This blog will firstly address the common queries someone might have during their very first foray into the world of temporary warehouse construction, and offer an argument that on-site temporary structures may be the most legitimately viable option when their business needs to increase it’s storage capacity. Secondly, it will then look at the alternative options out there if they decide not to purchase a temporary warehouse building at all.
In a previous post, we have analysed the Pro’s & Con’s of Temporary Buildings to provide you with a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and in the first section of this one we will address some of the more frequently asked questions our Area Sales Managers get asked whilst out on the road, from those also in the awareness stage and are brand new to temporary warehouse solutions. We’ll discuss the other ways you might be able to manage the lack of covered warehouse space you have available with different options you may or may not have previously considered.
About that Temporary Building…
As a market leading supplier of temporary buildings and industrial canopies, of course we’re going to start with what we do best. Our highly-trained and knowledgeable Area Sales Managers cover the length and breadth of the UK & Ireland and are more than happy to answer all questions during their no-obligation site visit. From the most basic to extremely technical queries, in their time they’ve been asked it all. Here are some of the most common ones we get:
How much do temporary buildings cost compared to traditional buildings?
Despite the fact it would be really straightforward to have a standard price list like you might find on the website of a marquee supplier, for example, unfortunately there is no set answer to this question when it comes to the sale and hire of temporary buildings. This is because there are many variables that can affect the price of the structure. The most common would be in the warehouse design itself, namely the size and spec which is different for every client. Even the geographical location where the temporary building is going can affect the final cost too.
Want to find out more about the factors that influence the cost of a temporary building? We’ve got a blog that might help.
How quickly can a temporary building be installed?
An off the shelf temporary hire building can be installed and ready to be used for storage space in a couple of days. It really can be that quick. For more complex structures, such as full turnkey temporary buildings, this can take a little longer. The beauty is that there is little to no disruption to the rest of site whilst your new warehouse space is being installed, yet it creates additional space and improves warehouse efficiency almost immediately.
Watch our fully interactive 360° video below showing just what can be achieved inside our flagship Neivalu building with examples that include either pallet storage or full industrial racking systems to boost warehouse storage capacity:
What preparation is required before a temporary building can be installed?
If the temporary or semi-permanent building is to be installed on a solid surface, such as concrete, then it will not require any groundworks or foundations and the frame can be bolted directly onto the surface. Where this surface is not present, it is essential to pour a slab prior to installation of the frame. However even where this is necessary it makes installation far quicker than a traditional build.
Is it possible to use temporary buildings as a permanent solution?
Despite its name, temporary construction is actually built to last and it can be in situ for decades, providing on-site infrastructure for virtually any end use application, from industrial canopies to warehousing space used by anyone from construction to manufacturing companies and beyond, throughout its lifespan. In fact, it is more of a semi-permanent solution, which is probably a more fitting industry term, and has all the same structural qualities of a permanent brick building but is erected quicker and at a fraction of the cost.
On the flipside, if your storage space needs are short-term, you can hire a temporary building for as little as three months. Read our full FAQ’s page for more questions like these answered.
Still not Convinced?
Are you still unsure if a temporary warehouse building is right for your business needs? Let’s dive into the other ways you could manage your lack of available storage space or instances when you have inventory to protect that might help you come to a decision.
Option #1: Traditional building
Traditional construction buildings, otherwise known as brick-and-mortar buildings, are extremely reliable, durable and can last forever as long as they are properly maintained. These buildings can survive in extremely harsh environments as they are built into and not on concrete foundations, and make a good long term storage solution, anywhere.
You may find you end up with lots of wasted space though, because permanent warehouses don’t offer the modularity of a temporary building either, so our advice is to always rule that option out first rather than the other way around.
Option #2: Cover the goods with something else
If budgetary constraints prevent you from investing in any covered warehouse storage space at all, or the requirement is to only store for weeks as opposed to months and years, then there are much cheaper alternatives. Examples include Tarpaulin, a large sheet of strong, flexible material; or a portable, easy to erect shelter such as a canopy or marquee.
These are by no means a long-term fix but are worth considering if other options are not attainable, if only to provide limited protection from the elements.
Option #3: Store off-site
Off-site storage, warehouse space to rent, or even a container can be an attractive option when space on-site is at a premium. Permanent off-site storage is not always the most cost-effective option but is often built in a prime location with excellent, UK wide transport links, is typically well maintained by the contractor, and has more than enough floor space to meet your storage requirements.
Off-site storage facilities often have ready-made warehouse management systems in place, such as pallet racking or mezzanine floors. Narrow aisles are also a common feature you may find in off-site locations and are a great way to increase available floor space.
Option #4: Reconfigure existing space
If you already have a building on site, whether temporary or traditional bricks and mortar, you are already at an advantage. It may just be that you aren’t using it to its full storage potential, without even realising.
This is because you may be able to reconfigure existing space internally and boost warehouse storage capacity with either a racking or mezzanine flooring solution, which will immediately create new storage opportunities with the exact same floor plan you had before, just cleverly reworked. It’s important to remember always you take health and safety into consideration though, especially when racking or storing at height.
Option #5: Do nothing
This option might seem the easiest, as well as the most cost-effective seen as it won’t require any cost outlay, but it’ll also leave you rooted at square one. It may be the only solution on the table for a long time, but the ‘make do’ approach when it comes to warehousing and storage costs can actually limit a company’s profitability and success in the long term.
Deciding the best solution to combat your lack of available space or to improve inventory management systems, the decision ultimately comes down to individual requirements and affordability. These will be unique to every single business, so one size definitely does not fit all. Armed with the knowledge of temporary and semi-permanent building basics, and an overview of the most common covered storage alternatives available, we hope you have a better understanding of the industry you are about to enter as you weigh up your options.
The great thing about deciding to create extra space inside a temporary warehouse solution of your own is that it can be configured to your exact requirements and therefore do all the things a traditional permanent building or off-site building can do, but with the added benefit of being on site. If you’d like to read more on the differences between Offsite Storage vs Onsite Temporary Buildings, click here to read our blog.
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.