The Benefits of Temporary Structures in Engineering Projects

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Engineering and construction projects often require a range of flexible storage and shelter spaces for equipment, materials, workshops, welfare areas, and so on. Temporary structures offer a cost-effective solution and can be adapted to a wide range of purposes. Here’s a look at the benefits of portable cabins for engineering works.

Flexible and customisable

Construction or engineering sites have a range of needs that can fluctuate as the work progresses or changes in nature. This type of fluid situation is ideally suited for temporary structures such as portable cabins or PVC fabric shelters, which can be expanded easily, or quickly relocated, customised or downsized.

This allows your business or project to adapt responsively to changing demands without the need to build more expensive and time consuming permanent structures. They can be used for a variety of purposes such as storing equipment and machinery to protect it from the elements or theft and vandalism, or providing warehousing or workshop space.

Portable buildings can also be used for clerical and administrative work, security hubs, welfare and break out spaces, hygiene facilities and changing rooms, field monitoring stations, gatehouse buildings, meeting rooms, or other needs.

Cost effectiveness

Temporary structures require far fewer materials and labour costs, and this means that they are far more cost effective than traditional construction methods. The portable buildings are manufactured off-site and can be delivered to the site ready to assemble, with minimal installation work.

This keeps costs fixed and controllable, unlike on-site construction methods which can incur hidden or unforeseen expenses caused by delays and rising costs of materials and labour.  There is usually an option to hire rather than buy temporary structures, which can be more economical in the long run, or obtain them on a flexible hire-purchase basis.

Time efficiency

The temporary structure can be assembled within a week or even one day, depending on the exact size and nature of the structure. For example, PVC fabric shelters are specifically designed with speed of deployment as a priority. They are lightweight to transport and handle and easy to assemble, helping to speed up the project timescales.

When the structure is no longer required, or needs to be moved to a different location, it can just as easily and quickly be disassembled and taken away. This avoids the very lengthy time frames involved in constructing or demolishing permanent structures. Depending on the size and location of the structure, it may not even be necessary to gain planning permission.

The temporary structures are ideal for construction sites, where the demands for facilities and storage naturally have an expandable and time-limited trajectory. PVC shelters are also a popular choice for warehousing solutions, particularly in sectors where the demand for stock is variable, such as with seasonal goods or produce.

This avoids the time and effort of sourcing permanent storage space, which can often be in short supply and command high rents or purchase prices, particularly in southern and central parts of the country.

By deploying temporary storage solutions, the business can avoid the wasted expense and liability of having to pay for and maintain traditional structures that may end up standing empty for long periods of time.

Durability and security

Anti-vandal portable buildings are constructed with reinforced steel frames and doors and optional shutters and locking systems, making them very difficult for anyone to break in. This may be a consideration if you have valuable tools and equipment, high value stock, or sensitive data such as financial details of clients or contractors stored at the site.

The structures are manufactured to the highest standards of safety and security using quality durable materials, and can be fitted with extra security features such as CCTV cameras for extra peace of mind. PVC fabric shelters are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, and are able to keep vehicles or stock well protected from the elements.

They can be left in place for longer periods of time if need be, and equipped with ventilation, heating and lighting systems to ensure that they keep stock in optimal condition and provide a comfortable working environment for staff.


Temporary structures have a far lower carbon footprint than traditional buildings, they require far fewer raw materials and can be reused multiple times to minimise waste and pollution.

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