Published On: Wed, Apr 3rd, 2019

Businesses Buck Global Trend Thanks to Temporary Buildings

According to various reports published in the last two years in the UK, the demand for prefabricated volumetric modular buildings and portable accommodation is set to rise year on year at a rate of 5-6%.

More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of turning to temporary structures to fast-track growth as opposed to constructing brick and mortar structures. With temporary structures, a company can quickly put up extra space when the need arises and take advantage of new opportunities without breaking the bank.

Where Temporary Buildings Are Being Used

Take a look at some of the areas that temporary structures are being deployed with great success.

1.               Temporary storage facilities and warehouses.

Perhaps the most popular application in the blue-chip sector, small and large businesses are opting to put up prefabricated storage facilities based on the volume of goods at hand as opposed to constructing warehouses. Given that prediction of inventory requirements has never been an exact science, temporary buildings have come as a lifesaving remedy to sudden spikes in stock. These buildings can be constructed in less than a week to accommodate stock as it comes and goes.

2.               Business premises/offices

Technological advancements have allowed today’s temporary buildings to function as conventional office space. It’s no longer uncommon to see whole companies housed in structures constructed in a matter of days. Such buildings can be used for startups, transitional office spaces for those in the process of looking for permanent premises or for business continuity in times of natural calamities like hurricanes and floods.

3.               Temporary structures in agriculture

This is one area that temporary buildings have been used for years with success. Greenhouses are perhaps the best example as farmers have been using them to grow crops in a controlled environment away from natural elements for a while. With this technology, mobile farms can be put in urban areas and in places where farms could not thrive in a natural setting.

4.               Healthcare applications for temporary buildings

The need for the continuous provision of healthcare to patients requires health facilities to look for alternatives when permanent buildings are inaccessible for various reasons. This is where temporary buildings are deployed for instance to act as wards and laboratories. Temporary buildings have been essential in setting up remote health facilities as the cost of putting up permanent structures can be prohibitive in such environments. Mobile clinics are also a good example where such structures have been used effectively for years.

5.               Space for commercial and retail activities

Looking to organize a trade fair or exhibition? Many businesses have turned to temporary buildings to launch major commercial activities as opposed to renting space in convention centers and hotels. Temporary structures provide a cheaper and less disruptive alternative to permanent structures as they have fewer overheads and can be set up with minimum notice.

There are so many areas where temporary buildings have helped UK businesses buck the global trend avoiding the negative effects of the slowdown in the economy. Small and large enterprises can benefit from this revolutionary technology to take on more business and reduce overhead costs. Smart space will help you put up smart, efficient and durable temporary structures tailored to your needs.

Why You Should Choose Temporary Buildings

Below are some of the advantages of choosing temporary buildings for your business applications.

1)               Temporary buildings are easier to modify

Due to the nature of construction, temporary structures can be easily modified to accommodate changing needs. For instance, a business may receive different volumes of stock over a period of time. Storage conditions also vary depending on the nature of goods at hand. Temporary structures can be expanded and new features introduced within a short period of time.

2)               Mobility

Sometimes there is a need to move facilities geographically to take advantage of new opportunities or just out of necessity. This is impossible with permanent buildings but possible with temporary structures. Companies have used this unique advantage to move their business where they are needed with great success. A good example is those involved in major construction projects like road construction and maintenance.

3)               Cost Effective – It is cheaper to use temporary buildings

Putting up permanent structures involves a lot of planning, material costs, legal costs, agency fees among others. A company needs to inject a lot of capital upfront to construct a permanent building as opposed to temporary buildings that require significantly less upfront investment.


The Uncertain economic environment brought about by global geopolitical events and other issues has pushed businesses to be innovative in the ways the deploy available capital This is so as they can cushion themselves from long term effects of these external factors. Temporary buildings are helping businesses engage in commercial activity in a flexible and less disruptive way while enjoying profitability.

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