Loch Fyne Oysters is a fast-growing fine food business, selling its seafood and other premium food products across the UK and exporting worldwide, as well as supplying a successful chain of restaurants and a mail order business. Rapid expansion meant that new office space was urgently needed for the Quality Assurance (QA) team at the company's Cairndow headquarters.Solution :
The company had gained planning permission for a traditional office building, but it needed the QA offices urgently, which meant that hiring a modular building was the best solution.
Kevin Farrell, Quality Manager at Loch Fyne Oysters, says: "Because this building was to be both an office and development kitchen, as well as the place where customers came to sample our new products, it needed to have the highest quality look and finish. We had hired a Portakabin Titan building in the past, so we knew that Portakabin was the only modular building supplier who could meet our quality criteria."
Loch Fyne gave Portakabin its specifications for the size and function of the building, and Portakabin suggested a number of alternatives to fulfil these requirements. Loch Fyne finally selected another Portakabin Titan building - the largest single modular building model in Europe. Its size gives customers the flexibility to configure the interior however they want and to accommodate a large number of people.
The 14.8-metre long building hired by Loch Fyne Oysters was configured to create an office area at one end, a meeting / product tasting area in the middle and kitchen at the other. The spacious building provides an airy open-plan environment for the QA team, which works on food testing and new product development.
The building was delivered to the site on the agreed date and quickly installed by a specialist Portakabin team. It had already been fitted out with cabinets as specified by Loch Fyne Oysters. Once in place, the building was connected to all services and fitted out with furniture and kitchen equipment. Within a week it was ready for use by the QA team, and soon afterwards hosted its first group of potential customers for a successful tasting session.
Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter which promises all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*
Kevin adds: "We are extremely happy with the quality of the building, which provides exactly the sort of spacious, high-quality workspace we wanted for our team and customers. Initially this had only been planned as a short-term solution to provide additional office space, but two years later, it has proved itself as a very pleasant working environment, which we would be reluctant to lose."