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 Long Does It Take To Install a Temporary Building?

INCREASE ON-site capacity in just 4 days with field & Lawn

One of the biggest advantages of a temporary building solution is their installation speed and efficiency, providing extra on-site capacity in days. Furthermore, when we compare this to traditional construction which can take months, if not years, it’s no wonder more businesses are choosing a temporary solution for their storage needs.

Are you looking for a quick solution to solve your space requirements? Then a temporary structure from Field & Lawn could be the perfect option. As leading providers of high-quality, cost-effective temporary solutions, we can help you get the extra space you need in as little as 4 days

What makes temporary building installation so quick?

Find out how much a temporary warehouse like this costs

One of the main reasons for the shortened installation timeframe that comes with temporary structures is their modular design. Our temporary structures are delivered to your site in modular sections. Each section is designed to fit together seamlessly, reducing the need for time-consuming, noisy and disruptive construction work. This allows for quick assembly and ensures that the building meets the specific requirements of each project.

Specialising in temporary building installation we have skilled and experienced teams who are well-versed in the assembly process. Their expertise ensures that the modular building goes up swiftly and accurately, in order to minimise any potential delays. Our team are here to help you with your next project. We offer national coverage with exceptional customer service!  In need of more warehouse space? A bespoke industrial building, or a loading canopy, our team are here to help.

What is the typical timeframe for a temporary building installation?

A standard warehouse structure can be installed in as little as 4 days without disruption or downtime.  It will give you a fully functional storage solution for your business. Take a look at the installation journey on a recent 15x12m temporary warehouse project…

Here is an example of what a typical timeframe for the installation temporary storage building could look like:

Day 1: Frame Installation

Day 1 installing the frame on a temporary building

Our team begin the installation of your temporary structure by assembling a lightweight bespoke sized frame on-site to maximise the available space. At this point the constructed frame is then anchored into a hard standing. This ensures durability and reliability even during harsh conditions. 

All Field & Lawn temporary buildings are constructed using durable and versatile materials. These materials are specifically chosen to be lightweight yet robust, allowing for quick and easy assembly without compromising on strength and stability. With this in mind, our structures are designed to meet the relevant BS6399 and Eurocodes for wind and snow loadings.

Additionally, unlike permanent structures, Field & Lawn temporary structures require minimal foundation work. This means you can begin to install your structure straight away without spending time carrying out expensive foundation work. This significantly reduces the time needed for installation.

Day 2: Cladding

Adding cladding on a temporary building

Our buildings come with the option to incorporate robust steel cladding. This provides a durable and long-lasting finish. The next step in the installation process is to install the cladding to the outside of the frame. One of the benefits of choosing a modular temporary building for your on-site storage is the ability to customise and create a completely bespoke solution. 

We have a wide range of cladding options in order to provide the perfect temporary solution for your business. Other options include insulated sandwich panels should you need a fully insulated or temperature-controlled unit. Our new temporary building configurator gives you the chance to design and specify your new temporary structure and choose the type of cladding that fits your needs perfectly.

Day 3: Roofing, lining & doors

Adding the roof on a temporary building

On day three your temporary building will be coming together nicely. Our team will then begin to add a roof to your structure. If you’re looking for a good level of natural light inside your building, we can install an industrial PVC roof and even give you the option to incorporate anti-condensation lining. The number of doors that we install within your new building will vary depending on what you plan to use it for. Will you need access for loading vehicles or a forklift? A bespoke roller shutter door will provide easy access. If you need pedestrian access to your building, we can also install pedestrian doors so your workforce can safely enter and exit the structure on foot.

Day 4: Guttering, flashing & finishing touches

day 4 of temporary building installation

On the last few days of the construction project, the focus shifts towards the essential finishing touches in order to also ensure the building’s long-term durability and functionality. Guttering systems are installed along the roofline to channel rainwater away from the building’s foundation. This prevents potential water damage and erosion, ensuring the building’s longevity.

Lastly, flashing made of weather-resistant materials like metal is installed at ground level, intersections and wall connections. As a result water is prevented from entering the structure.

Thanks to our off-site manufacturing approach, there’s minimal waste to manage, promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility. The streamlined assembly and precision engineering of components for prefabricated buildings means that these final stages of guttering, flashing, and other finishing touches can be completed within just a few days, so it’s a quick tidy-up and off to the next project!

Quality and durability

Despite the “temporary” name and the rapid installation, it’s important to realise these structures are built to last. Additionally, they are also backed by a comprehensive warranty.  Furthermore, our structures can be in place for over 20 years.  They are made with high quality materials and engineered to exacting standards to suit the location.  Of course, this includes conforming to all UK Building regulations.

With this in mind, Field & Lawn ensure that installing a temporary building is a quick and efficient process that can provide your business with much-needed extra space in as little as 5 days. The speed of installation, combined with the cost-effective and versatile nature of temporary buildings, make them an excellent choice for companies facing a shortage of space. If you are in need of additional temporary warehouse space, a bespoke industrial modular building, or a loading canopy, contact our team to discuss your options.

Prefabricated warehouses. They’re Not what they used to be!

Instantly increase your on-site storage capacity

If you are close to capacity and need extra storage space quickly, prefabricated warehouses provide additional on-site storage space in days. Traditionally constructing warehouses and storage buildings comes with a significant price tag and a long, disruptive build programme. With this in mind, choosing a prefabricated warehouse means the stress and inconvenience as well as the cost of constructing a traditional warehouse building is easily avoided.

Our prefabricated structures are specified with a range of high quality finishes from insulated panels to robust industrial steel cladding. Despite this, when people think of prefabs, it often evokes thoughts of old, poor quality, post-war buildings. In contrast to this, precision engineering has advanced to new heights and prefabricated temporary buildings are highly durable, long lasting structures that deliver a long-term solution for a variety of sectors and uses.

Installing a prefabricated warehouse building is fast, economical, and flexible. This article will cover the benefits of prefabricated structures, and look at prefabricated warehouses, storage units as well as industrial steel buildings.

Quality and durability

Prefabricated warehouse installed by Field and Lawn

Our prefabricated warehouses, storage units and industrial buildings are manufactured using the very latest precision engineering technology. Consequently, this minimises waste and means that quality can be closely controlled every step of the way. From initial design, through to installation. Giving you a pre-engineered building solution that is robust, fast to install and easily maintained. Steel sided industrial structures generally take 4-6 weeks to manufacture. In addition, prefabricated components are transported directly to your site and installed by our in-house, experienced team.

Rapid deployment

One of the biggest advantages of prefabricated warehouses is their rapid deployment and installation capability. Generally we can install a warehouse or industrial shed in a matter of days.  Furthermore, the modular design of the panels and lightweight frames ensures swift installation, for this reason the construction time is significantly reduced when compared to traditional building methods.

Cost effectiveness

In today’s competitive business landscape, cost-efficiency is key. Prefabricated warehouses and industrial buildings are cost effective. They are in the region of 70% cheaper to build by comparison to a traditional warehouse. You can also specify your structure to your exact requirements, looking at options such as access doors, insulation levels, cladding, and roof types. With a low initial cost and along-life span, they provide a compelling option when it comes to both warehousing and industrial steel storage buildings. Moreover, the simplicity of foundation requirements further adds cost savings, making these structures a highly economical choice for growing businesses who need more space quickly.

Flexibility: Relocate or extend with ease

Prefabricated warehouse buildings are re-locatable, this means you can rent a warehouse, storage building or industrial steel shed for a term to suit your business. It can simply be returned after the rental period, extended, purchased outright or re-located to a different site.  This provides a unique level of flexibility for growing business to flex and change, without significant upfront expenditure. Due to their quality, you can relocate our structures multiple times without the need for major part replacements, providing unmatched flexibility.

Steel warehouse structures and industrial units

If your business needs ultra durability, steel warehouses and industrial units can provide just that.  Prefabricated steel warehouses can be supplied in a range of sizes and specified to your needs.  From bespoke racking to large access doors for machinery and vehicles. We can even provide a range of colours! Steel warehouses can also be connected to existing buildings with ease or used as standalone industrial storage structures. 

Need prefabricated warehouses or prefabricated industrial buildings installing on-site?

Overall with their speed of construction, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and scalability, prefabricated warehouses will help you meet the demand for extra space and storage capacity.  We provide a complete turnkey solution to give you the space you need.  Offering a range of high quality prefabricated buildings that can be rented or purchased outright.  This also includes full design drawings and all structural calculations so you can save on architects fees.  Contact us today to discuss a project.

Inside Temporary Warehouse Buildings

Temporary Warehouse Buildings
fast on-site storage solutions

In the world of storage solutions, temporary warehouse buildings stand out as fast and flexible structures.  They offer a wide range of high quality on-site space solutions for a variety of warehousing needs. From temporary warehouses that give you extra capacity, through to warehouse loading bays, they provide cost-effective solutions for warehouse, freight and logistic companies.

As we look ahead to the busy festive period, the freight, distribution and logistics sector will see peaks in storage and space requirements in quarter four and beyond.  In our latest blog, we will take you inside temporary warehouse, giving you the chance to see first hand how durable and high quality they are and how they can support your business.  Including the array of bespoke options that can customise your warehouse.

High quality, flexible structures. installed in days.

An elevated view of temporary warehouse buildings in insulated cladding

Temporary structures, often referred to as temporary storage buildings or temporary warehouse buildings, offer a range of benefits that simply can’t be achieved with a traditional building.  Temporary structures, despite the name, are built to last.  Using strong, industrial grade materials, they are precisely manufactured off-site and engineered precise wind and weather loading calculations, based on the location of the structure.  

They are modular structures, which means we can install the temporary building in standard components in a matter of days, without disruption or downtime on your site.   So, if you need a temporary storage building, you can have the extra capacity in place within weeks, rather than months, or even years, compared to selecting a traditional “permanent” structure.  You don’t need to compromise on quality…

Inside a warehouse structure

When people think of a temporary warehouse solution, or prefabricated warehouse structure, they may be perceived as short term structures.  That is not the case with a Field and Lawn Structure.  Production technology has advanced and the quality standards that are achievable through our advanced manufacturing techniques is exceptional. 

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

Complete flexibility with temporary warehouse structures

Temporary warehouse buildings,  offer the agility to adapt to changing storage and space needs. Their versatility means they can support peaks in demand, providing short-term storage solutions, as they can be rented and returned.  

They’re equally equipped to function seamlessly for extended periods, with a lifespan in excess of 20 years. They can be specified to very high quality standards, with fully insulated options, a range of door and access solutions and full heating, cooling and lighting packages available.

Types of temporary storage structures

Warehouse buildings 

These structures, sometimes referred to as storage buildings, provide the ideal solution when additional space is needed urgently. Whether it’s for seasonal goods, stock or accommodating specific projects, temporary storage buildings have got you covered.  They can include a variety of access options and doors, from pedestrian doors to large roller shutter doors, suitable for forklifts, vehicles and plant.

Temporary warehouse buildings with large access doors

insulated temporary Buildings

Insulated temporary buildings provide high quality temperature regulation, crucial for industries dealing with sensitive goods or materials, even chilled or frozen goods.  Due to high levels of insulation they are comfortable for staff and energy efficient. 

Insulation can be within the cladding, typically between 60mm – 120mm and within the roof.  Roof insulation is typically achieved by inflating the roof to provide the insulation pocket.  Insulated temporary buildings maintain a controlled environment, protecting your stock from adverse weather conditions.

an insulated roof structure in a temporary warehouse

Industrial and steel structuires 

If you need a temporary storage solution, an industrial warehouse with steel cladding is a cost effective way to meet immediate storage needs for many industrial uses. 

When durability and longevity are paramount, steel-sided temporary warehouse buildings offer a robust solution. They ensure the safety and security of your stored goods, making them a preferred choice for many warehouse and storage companies.  

Expand your storage space with a temporary warehouse

Temporary warehouse buildings accommodate a wide range of goods, from raw materials to finished products, offering a versatile solution for various industries.  Our insulated structures even provide the space for chilled storage due to their exceptional thermal performance. 

Sometimes, especially at peak periods or after securing additional contracts, existing storage space is at capacity. Temporary warehouse buildings provide that much-needed additional space to store excess inventory or handle sudden upticks in production, very quickly.  
We can install a storage building in days!  As a cost-effective alternative to permanent structures, these solutions provide essential storage without the complexities of planning permission or long-term commitments.

Welcome to the future of storage

Temporary warehouse buildings enable your business to get extra space quickly.  Our storage solutions offer a blend of flexibility, efficiency, and adaptability. 

As businesses evolve and storage needs shift, these structures ensure you’re well-prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Explore the world of temporary warehouse buildings and unlock the potential for a more flexible and efficient storage strategy! 

Design your new warehouse building online

When you choose us for your temporary building, we include design drawings and structural calculations as standard.  Temporary warehouse buildings are only limited by how much space you have! Building widths (or spans) are generally 10m, 15m and 20m.  A range of eave heights can be achieved by using different leg heights. Length is increased in 5m bay increments. 

Use our free interactive building configurator to design your building and start your warehouse quote…