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Award-winning brewery turns to Portakabin for space to grow

12/04/2018

Following the relocation of its production facility from Nairn to Kinloss, the Moray brewery turned to Portakabin to provide office and welfare space for its growing team

The 6.2 acre site is home to a new brewery thanks to the aid of a grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

WooHa approached Portakabin at its Scottish Highlands base in Inverness when the opportunity developed to expand their operations and move into exporting their product to the US. Heather McDonald, a former microbiologist, set up WooHa Brewery in 2015 with the launch of its lager and porter and was soon followed by a wheat beer and IPA.

Aimee Kerr, Hire Centre Manager for Portakabin in Inverness was thrilled to be able to support a developing home grown business: “We designed two possible modular layouts for WooHa to respond to their need for operational office facilities, meeting rooms, breakout areas and welfare facilities. The option they chose meant they have a bright, open plan office which is fully accessible and right next door to their production facility as well as having storage and shower facilities for their employees.

“A solution from Portakabin means that we can design a building around our customers’ very specific needs, offer flexibility on size, scope and length of lease and cause little to no disruption to operational activities when the fully fitted-out modules are craned in and connected all in one day.”

This expansion will help WooHa expand its customer base not only in the UK but also abroad and a modular building from Portakabin means their offices can expand and grow as they do.

Siobhan MacLeod, Operations Manager for WooHa Brewery said: “We were impressed with Portakabin from day one, the team understood what we were looking for and provided everything required, from fire requirements to air conditioners so we only had to deal with one supplier on what was quite a complex project. They supported us throughout, providing all the necessary documents for building control and architects very quickly and were very reactive to any issues that arose.

“When our dates moved forwards they were able to bring our installation forwards, it was very hassle free and the team were friendly, approachable and did a great job. Our clients and customers are always impressed with the offices, remarking on how light and airy it feels. All in all, we could not be happier with the end result!”

Portakabin works with a wide range of Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers; providing additional office, welfare and production space quickly, where it’s needed most.



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