Where Can I Build a Temporary Building?

Find out where you can build a temporary building.

Installation without the inconvenience of building work

Our temporary buildings are manufactured off-site using state of the art processes and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure absolute quality and durability.  This means the approach is more installation than “building” or “construction.” 

Temporary buildings can be installed in a matter of days, without the disruption, inconvenience and cost associated with a traditional building project.  If you have land, we can install the covered space you need on most surfaces and ground types. 

So, where can I install a temporary building?

Temporary buildings use a robust yet lightweight aluminium frame that is usually anchored into the ground. The most common surfaces we install on are tarmac, paving, or an existing concrete base. 

Our temporary structures are engineered to site-specific wind and weather loadings.  This means that even in the most exposed areas, such as seaports, docks and costal locations, expensive and time consuming foundations are not required to secure the structure to comply with building regulations. Whereas, complex foundations would be needed if a traditional building or permanent structure was selected.

In terms of space, we typically need a few metres around the perimeter of the building for access. Temporary buildings can have a small footprint to optimise the space available on your site. 

What base do I need for a temporary building?

A winter storage building for warehousing

The base for a modular building can have a big impact on the bottom line cost to both the project’s budget and overall sustainability.  In principle, we can install a temporary structure on almost any surface without having to install foundations. Pins are used for new or existing concrete. Ground spikes are suitable surfaces such as gravel, tarmac, and paving. High performance resin is used to complete the anchor. 

The optimal base for a temporary building, is a flat surface, concrete pad with level access. However, a solution can be found to install a temporary building in most places.  We can even work around sloping sites and existing obstacles. A temporary structure can also be integrated into an existing permanent building.

The above temporary warehouse example was installed on paving slabs which are a great base for a temporary building. 

If you have an unused tarmacked, or asphalted area available, then in many cases the right place for your temporary building has already been found. Anchoring is only not possible on topsoil, due to the lack of compaction as anchoring on topsoil cannot withstand the tensile forces required.  Our temporary building experts can always engineer a solution to work with your site surface. 

Quality and durability

Temporary buildings are built to last in excess of 20 years. Despite the term ‘temporary’, our buildings have a long life span.  Although they are labelled as short-term, they are solid and long-lasting.  Choosing to have a temporary building means that you can have the extra space in place within a matter weeks, compared to months if not years if it were a permanent building, subject to local authority planning.

Planning permission

Will your budling need planning approval? in most cases, you will need planning approval to install a temporary building.  There are a number of exemptions and we can support with the planning application should it be required for your structure. 


Our temporary buildings can be purchased outright or rented over terms that suit your company. They are highly durable, so it may make commercial sense to purchase if your requirements are long term.  You will then own the building and it can be easily re-located to another site if your needs change or your business moves premises. 

We understand that business requirements can change, so we have flexible options to suit your needs. Our manufacturing lead times vary but we keep a range of stock available for immediate and urgent needs.

If you need an immediate solution for extra warehouse space or on-site capacity, then hiring a structure is a flexible way to increase your capacity, without significant upfront expenditure. 

Explore our temporary building solutions

We provide a wide range of temporary buildings from warehouse and storage buildings, industrial buildings and insulated buildings to canopies, loading bays and shelters. 

Design your building, instantly

When you choose us for your temporary building, we include design drawings and structural calculations as standard.  Use our free interactive building configurator to design your building and start you free quote:


Industrial Canopies: How to Prevent Damaged Stock This Winter

Improve your loading and unloading operations with a high performing, weatherproof canopy.

Every year, damaged stock costs UK businesses millions. Be that through breakages in transit or damage during the unloading process. Water ingress and moisture damage to stock is one of the leading types of damage.  It can be easily prevented by investing in the right shelter or industrial canopy to cover loading bays and dispatch areas.

 Features and benefits

  • Integrate into existing buildings
  • Customise to your site
  • Protection from all weathers
  • Durable and high quality
  • Minimal disruption
Industrial steel sided canopy structure

We specialise in temporary building solutions,  industrial canopies, and shelters.  We have seen first hand how they can completely protect your stock from damage all year, no matter the weather. When winter is around the corner, there is no better time to get the protection and shelter ahead of the winter months.

Types of canopies and shelters

Our most popular solution is a steel sided, open-ended canopy with a robust PVC roof.  These canopies are made to measure to cover one, or several loading docks.  The size can be completely bespoke to accommodate most vehicle sizes and heights.  These canopies integrate into existing buildings and include guttering systems for enhanced weather performance.

Covered storage solutions and Commercial canopies

Our industrial canopy shelters deliver a seamless loading bay area outside your warehouse or distribution centre.  They can be specified to create a complete, enclosed, weatherproof solution with roller shutter doors or electrically operated doors. 

Alternatively, we can provide a standalone, open sided canopy, giving high levels of access from either side, capable of accommodating multiple vehicles at various stages of loading and unloading.

Our canopies can provide solutions beyond loading and unloading.  We can create covered lay down areas for palletised goods. When warehouse space is close to capacity, they can provide additional on-site, secure storage, weather protection and shelter. 

Loading bay canopies and bespoke lighting options

All round weather protection and increased performance are why businesses invest in industrial canopies. As the evenings draw darker, lighting can play a vital role in securing the safety of the workforce while handling goods materials.  Rushing in the rain, around poorly lit vehicles can also lead to an increase in mishandling, in turn risking more damage to your stock. 

Notably, during the hot summer months, a canopy will also provide shade and sun protection.  This will provide a safer and more comfortable working environment. 

If you have uncovered, outdoor space, get it protected with our robust and durable canopy structures and create the ideal covered area for unloading vehicles, laying down stock and pallets or any other storage requirement. 

Talk to the temporary building experts today

We have a track record in providing a full turnkey solution to businesses nationwide.  Our expertise lies in delivering, optimum, well-engineered shelters, industrial building solutions and insulated buildings.  Our team are here to help and it all starts with a free, no obligation quote.  Tell us what you need and we will get you covered.

Loading bay canopy case study

We recently delivered three industrial canopies for Oak Furnitureland, providing a combined covered space of over 1,300m2.  Find out more about the project and read the case study here.