A comprehensive guide to temporary warehouse buildings

Two large temporary warehouse buildings in the evening sunset

Unlock the benefits of temporary warehouse buildings

Finding a robust storage solution is at the top of the priority list for many businesses.  With the prospect of rising rents and soaring construction costs of traditional storage buildings, temporary warehouses are becoming an increasingly popular solution.  

If you need to build and install a temporary warehouse, this article is for you!  It will cover the fundamentals of temporary warehousing including the various options you need to consider to build a temporary warehouse. 

Temporary warehouse buildings offer a flexible and fast alternative to traditional warehouses. This expert-level guide will provide valuable insights and information on the benefits, considerations, and key factors you need to know when it comes to temporary warehouse buildings.  

Understanding temporary warehouse buildings

external overview of a temporary industrial building used for storage

Temporary warehouse buildings are flexible and robust structures designed to provide quick temporary storage solutions. These buildings are typically made from high quality and long-lasting materials such as aluminium.  They are completely modular, which means they can be assembled on-site quickly and removed once they are no longer required.  They offer many benefits when compared to traditional warehouse buildings. Unlike traditional warehouses, temporary warehouse buildings can be easily and quickly relocated or expanded as required. They can also be used for a full range of warehousing applications. 

Do temporary buildings make good warehouses?

Yes! Temporary buildings make excellent warehouses.  This is why:

Flexibility: Temporary buildings offer unrivalled flexibility compared to traditional buildings. Whether it’s seasonal inventory spikes or short-term projects, temporary buildings provide the agility to meet evolving storage requirements.

Cost-effectiveness: Temporary warehouses are typically more cost-effective than constructing or leasing a traditional warehouse or off-site storage. The initial investment and ongoing operational costs are around 70% lower compared to a traditional warehouse.

Speed: When you need storage space fast, a temporary building can be rapidly installed.  Traditional construction can take months or even years, whereas temporary buildings can be operational in a matter of weeks. without the need for expensive Consultants and Architects. 

Quality and durability: While temporary buildings may be temporary by name, they are robust, highly durable structures that can stand the test of time. An engineered aluminium frame provide strength, ensuring the safety of stored goods. Temporary buildings comply with Eurocodes for snow and wind loading conditions and can be specified with insulation, ventilation, and other features to maintain optimal storage conditions. 

How can you build a temporary warehouse?

Building a temporary warehouse and storage building

We can create a temporary storage shelter on almost any ground surface.  Working around existing site constraints or objects, even connecting a temporary warehouse to existing buildings.  Our temporary buildings have a small footprint and do not require complex groundworks or foundations.  The first step is to choose the right structure. Temporary buildings come in various finishes, including single skin PVC structures, single skin steel cladding, right through to insulated sandwich panels for enhanced thermal performance. Each option has its own benefits and is suited for different purposes, such as urgent storage, industrial applications, or temperature-controlled storage.

Next, there are several roofing options to consider for your temporary warehouse. Options include single skin PVC, inflatable roofs with improved thermal performance, or fully insulated and lined roofs for maximum thermal performance.  Consider the nature of your stored goods.

Finally, you can customise and specify temporary warehouses, as they are made to measure, bespoke for your business. You can tailor the building to your specific needs, including colours, door options, rainwater guttering, lighting, security systems, and electrical services. Customisation allows you to create a complete and fully functional storage space that meets your operational requirements, now and into the future.

Construction of a temporary warehouse is highly efficient as it requires minimal plant and groundworks finishing trades.  This reduces build costs and increases speed. 

Cold storage or temperature sensitive products? No problem

A large temporary building with insulated walls

We can provide completely refrigerated storage solutions, which maintain a consistent temperature for goods that require cold storage.  From beer kegs to medical products temporary warehouse buildings are a safe and robust solution to protect temperature sensitive stock.

Temporary warehouse storage: Ensuring effective operations

a forklift works inside a large temporary warehouse building

Operations within a temporary warehouse are the same as a traditional warehouse building.  They can be specified to optimize storage space. Implementing efficient shelving systems, such as pallet racking or mezzanine floors, will maximise storage capacity. All of these options are possible with a temporary warehouse.   This combined with a robust and secure clear span structure will provide the best use of space.  Inventory management and tracking systems can be used to streamline operations and enhance visibility. You will be impressed by the efficiency a temporary building can achieve.  

Temporary Warehousing. Should I hire or buy?

Again, unlike traditional buildings, a temporary warehouse can be rented for short-term requirements to manage seasonal peaks in storage or provide a long-term semi permeant storage unit. When considering temporary warehouse solutions, hiring offers the benefit of flexibility, allowing businesses to quickly add additional space when needed without a long-term commitment. 

A temporary storage building is a good choice for short-term storage requirements. On the other hand, purchasing a temporary warehouse building provides long-term advantages, including ownership benefits.  As temporary buildings can be easily re-located, there is a strong second-hand market for temporary storage buildings.  By investing in a temporary warehouse, businesses can have greater control, more bespoke customisation options, and an asset.

The future of temporary warehouse buildings: modular and sustainable solutions

The future lies in modular construction techniques and sustainable practices. A temporary warehouse from Field and Lawn consists of prefabricated components that are easily assembled on-site in a matter of days. This means businesses benefit from a highly cost-effective solution that can save up to 70% on traditional construction costs.  You can also scale space up as needed. Furthermore, the off-site approach minimises construction waste to provide an environmentally responsible storage solution.

Temporary Warehouses and Planning Permission

Before constructing a temporary warehouse building, businesses must understand the legal and regulatory requirements associated with such structures. In the UK, planning permission may be required depending on factors such as the size, location, and duration of the temporary warehouse. Navigating the planning permission process involves submitting the necessary documentation and ensuring compliance with local regulations and building codes. Additionally, health and safety regulations must be adhered to, including fire safety measures, emergency exits, and adequate lighting.

Field and Lawn Limited: your partner in temporary warehouse solutions

We have provided many temporary structures across the UK. With years of experience in delivering high-quality temporary warehouse buildings. We offer tailored, bespoke solutions to meet your exact storage needs. Field and Lawn’s expertise lies in designing and installing robust and durable temporary warehouses that ensure the safety and security of stored goods. 

We have a proven track record of successful temporary building projects across various industries.  Our client portfolio includes: 

Conoco Phillips

Why choose Field and Lawn?

Temporary warehouse buildings provide an ideal storage solution. You can tap into the expertise of Field and Lawn to meet their temporary warehousing needs. Whether it’s temporary storage, or modular structures, Field and Lawn stands as a trusted partner in delivering high-quality, innovative temporary solutions to a wide range of businesses looking to increase their storage.  

Visit a Field and Lawn project

We understand that a temporary building is a significant investment. It may also be the first time you are considering a temporary building solution.  We have a strong portfolio of completed projects across the UK and would be delighted to arrange a site visit.  This will enable you to see first-hand the quality and durability of our temporary buildings.  

Temporary warehouse structures: Available Now

Field and Lawn are ready to provide a free, no obligation quote for a temporary storage building.  See how we measure up!