Our mission: "To provide peace of mind for our customers across Europe through quality buildings and services"
That's precisely what Portakabin has been doing for the past 50 years. Today, we operate in five countries and employ more than 1,300 people in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland. Since the company was founded as a pioneering manufacturer of portable and modular buildings, we have continued to innovate and develop exceptional buildings that meet the challenges of efficient, sustainable, high-quality construction.
50 million square feet of building space delivered over 50 years
During our 50 years in operation we have manufactured more than 50 million square feet of accommodation for a huge variety of applications, from offices, nurseries and classrooms to hospital wards, call centres and laboratories. Customers can choose to buy our buildings or hire them for any length of time. Our network of more than 50 Hire Centres ensures that all customers receive a local service from Portakabin building specialists, no matter where they are located.
Portakabin through the ages
From the first portable PK16 building developed by Donald Shepherd to launch Portakabin in 1961, the Portakabin story has been characterised by innovation, inspiration and integrity. Today the company is the acknowledged market leader in the design and manufacture of portable and modular buildings.
Extensive building range
Designed and manufactured at the 250,000m2 Portakabin production facility in York, Portakabin buildings fulfil the demands of an increasing range of applications, from office space, childcare facilities and classrooms to health centres, hospitals, call centres and toilets and showers.
Prestigious corporate heritage
Portakabin is a member of the Portakabin Group, which is itself a member of the Shepherd Group, one of the leading private family-owned businesses in the UK, employing around 3,200 colleagues and with a turnover exceeding £600m.
On-time, on-budget promise
When you work with Portakabin, you are assured of the highest standards of customer service, as set out in our unique Customer Charter. Whether you choose to hire or buy your building, we promise that your project will be completed on time and on budget, every time.
Awards for excellence
Portakabin products, systems and services have achieved an impressive range of awards and certifications, from BBA, LABC, ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditations to Superbrand status, the Engineering Excellence Award, Zurich approved supplier status and Queen's Awards for Export and Achievement.
Portakabin brand is our business
The Portakabin name was registered as a trademark in 1961 and, since then, it has become synonymous with portable and modular buildings. We work hard to protect our brand and ensure that the Portakabin name is used accurately to describe only buildings manufactured by Portakabin.
Sustainability in practice
Portakabin works hard to minimise the impact of its activities on the environment and to ensure that our buildings offer market-leading sustainability performance. Today we recycle more than 90 per cent of our factory waste and have developed buildings that provide the highest levels of energy efficiency.
Your guide to modular construction
If you've heard about modular construction, but don't quite understand what it involves, take a look at our guide to modular building. Find out why more and more organisations are choosing modular construction for its speed, quality-assurance, sustainability and versatility.