Portable buildings have come a long way in recent years; the days of the simple porta-cabin are nearly a distant memory in the construction industry. As modern building methods become increasingly sophisticated, so too is the range of pre-fabricated buildings available to organisations in every sector.

Whilst the standard portable structure may be sufficient for some purposes, for industries that require more secure facilities, it’s worth being aware of the multiple options available.

Here are four types of specialist portable buildings that are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional construction work.

Blast Buildings

In an industrial environment, the risk of explosion must be a constant consideration when investing in premises or facilities. Blast resistant buildings are engineered to withstand the force of explosions, to give business owners peace of mind that in the event of an accident, their staff and assets would be protected.

However, anti-blast buildings aren’t solely for players in sectors like petrochemicals. The nature of blast buildings means they are often fully soundproofed, ideal for organisations that need to lock sound in or out of their porta-cabin.

Hazardous Material Stores

Blast buildings are made to protect whatever or whoever is inside the structure. Hazardous material stores have the opposite purpose. As an affordable way to increase the size of your premises, portable buildings are often used for extra storage. But when the items you are storing include flammable or combustible materials, it’s a good idea to invest in a building that won’t go up in flames if anything went wrong.

Hazardous material stores are a smart choice for industrial businesses wanting to minimise risk when working with potentially dangerous substances. Furthermore, if you need to transport your container and stocks to a new site, you can feel confident that you are doing so in the safest way possible.

Anti-Vandal Buildings

Vandalism is an ever-present threat in some industries or regions. Protecting your premises or storage facilities from crime is a priority for many business owners. Anti-vandal portable buildings are designed for watertight security, from the steel construction to the locks and windows that prevent unauthorised people from accessing the building.

Fire-Rated Buildings

There’s one risk that no business is immune from, and that’s fire. Taking measures to prevent fires from occurring in the first place is one thing, but it’s also wise to minimise the potential damage that could occur in the event of a disaster.

Fire-rated buildings are designed to withstand extreme heats, flame-resistant to ensure that fires on-site don’t damage your property. So you can resume business as usual, as quickly as possible.

If you’re thinking of investing in new premises or storage facilities, portable buildings are an affordable alternative that can be delivered in a matter of days. From temporary office space to permanent storage units, these specialist designs offer solutions for organisations in any and every environment. Why don’t you have a look into whether a portable building is the answer for your current premises need.

This article was written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, a Yorkshire lass who loves dining alfresco in interesting places. You can follow her on Twitter @KellyGGrassam

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