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Downing - Case Study

Portakabin Site Accommodation delivers office and welfare accommodation on a gantry to site with restricted access where other suppliers failed

Organisation : Downing

Application : SITE ACCOMMODATION


Location : Central Line Student Development, Portal Way, North Acton

Requirement :

Downing is a leading property developer based in the North West, with a background in developments for the education sector. When they were struggling to find a provider who could deliver site accommodation to a particularly small and inaccessible site, a creative solution was required.

Solution :

A Portakabin Site Accommodation consultant went to the site and spent some time working out the most suitable way to install the buildings to provide accommodation fulfilling Downing’s needs. Although Portakabin Site Accommodation used their standard cabins, it was their flexibility that enabled this project to work – the combination of units used and the way that they were connected in a bespoke design. 

Portakabin Site Accommodation created the office and welfare facilities using four 24-foot buildings, four 20-foot buildings and two toilet blocks. Two lines of buildings were stacked with a central gantry. The restricted site access meant particular attention to detail was required in arranging the delivery and installation of the buildings. Plans and designs were made in close consultation with the hauliers who confirmed their suitability prior to install, thereby ensuring each building was placed in the correct sequence. The 20-foot buildings were installed by rear-mounted Hiab, after which a large Hiab was used to position the 24-foot buildings, with sufficient reach to double-stack them.

Portakabin Site Accommodation did a very good job. We spoke to several cabin companies, none of which could find a solution – all their stock was too big or they couldn’t get enough in. Either that or their solutions were prohibitive cost-wise. It’s been like key-hole surgery to get units into this site. The Portakabin Site Accommodation solution worked well in terms of space and was relatively competitive – we haven’t paid a premium for the extra service and attention we have received.”
Andy Thomas, Managing Surveyor, Downing

Andy continues “The team was always punctual and all work was carried out in a safe and productive manner, resulting in no real issues. We’re now going to roll this out over a couple of other jobs and we’re already using Portakabin Site Accommodation again at another site.”

Portakabin Site Accommodation overcame the challenges to deliver this project on time and on budget, as per the service standards set out in its Customer Charter.





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