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Five Considerations When Sourcing Temporary Buildings

When your business needs additional storage space or facilities, the procurement process can be a daunting one. However, temporary, modular buildings can offer a quick and cost-effective solution but sourcing the right temporary structure can be a complex process, and there are many factors to consider. In this article, we will discuss five key considerations when scoping for temporary buildings.

Purpose and Design

The purpose of the temporary building is a crucial factor in its design. You need to determine the size, layout, and features required to meet your specific needs. For example, Avonline, a leading UK internet service provider, required more warehouse storage space due to restrictions on their busy site. Spaciotempo, a specialist in temporary building construction, conducted a full site survey, marked out where the structure would go, and designed a bespoke modular building to fit the purpose. Watch the video below to see the brand new temporary space come together:

Planning Permission and Building Regulations

Temporary buildings are subject to planning permission and building regulations, despite no groundworks being required, because they actually offer a semi-permanent solution when in situ. It is important to check with your local authority and ensure that your building complies with these regulations. Spaciotempo worked closely with Avonline to ensure their building met all necessary regulations and provided drawings and proposals for approval before manufacturing the frame.

Space, Location and Access

The availability of space and the location of your site can have a significant impact on the design and installation of your temporary structure. Avonline had very limited space on their site, and Spaciotempo worked closely with them to install the building on quieter days to avoid disrupting their operations. Spaciotempo’s range of modular buildings are surface-mounted, which means they can be added or taken away from easily, and they have a full wraparound cladding system for extra protection against the elements.

Time and Cost

Temporary buildings can be a cost-effective solution versus a fully permanent structure, but it is still important to consider the cost of the building and its installation. Avonline chose to hire the building from Spaciotempo’s fleet, enabling them to spread the cost over their operating budget. They were also able to install the building within two to three months, which is significantly faster than traditional construction methods.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Modular construction may require aftercare and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Spaciotempo has a dedicated aftercare team to assist with a wide range of repairs and remedial works to ensure safety standards are consistently met. For example, they encourage their customers to have a MOT inspection after two years to ensure the building remains in good condition throughout it’s life span. The modular project completed for Avonline’s means they now have a fully portable building that is completely relocatable, and it can be dismantled and erected at another site in a matter of weeks.


In conclusion, sourcing the right temporary building requires careful consideration of several factors. Purpose, design, planning permission and building regulations, space and location, cost and time, and aftercare and maintenance are all essential considerations. Spaciotempo’s expertise in delivering high-quality temporary buildings, as demonstrated by their work with Avonline, can help businesses find the best solutions for their needs!

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss any of the points raised in this blog in further detail, our team will be more than happy. Contact us on 01889 460049 or get a quote using our interactive Let’s Build form.

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