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


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


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?


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.

How much does a temporary warehouse cost?

If your current warehouse is close to capacity, here are your best options

Our resident temporary building expert, Matt Cassidy talks you through how you can quickly and cost effectively get the space you need on your site with a temporary building. Matt has helped hundreds of business with temporary building solutions. He has a depth of experience and knowledge in helping you find the very best storage solutions for your business.

When it comes to warehousing, there are three main options. Traditionally building a new warehouse, renting an existing warehouse or investing in a temporary building on your site.

Find out how much a temporary warehouse like this costs

Firstly, why do you need more warehouse capacity?

We see business of all shapes and sizes looking to boost their on-site capacity. The main reasons being not having enough warehouse space, short term requirements to house stock, and long-term strategic growth plans. We can provide a solution for any storage problem.

Select a flexible, high quality temporary warehouse, on your site

A temporary warehouse is a low risk, lower cost option compared to renting off-site warehousing or building a traditional warehouse. As a guide, a temporary warehouse is in the region of 70% cheaper than a traditionally built warehouse. However, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on flexibility or quality. A temporary building is a highly durable structure that can stand up to the tests of time. The standard lifespan of a temporary warehouse varies. As a guide, they can last in excess of 20 years with the right care.

How much does a temporary warehouse cost?

As with most things, the larger and more complex the design, the more you’ll pay to cover labour and materials. However, with a temporary warehouse you’re in complete control of the costs. We will work with you to refine the design and engineer a building to your requirements. You won’t face any rent rises unlike renting off site storage.

Other options for sourcing warehouse space.

It makes sense to explore all your options. We would love the opportunity to demonstrate how beneficial a temporary warehouse will be for your business in terms of quality, flexibility and cost. Our temporary and semi-permanent warehouses can be rented. If you have land, we can design a custom-made building to your exact requirements with a flexible rental agreement. Or, you can purchase the temporary warehouse outright.

How much does a temporary warehouse costs like this

Buying a warehouse

If you were looking to buy an existing traditional commercial warehouse for comparison the average cost is in the region of £1,500m2. This option is your middle ground, it involves less risk than committing to build your own warehouse but has drawbacks. You will need to manage the logistics of having off-site storage space as well as moving stock and possible rent increases over time.

Traditional build

Traditional construction is a complex, expensive and time-consuming route to build any additional on site storage building. Design, procurement and delivery can take months. Requiring a raft of consultants just to get your building to site. With a temporary building, a full turnkey solution can be achieved with one principle partner.

Our approach is consultative and design led, meaning we take time to understand your requirements. With our team’s expertise, we then create detailed design drawings in a matter of days. This service is included in our temporary building offer.

If you are looking at a traditional build route, these structures will require complex foundations. The foundation costs alone can soar into triple figures easily, and that’s just getting the ground ready!

A temporary building meets all UK building regulations and you won’t need expensive foundations to install the building, giving you an instant saving on both time and cost.

Fixed building costs and total transparency

As our temporary warehouses are manufactured off-site, in a matter of weeks, we can provide cost certainty. There is no risk of price inflation after the point of order, compared to a long-term construction project, which may take several months.

What type of warehouse building will suit you best?

Our industry leading approach provides you with a range of bespoke and off the shelf options to boost your warehouse capacity and storage space at speed. To give you an accurate cost proposal on how much does a temporary warehouse cost, we can provide a tailored quote for your new warehouse building.

Can you install a temporary building in the winter?

Winter Storage: Can you install a temporary building in the winter?

Winter is gripping the UK and businesses are grappling with the need for secure and weather-resistant storage solutions. There is a solution that can save time, money and stress when traditional construction projects often face challenges during the colder months.  This includes project disruption from bad weather, material delays’ labour shortages and simple logistics. In this comprehensive blog post, we will delve into why temporary buildings are one of the best choices for expanding on-site capacity during winter. 

Unlocking the power of temporary building solutions

Temporary buildings, with their flexibility, value for money and rapid installation, are versatile solutions for businesses who need more space.  Be that additional storage options, manufacturing capacity or workshop space. Our robust structures offer a wide range of flexible solutions. The versatility of temporary buildings makes them an ideal solution for businesses seeking extra space in the colder winter months and throughout the year.

A team quickly install a temporary building during winter

Winter-Ready storage buildings

Temporary storage buildings play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges posed by winter weather. Their robust design can withstand heavy snow and wind loads, providing a secure environment for stock and materials or shelter for loading and unloading.  Our temporary buildings are completely customisable and additional security, lighting and heating can be specified.

Things to consider for planning additional warehouse capacity

Temporary building installation speed

If you are looking to install a temporary building in the winter, you will be pleased to know that they can be installed all year round. Unlike traditional building projects, they are more resilient to bad weather during the installation process. This means the winter won’t slow your project down.  In fact, it typically takes just 4-5 working days to install a temporary building, compared to several months for a permanent structure.

Why are temporary buildings so quick to install?

Temporary buildings are renowned for their rapid installation and the key to this efficiency lies in the innovative approach of using modular pre-manufactured components. This method contrasts with the traditional construction techniques, resulting in significantly faster project timelines and reduced on-site disruption.

Off-Site manufacture of modular building components:

In temporary building construction, the majority of components are pre-manufactured in a controlled factory environment. This off-site approach allows for a precise and streamlined production process, while focusing on quality at every stage. This controlled environment minimizes the impact of weather conditions, ensuring that production remains uninterrupted regardless of external factors.

Reduced labour and disruption:

Traditional construction methods typically involve a considerable amount of on-site labour, from foundation work to finishing. In contrast, temporary buildings arrive at the site already manufactured and ready for installation. Our in-house installation teams can work quickly through the winter months to install a temporary building.

Precision and quality control:

Off-site manufacture in a factory allows for precise control over the quality of each component. Advanced technologies and quality assurance processes ensure that every piece meets the required standards. This level of precision is often challenging to achieve consistently with traditional on-site construction, where external factors such as weather and manual work can introduce variability.

Transportation efficiency:

Pre-manufactured modular components are designed for efficient transportation to site. The compact nature of these components reduces the need for large, specialized transportation methods. This contrasts with the transportation challenges often faced in traditional construction, where the delivery of large quantities of raw materials can be logistically complex. Generally, our deliveries will be on one articulated lorry. 


Temporary buildings produce very little waste compared to a traditional building.  This is better for the environment and more cost effective as you wont need to hire multiple skips for building waste.  There will also be less noise and dust disruption compared to a traditional build process. 

Temporary building structures: Flexibility and efficiency

Temporary buildings are renowned for their flexibility, providing a quick and disruption-free installation process. With a modular design, we can provide a fully bespoke building designed to your businesses needs.  The flexibility of temporary structures also extends to the option of renting, offering businesses an additional layer of adaptability based on their storage requirements.

Insulated buildings: Ensuring optimal comfort and performance

a large temporary warehouse installed in the winter

For businesses facing extreme winter conditions, insulated temporary buildings become a crucial asset. These structures, designed to meet all relevant building regulations, offer protection against heavy snow loads and freezing temperatures. The ability to fully or partially insulate these buildings ensures optimal comfort and performance, safeguarding valuable stock from the harsh winter weather.

Planning Permission and building regulations

One of the notable advantages of temporary buildings is the streamlined design process. In most cases, an Architect is not required as we can help you design your storage building. This accelerates the project timeline, allowing us to get on with manufacturing and installing your building without costly consultants or delays. Temporary buildings comply with building regulations, ensuring safety, even in regions prone to heavy snowfall or strong costal winds. 

Need more space quickly this winter?

To start your project, contact one of our experts today.  Our approach is consultative and we will work with you to design and install the very best solution for your needs.

Under the strain for extra storage space? Rapid warehouse building solutions

Transform your on-site storage in just 4-6 weeks

Are you looking for a storage unit or warehouse storage for your business? There are a range of options to increase storage capacity both on site and off site.  Matthew Cassidy is an expert in helping business increase their capacity through temporary buildings. In this latest article he shares expert insight into how you can quickly and efficiently install extra space on your site with a temporary building.

Firstly, why are they referred to as temporary buildings?

Temporary buildings are demountable, modular structures, meaning they can be moved, extended or relocated quickly and easily.  They offer both a short and semi-permanent solution to providing additional space at speed. Temporary does not mean that they are poor quality.  Our buildings comply with all UK Building Regulations and are engineered to stand up to the tests and strains of any industrial application. 

Interior of temporary insulated building at Ikea Reading

Unsure of how much storage space you will need?

Most businesses wanting safe and secure warehouse storage solutions require storage units that provide a building footprint of around 200m2 and upwards. This is an ideal size of a quick and simple storage building.  However, a temporary building can be custom designed to any size, giving you the space you need, exactly where you need it.  These robust structures are perfect if your business uses pallets, has large quantities of stock or large items. 

The benefit of modular warehouse building solutions, is that you can expand the space (or contract it) over time if your storage requirements change.  Another option would be a short or medium term rental option if your space requirements will change. For maximum efficiency, our modular structures are manufactured in 5m bays so it makes sense to work in 5m increments to reduce waste.

Things to consider for planning additional warehouse capacity

Nobody knows your business as well as you.  However, I would recommend considering the bulk of the product, the shelf life, the average production run or quantity, If there is seasonality. Do you operate just in time or is your storage requirements for perishable goods, the list could go on. 

I would be more than happy to visit your site and share some insight and advise. Once you know the size you need, we can work on a building design, our in-house team can supply a design in 48 hours.  This will include structural calculations and wind loading.

inside a warehouse storage building

Can you extend a temporary warehouse?

We would all love to have a crystal ball, but in reality it is hard to accurately forecast your future storage requirements.  A temporary warehouse can be extended due to their modular construction it is easy to add modules to extend either an existing temporary warehouse or create an extension for an existing warehouse. 

What is the manufacturing lead time of a modular warehouse building?

We often get asked, how quickly can we install a warehouse building? The manufacturing lead time does vary from project to project but there are a few ways we can speed things up. Firstly, we can offer a wide range of rental options for your temporary warehouse building.  If we have the components in stock, we can get them delivered within days.  If we are looking at a bespoke build, for an average size warehouse building solution, we can manufacture the building in weeks to your specification. 

Construction and installation: Do you need a warehouse building fast?

Rather than traditional warehouse construction, our temporary storage buildings are simply installed. The installation process is very efficient and we can install a building solution in a matter of days.  As the structure is manufactured off site, there is very little disruption, noise, mess or down time during the install.  

Efficiency of modular warehousing

Rather than traditional warehouse construction, our temporary storage buildings are simply installed. The installation process is very efficient and we can install a building solution in a matter of days.  As the structure is manufactured off site, there is very little disruption, noise, mess or down time during the install.  

Efficiency of modular warehousing

A temporary structure is a highly efficient and cost effective alternative to traditional warehouse construction services. Our solution will provide excellent, high quality storage facilities, loading bays or a new distribution facility at speed. 

The design process is quick and can be completed in days, as apposed to months if you are looking at traditional commercial construction.  It also is incredibly simple and stress free, without the hassle of construction project management.

About the Author

In summary, from your initial contact, through to the design phase, manufacturing and installation, our warehouse building solutions can be fully operational in around 4-6 weeks.  

Matthew Cassidy is a temporary building expert and has decades of experience in helping businsses get additional on site space and capacity.  

He brings a consultative and collaborative approach to your project and will work with you to identify the best solution.  He is available for a free, no obligation site consultation to discuss your temporary warehouse building.

Things to consider when specifying your new temporary building

The importance of an expert site visit

Specifying and installing a new temporary building is a quick and efficient way to increase space. It also eliminates the complexities of undertaking a traditional construction project. 

Starting on a temporary building project, especially if it is your first temporary building, involves a fair amount of planning. There are so many options and avenues available that it can be confusing, especially when you want to ensure you are selecting the best temporary building option for you and your business.

You may have several questions that need answering before you start. For example, how does a ‘temporary’ structure compare to a traditional building? In this comprehensive guide, we will explore why a site visit and consultation should be a significant part of your process when specifying your new temporary building. It will cover how Field and Lawn Temporary Buildings can help you during your early market research.

Who will attend the on-site consultation?

Your local branch has a pool of experienced Project Managers and temporary building experts. All our in-house Project Managers are trained and experienced in managing temporary structure installation. They bring a problem-solving and consultative approach and will answer any questions you have from building regulation compliance to timescales and lead times. 

They can even support you with a planning application if it is needed. Depending on the location, time and complexity, one of our in-house site foreman or National Sales Manager may also attend the consultation.

A team of temporary building experts install a new temporary warehouse structure in the UK

what happens during the site visit?

Get to know you. Firstly, we take care to understand your business, your products and services, your people and location. We look into how you intend to use the new building in order to gain as much information about your requirements as possible. We also cover why you need additional space to help you when specifying your new temporary building.

Get to know us. We are experts in our field, but we understand that you need to have confidence in our ability to deliver and the quality of our product. We will bring material samples, case studies and information about us so you can have confidence in our ability to exceed your expectations.

Site survey. We will review the current ground conditions at an early stage to discuss anchoring options and advise on potential costs such as a new base, pull tests and ground investigation reports. We can make recommendations on surveys that may be required such as utilities and topographics.

Options appraisal. We will discuss and summarise your options for us to prepare a Q&A. Your opportunity to give us a grilling! Find out what you need to know directly from the experts.



We can save you money and provide expert advice with an initial consultation. By investing an hour or two in a consultation, we will be able to provide a much clearer picture of the following aspects:

To offer the best solution and ensure that the building will perform for many years. Defining the purpose and design of your temporary building is paramount. Whether it’s for a temporary workspace, additional storage, or other specific needs, careful consideration of the floor area, load capacity, and welfare facilities is essential. This ensures the structure is futureproof and tailored to your unique requirements and long-term plans.
Site surveys play a pivotal role in assessing available space. They can also determine the optimal location for your temporary structure, and address access considerations. Factors such as proximity to existing buildings, conservation areas, and world heritage sites must be evaluated during the planning stages. Our experts can help you with these important considerations.
Navigating planning permission and building regulations is a critical aspect of the temporary building procurement process. Expert guidance is essential in understanding the local planning authority’s requirements and ensuring compliance with building regulations. This includes considerations for permitted development and licensable activities.
Balancing the cost and time implications of your temporary building project is key to its success. A site consultation enables our experts to provide accurate costings, taking into account construction project timelines, temporary work requirements and potential working day constraints. This will minimise disruption and downtime to protect your business operations.
Ensuring the longevity of your temporary structure requires careful consideration of aftercare and maintenance. Our experts and structural engineers can give you guidance on load-bearing capacity and detailed design drawings, providing you with CGI sketches of your new building.
To summarise, a consultation will help us deliver a robust and highly accurate temporary building proposal, including a design concept that integrates into your existing premises.
Adding cladding on a temporary building

How can i benefit from expert insight?

As part of our client-focused approach, we offer a free, early-stage on-site consultation with one of your local temporary building experts. To benefit from this expert insight, contact us and select ‘yes’ to the free consultation. Generally, the consultation takes an hour. When our team visit your site, the same team will be responsible for delivering your project, giving you complete peace of mind that we fully understand your requirements.

We have a pool of knowledge and experience providing the best temporary building solutions to many industries. Our approach is consultative and solution-orientated. We won’t push you down the wrong path for your new structure. You might think there isn’t enough time in the working day for a site survey. However, we are confident that our experts can help save you time and money. With their insight and expertise, they may provide options that you haven’t even considered.

Warehouse and storage operations: Health and safety hazards and how you can avoid them

Helping you to store stock and manage your warehouse operations safely

Warehousing and storage activities present various hazards and risks if not managed correctly. We have installed a wide range of temporary warehouse buildings and have seen first hand how safe and efficient warehouse and storage operations can play a vital role in ensuring health and safety compliance and operational excellence.

So, if your currently overstocked, bursting at the seams and are struggling to store safely, here is a quick guide to improving your warehouse and storage operations. We will delve into the various hazards at play and provide expert insight to mitigate and avoid them.

Warehouse and storage industry background

The warehouse and storage industry plays a pivotal role in the global supply chain, ensuring the smooth flow of goods from manufacturers to end consumers. From worker safety to inventory management, efficient, well managed warehouse and storage facilities are key to your operational efficiency.

Warehouse housekeeping

Effective warehouse and storage operations start with strong housekeeping practices.
Warehouses are busy environments with constant movement. Proper housekeeping is fundamental to safe warehouse operations. Maintain a clean and organized workspace. Keep aisles and other areas clear of debris and clutter as this can be a common cause of slips, trips and falls. Cover and secure cables and other tripping hazards. If you are overstocked, finding the space to keep walkways clear can be a challenge. If you simply don’t have capacity to segregate walkways from storage zones and maintain emergency exit access, it may be time to increase your storage capacity with additional on-site storage.

Effective stacking and material storage

Incorrectly loaded or damaged pallet racks can lead to collapses, endangering both personnel and inventory. If floor space is at a premium, the most common option is to store higher, stacking stock up to the eaves of a building. However, this isn’t always the safest solution. It is vital to inform and educate warehouse staff on the load capacity of each rack and implement strict adherence to weight and height limits for storage.

To mitigate this risk, conduct routine inspections of pallet racks. This will identify any signs of damage or wear. You should replace or repair components as needed. To mitigate the risk, if you can no longer meet the demand for space, a temporary building can be easily integrated into an existing building. With clear eaves, large and safe racking solutions can be made to measure for your new storage building.

Hazardous materials and handling

Warehouses may need to handle or store hazardous materials, posing risks to both employees and the environment. products will have storage guidelines which need to be followed. If you are unable to store incompatible materials separately, one option would be to create a sperate storage space for these materials. A smaller storage building can be a complete stand-alone structure, or integrated to an existing store, without foundations. This provides a highly cost-effective and quick solution compared to a traditional building.

Material handling equipment (MHE) is essential for the efficient movement of goods within a warehouse. These include, roller cages and forklift trucks. Within a temporary building, you can custom design your space, by specifying roller shutter doors and other bespoke elements to make managing your warehouse safe and simple. We can work with you to design your new warehouse to accommodate all plant and equipment from the start.

Loading and unloading operations

Don’t let your loading bay become a dangerous bottleneck. If your existing warehouse operation requires unloading and loading operations, these are high risk activities. Wet and slippery conditions around vehicles and heavy loads present health and safety issues. Installing a loading canopy is one way to set your loading area up for safety. Where forklifts or pallet trucks are in operation, it’s especially important to keep the area dry and visibility clear. If you want to increase throughput, without risking rushing create an additional covered loading and unloading area.

A safe and comfortable working warehouse

There are a number of ancillary items that can improve the efficiency of your warehouse operations. These include; lighting, flooring heating and cooling. A temporary warehouse can be completely fitted out to meet your exact needs. A freezing warehouse is no safe place to work and retrofitting insulation can be cost-prohibitive. To provide a comfortable working environment and maintain a safe working temperature, we can provide a fully insulated warehouse solution.

Industrial steel sided canopy structure

General building safety and temporary buildings

There is a common misconception that a “temporary” building is just a short-term measure. Whilst this is true, they also provide a highly durable and long-lasting solution. With the right care, a temporary building can be in place for over 20 years. Our temporary warehouse and storage buildings meet all UK Building Regulations, snow and wind loading requirements and are precisely engineered to stand the test of time.

Keep your warehouse and storage operation safe and compliant

If you are Whether you need short or long-term storage and warehousing, our temporary storage buildings are a cost-effective alternative to traditional extensions or expensive new builds.   

A proactive approach to planning your warehouse and storage requirements means you can identify and mitigate risks early.  If you are at capacity and urgently need additional warehouse and storage space, a temporary building solution can be installed within a matter of days.  From initial contact with one of our temporary building experts to handover typically takes just 6-8 weeks.  With the affordability of a temporary building, speed of installation and complete flexibility, they are fast becoming the go to solution for many business who need to increase space fast. 

Temporary warehouse storage: Your options for increasing warehouse capacity quickly

Unlock storage space and capacity: Explore temporary warehouse buildings

Do you need to increase your capacity with more temporary warehouse storage? A temporary building could be just what you are looking for. Our buildings will help you meet both short and long-term storage and warehousing requirements.  Our latest expert blog will provide you with a range of options to help you find and select the best warehouse building for your business.

Why Temporary Warehouse Storage?

Interior of temporary insulated building at Ikea Reading

Despite the “temporary” name, our structures offer a long-lasting, semi-permanent solution that is precisely engineered to your business requirements. Furthermore, our temporary storage buildings are a quicker and more cost-effective alternative to traditional building projects, undertaking extensions or hiring off-site storage space. They provide many advantages, including:


We can provide a price for your new warehouse in 24 hours giving you an accurate budget cost to help you plan.  Once delivered to your site, we can install the new structure in as little as 4 days, without significant disruption or downtime.


Due to our temporary warehouses being engineered off-site we can control quality during every stage of the process. Given that they are designed specifically for your location, temporary warehouses last for years, offering safe and reliable storage. Furthermore, they are backed by a robust warranty and comply with UK Building Regulations.


They are in face around 70% cheaper to build than a traditional warehouse building. Moreover, our temporary and semi-permanent buildings don’t require foundations, expensive Architects or design consultants.  Additionally, we provide the design drawings based on your specifications within the price.

side of temporary warehouse storage building


If you require a short-term storage solution, you can rent a temporary warehouse in order to manage seasonal peaks or new contracts. Due to their modular construction, a temporary building can be easily extended, re-configured or relocated to a different site if your storage requirements change.

Temporary Warehouse Buildings: A Flexible Storage Solution

We offer a wide range of temporary buildings, storage structures as well as canopy shelters. These flexible, adaptable solutions will help your business meet any storage challenges.

Temporary buildings are built with engineered modular components that are assembled and installed on-site.  They are generally constructed in “bays” which provide the length. These are also typically manufactured in 5m lengths.  Eave heights of up to 10m can be achieved and the span, or width, can reach 40m across.  Larger spans can be achieved by linking buildings together or using a steel frame, providing a space solution for every requirement.

Types of temporary storage buildings

Overall the most popular types of warehouse buildings we provide include:

A temporary warehouse:

Our most popular and flexible modern warehouse structure can be provided as an insulated, part-insulated or non-insulated building.  It can be manufactured to your bespoke size requirements and completed with a solid range of options, such as doors, racking, full building management systems and lighting.

Steel warehouse buildings:

This industrial warehouse structure will provide a robust and durable storage building solution. Our industrial steel buildings are most commonly used as overflow storage, with this purpose in mind they create a weatherproof and secure steel warehouse structure. Consequently it will be suitable to store and protect stock, raw materials or house machinery such as packing and bailing machines.

Loading bay canopy shelter:

If you are looking for covered shelter, loading canopy or a lay down space for pallets, goods or materials a canopy shelter will generally be an ideal option to create covered space. The shelter can also be integrated into an existing building, used as a standalone shelter and can be open sided or open ended.

Industrial storage to super-insulated options

With all of the above options, we offer various types of insulation and finishes for our temporary warehouses in order to cater to your specific storage requirements. Insulation can be provided through cladding and various roof insulation options.

Insulated Temporary Buildings for Cold Storage:

Engineered for projects demanding the highest level of insulation and building performance

  • Ideal for medical/pharmaceutical, food, and agricultural produce storage.
  • Operates within controlled temperature ranges to maintain product quality.

Ambient Storage:

  • Offers dry, clean, well-ventilated storage at room temperature.
  • Suitable for all types of product storage and certain perishables.

Non-insulated structures:

If you simply need covered space, a non-insulated structure offers cost effective, dry and weatherproof storage.  It can be specified with industrial grade PCV walls, or steel cladding.  These structures are suitable for applications where insulation is not a priority such as industrial warehousing. 

Why Consider Temporary Warehousing?

It’s important to remember that these structures are engineered to stand the test of time. While they are referred to as “temporary” they can be in place for over 20 years.  They provide many advantages over a permanent building,

  • Seasonal storage: Prepare for seasonal sales spikes, especially in the lead-up to events like Christmas.
  • Expansion: Secured a new contract or looking to grow without moving locations?
  • Integration: Our buildings can be easily integrated with your existing building without disruptive building alterations or the stress and inconvenience of off-site storage

Get your bespoke storage space

We are leading providers of bespoke temporary buildings across the UK, working with clients large and small to deliver high quality temporary storage building solutions.  We provide a wide range of warehouse buildings that can be installed within days.  Our installation process is highly efficient on account of our buildings being manufactured off-site.

They are installed like a modular building, seamlessly adding extra storage space.  We can install your new storage facility on most ground types and locations.  The good news is that we don’t need to create foundations for our buildings which saves significant cost and time.

When exploring extra storage options, the most important considerations include the location, required space, and specific requirements such as temperature control and security. Our team of experts have decades of combined experience in helping businesses like yours get the warehouse and storage space they need without delay. In addition, we have a range of resources available and would be more than happy to discuss your project and provide a free budget price and design:

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Insulated temporary buildings: Prevent the chill this winter

high performing insulated temporary buildings

If you need to increase your on-site space and capacity, insulated temporary buildings stand out for their durability, efficiency, and flexibility. Our insulated structures, offer a range of benefits, making them an ideal choice for anyone in need of temperature sensitive storage, high quality space or durable semi-permanent building solutions without delay.

Understanding Insulated Temporary Buildings

Temporary buildings are often referred to as semi-permanent, modular buildings or portable buildings. They are structures designed to provide a quick and flexible space solution. As a result, we can install a fully insulated building in a matter of days, making them ideal for a wide range of applications, from warehouses, temporary accommodation and workshop buildings.

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, so that they provide a thermal insulation level of U[W/m2K] -0.36. Additionally we can provide enhanced levels of insulation up to 120mm.

Quality and durability

Temporary insulated building with windows

Despite the temporary name, our structures are built to last in excess of 20 years. They will provide a semi-permanent building solution, using the latest modular construction technology to engineer and manufacture a building to your businesses requirements. Furthermore, our temporary structures comply with all UK building regulations and include comprehensive, location specific wind and weather loadings.

Take a look inside…

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When to use a temporary building

If you need additional on-site space, then a temporary building is a great solution. Unlike traditional buildings, they are quick to manufacture and install and are highly cost effective when compared to traditional construction. Our buildings are designed to be in place for many years as a semi-permanent solution. If you have a short to medium term requirement for additional insulated space, a temporary structure can be rented with a flexible agreement. Subsequently our insulated temporary buildings have supported a range of businesses, providing:

Storage and warehouse solutions:

Insulated temporary buildings are ideal for temporary storage space and warehousing, this is due to offering high quality, secure space to store goods and materials. Moreover they are manufactured to your exact requirements and can be integrated with existing warehouse buildings on your site. In addition you can specify the structure to include racking, access doors and heating, lighting and more, exactly like a traditional building, but without the high cost.

Offices and workspaces:

Our buildings provide comfortable and efficient office spaces. So, whether used as a marketing suite or a workshop building, these structures offer a conducive working environment.

Sporting facilities and changing rooms:

Sports facilities often require temporary solutions, we have delivered a number of insulated temporary buildings within the sport and leisure sector.  They provide an optimal environment and can be fully partitioned.

Advantages of insulated temporary buildings

Production, Workshop and Studio Space

Quick installation:

Insulated temporary buildings can be rapidly erected, providing additional space without the lengthy construction time associated with traditional permanent buildings. The design is flexible, offering various clear span widths and eave heights to suit specific needs.

Cost effectiveness:

Compared to a traditional building, a temporary building on the whole is around 70% cheaper to build and install. 

Energy efficiency:

Insulated buildings significantly enhance energy efficiency by reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. The insulation acts as a barrier in order to shield against external temperature variations. Also further insulation can be provided with a range of insulated roof options.


Temporary insulated buildings conform to necessary building regulations, ensuring safety as well as compliance with BS EN standards.

Choosing us for your insulated temporary buildings

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

Field & Lawn offer a range of temporary insulated buildings, including temporary warehouse options, in order to offer the perfect blend of functionality and efficiency from our bespoke, made to measure solutions to our standard temporary structures that are available to rent. 

Our service includes:

• A no obligation site visit and appraisal
• Free design drawings and calculations
• Expert project management
• A comprehensive building warranty 

In addition, our dedicated team of experts will work with you to create a solution to your space requirements, specifying your new insulated building to meet your needs.

Need more information?

If you want to explore the range of options in detail and review the high specifications we also offer, our guide to temporary building standards and specifications will provide more detail.

A building revolution: Temporary Building Solutions For Schools

Find out how a temporary building can quickly provide extra space and capacity at your school, college or university.

During the summer holidays, many schools, colleges and universities will use the extended break to undertake essential repairs and maintenance across their sites as well as undertaking significant capital projects like classroom extensions and building upgrades.  As the new school year rapidly approaches, we know all too well that the race to get projects finished in time is on.  Where there is a risk of projects running over, beyond the summer holidays, temporary building solutions for schools can be the answer.

Temporary buildings can help deliver additional space quickly for a range of short and long-term requirements.  We have seen temporary structures used most commonly as gyms, temporary classroom facilities and examination halls.  However, more recently our flexible temporary buildings have been used to create a high quality school dining hall facility for a secondary school in Bedfordshire. 

Case Study: Temporary dining hall for schools

An open plan flexible dining hall facility

A secondary school approached us with a time-critical need to increase dining hall space and capacity on their school campus.  They needed a seamless, well-designed, and cost effective dining space that would provide a warm space for students to eat and relax and enjoy school meals throughout the academic year.  Field and Lawn provided a 10m x 20m temporary school canteen complete with secure glazed doors, lighting, heating and cooling and access ramps. 

“Temporary” only by name

While they may be called “temporary” our temporary buildings are robust and highly durable structures that comply with all UK building regulations.  They are designed to be in place for in excess of 20 years and are re-locatable.  This proves to be a great option for multi academy trusts, that wish to deploy space quickly, where needed to create high quality additional space. 

A temporary school building can be specified to high standards of thermal performance and include everything you would expect from a traditional building such as heating, lighting, security and more. 

Our insulated temporary buildings combine an innovative blend of thermal insulation, robust construction, and patented technology, making them ideal solutions for industries where building performance matters. 

A complete modular building solution

Temporary buildings have been revolutionising the construction industry,  and we have seen first hand how they can help schools approach and solve capacity and space problems.  

Speed of Installation: A modular dining hall can be installed in as little as 5 days!

Cost Efficiency: Modular temporary buildings are in the region of 70% cheaper than traditional brick and mortar buildings.

Reduced On-Site Risk: Temporary buildings are manufactured off site, reducing the risks associated with long-term construction projects on education campuses.

Minimal Disruption: Fewer contractors on-site means minimal disruption around the school site. Lower noise pollution, less mess and far fewer vehicle movements adds to the benefits of temporary buildings.

Lower Up-Front Costs: Unlike traditional building projects, modular builds required lower upfront investment.  A temporary school building can be hired for short term requirements.

Temporary or Semi-Permanent: The versatility of modular temporary buildings means it can adapt to your school’s needs, whether for temporary or semi-permanent use.  They are easily extended if you require additional space.

Get the extra space you need

A prefabricated modular cafeteria, dining room or temporary kitchen will provide your school, college or university, students, and staff with a comfortable, safe environment quickly. Rapid construction, minimal disruption, and reduced risk means you’ll have less hassle getting your new facility up and running compared to opting for a permanent building. 

Flexibility of design offers you the opportunity to get a dining facility that fits your exact requirements to include areas such as kitchens, seating, food preparation, serving and cleaning areas.  Just like a traditional building, our temporary buildings can be partitioned to create the space you need, designed for your bespoke requirements. 

Flexible, temporary spaces for schools

Temporary buildings are a flexible solution that can provide additional on-site temporary space quickly.  Beyond dining halls they have a range of uses for education including classrooms, gyms, sports halls and equipment stores.  Our temporary buildings are designed with student and staff comfort at the heart and are fully compliant with UK Building Regulations.

About Field and Lawn

Field and Lawn are expert, national temporary building providers. We install a wide range of temporary building solutions in the education sector.  We offer a full turnkey service, including design drawings as standard and complete project management, giving you a high quality, temporary building that will work for your school.  

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