Can AI design a temporary warehouse?

We put it to the test….

Like most, we have been embracing the power of artificial Intelligence (AI) to make our lives easier. So, we asked the question “Can AI design a temporary warehouse?” 

Dall.e is a system developed by OpenAI that can create original, realistic images and art from a short text description. So, we put Dall.e to work and tested AI’s ability design a temporary warehouse building! Let’s explore the results…

What did we ask for first?

We used the prompt “design a temporary warehouse for storage” we started by keeping the specification simple. It delivered a relatively good looking warehouse building, possibly a little over-engineered internally but overall, we were impressed.

One of the key differences between the AI design and one of our temporary warehouses was in the roof space. Our temporary warehouses offer more space internally due to their clearspan apex roof.

AI Design:

temporary warehouse designed by ai

Actual:

inside a temporary building, an insulated temporary building strcuture from the inside

Let’s test it further…

Now we wanted to design a high specification, insulated warehouse building so this time we asked Dall.e to design a “highly insulated and durable temporary warehouse building. Clad in insulated sandwich panels. Please include two roller shutter doors.

ai designed temporary warehouse

This was an interesting result, we were a little skeptical about including sandwich panels in the prompt for this warehouse but the results were reasonable. We like the addition of the small canopy shelter above the warehouse door. This is a design feature we have delivered for a national rail infrastructure contractor.  However, not having level access could be a challenge and the roller shutter doors were completely missing from the structure.  The concrete slab installation leaves a lot to be desired too!

How should a high spec insulated warehouse look? We have installed five warehouses for Ikea so we can safely say what a good warehouse looks like. You can see a recent insulated warehouse project here.

Industrial canopy structure

What about a loading bay canopy? This attempt was commendable but still very raw and not as polished as it should be! This attempt did really grasp the shape of the structure providing a large covered loading area. 

The unsightly overhanging material certainly isn’t ideal.  Maybe AI isn’t fully aware of the quality, durability and life expectancy of a “temporary structure.” Our temporary building solution is engineered to perform for over 20 years and backed by a comprehensive warranty. 

temporary warehouse canopy structure designed by ai

We revisited the design brief and asked for a “steel sided canopy structure” and the result looks more suitable although the support beams will certainly get in the way of unloading and loading operations.  Our canopies provide an un-interrupted open elevation for easy access.

If you are looking for a robust, well designed canopy, take a look at the set of canopies we delivered for Oakfurnitureland in this case study.

AI Design:

AI designed loading canopy

Actual:

Industrial steel sided canopy structure

Fast and accurate temporary warehouse design

This was just a quick exercise (and a bit of fun in the office!) to see how AI approaches designing a temporary warehouse. It’s clear that AI “gets it” in principle but the engineering details are not there yet. So, if you need to design a warehouse, what’s better than AI when it comes to design? Natural intelligence, expertise and industry know how combined with world class manufacturing facilities. That’s where we can help.

Our team of temporary building experts can make designing your structure fast and simple. We also won’t miss out any key components such as doors! Our design service is included with structural calculations and design drawings to get your warehouse building up and running. 

So, can AI design a temporary warehouse? We’ll let you decide for yourself. However, if you want a temporary building designed right always come to the experts.

Design your storage building

Our interactive temporary building configurator is a great place to start your design. You can choose a range of specification options and we will progress your design and provide a storage building quotation.

About F&L Temporary Buildings

We specialise in providing additional space that is installed fast and built to last. One of the core applications of our temporary buildings is temporary storage and temporary warehousing. Our storage buildings are manufactured off-site and installed in a matter of days, without disruption. 

Temporary warehouses are an ideal alternative to a permanent building due to their flexibility. We are a strong, well established UK based business with four regional branches. Furthermore, we employ a team of specialists dedicated to providing your business with the very best possible temporary storage building and other applications.

Have you considered a temporary building for your construction project?

Temporary buildings can play a vital role in construction and infrastructure projects

Our range of versatile temporary structures and canopies provide a number of benefits that compliment modular site cabins. In this article, we will explore the best temporary buildings available for construction projects and how you can use a temporary building on your construction project.

Our temporary building experts explore their unique features, benefits, and real-world examples of successful implementation of temporary buildings on construction and infrastructure projects.

Temporary building for construction project

Additional space. Made to measure

Firstly, consider the importance of having space on construction sites. Temporary buildings offer valuable extra space for a vast range of activities. Traditional modular buildings are often used for staff welfare, site offices and meeting rooms. However, a temporary building can provide significant extra space that can be customised. This is ideal in particular for longer term construction and infrastructure projects.

Secondly, temporary buildings are incredibly flexible meaning they can be used in conjunction with a traditional modular site cabin. A traditional stand-alone site accommodation unit, for example a Portakabin welfare building or toilet block is hired in for a set, specific purpose. They can be stacked and provide a great solution for construction projects. Where as a temporary building offers additional scope for customisation and size options.

What is the number one use for temporary buildings on a construction site?

Industrial storage facility or on-site warehousing: With large construction projects often requiring a significant amount of equipment and materials, at this point having sufficient storage space is crucial for efficient operations. 

Markedly, a temporary structure can be specified with large doors, suitable for plant access and fitted with racking solutions for safe storage of construction materials. Our best selling solution for construction projects is industrial warehousing.

In addition, if you are looking for something more flexible and larger than a traditional site cabin, a temporary building will also suit your needs.  overall, a temporary building can offer a large, open plan office or be partitioned into smaller offices, meeting rooms and suites.

Why are temporary buildings growing in popularity on construction projects?

Portability

A temporary building can be quickly dismantled and reused for future projects, further maximising their value as an investment. This makes them a good option for multi-year construction projects such as rail and road infrastructure development.

Our temporary buildings are designed with portability in mind and they are completely relocatable.  This provides an added advantage for construction companies. Additionally, these structures can be rapidly and easily moved within the construction site or to a new site as project needs change.

So, whether it’s adapting to evolving project layouts or shifting focus to different areas, during the build programme, temporary buildings offer the flexibility to accommodate these adjustments. Furthermore, they don’t require substantial alterations or time-consuming construction work.

Rapid deployment

The construction industry often faces tight deadlines, and any delays can have a significant impact on project completion. The installation process for a temporary building is rapid, thanks to modular construction techniques.

A temporary building can be installed in a matter of days. It requires minimal plant and due to their flexibility they can be installed on most ground surfaces. They can even joined to or near existing buildings or modular site cabins.

Construction project including temporary building

What are the best temporary buildings for construction projects?

When selecting a temporary building for a construction project, several crucial factors should be taken into consideration to find the best building. Firstly, the structure and durability of the temporary building is vital. Construction sites can be challenging environments, with exposure to various weather conditions and heavy-duty operations. It is essential to choose a temporary building designed to withstand these conditions and provide reliable and durable shelter.

We can offer a wide range of specification options to suit the intended application. Significantly, our buildings include industrial storage tents, with robust PVC side, durable steel storage buildings (with an optional loading canopy) or fully insulated options.  Additionally, we also offer a range of options which includes aspects such as lighting, heating, cooling, security systems and internal partitioning.

Portable building solutions: Explore completed projects

We have provided a range of temporary modular structures, prefabricated buildings and portable structures to the construction industry, most recently to support the HS2 project. Our first tier contractor partner required a temporary solution for additional storage. We have delivered ten modular building solutions in connection with HS2. Explore the project case study here.

Temporary vehicle workshop buildings: Increase your maintenance space at speed

Vehicle workshop Buildings from F&l tEMPORARY BUILDINGS

Every year in the UK, around 2,000,000 cars get repaired or receive routine servicing and maintenance. Subsequently, the automotive industry is booming and the market growth has seen unprecedented demand for car parts and vehicle workshop space.

Our robust, relocatable temporary vehicle workshop buildings provide additional space and capacity that is engineered to perform to help you increase your workshop capacity quickly.

Our most popular solutions for the automotive industry include bespoke maintenance bays, workshop buildings, valeting areas and MOT stations. Additionally, we can also provide large workshop structures to accommodate your HGV and other large fleet maintenance requirements.  

So, if you are outgrowing your existing building and need additional workshop space or storage, our high-quality buildings will be able to help you.

Valeting bay for cars skoda

Design your workshop building 

The first thing to remember is that while they are referred to as “temporary” that does not mean they are a short-term solution.  Due to this, our bespoke workshop buildings can be used for over 20 years.

From an initial design concept, through to the final production drawings and calculations, we work with you to design your workshop without expensive architects.  Our design team will provide all the details you need.  

Traditional workshops often face challenges, particularly in terms of limited space and efficiency. This article explores the concept of temporary workshops as a solution to these challenges, emphasising the need for increasing vehicle maintenance space at speed.

Bespoke vehicle workshops and maintenance bays

Vehicle maintenance plays a pivotal role in order to ensure the safety and performance of vehicles. Traditional workshops often grapple with space constraints, leading to inefficiencies in their operations. Additionally, inadequate space not only hinders workflow but also limits business growth.  If you are turning customers away due to lack of capacity, you risk loosing long-term customers and may be damaging your reputation with long waiting times. 

Next, we explore how your dealership or accident repair centre can quickly increase your capacity by installing a vehicle workshop building or part storage structure.

Steel garage buildings and workshops

A popular choice in the automotive industry is a steel workshop design.  In particular, this provides a secure and durable finish that will stand the test of time.  Specifically, this structure is well suited to secure car storage or as a valeting bay, just like the solution we provided to Skoda Warrington.

Insulated vehicle workshops

An insulated building will provide a comfortable working environment for technicians. Insulation is a crucial element that significantly impacts the functionality, performance and comfort within a building. Our insulated buildings feature materials that reduce heat transfer, in order to ensure thermal efficiency to create a comfortable, controlled internal environment. Field & Lawn insulated buildings typically use a sandwich panel wall construction, with a 60mm PIR foam insulated core

Workshop specification options

Temporary workshops offer a quick and flexible solution to the challenges posed by traditional spaces. The versatility and adaptability of temporary buildings make them an ideal choice for creating additional space for vehicle maintenance. These structures provide a temporary solution without the need for major construction, allowing workshops to address immediate space needs.

With all of our temporary workshop buildings, we can supply a wide range of extras such as large vehicle access doors, including roller shutter doors, through to MOT viewing windows, or partition the workshops into individual bays.

Maximising Space with bespoke or standard designs

The key advantage of temporary workshops lies in their ability to maximise available space. We can create a building that fits the specific layout requirements of your vehicle maintenance operations. This means that every inch of space is used efficiently.

Steel garage vehicle workshop building

Safety and Compliance Considerations

Ensuring a safe working environment is paramount in vehicle maintenance workshops. Compliance with local regulations and standards, coupled with adequate safety measures, is essential to protect both technicians and the vehicles being serviced. Comprehensive training programs ensure that workshop personnel are well-versed in safety procedures and adhere to best practices.

New to temporary workshops? 

Temporary workshops, modular structures and portable shelters create additional space quickly. These structures are customisable, allowing workshops to design spaces tailored to their specific needs. The flexibility of temporary buildings enables workshops to adapt to changing requirements without the constraints of permanent construction.

Safety measures, such as proper ventilation, lighting, and signage, contribute to a secure working environment. Workshops must comply with local authorities and industry regulations to create a safe space for both technicians and customers. Prioritising safety not only protects individuals but also establishes trust and credibility in the maintenance services provided.

About F&L Temporary Buildings

We work with major car dealers, such as Skoda, accident repair centres and independent garages to design and deliver high-quality workshop buildings.  From single bay steel valeting bays through to large, multipurpose and state of the art workshops.

What can our buildings be used for?

Their flexibility is practically endless!  You can completely customise and configure your building to meet your needs.  In addition to vehicle workshop buildings, other popular applications include:

    • Workshops
    • Valeting bays
    • Vehicle presentation suites
    • Showrooms
    • MOT stations
    • Storage
    • Bodyshop space
    • Photography studios

As the demand for vehicle maintenance continues to rise, embracing temporary structures is a strategic move towards achieving efficiency and productivity whilst balancing the cost compared to a traditional building.

Are temporary buildings classed as semi-permanent structures?

Debunk the myths surrounding semi-permanent solutions

If you’re considering installing a temporary structure on your site you may be wondering if temporary buildings are classed as semi-permanent structures. Temporary buildings were once perceived as a quick-fix temporary solution for short-term needs. While that is still the case, big improvements in manufacturing and production technology have definitely blurred the lines between what is a “temporary” and “semi-permanent” structure.

Temporary buildings have undergone a transformation, from almost disposal products to durable, long-lasting and essentially, semi-permanent structures. As a result, this shift towards quality and durability has challenged conventional perceptions. 

This article delves into the key question: Are temporary buildings classed as semi-permanent structures? We unravel the intricacies, debunk myths, and explore the robust features that make temporary buildings a wise investment in the long run and why we consider temporary buildings to be semi-permanent solutions.

semi-permanent Temporary building installed by Field & Lawn

Understanding the terminology:

The terminology of semi-permanent structures and temporary buildings is often used interchangeably, leading to confusion. While they share similarities, they are distinct in their intended use and benefits.

Before looking into the durability of temporary buildings, it’s crucial to clarify the terminology. Temporary buildings are portable, de-mountable and movable structures. This gives you a large amount of flexibility and the ability to relocate or rent a temporary building.

A semi-permanent building generally has a steel or solid roof and is much more complicated to move or relocate. Compared to a temporary building, which features a robust PVC roof and is easily re-located. A semi-permanent building will commonly use a steel frame, whereas a temporary building will use a strong but lightweight aluminium frame system.

Depending on the size and construction methodology, a semi-permanent building may also need more complex foundations and feature traditional construction elements like brick and block. Whereas temporary buildings can simply be installed on a concrete pad or other ground surfaces without too much work.

When looking at temporary buildings, they are designed to be erected quickly and easily due to their modular construction, providing a swift solution for immediate space requirements. On the other hand, semi-permanent structures take longer to install.

The differences between the two structures can be blurry, with many temporary buildings exhibiting durability and longevity that challenge the perception of ‘temporary.’

The evolution of temporary buildings:

Gone are the days when temporary buildings were synonymous with flimsy structures lacking durability. Advancements in construction materials, engineering, and design have led to the creation of temporary buildings that rival their semi-permanent counterparts in terms of strength and longevity. This plays a crucial role in answering the question “Are temporary buildings classed as semi-permanent?”

Our modern temporary buildings use high-quality materials such as robust yet lightweight frames, durable fabrics, and advanced modular components. These materials contribute to the overall structural integrity, enabling temporary buildings to withstand various weather conditions and environmental challenges.

What about planning permission and building regulations?

Depending on how long you intend to use the temporary building structure, in most cases, you will need to submit a local authority planning application. Due to our experience, we can support you with your planning application. Our structures meet building regulation standards and can also be integrated into any original building on your site.

Find your local planning authority on the government website.

Durable Features of Temporary Buildings:

Structural strength and durability:

Temporary buildings are no longer makeshift structures with questionable stability. Today’s designs incorporate robust frames that provide the necessary strength to endure heavy loads and adverse weather conditions.

Inside a temporary warehouse solution under construction

Weather resistance:

The materials used in temporary buildings are chosen for their ability to resist the elements. From heavy rain to strong winds and even snow loads, temporary buildings are designed and engineered to weather diverse environmental conditions.

Bespoke options and flexibility:

One of the unique features of temporary buildings is their adaptability. They can be easily customised to suit specific requirements and can be reconfigured or expanded as needs evolve. This flexibility enhances their long-term viability. Again, this is a slight difference compared to a semi-permanent structure which is harder to extend if you need additional space.

Quality cladding options:

The cladding options used in modern temporary buildings are again, engineered for durability. UV-resistant, fire-retardant, and thermally efficient materials contribute to the extended lifespan of these structures. Like a semi-permanent structure, high levels of thermal efficiency can be achieved by selecting insulated sandwich panels. Or, if the application is more industrial, for example, a workshop, steel cladding can be specified.

Are temporary buildings semi-permanent?

While the term “temporary” implies a finite lifespan, the durability and longevity of modern temporary buildings challenge this perception. With their advanced engineering and high-quality materials, a temporary building can be in place for over 20 years.

In conclusion, the classification of temporary buildings as semi-permanent structures is not just a matter of terminology; it is a reflection of the evolving nature and enhanced durability of temporary buildings.

Choosing a temporary building is an investment in a structure that stands the test of time, offering longevity and adaptability that goes beyond the temporary label. If you need additional space and capacity, I would be more than happy to arrange a local site visit to see the quality and durability of our temporary buildings at a recently completed project.

About us

F&L Temporary Buildings are leading modular building experts, providing a wide range of temporary storage buildings and loading bay canopies. If you are looking for a temporary structure to increase your capacity in the short, medium or long term, we can provide a quick and cost-effective solution. Our range includes insulated buildings, canopy systems and industrial sheds.