Scottish Canals Case Study
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Portable Restrooms: Scottish Canals Case Study

Organisation : Scottish Canals

Application : There are no Building Use Categories.

Product : Toilet Blocks

Location : The Kelpies, Falkirk

Requirement :

When landmark visitor attraction needs interim toilets during peak season, only Portaloo buildings meet strict quality criteria 

The Kelpies are the world’s largest equine sculpture, a tribute to the role played by horses in Scottish industry, located at The Helix ecopark on the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk. The attraction opened in 2014 and visitor numbers quickly exceeded expectations. With a new visitor centre still under construction, Scottish Canals urgently needed to provide extra toilets for visitors until the centre was completed. 

Solution :

Robert McLeod, Operational Support Supervisor at Scottish Canals, says: “We needed extra toilets very quickly, but for such a prestigious site the quality of the facilities had to be first rate. Having looked at competitors’ temporary toilets and been disappointed by the quality, we approached Portakabin, who we had worked with before. They came out the next day to assess the site and assured us they could meet our deadline.”

The space available for the toilets was in a prominent location next to the visitor centre. Portakabin offered two of its premium-quality, Portaloo toilet units for such a high-profile site. These buildings offer permanent-quality amenities fitted out with full-flushing toilets, hot and cold running water and domestic-standard sinks, taps and sanitary ware.

Robert says: “The standard of facility was outstanding, and the level of technical detail provided by Portakabin was excellent. Correct, safe procedures are very important to us, and Portakabin promptly provided all the information on health and safety practices, building specifications, power requirements and other details we needed to get the project approved quickly.”


A carefully planned delivery was essential, since the site would be open to the public during installation. Scottish Canals agreed to cordon off the area with fencing to keep the public safe. Portakabin delivered the fully fitted buildings promptly, and safely craned them into place ready for connection to services.

Robert adds: “I was very impressed with the service from Portakabin, which was fast, responsive and efficient. They did everything they promised. Any maintenance issues were dealt with extremely quickly by the hire centre. Installation went smoothly and, at the end of the hire period, the buildings were uplifted on schedule, in line with all agreed plans.”

“We wanted high-quality facilities for this nationally important attraction, and only Portakabin could deliver the required standard of buildings within our short timeframe. The Portaloo facilities were excellent and everyone commented on how good they were. They provided essential extra visitor toilets for us over a 12-week period during the busy summer season.”

Robert McLeod, Operational Support Supervisor, Scottish Canals

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