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Building Use - Emergency Accommodation

Trust the Portakabin Hire emergency-response service to deliver your essential buildings fast - often within days or even hours  - in response to a crisis

There are times when you need to provide essential buildings fast, following an emergency, to ensure that vital services are not seriously disrupted. If healthcare, education or other important buildings are damaged by fire, flooding, explosions or extreme weather, you will need to get replacement buildings set up quickly to deliver essential services to local people, employees or schoolchildren. That's when the emergency-response service from Portakabin Hire should be your first port of call.

Over the years we have delivered complete, high-quality school buildings, offices and health centres within days - sometimes within hours - in response to emergency situations. Here are just a few examples that illustrate our rapid-response capabilities:

  • When a fire at a steel plant meant office space was needed immediately for emergency-assistance personnel arriving from overseas, Portakabin Hire got a fully furnished building on site within six hours
  • Nineteen large Pullman and Titan buildings were delivered on a Tuesday, just four days after an urgent order was placed the preceding Friday afternoon
  • When a train-operating company contacted us one Friday night having been let down by another supplier, we delivered a building to site by 7am the next day
  • When Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster was devastated by fire, Portakabin Hire responded by supplying an entire 6,000m2 interim school for 800 pupils in just ten weeks  
  • At Carleton Community High School in Pontefract, 23 school buildings totalling 4,000m2 were delivered in just six weeks following a fire

Nationwide resources and expertise to respond to any emergency 
With a hire fleet comprising more than 25,000 buildings and with more than 50 Visitor and Hire Centres spread across the UK, Portakabin Hire has the resources and expertise to respond immediately to any emergency call. You can rely on us to supply the highest quality portable and modular buildings on any scale, for any application, anywhere in the country.

Fulfilling urgent school requirements
Schools often need accommodation at short notice - and not always in response to a disaster. Full pupil intake numbers are often not known until late in the school year - and if numbers are higher than expected, you may need to get additional classrooms and other facilities in place very quickly. Portakabin can react immediately to meet these demands, ensuring you get all the buildings you need ready for the start of the new school year. In fact, each year for the past three years, Portakabin has completed around 110 education projects across the UK during the busy eight-week summer holiday period.

Leave everything to Portakabin Hire - you'll have enough on your hands
When you call Portakabin Hire in an emergency, you can leave everything to us. We'll handle every aspect of your building provision, ensuring you get fully fitted buildings delivered within the most demanding timescales to minimise disruption to your organisation. Our unique Customer Charter promises that your building project will be completed on time and on budget - and you'll be reassured to know that we have a track record of delivering 99.9% of buildings in line with this promise.1

Zurich Municipal approves Portakabin Hire to deliver emergency-response buildings 
Zurich Municipal - the UK's largest insurer of Local Education Authority buildings - has appointed Portakabin Hire as its approved supplier of interim buildings. Zurich conducted a rigorous assessment of our business, service levels and building standards and was assured that we could provide the highest quality of service to its customers. Now, when a Zurich-insured school suffers a fire, flood or other crisis, Portakabin Hire is called in to provide the necessary replacement buildings.

Portakabin quickly got to grips with what we needed and delivered all the buildings to us on schedule, in a very short timeframe. In fact, all pupils from all year groups were back at school in normal lessons just four weeks after the fire.”

Corrine White, Business Manager

Portakabin took care of everything for us, from groundworks and building installation to ICT connections and pathways for easy access to the buildings. It meant we had just one point of contact for the whole project, which greatly simplified things. All in all, the project ran very smoothly.”

Corrine White, Business Manager


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