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The Pros & Cons of Temporary Warehouse Buildings

Whatever stage you are at in the decision-making process, it’s important to consider the pros and cons before you invest time and money into a temporary warehouse building. Read on to get the lowdown as Spaciotempo explains some truths and myths about temporary and semi-permanent structures.


Rapid Installation

One of the main advantages of opting for a temporary storage solution is the speed at which they can be built and be ready to utilise. Off-the-shelf storage buildings can be erected in under a week, and even the largest of temporary buildings can be installed in as little as four weeks, on average. That means less time waiting and more time doing, enabling faster productive output for your business.

Furthermore, for businesses conscious of the environmental impact of the build itself, the very nature of temporary buildings means they are constructed in a fraction of the time of a traditional building, providing around a 65% reduction in energy usage.


Depending on the specification, a semi-permanent warehouse structure can be up to one third of the cost when compared to a traditional building. It is the money-saving factor that ultimately leads to many businesses opting for a temporary warehouse facility over a traditional bricks-and-mortar building. In addition, many market leaders in the temporary and semi-permanent building industry offer flexible buying options such as short-term hire from as little 3 months, all the way through to outright purchase and everything else in between. Check out our buying options to discover the true flexibility when it comes to financing your temporary building.

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They’re more permanent than you might think

Although the buildings are referred to as “temporary”, many customers use them as a permanent long-term solution to their storage needs. Temporary warehousing solutions are typically constructed from aluminium frames, which are fixed to concrete bases to ensure optimum robustness. They also fully comply with British and European wind and snow loading regulations, just the same as a permanent structure.

As long as temporary structures are properly maintained, they can last anywhere between 25-30 years.

Scalability & Flexibility 

If you are looking for true business agility in an ever-changing economic landscape, then a temporary warehouse building is definitely the right choice for you.  Owing to its ground bolting system, all off-the-shelf and bespoke temporary and semi-permanent structures are naturally modular buildings too. This means they can be easily extended, customised or even moved to a new location to suit your exact business requirements. Furthermore, as one size definitely does not fit all, you’ll only ever pay the costs for the exact space you require.

Many in the industry also offer a full turnkey temporary solution, offering a whole range of customisation options to make your temporary building work exactly how you need it. These options range from lighting and HVAC all the way through to mezzanine flooring to increase your storage space or production area.


They are not a forever premises

Whilst temporary buildings provide all the aforementioned structural qualities and can be a cost-effective option in the short and medium-term, they are not a long-term permanent storage solution if you are looking to futureproof your storage facilities at the exact same location for decades to come.

Many businesses do not have such stringent requirements, but should you be looking at facilities for 50 years and beyond for example, you may want to consider a permanent, traditional building investment instead, and consider the cost differences over a longer period of time.

Limited sizing

A semi-permanent warehouse solution from Spaciotempo can be supplied and installed in unlimited lengths but with a maximum width of 40m. There are gutter linking options to increase the overall capacity of your warehouse facility, but this is already on the larger scale of any temporary building supplier in the UK & Ireland.

If your business requires even larger warehouse facilities or one with extremely complex needs beyond the capabilities of a temporary structures manufacturer, then a permanent facility built specifically for larger corporations may still be the best option.

They require maintenance 

We recommend having a maintenance inspection once a year throughout your temporary structure’s lifespan, regardless of if it is hired or purchased. Of course, this comes at an additional cost but having a maintenance inspection will give you, as the customer, the peace of mind that your building is safe and is still in top working condition to get the absolute most out of it.

Having a maintenance inspection or annual MOT will also ensure that the warehouse still meets all health and safety regulations, and that you are not doing anything that could potentially reduce its life span. To find out more on the importance of care and maintenance for temporary buildings, download our handy guide.

You’ll still need planning permission

Building regulations dictate that all temporary structures that will be in place for longer than 28 days, whether they are purchased or hired, require planning consent so there is no cutting corners vs a permanent premises. The time it takes for the planning application process from start to finish is largely dependent on the size of the proposed temporary building development.

Application fees vary too, depending on the amount of floorspace required. Typically, for a semi-permanent warehouse structure no more than 40m2 the application fee is less than £200.

To find out more about planning permission and learn how Spaciotempo can help, download our handy Planning Ahead guide


It’s completely normal to seek guidance when it comes to scoping for additional space and choosing a temporary building. This is a huge investment with an expensive outlay for your business, so it needs to be configured to work just for you. As a temporary building manufacturer and supplier, of course we would say that we believe that the pros far outweigh the cons, but we mean it when we say the benefits that we have listed in this blog are only a handful of a much longer list.

If it’s short-or medium-term space that you require, whatever the type of application, then temporary infrastructure should be a serious consideration.

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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