, but at the cost of less versatility and movement. The initial build time still remains short, as Temp-re Build only require a minimum of a week to create the structure, however, in comparison to the Steel Roofed, it won’t be as easy to move around your site if need be. Once again weather-proof and fully heated, you’ll find that this insulated build is perfect for replacing that of a sports hall where lots of public activities will be taking place. Then, when the renovations on your primary building have been completed, this temporary build is a prime candidate for an extra meeting place or storage space.
My final suggestion of placeholder buildings for sports halls before moving onto matters of custom designs offered by Temp-re Builds, is the lightweight build. Easily the most minimal of the three mentioned thus far, but for good reason, the lightweight build focuses more on the temporary of temporary build solutions. Because of this, you aren’t going to get insulation and heating while you practice football with the local team, you might not even get protection from a brisk draught; but what you will get is a budget, cost effective temporary structure that gets the job done. Weather-proof, within days to build and doesn’t require any groundwork to be made in preparation for the structure, the lightweight build is minimalism, but not so much that it can’t be used for storage or other means after your primary building is operational.
Our final build we’ll be looking at offered by Temp-re Build is the customisable, fully personalised prefabricated build. As you can tell, this is where temporary buildings become a bit more fancy, the uses, lifetime and overall quality skyrocket in comparison to the previous builds, but what we also see is an increase of price. This isn’t to say it’s unjustified, but the level of care, detail and concern showed by the supplier goes up as a direct result of the amount of work that will be going into the build. Firstly, Temp-re Build guarantees total concentration as soon as the first call is made, from initial concepts, to project plans, material production and installation, there is nothing they aren’t willing to look into when creating these specially crafted prefabricated buildings.
They use exclusive means of production such as in-house manufacturing resources and their own private designers and engineers each with a wealth of experience in their field. Once again, CAD designs will be given through the pre-production stage, and clients will be kept in-the-know as the project continues to flourish. Whether your use is for the alternative to a sports hall, private meetings, showroom or simple storage, these customised builds offer the highest in quality and personalisation. Whereas the previous three builds are all likely to be pulled down and recycled, this final bespoke build is something clients are known to keep up for well over a decade, repurposing and reusing as the years go by.
So, as we’ve gone through the different angles of temporary buildings, hopefully it’s become far clearer as to what their purpose and uses really are. They aren’t just simple shacks thrown up quickly and left to fall over in three months’ time. Instead, they can be a quick and easy solution that is both adaptable and adjustable dependent on the situation at hand. They’re available to be bought or rented, recycled or re-sold and act as an overall cheaper and faster alternative to designing an entirely new building from the ground up. Whether you’re looking for something quick, something long-term, or something modern and personalised, the temporary building industry has a lot to offer, and www.Temp-Re-Build.co.uk is a great place to start looking for alternative structures.