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How Modular is a Temporary Building?

A temporary building has many advantages over a traditional bricks-and-mortar building. Such advantages are in the processes of construction itself, namely the faster lead times for raw materials and the rapid installation process. Studies show that temporary building installation is anywhere between 30-60% faster, providing space you desperately need much faster when compared to the construction of a permanent structure. The financial benefits are great too, with temporary and semi-permanent structures often a fraction of the cost because there is no requirement to pay foundation costs, legal fees, stamp duty, or agents’ fees.

Another often overlooked factor is the sheer flexibility that a temporary, modular building provides. This is itself a twofold advantage, and this blog will dive into 1) modularity of the temporary buildings themselves, and 2) the endless applications they can be used for.

The Stigma Attached to Temporary Buildings

First, it’s worth addressing the elephant in the room. One of the biggest problems the modular construction industry is facing is the stigma still attached to temporary structures. This is an ongoing uphill battle. The stigma is that the buildings are poor quality, will inevitably damage or leak and will easily succumb to the elements, especially high winds. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Temporary buildings boast the exact same structural integrity as traditional, permanent buildings and must fully comply to European wind and snow loading standards. All Spaciotempo buildings are calculated to meet British Safety Standards Wind Loading BS6399 and General Snow Loading BS6399, the same as for permanent structure.

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The Endless Possibilities of Temporary Structures

Once that fear of poor craftsmanship has been quelled, it opens up a world of possibilities. This is because what temporary and semi-permanent construction can offer that traditional premises can’t is modularity and flexibility. The proof is in the construction method. Foundations and traditional groundworks are generally not required, which means a modular building solution is usually bolted onto the surface using heavy duty base plates and fixing bolts, rather than into it.

When you consider that agility is fundamental to ensure a business’s long-term success, whether it be for a seasonal surge or to bring manufacturing and storage facilities in-house, you’ll need the infrastructure to support your activities. Once built, no matter how much time has passed, temporary and semi-permanent modular buildings can easily be extended, reduced, adapted, or completely relocated elsewhere on-site.

Whatever the modification, it is often a quick and easy process to achieve your goals and get you back to business with little to no disruption to the rest of the site. Spaciotempo promise that all components are manufactured and controlled in-house, and we are one of only a few industry specialists who can provide temporary buildings in heights of up 8m or 13m up to the apex, widths of up to 40m, and literally endless lengths.

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Environmentally Conscious Construction

Furthermore, what you may not know is that every component used to construct a temporary and semi-permanent building solution is completely re-usable.

The very nature of temporary buildings is that they are a more environmentally friendly alternative for businesses than what you would find with permanent construction methods, and can reduce carbon footprints for temporary warehouse extensions, new builds, and refurbishments. Latest research from the UK Green Building Council reports that the UK building sector accounts for 60% of material use and waste generation in it’s construction, demolition and excavation activities. Sourcing solutions that do not contribute to this is a critical consideration for the industry.

Temporary warehousing provides a genuine and scalable solution for businesses concerned with their green credentials, offering a solution that not only helps to save the planet, but business capital too. The nature of temporary buildings means they are constructed in half the time of a traditional building, providing around a 65% reduction in energy usage.

Once they are no longer required, as they are reusable and relocatable buildings, they can be taken away to be either utilised elsewhere or reconditioned, causing minimal environmental impact.

What Can Temporary Buildings be Used For?

Temporary and semi-permanent building solutions are often purpose-built specifically with the end use requirements in mind. So, they can be used for pretty much any application you could think of. Because they’re bespoke to the user, any good temporary building supplier will be able to listen and collaborate throughout the entire construction journey to arrive at a proposed solution you are fully satisfied with.

Over the years, Spaciotempo have completed applications across various industries and sectors, providing solutions from one end of the temporary building spectrum to the other. The list doesn’t start and end at temporary warehousing or temporary industrial facilities either. Car showrooms, retail stores, sports halls and swimming pools and train depots are just some of the purpose-built temporary structures that we, and others, can offer.

To get the absolute most out of your new temporary structure, a full turnkey solution can add even more personalised integration to suit your business requirements. That’s because the building can be supplemented by a non-exhaustive list of customisation options ready-made to cope with whatever unique features you and your business need. For example, a temporary warehouse could be fitted with a full racking solution to provide even more storage space for the customer.


Temporary buildings can be permanent and long-term solutions for a lot of businesses, even though there is an unwarranted stigma attached to this type of construction. It is also a far more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional bricks-and-mortar building construction for those who are conscious of the impact their decision making and actions are having on the environment.

Temporary and semi-permanent buildings are also ideal for almost any type of end-use application simply because of their modularity. It is not so easy to change a traditional permanent building because of existing groundworks in place but it is a quick and simple process to extend, downsize or even completely relocate temporary construction buildings to match your everchanging business requirements.

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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