The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of portable buildings is something like a plain rectangular block with a door and maybe a window. Portable buildings are often associated with construction sites, special events and any other locations that the term “temporary” might be suitable for.
However you might be surprised to learn that portable buildings today can come in many shapes, sizes and indeed designs which are so convincing that it would be hard to differentiate a portable building from a conventional in-situ building. Design features such as roof and ceiling styles, internal finishes and external cladding options, window styles and positioning options, colours schemes and building finishes can ensure portable and modular buildings are indistinguishable from conventional buildings modular portable buildings.
Portable Offices provide a great solution for either temporary or permanent use. They can easily be expanded, adding new “modules” to increase office space or reduced or sold when no longer needed. There are many standard layouts available that can usually be delivered immediately, or they can be custom designed to suit individual requirements. A growing trend is to utilize portable buildings to build large office complexes, often multi storey with internal stairs, including various internal offices and kitchen / bathroom facilities.
Portable and modular classrooms are also increasing in demand as schools struggle to have new classrooms and buildings completed in time for the growth in student numbers. They are no longer the “old demountable style” but are now designed and built using the latest architectural designs and materials. They are an appealing option for schools not only in the aesthetically appealing designs now available but also due to shorter lead time and less disruption to the school. Buildings are manufactured off-site and then transported to the school for installation at a time convenient for the school, usually the school holidays.
Portable and modular classrooms and buildings also provide significant cost savings versus conventional construction but the benefits of going modular are definitely more than simply savings in cost. Time savings can be significant. Standard buildings are often available straight away and more complex, custom designed and manufactured buildings can take as little as 6-8 weeks to produce.
Another advantage is that modular buildings can easily be upgradeable or re-furbished to enhance the building presentation or change the interior / exterior design. And if there’s any doubt about the quality of portable buildings due to the fast turnaround time, you will be glad to know that the materials used in the buildings are the same materials that are used in traditional buildings.
Versatility is a key attribute of portable buildings and one that often attracts people to the idea of implementing a portable and modular building solution. If more space is required? Upgrade or add new modules. Need it moved to another location? No problem. No more need for the building? It’s time to sell!
With the latest in building design and materials, finishes and fitout, portable buildings are no longer viewed as a square box that looks “portable”. They not only provide a quick and cost effective space solution but one that is indistinguishable from traditionally constructed buildings.