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How Much Does a Temporary Building Cost?

Temporary buildings – often called prefabricated or modular buildings – can be a cost-effective way for businesses or organisations to increase their storage space, create an additional warehouse, erect a sports hall or gym, or build a new retail space. When compared to traditional bricks and mortar buildings, temporary structures can offer significant cost savings. However, how much they will actually cost your business and what aspects affect how much your final quote will be can often be a minefield.

We have broken down the aspects of a semi-permanent building that influence the final cost. However, every project is different, and an accurate cost can only be obtained by contacting a temporary building supplier for a quote.

Factors that Influence the Cost of a Temporary Building:

Size and Layout

The most important factor that will influence the cost of a temporary building is the size and layout of your structure. Naturally, the bigger and more complex a modular building, the more costly it will end up being. This is due to higher design and labour costs, and the need for more materials.

Foundation and Ground Preparation

Most temporary buildings won’t require any groundworks. However, sometimes the ground you wish to build your temporary facility on may need a bit of additional work. For example, if you need your temporary building to go on ground that isn’t hard standing, you may need additional groundworks and foundations to make it suitable for a temporary structure. This will, of course, add additional costs to your final quote due to the extra labour costs involved.

Location

As with many other services, your location will have an impact on your final quote. Many suppliers, including Spaciotempo, will cover the entirety of the UK and Ireland. However, your distance from the head office or warehouse may affect the costs of your temporary building due to travel costs.

Customisation

If you’re looking for a bespoke semi-permanent building with customisation and branding, you should expect to pay a bit more.

At Spaciotempo, we offer a wide range of optional extras:

  • With a range of doors available including electric roller shutter doors and single or double pedestrian doors. You will be able to make sure that the access to your temporary building fits your business needs.

  • We can also offer double-glazed windows for retail or leisure temporary structures.

  • Depending on the purpose of your temporary building. We can customise the flooring if, for example, you are building a sports facility.

  • With further options for walling, including single sheet cladding and thermal walling. We can ensure your building fits your specifications.

  • We can supply you with HVAC facilities to ensure that your building is heated and/or cooled to your requirements.

  • No matter what your requirements are, we have plenty of roof options to fit what you need from thermo-roofs, blackout roofs and roof covers to coincide with corporate branding.

  • We can also offer branding from non-standard colours to match existing buildings on site to corporate branding and internal fit-out to offer fully functional temporary spaces for your business.

  • If you need your temporary building for storage space, we can install storage racking to maximise storage capacity.

These will all add additional cost to your final quote but may provide a better working environment for your employees, providing more productivity to represent a high cost/benefit ratio. Some customisations can help you save a bit of money. If you opt for extras such as a thermo-roof, you may find that you could save money on energy costs in the long term.

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Renting or Buying

If you are looking to rent your temporary structure, the length of hire will affect the overall cost of your building; the longer you rent it for, the more you may end up paying in the long run. Unless you only need it for a short period of time, you could think about offsetting these costs by looking at buying your temporary building outright– this means you will only pay an initial payment. Renting your building will reduce your primary payment and spread the cost of your building over several months. However, you may find you end up paying more than you would if you bought outright.

However, by buying your temporary building solution, your initial payment will be higher than the initial payment of renting. Therefore, it’s important that you weigh up the pros and cons of each buying option to figure out which one would benefit your business the best.

Planning Permission

If you are looking to rent your temporary structure, the length of hire will affect the overall cost of your building; the longer you rent it for, the more you may end up paying in the long run. Unless you only need it for a short period of time, you could think about offsetting these costs by looking at buying your temporary building outright. As a result, this means you will only pay an initial payment. Renting your building will reduce your primary payment and spread the cost of your building over several months. However, you may find you end up paying more than you would if you bought outright.

However, by buying your temporary building solution, your initial payment will be higher than the initial payment of renting. Therefore, it’s important that you weigh up the pros and cons of each buying option to figure out which one would benefit your business the best.

Maintenance

Temporary buildings can last 25+ years if maintained properly, and sometimes you may need to contact your supplier to arrange post-purchase maintenance. This will be another factor to plan into your ongoing budget for your modular construction project.

Conclusion

The cost of obtaining additional space with a temporary solution comes down to several factors. Ultimately, the cost of your temporary building is based on whether you opt for an off-the-shelf structure or require something more bespoke. The more complex your project, the more your temporary structure is likely to cost. By choosing a reputable supplier, like Spaciotempo, you can rest assured that your project will be completed in time and on budget.

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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