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Portable Restrooms: Scottish Canals Case Study

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Location : Rotherham

Requirement :

2010 Rotherham is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up to manage, maintain and improve the 21,000 Council homes in Rotherham.

The organisation’s administrative staff were split between two separate sites, one of which was due to be demolished, and needed to be brought together on one site in order to improve working practice.

Solution :

2010 Rotherham looked at a range of options for the new office accommodation, as Contracts Manager, John Brayshaw, explains: “The options we considered included refurbishing existing buildings on our Eastwood site, renting office space, or installing modular-type buildings. We went through the Office of Government Commerce’s Buying Solutions procurement process to choose the best-value solution and Portakabin modular buildings emerged as the first choice.

 “One of the key drivers was the quality of Portakabin buildings compared with the alternatives. Portakabin buildings had the look and feel of a permanent modern office block. They were airy and spacious and were really in a different league to those offered by alternative suppliers. Overall, Portakabin offered the best value for money and could supply a building that was just what we wanted.”

The 2010 Rotherham project team briefed Portakabin on the scope of the project and its precise requirements. Portakabin then went away to devise a building plan that fulfilled those needs. The solution was a two-storey 500m² office block, featuring a mix of open-plan areas, individual offices and meeting rooms.

As well as housing office staff, the new building needed to provide washroom and toilet facilities for use by the building services personnel based on the same site. Crucially, additional female showers were needed due to the increased number of women being employed by 2010 Rotherham in maintenance roles and the lack of female showers in the main depot building. To this end, spacious toilets and showers were located on the ground floor of the new Portakabin building, with a separate entrance door giving the maintenance teams direct access to these facilities.

 Constructed from premium-quality, thermally efficient Ultima building modules, the offices feature all the essential extras necessary to achieve full compliance with Building Regulations and disability access legislation. There is an access ramp leading up to automatic doors at the main entrance, plus a canopy over the doorway. Portakabin completed all groundworks and service connections, carpeted the building, installed air-conditioning and fitted trunking for the electrical and communications cabling.

John continues: “The entire project ran to schedule, with good communication between Portakabin and our project manager ensuring that everything proceeded as planned. We were very happy with the timeliness of the delivery and the quality of the installation.”

Such timely deliveries are assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.* The 2010 Rotherham building was handed over just 20 weeks after the initial order was placed.

John adds: “Everyone is very satisfied with their new working environment, which meets all of our specifications and provides well-organised, airy office accommodation for around 50 staff. There is even space for more people, if we need it, making this a genuine long-term solution for our administration teams.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Glasgow

Requirement :

Event construction specialists NUSSLI needed to source a modular building to provide office and work space for the host broadcaster, SVGTV, at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Solution :

Robin Hally, Senior Project Manager at NUSSLI, says: “We wanted to exceed the client’s expectations and we wanted an active partner who would become an integral part of the project team. Portakabin fulfilled all of these criteria and was keen to work with us to adapt its modular building designs to the client’s specific demands.”

The building needed to accommodate a control room, server rooms, briefing area, offices, canteen and hospitality space. Portakabin used its Ultima building system to provide the 2,000m2 of floor space required. Connected to this building were four 54m2 Titan buildings, a Solus building and three Portaloo washroom buildings.

The project posed many challenges, including strict regulations on working at height, the need to provide enclosed corridors between buildings and a basement area under the server racks to accommodate extensive cabling.

Portakabin overcame these challenges by working collaboratively with NUSSLI and sub-contractors. It developed a scissor lift technique to meet the work at height requirements, and worked with NUSSLI to design structural supports for the external corridor roofs. It used NUSSLI’s concept to develop a water-tight cable basement that could be incorporated into the modular building design.

The 62 modules were installed over two weeks on Jackpad® foundations, to avoid damaging the ground surface. The entire project was completed in six weeks.

Robin adds: “The client was so delighted with the high standard of the Portakabin modules that they decided to replace their original open-tent cafe design with modular Portakabin units featuring a fully glazed façade.”

SVGTV went on to order more than 80 stand-alone Portakabin buildings for the various venues around Glasgow.

“We were extremely happy with the collaborative attitude and the positive helpful approach that Portakabin showed on this project. The service and technical engineering support we received was exceptional. The Portakabin team were a pleasure to work with and responded in a very proactive way to overcome all challenges and deliver a successful project.” Robin Hally, Senior Project Manager, NUSSLI (UK) Ltd

Location : Milton Keynes

Requirement :

Established in 1875, AG Barr is the soft drinks business responsible for well-known brands such as the iconic IRN-BRU, Rubicon exotic juice drinks, Strathmore spring water, Tizer and the distribution of Rockstar energy drinks in the UK.

The company has been making, moving, marketing and selling some of the UK’s best-loved soft drinks brands for over 140 years. It employs approximately 1,000 people and operates from nine sites across the UK. Barr’s £41 million state-of-the-art production, warehousing and distribution centre at Milton Keynes operates a high-tech canning and carton production facility with the capacity to produce 400 million cans and 40 million cartons a year.

AG Barr had a requirement for flexible office and meeting space on its shop floor that could be adapted to meet its changing needs.

Solution :

Portakabin was the first to respond to AG Barr’s needs, and the company has now hired its second Portakabin Solus building which will be in place for the next three years.

Both buildings were delivered in a month or less from contract award and were installed inside the distribution centre in a challenging operation and without the use of any vehicles.

Each building was ‘wrapped’ in the company’s statement drinks branding to fit in with the manufacturing facility’s high-tech appearance.

The first building features the distinctive ‘Rockstar’ branding and the second is a ‘Rubicon’ drinks vinyl wrap. Portakabin worked closely with AG Barr’s graphics team to design the artwork and the resulting facilities are striking and lively additions to the production centre.

Commenting on the company’s requirement, Tim Stacey, Factory Manager at AG Barr Milton Keynes, said, “We had a need for office and meeting space on the shop floor but because the manufacturing facility is still very new and growing, we wanted an office solution that we could extend or move around if we need to and which can be adapted to meet the company’s changing needs. A Portakabin building gives us far more flexibility.”

“The Portakabin team was very responsive and it is great to have the option to personalise the buildings with our branding. The wraps were very straightforward and complement our modern production facilities really well. We are very happy with these two buildings and with how Portakabin has helped us meet our operational needs.”

Tim Stacey, Factory Manager, AG Barr Milton Keynes

Location : Bristol

Requirement :

With increasing numbers of employees cycling to work, the shower and changing room facilities at the vast Airbus manufacturing plant in Bristol were becoming overcrowded. When the Bike Users Group on site put in a request for additional better-quality changing facilities, the site management team set about sourcing an appropriate building to cater for existing cyclists and to encourage even more people to cycle to work.

Solution :

Simon Pitura, Project Manager at Airbus, says: “We investigated the possibility of constructing a traditional building, with cladding to match the other structures on site, but the cost was prohibitive. We already have a number of Portakabin buildings on site, so we looked into the modular building options with a couple of suppliers. The all-steel buildings from Portakabin offered the best solution.”

Portakabin worked with the team at Airbus to develop a bespoke building design for the new changing and shower facility. The solution comprised two linked Portakabin Solus buildings, offering bright, well-insulated and well-ventilated interiors within a robust and attractive building that complemented the other buildings on site.  

The interior was fitted out to a high specification to meet the requirements set by Airbus. It incorporated 12 high-quality showers in individual cubicles, coat hooks and bench seating, lockers, non-slip flooring throughout, plus a separate drying room.

Simon continues: “The building is fitted out to a high standard. Crucially, as well as providing permanent-quality facilities, it gives us the flexibility for relocation in future. It is located in an area that’s likely to be redeveloped in the next five years, so we will simply be able to move it to another part of the site when necessary.”

The two Solus buildings were fitted out internally at the Portakabin factory so they could be installed and completed on the Airbus site in the shortest possible time, to minimise disruption. The buildings were delivered and connected on the agreed date, and Portakabin constructed a concrete ramp to provide easy access for everyone.

Location : Buckingham

Requirement :

Two weeks before the end of the summer term at Akeley Wood Senior School, an explosion caused by an underground gas leak devastated the science laboratories. The fire occurred during the night, destroying four laboratories and a preparation room.

The school was able to continue the term’s remaining science lessons in existing accommodation, but needed to find a way to get high-quality, fully operational science labs built and ready for lessons, before students returned in the autumn.

Solution :

The architect appointed by the insurance loss adjustor was aware of Portakabin’s excellent reputation in the education sector, and it quickly emerged that Portakabin was the only company able to commit to the tight timescales of the project. Portakabin has a Customer Charter that promises to deliver buildings on time and on budget, and if the company fails to do this, it offers a week’s free hire for every day it is late.
Within two days of the explosion, the school was delighted to receive a full initial costing from Portakabin. Working closely with the school, Portakabin selected a suitable location and designed a science block that would meet the school’s precise requirements.

The new block included four laboratories and a preparation room, as well as two storage areas. The building was accessed by a ramp, and fitted with heating and a climate control system, all provided by Portakabin. The company was able to accommodate the specific requirements of a science teaching area by supplying non-slip flooring, acid-resistant worktops, fire-resistant storage facilities and even a secure cupboard for storing radioactive materials.

A timescale was drawn up by Portakabin for delivering, installing and equipping the buildings before the end of the summer holidays. The buildings were duly delivered on the agreed date and were connected to all services and fitted out with everything from sinks to gas taps in time for the arrival of students in September.

Bursar, Clive Martin, says: “I was amazed that Portakabin managed to do so much in such a short timescale. All along I’d had doubts that everything could be completed in time, but I was very impressed by Portakabin’s positive approach to meeting the promised completion date.

“People returning after their holidays were really impressed by the standard of accommodation we had been able to put in place. It was quite a complex project too. Portakabin took care of everything and managed the whole project, which means we now have a very high quality science teaching block to replace the damaged facilities.”

Location : West Sussex

Requirement :

Alexander House Hotel is a distinctive country hotel on the outskirts of London, set in extensive grounds. When all of its gardening equipment had to be moved out of a rented store within the grounds at short notice, Maintenance Manager Derek Leeder had to act fast to find alternative storage space.

Solution :

The Portakabin Hire Centre in Crawley had a suitable all-steel Portastor unit in stock, and the team set about arranging delivery and installation to meet Derek’s extremely short timescale.

Derek says: “We basically had a day to find a large new storage unit for all our garden tools. It was a pretty tall order, but Portakabin was able to offer the kind of building and rapid service we needed.”

The Hire Centre delivered the large Portastor unit within 24 hours. On arrival, the robust, secure building was sited so that Derek and his team could immediately start transferring their equipment from the old store.

Portakabin really pulled out all the stops to get the building here on time,” says Derek. “They were brilliant. It’s very refreshing these days to find a company that is prepared to do their best to help – I couldn’t fault the service.”

Portakabin assures customers of excellent delivery performance in its unique Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. What’s more, to give customers complete peace of mind, if the company ever fails to meet this commitment it offers one week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Derek adds: “The building is exactly what we needed and was delivered to us just in time. The outstanding customer service from Portakabin really helped us out of a difficult situation.”


 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Stoke-on-Trent

Requirement :

Allied Bakeries supplies bread and other ‘morning’ goods to the whole of Great Britain, and manufactures brands such as Kingsmill, Burgen, Allinson and Sunblest. When the company introduced improvements in technology requiring infrastructure changes at its Stoke-on-Trent operation, the existing offices within the warehouse were inadequate. New office accommodation had to be found quickly to house the despatch management team and provide storage space for new equipment.

Solution :

The key factors influencing the choice of new office accommodation were cost and speed of build.

Despatch Manager, Anthony Bond, says: “We collected quotes from a number of building suppliers who could provide good quality buildings quickly, and at the right price. The reason we chose Portakabin was because, unlike any of its competitors, its building came with comprehensive warranty cover.

“This cover gave us the peace of mind our building was built to last. This really swung the decision in favour of Portakabin.”

All new Portakabin buildings are covered by the Company’s pioneering 5-year product warranty and 20-year structural warranty package. Allied Bakeries chose to buy a robust, British Board of Agrément certified Pacemaker building. This was partitioned to create three separate offices and a storeroom.

Through its unique Customer Charter, Portakabin also promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. If it ever fails to meet this commitment, the Company will provide an additional six months’ product warranty on the building.* The Pacemaker building for Allied Bakeries was duly delivered on the agreed date, and installed on site by the Portakabin team with minimal disruption to the despatch centre’s operations.

Anthony Bond adds: “We are very happy with our new offices, as well as the service from Portakabin, who have always dealt with our queries very promptly.”
* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Stockport

Requirement :

When Alstom Transport – a world-leading supplier of rail products, services and systems – won the contract to maintain trains for Westcoast Mainline, it needed to bring together engineers and technical teams from across the UK. These teams required high-quality offices for the duration of the project, which was expected to last for up to three years. Alstom had to quickly find a way to get permanent-quality, fully-equipped office accommodation in place for the start of the project.

Solution :

Alstom prepared a detailed specification for the accommodation it required, and asked three modular building suppliers to submit proposals. The solution proposed by Portakabin proved to be the most comprehensive package – it met all of the firm’s specifications and offered the best value. It was backed up by the Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver buildings on time and on budget – and if a building is ever delayed, the company offers a week’s free hire for every day it is late.

Not only could Portakabin supply the highest quality Ultima building modules to create the new offices, it could provide a complete one-stop-shop solution by fitting out the offices with climate control and a full range of furniture.

Eight Ultima modules were used to build the two-storey office structure for Alstom, incorporating open-plan office areas on both floors, a kitchen area, meeting rooms, conference room and directors’ offices. The building was delivered and installed by Portakabin, and then fully fitted out with desks, screens, drawer units, low-level storage cupboards and the climate control system. The whole project was completed in time for the arrival of the project teams from all over the country.

"The fact that Portakabin could provide everything for this building was a significant advantage for us, since it meant we had just one supplier to deal with for the entire project.

"We are very pleased with the quality of both the buildings and the furniture supplied, which have created a permanent-standard working environment that is just right for this long-term project. Everyone has settled in to the new building very well.

"The service from Portakabin throughout the design and build process was very good, and they have been very responsive to any issues we have raised since the building was handed over."

Sean Ring, Reliability Growth Manager at Alstom Transport.

Location : Kincraig

Requirement :

With pupil numbers increasing dramatically at Alvie Primary School in the Scottish Highlands, the two existing classrooms in the main school building could no longer provide enough space for all the children. A third class had to be created to accommodate the increased pupil intake, which meant a new classroom had to be provided within a matter of months. And because the school was located in the Cairngorm National Park, any new building would have to meet strict National Park planning regulations.

Solution :

Iain Macrae at The Highland Council tasked with sourcing a new building for the school, had recently hired a number of Portakabin buildings for other primary schools in the region. He says: “I had been impressed by the standard of the buildings provided by Portakabin on hire, and the service we received had been excellent. Now that we needed to buy a building at short notice, it was clear that modular construction was the best option, so I went back to Portakabin to see what they could offer.”

The solution offered by Portakabin was a double classroom block with integral storage areas and a disabled-access toilet, constructed from the company’s market-leading, energy-efficient Ultima building modules.

The configuration was adapted to meet the school’s specific requirements, with the headteacher closely involved in the design process. One classroom would be used to house the new class and the other would be a general-purpose room that doubled up as the canteen and dining room.

The planning application for a new classroom building at Alvie Primary School was called in for special consideration by the National Park authorities. However, the need for additional teaching space was so urgent that parents raised a petition and the local MP intervened to try to push through the decision. The planning authority gave consent, but only on the condition that the new building met strict requirements relating to its appearance and location which Portakabin successfully fulfilled. Despite the planning permission delays, Portakabin was able to deliver the building a day ahead of schedule.

Location : Cambridge

Requirement :

The Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University is undergoing a major redevelopment to create state-of-the-art teaching, lecture theatre, library and performance facilities. As part of the redevelopment work, one building housing classrooms and the University Eye Clinic had to be demolished. Suitable high-quality decant accommodation was needed to house these facilities for three years until the new buildings were completed. 

Solution :

John Ryan, Minor Works Co-ordinator in the University's Estates and Facilities Services, says: "We approached a number of leading modular building suppliers on the Buying Solutions framework and eventually chose Portakabin."

Because Portakabin is a pre-approved Buying Solutions accredited supplier, the whole procurement process was greatly accelerated. Public-sector organisations, like Anglia Ruskin University, can significantly shorten their usual lengthy tender processes by choosing a supplier from the Buying Solutions approved list.

Anglia Ruskin had very specific requirements for its classroom and University Eye Clinic buildings. Quality was especially important for the eye clinic, since it needed to house sensitive equipment and would be used by the public for eye tests and treatments. The floors had to be particularly stable, and the many small consulting rooms had to be made to very specific dimensions for the eye tests.

Portakabin created a purpose-built two-storey building for the University Eye Clinic constructed from the premium-quality Ultima building modules. The same thermally efficient, robust modules were also used for the two-storey classroom block.  

John continues: "The University arranged the necessary service connections, then Portakabin provided a turn-key solution for these two buildings, from the groundworks and site preparation through to air-conditioning systems, security alarms, DDA access ramps, fencing and pathways. It made the job much simpler for us to manage because we only had one supplier to deal with. We had great support on site and our project manager at Portakabin was brilliant - nothing was too much trouble for him, including amendments to the specialist University Eye Clinic areas, which helped the whole project run smoothly."  

Portakabin had just 12 weeks to design and install the buildings, which both had to be fitted into very tight locations between other campus buildings. The University Eye Clinic building had to be manoeuvred into a courtyard surrounded by four-storey buildings.  

John says: "There were just inches to spare on either side of the modules for the University Eye Clinic building as they were brought onto site. For the classroom building, a special access area had to be created so that crane could be brought in to lift the modules over the existing buildings. It all went without a hitch thanks to the expertise of the Portakabin teams on site."

Both buildings were installed and fully fitted out in time for the start of the new term, minimising any disruption to campus activities. On-time, on-budget deliveries like this are promised by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This charter even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to deliver on-time, the company will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*  

John adds: "The users of the new buildings are pleased with the standard of decant accommodation provided."

In a customer satisfaction survey following the installation, Anglia Ruskin awarded Portakabin ten out of ten for every aspect of the project.

*Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Aylesbury

Requirement :

Arla Foods is constructing the largest fresh milk dairy in the world in Aylesbury. In keeping with its ‘one’ team culture, the company was keen to house its own project and operations personnel in the same building as on-site engineering and construction contractors. The aim was to create a single team environment in which everyone was fully engaged in delivering this world-class facility.

Given the high profile of the project, Arla Foods was also keen to create a high-quality working environment and a visually attractive, professional looking building for this prestigious construction site.

Solution :

Richard Jones, Project Manager at Arla Foods, says: “As part of our ‘Closer to Nature’ ethos, we wanted to find the most sustainable solution possible. A timely approach from Portakabin alerted us to the possibility of reusing an existing three-storey building located at the Olympic Park, which was due to be dismantled just before we would need the building in Aylesbury. The timing was perfect and the building met all of our quality requirements.”

Portakabin dismantled the building, module by module, and reconstructed it on the Arla site to create a two-storey, 2,575m2 facility. Reusing a building in this way is not only highly sustainable, it also reduces lead times and cost.

was able to adapt the building to meet Arla’s specific requirements, creating large open-plan offices, a kitchen and dining area to seat 175 people, separate contractors’ offices, conference room, meeting rooms, staff break-out areas, toilets and shower facilities. The building was fitted out with access ramps and steps, fire alarm systems and emergency lighting, data points, network cabling and furniture.

To enhance the building’s sustainable credentials, Portakabin fitted carpet tiles made from recycled car tyres, windows with solar films, smaller cisterns and waterless urinals in the toilets.

Richard continues: “The opportunity to reuse an existing high-quality building was the ideal solution for us, rather than having to commit to a new build – fitting perfectly with our ‘ Closer to Nature’ ambitions. Portakabin worked well within our time requirements and were flexible in the face of delays in site preparation. The Portakabin project management and installation teams were all a pleasure to work with.”

At full capacity the building will accommodate around 175 Arla Foods personnel and up to 700 construction and engineering contractors.

Location : West Lothian

Requirement :

Extensive housing developments in the Armadale area resulted in a significant increase in the pupil intake at Armadale Primary School. West Lothian Council needed to source high-quality new classroom accommodation quickly, for the short to medium-term, until permanent new facilities could be constructed. A suitable site was identified at the school and the work was put out to tender.

Solution :

James Stevenson, Briefing and Liaison Officer at West Lothian Council, says: “Portakabin emerged as the successful bidder. We already knew of its reputation in the education sector, and the quality of its buildings proved far superior to anything else on offer. The timescale for the project posed a huge challenge, since everything from planning permission and building warrant applications to design, build and fitting out had to be completed in just three months.”

Portakabin provided a complete design and build turnkey package, including all groundworks, fitting out and site landscaping. To provide the number of extra places required, Portakabin specified two double classroom blocks with integral toilet facilities. These were fitted out with fire and intruder alarms, as well as security access systems linked back to the main school.

The site itself represented a significant challenge, since it was steeply sloping and had restricted access. Portakabin took charge of all the logistics, planning and road closure arrangements for the installation, using two cranes combined with a shunter lorry to manoeuvre the modules into position.

The sloping site required considerable groundworks and a special foundation design to create a level access to the buildings. Portakabin also had to install a pumping station to pump rain and waste water uphill to the nearest mains drainage point.

James continues: “In spite of all this, Portakabin completed everything on schedule and on budget. All site-based work was done during the six-week summer holidays and the buildings were handed over on the agreed date. Everything ran very smoothly thanks to the ingenuity and project management skills of the Portakabin team. Had the project not run to schedule, the consequences for the school and pupils would have been dreadful.

Portakabin managers even went into school at the start of term to give a presentation to the children about the new building, explaining how it was constructed and showing a time-lapse film of the process. It was a great way to involve the children in the project and to strengthen community relations.”

“There had historically been some resistance to using modular style classrooms in the area, so this was a major decision for the council to make. Now, the standard of the new Portakabin buildings is starting to change opinions and perceptions. The teachers have been genuinely amazed by the quality of the buildings, inside and out, which look and feel just like permanent new buildings.”

James Stevenson, Briefing and Liaison Officer, West Lothian Council 

Location : Nottingham

Requirement :

The fire at Arnold Hill Lower School took place during the summer holiday and most of the school buildings were affected, apart from the dining halls, gym and kitchens.  Nottinghamshire County Council required a teaching complex – including a laboratory – for the estimated 18 months that it would take to rebuild the school, with deliveries and fitting out of the Portakabin buildings scheduled for block-by-block handover.

Solution :

The design proposed by Portakabin offered the staff and pupils a better working environment than the traditional buildings lost in the fire. Carpeting and light-oak doors in all classrooms and corridors, acoustic partitioning and climate control systems throughout, steps and DDA-compliant ramps, Portaloo toilet blocks and a Portakabin Protecta fire and security alarm system, revealed the benefits of the Portakabin one-stop-shop service. The U-shaped building design involved 93 Ultima modules in three two-storey blocks, a layout intended to enable safe management of the children. All of the lower-school pupils were in their temporary classrooms for English and Humanities within eight weeks of the fire.

Robin Fugill, Headteacher at Arnold Hill Lower School, said: "Speed, efficiency and miracles are words that come to mind over the way Portakabin handled the project. When destruction strikes you need to act very quickly, make decisions and reassure people about progress. Portakabin provided professional advice about design and managed the building project. Their customer service and on-site efficiency was crucial support through a traumatic period."

Location : Leeds

Requirement :

Opened in 2002, Asquith Primary School in Leeds was built under the Private Finance Initiative and is managed for Leeds City Council by Carillion. An extension was required to provide more than 200 additional places, helping to meet the increasing demand for primary education in the city. A Key Stage Two extension would increase capacity and allow the school to move to two forms of entry.

The project was part of an ongoing, city-wide schools expansion programme. The rise in birth rates, the number of people moving to Leeds, and the level of new housing significantly increased the pressure on education provision.

Solution :

The scheme at Asquith Primary School was delivered by the Portakabin Group after just 18 weeks on site using a Portakabin off-site Design and Build solution – reducing the programme by at least five months to the benefit of the school.

Much of the two-storey building was fitted out off site at the Group’s production centre in York to minimise any disruption to teaching and to radically reduce the programme time. It was delivered to site with all M&E services, toilets, doors and partitions already pre-installed.

The location for the new facility was very constrained and a temporary road had to be constructed to make way for the crane and installation of the building modules. The cranage phase was carried out over a weekend to ensure no interruption to the running of the school.

Externally, the facility is finished in white and grey with green rendered panels to add interest to the façades, white render and brickwork to the lower levels, and a double height glazed entrance. Large picture windows allow lots of natural light into the classrooms, creating a positive learning environment.

“We love the design of the building. The rooms are light and airy and the break-out space provides an excellent learning area. The large windows have created a bright and stimulating environment for children. We can’t praise Portakabin enough.”

“We would highly recommend the Portakabin Group and the Yorkon solution to others in the education sector and particularly for challenging PFI projects such as this. This was a fantastic contractor to work with. The whole process has been extremely quick, smooth and easy from start to finish.”

Gillian Austerfield, Head Teacher, Asquith Primary School

Location : Leeds

Requirement :

Award-winning developer Avenir Properties has formed an exclusive partnership with renowned international designer Ben de Lisi to create luxurious contemporary homes across the North of England. His timeless, comforting and stylish interiors perfectly complement Avenir Properties’ high-quality homes. For its Park Square development of apartments and town houses on a former primary-school site near Leeds, Avenir Properties needed to source an eye-catching marketing suite to showcase the exceptionally high standards of these new homes. The suite would be essential in enabling the company to sell its homes off-plan, prior to construction.

Solution :

Avenir Properties wanted a building that would reflect the quality of its homes, as well as being relocatable so that it could be moved to other developments when Park Square was completed.

Amanda Brayshaw, Sales Manager at Avenir Properties, says: “Portakabin was the first company we approached, since its name is synonymous with this type of building. But we didn’t know if they could supply the extremely high quality we needed. However, we looked at their literature and, after speaking to their experts, were convinced they had just what we were looking for.”

Avenir Properties purchased the latest model in the Portakabin Titan building range. This spacious building features a full-height glazed wall along one elevation, creating a bright, welcoming interior, filled with natural light. The large open-plan space inside can be configured to suit the client’s requirements, while the energy-efficient structure reduces running costs and creates a comfortable environment all year round.

The building was completed within nine weeks of the order being placed by Avenir Properties. Portakabin specialists installed the building at the Park Square site on the agreed date, as promised by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This assures customers that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. What’s more, if Portakabin ever fails to meet the contract start date, it promises to provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

The new building was fitted out by Avenir Properties with a central sales and reception area, featuring a fully fitted kitchen identical to the kitchens in its new homes. At one end of the building the firm installed a fitted bedroom and at the other a fully plumbed wetroom. Outside, the building is enhanced by a large area of decking with sunshades and seating.

Amanda adds: “The building very accurately reflects the high standards our clients will find in our new homes. Ordering the building from Portakabin was very straightforward and the whole process went very smoothly. The service provided was excellent. We are very happy with the quality of our new marketing pod and our guests have been equally impressed. This building will provide an excellent marketing facility for us at future developments across the region.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Rugby, Warwickshire

Requirement :

Following a fire during the summer holidays, 95% of the original school buildings were destroyed, leaving only the old sports hall and a recently constructed brick building in tact. The school needed to be operational for the start of the new school year in September to teach its 1000 students, meaning a race against time for all involved.

Solution :

After a two-week consultation and planning period, Portakabin agreed the final design and layout of the interim campus with the school and Zurich Municipal. Throughout August, 44 classrooms, kitchens, a dining hall, library, ICT suites, changing rooms and toilets were constructed. Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop solution, including climate control systems for the ICT suites, access ramps for the classrooms, a comprehensive fire and security alarm system and classroom furniture.After a two-week consultation and planning period, Portakabin agreed the final design and layout of the interim campus with the school and Zurich Municipal.

 "Portakabin provided us with all the buildings, furniture and services in a very short space of time. This enabled us to have students back in school as quickly as possible – in fact, only one week after the official start of term. We are all delighted with the new school, and the facilities in some areas are more up to date than we had before. My thanks go to Portakabin for the excellent service we received from the very beginning, and for their total dedication to this project.

 "I would feel most confident in recommending Portakabin to any school needing quality building stock against a tight schedule."

 Mark Braine, Headteacher, Avon Valley School

Location : Barrow-in-Furness

Requirement :

With more than 20 years of experience in developing, building and running wind farms, offshore wind market leader Ørsted looked to Portakabin for onshore office accommodation solutions at their base in Barrow-in-Furness. Tasked with delivering three separate buildings, Portakabin would be providing accommodation for the wind farm’s construction team as well as operations and maintenance teams.

Solution :

Shirley Swann, Utilities Specialist at Portakabin explains how Portakabin is becoming the supplier of choice for challenging clients in renewables: “With the UK leading the way in offshore wind energy and with some of the best resources in Europe at its disposal, the Ørsted site at Barrow is well placed to support the efficiency targets set for the industry by 2020.

“It’s great to see how we’ve been able to introduce modern, multi-functional spaces here. Driving cost efficiencies for offshore wind energy is vital to ensure its longevity in the UK. The flexible options Portakabin can offer on challenging sites such as this make us a quality choice for projects in need of multi-use space.”

“We engaged Portakabin to complete the installation of the onshore support base offices at Barrow-in-Furness. Portakabin performed well with a good HSE performance and met the requirements of the site to a tight deadline.”

Steve Andrews, Senior Project Manager, Ørsted

Location : Rosyth

Requirement :

Babcock is assembling the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers at its facility in Rosyth. The new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being built in large individual blocks at six shipyards throughout the UK. They are then transported to Babcock’s Rosyth facility for final assembly and integration.

Babcock required two buildings to provide modern office facilities at its Rosyth base for 300 staff and partners working on the project.

Solution :

Mark Porter, Project Manager, Babcock Marine, says: “The carrier project is large and complex and we identified a need to put in place high-quality office accommodation to support the migration of strategic partners on the construction programme.

“We wanted to create two high-quality, energy efficient office buildings that would provide a modern working environment with all the usual amenities, including conference rooms and IT server space. They had to be completed within a specific timeframe to meet key targets in our site development programme, working in a restricted environment and to the most stringent health and safety standards.”

The team at Portakabin had knowledge and experience of the site, having previously completed a large glazed building project on site. They worked closely with Babcock to successfully construct two new Ultima buildings. The buildings have an excellent energy efficiency rating with B rated Energy Performance Certificate, thanks to the heat exchange system that redistributes warm air to cooler areas of the building. The buildings have full secure door access, IT data infrastructure and fire alarms. 

Current building legislation requires that tests must be undertaken in all buildings to ensure compliance with standards for air tightness. Independent air tightness tests resulted in a figure of 3 m3/hr per m2 at 50 pascals, which is three times more airtight than the target of 10 m3/hr per m2 at 50 pascals that is set out in the Scottish Building Standards.

Mark continues: “We knew that Portakabin would deliver a quality product but the team demonstrated a complete understanding of our special needs when it came to on site management and the commitment of the Portakabin team resulted in a very successful project. Their ability to work closely with us in a unique site environment resulted in the delivery of a quality product and our internal feedback has been very positive.”

Location : England

Requirement :

Rail engineering company Babcock Rail was contracted by Network Rail to renew and upgrade tracks across England. Babcock Rail needed high-quality, relocatable trackside office accommodation for its on-site personnel, which could be moved repeatedly to different sites as the work moved to new locations.

Solution :

Rodney Ackland, Group Property Manager at Babcock Rail, says: “We wanted buildings that could be relocated easily when work in one area was completed, but we also wanted to provide a good quality working environment for our people on site. Portakabin buildings were the obvious choice because of their quality and relocatability. The Portakabin Titan building was perfect for our requirements. It is one of the largest portable buildings on the market, it’s built to a very high specification and it lends itself well to multiple relocation.”

Babcock Rail ordered six of these spacious buildings, to be located at different sites across the country. They were fitted out by Portakabin to the client’s specifications, with internal partition walls creating a mix of open-plan working spaces and smaller individual offices, as well as toilet facilities. The unique size of the Titan building enables the interior to be configured in a wide variety of layouts to suit the needs of individual end users.

The six buildings were delivered to the designated sites on the agreed dates. Such timely deliveries are assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that in the unlikely event that we ever fail to meet your contract start date we’ll give you a 1% refund of your contract value for every week we’re late.1

Rodney continues: “We were particularly impressed by the delivery and installation performance of Portakabin. Many of the trackside sites where we work are difficult to access and have their own very strict safety regulations. Portakabin adhered to all the requirements of each site and expertly installed the buildings right on time.”

Some of the buildings have already been relocated successfully to new sites, as work on the rails progresses. These relocations were all managed smoothly and the buildings continue to provide high-quality workspaces.

Rodney adds: “The beauty of the Titan building is that it provides a much better working environment than the other portable building alternatives on the market. The feedback from the people working in them has been, without exception, extremely positive. People find them very spacious, and they appreciate the quality of the build. It’s a hard thing to quantify, but I feel certain these buildings have helped to improve our productivity since we started using them.”

1.Up to a value of £5,000 per week and a maximum of 5 weeks. Other Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Braintree, Essex

Requirement :

Leading horse-food supplier, Baileys Horse Feeds – part of the FH Nash group – urgently needed to replace a collection of ageing temporary office buildings with a single purpose-built structure. The company was keen to provide modern, high-quality offices for its employees.

Solution :

Joe Venner, Operations Director at Baileys Horse Feeds, says: “We didn’t want to go to the time and expense of building a traditional bricks and mortar premises – but we wanted something that was permanent. We were aware of the reputation of Portakabin and the quality of its buildings, which we’d used in the past, so they were the only company we approached for a solution.”

The firm needed spacious accommodation that could house all of its office-based staff in a single building. The development – on the site of its feed production mill – was to be completed in two phases, so it was important that the building could be seamlessly extended after phase one. The solution chosen was the Titan Building System, which offers very large, flexible office space within an attractive, architecturally designed structure.

Baileys Horse Feeds purchased two Titan Building Systems and a single Titan building. The flexibility of the Titan Building System enabled all of these buildings to be linked together to create a single office complex. The building now houses 20 staff across a range of functions, from marketing to engineering and production. As well as general office space, the building incorporates a kitchen and toilet facilities.

Like all Portakabin buildings, the Titan Building System comes with a unique 5-year product warranty and 20-year structural warranty. What’s more, the Portakabin Customer Charter promises that all its buildings will be delivered on time and on budget – and if the company ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty free of charge.*

Portakabin delivered and installed the buildings in two phases on the agreed dates. Portakabin specialists also installed an air-conditioning system and fitted carpets in the offices and vinyl flooring in the kitchen and toilet areas, to enhance the working environment.

Joe Venner adds: “Our new offices are vastly superior to anything we’ve had before, and everyone is very happy with their comfortable new surroundings. The new building looks very smart from the outside too, and gives a great first impression for visitors to our site.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Weatherhill, Surrey

Requirement :

Having secured a five-year contract with the Highways Agency to maintain roads in the South East of England, the Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald (BBMM) joint venture commenced a programme of refurbishing depots. Tight timescales determined the procurement route for the installation of a modular office and mess facility at Weatherhill. The existing facilities were outdated and not in line with the modern Highways business requirement for depot office accommodation. This, coupled with an immoveable year-end deadline which was fast approaching, meant BBMM had to get a high-quality building in place very quickly.

Solution :

Stephen French, Site Manager for BBMM, says: “We recognised that a modular style building was the only way we could get the facilities in place before our deadline. Portakabin explained very clearly what they were able to do and how they would complete the project. We briefed them on what we needed for the building and the limitations of the site, and Portakabin came back with a solution that fitted all of our needs.”

The building devised by Portakabin is constructed from premium-quality, energy-efficient Ultima building modules and incorporates office space, a canteen, changing rooms and toilets. The building is fully air conditioned and clad externally in wood plastic composite to give it a natural timber look that handles heat, cold and weathering.

Portakabin took charge of the entire project, providing a complete turn-key package. This included demolishing and removing the existing building on site, completing all groundworks and drainage preparations, as well as installing the building, connecting it to services and fitting it out.

Stephen continues: “We requested a number of bespoke adaptations to the building, which Portakabin was able to provide. These included plastering the interior walls and fitting timber cladding to the outside of the building. We see this new building as a long-term asset and wanted to ensure it enhanced the Weatherhill site and provided longevity and a high standard of accommodation for staff.”

As promised, the building was installed on schedule, despite adverse weather conditions, just eight weeks after the plans were finalised – comfortably meeting BBMM’s year-end deadline. In fact, Portakabin promises all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget, in its unique Customer Charter. This even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to meet its commitment, the company will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.*

Stephen adds: “The office staff, engineers and maintenance staff who use the Portakabin building are very pleased with their new working environment.

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Basingstoke

Requirement :

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust needed a twenty-eight bed, fully-fitted unit to reduce pressure on acute care wards at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital. The ward needed to be linked to existing buildings for continuation of care and to ensure ease of patient transfers into the unit.

The unrelenting dedication and hard-working nature of NHS staff shouldn’t be the only thing health providers rely on when the pressure is on busy departments – best practice encourages hospitals to always be proactively planning care, assessing variations in risk and working towards high-quality continuation in healthcare. Portakabin specialises in this; providing space quickly, with no compromise on quality.

Solution :

“The building is there to ensure those patients most in need are offered a safe and welcoming environment in which to heal,” said Regional Hire Manager for Portakabin, Craig Stewart. “As healthcare design specialists, we understand how important space is to providers at the busiest of times. This unit reduces front pressures, easing admissions and releases beds around the hospital for when the very sick patients need to be admitted and also allows pre-planned surgeries to go ahead.”

The unit was designed with the wellbeing of the hospital’s patients at the very heart of it and will offer the Trust the best of the benefits of a modular building including the flexibility to re-locate the structure should the Trust re-locate.

Working with a very tight building footprint, the unit was installed directly outside the existing Sherborne Building, complete with a 15m custom-built hybrid walkway for continuation of care and to protect patient flow. By pre-empting any initial groundwork, the modules were able to be craned in while the hospital remained fully open throughout.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital, said: “The Overton Unit provides step down care for patients who no longer require the high level of acute care provided in hospital, but are awaiting a care package that will enable them to return home. Opening the unit has enabled us to release space on our acute care wards for very sick patients when they need to be admitted to hospital.

“I’d like to say a big thank you and well done to everyone who worked hard to ensure that the unit was open in time for the busy winter period.”

Location : Beckermet, Cumbria

Requirement :

Having provided its services from rented accommodation since it was founded in 1976, Beckermet Nursery – a registered charity – wanted to invest in its own dedicated, permanent facilities. The long process of fundraising, applying for National Lottery support and local authority grants began in the late 1990s. With so much time and effort spent on fundraising, the nursery committee was determined to invest in the very best building they could afford. They wanted to create a high-quality facility to provide full wrap-around provision for local children from the ages of three months to 11 years.

Solution :

Nursery Manager Patricia Gallagher, says: “The fundraising efforts took many years, but as the pot grew we started to look at possible building providers. It became clear that modular construction would provide the best value. We investigated a number of suppliers and Portakabin stood out above the rest.

“We wanted high quality and, when it comes to this type of building, you know that Portakabin leads the way. It’s a name you can trust and its buildings come with reassuring guarantees. What really swung the decision in favour of Portakabin though, was the wonderful service we received right from the start. The sales representative really took time to understand our needs and put a lot of time into developing a solution that fitted our requirements and, crucially, our budget.”

The nursery chose to purchase a large Titan Building System and a Titan building, linked together to create a spacious 26-place nursery, fully compliant with Ofsted guidelines. Having taken time to understand the nursery’s unique requirements in detail, Portakabin developed a bespoke building layout to fulfil all the requirements of children, parents and staff. The main building incorporates a large open-plan nursery area, reception area, staff room, kitchen, children’s toilets and a baby sleeping area. The linked Titan building has another open-plan nursery area and can be isolated from the main nursery to provide community based activities in the evenings. The whole complex was fitted with a heating and air-conditioning system by Portakabin.

The site chosen by the committee was an undeveloped greenfield site, adjacent to the local school. The council stipulated strict requirements for the appearance of the nursery building, and Portakabin helped the committee to select an appropriate colour scheme. Flexibility in design is one of the key benefits of choosing a Portakabin building. A range of design options is available, from a dazzling array of colours to a wide choice of window and roof styles.

Portakabin delivered and installed the buildings right on schedule, as promised by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This assures customers that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet the customer’s contract start date, it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Patricia continues: “Parents and staff alike are delighted with the new nursery. The children absolutely love it and we now have 47 children on our books. The service from Portakabin was second-to-none throughout. They helped us every step of the way and were there for us in an instant whenever we needed help or advice. The building itself is really cleverly designed around the needs of children. For my part, I really look forward to coming to work every day now because the building provides such a lovely environment to work in.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Harrow

Requirement :

When a fire broke out at Bentley Wood high school it destroyed almost 50% of the school buildings. Extensive interim facilities were needed very quickly before the end of the half-term holidays.


Solution :

Portakabin was chosen to provide the interim school facilities because of the quality of its solution and expertise. Working hand-in-hand with the Council and its Project Managers, Kier Harrow Projects, Portakabin built a complete interim science facility and classroom complex - within eight weeks.

The school was assured of timely delivery of its buildings by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*

Working against a very tight deadline, Portakabin created two large buildings of two-storeys, which together provided over 667m2 of interim accommodation. The buildings incorporated 14 classrooms, specialist science facilities, 2 staff rooms and offices as well as complete toilet and changing facilities. Portakabin also incorporated high-quality stairwells to the buildings, plus a separate ICT room and a stand-alone classroom building with DDA compliant ramps.

 Neil Dimond, Project Manager at Kier Harrow Projects, said: "Portakabin gave excellent service to everyone, particularly as we were under a lot of pressure. The project only took around eight weeks from start to completion."

 Nick Alwyn, School Manager at Bentley Wood High says: "The buildings are very spacious, light and airy and far larger than traditionally built classrooms. They give us the ideal teaching environment. The buildings are so good that many of the teachers don't want to move back into the permanent buildings! Everyone who has seen the new buildings has been very impressed with the quality and space of a modular solution from Portakabin."

  "The expertise and professionalism of Portakabin shone through at a very difficult time. Lots of people had to be involved in the project, but Portakabin dealt very quickly and professionally with all the parties to complete the buildings as quickly as possible."

 Nick Alwyn, School Manager at Bentley Wood High School

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : 9 schools in central Birmingham

Requirement :

Demographic changes in Birmingham have led to a 21% increase in births between 2001 and 2008, and it has been predicted there could be a shortage of up to 3,000 reception places between now and 2020.

To help meet the increased intake in the city, Birmingham City Council had a requirement for high quality teaching accommodation for an additional 330 children in nine primary schools.

Solution :

Portakabin, working with main contractors Wates Construction, provided around 1,000sqm of primary school teaching accommodation on nine different sites.

Each school's facilities were handed over on time, on budget and to a tight timescale - just 14 weeks from receipt of order, ready for the start of the new academic year.

Eleven interim school buildings at eight of the schools, which include both single and double classroom blocks, will be on hire for 12 months until the permanent facilities are expanded at each school.  Each classroom arrived on site during the summer holidays complete with infant toilets, flooring, lighting, heating, partitions, power points, sinks for wet play areas, and access ramps or steps.

Portakabin has successfully delivered 15 projects for Birmingham City Council over the last three years - a range of buildings for housing, education and parks departments.

Location : Harleston

Requirement :

When Blackburns at Harleston needed additional office accommodation, they sought a high-quality, cost-effective building solution: one that could be delivered within days.

 The new building was required to create a large open plan extension to their existing office facilities: facilities within an old station building above ground level. Flexibility of design and quality of construction would be essential to create a seamless transition between buildings. And, because time was of the essence: speed and convenience were crucial.

Solution :

Portakabin were soon commissioned to provide a flexible solution. A decision that was taken based on the values of Portakabin and its’ reputation for outstanding quality. A visit to the 60- acre production facility in York, secured the contract. Largely because Blackburns were able to fully experience the Portakabin manufacturing process first hand.

 After initial consultation, it was clear that the Titan Building System could meet all criteria. The flexibility of the Titan Building System meant that it effortlessly delivered an open-plan office extension. One that seamlessly adjoins the existing office building.

 The building’s close attention to architectural design maintains the company’s professional image. And, the Titan Building System can be delivered and installed within a day!

 Mark Thomas, Area Sales Manager, Portakabin said; “The Titan Building Solution was the perfect solution. Foundations were installed to bring the office up to rail-track height in keeping with the existing building. And a brick-skin applied to the bottom of the Titan building system maintains its’ aesthetic appeal.”

 Inside the building, the addition of two full length windows maximises natural light. Quality carpeting completes the professional appeal and provides a warm, welcoming finish.

 Tim Leggett, from Blackburns said; “We are delighted with the Titan Building Solution. It gives us additional, spacious, high-quality office accommodation and it is a pleasure to work in. The full length windows and quality of the building’s construction give the impression that we are working in a traditionally built building.”

 “We would certainly use Portakabin again and would recommend their building solutions to anyone looking for high-quality, flexible accommodation, that can be delivered and installed within days.”

Location : Derby

Requirement :

When world-leading transport solutions manufacturer Bombardier decided to focus its UK train manufacturing operations in Derby, its depot in the city had to prepare for a huge influx of staff. Since the existing offices could not accommodate the extra personnel, high-quality office accommodation had to be found quickly – in time for the relocation of employees from all over the country.

Solution :

Having used Portakabin buildings in the past, Bombardier was aware of the high standards of its accommodation solutions, as well as the fact that they can be installed on site very quickly and easily.

Plus, peace of mind was provided by the fact that only Portakabin offers a unique Customer Charter pledge to deliver all projects on time and on budget. If it fails to meet the agreed contract start date, Portakabin will give one week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Bombardier chose to hire 19 Pullman buildings, due to their generous proportions and high-quality construction. Portakabin delivered and installed the buildings on the agreed date and in plenty of time for the arrival of the relocating staff. A corridor links the 19 separate buildings, and each provides spacious, open-plan accommodation.

Helping Bombardier to fulfil its obligations under current legislation, Portakabin was able to provide three DDA-compliant access ramps. Plus, as part of its one-stop-shop solution, Portakabin supplied steps and landings for the fire escapes, a fire alarm system, toilet facilities, and a climate control system – creating a complete, comfortable working environment for staff to move straight in to.

John Lawrence, Bombardier Site Services Plant Engineer, says: “Everyone has been very happy with the Portakabin buildings, which are providing excellent office space for our staff. We knew they would be a good solution, since they are so easy to get on site and provide a guaranteed standard of accommodation.

“The service from our local Portakabin Hire Centre has been excellent. Whenever we have needed any extra work doing on the buildings, they have responded very quickly. Any work has always been carried out on time and to a high standard.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Derby

Requirement :

World-leading rail transportation specialist Bombardier needed to create premium-quality project offices at its engineering plant in Derby, to accommodate large cross-functional teams working on major projects. This was a significant investment for Bombardier, which needed to be reflected in the quality of the new building. However, the lead time was very tight, so the chosen supplier had to be able to deliver in a matter of weeks.

Solution :

Vic Hammond, Senior Plant Engineering Manager at Bombardier, says: “We had used Portakabin buildings before, but not for such a large or prestigious building as this. We researched the buildings available on its website and were surprised and impressed by the quality of the products on offer.

“We were confident that Portakabin buildings would meet our quality requirements, and Portakabin gave us complete reassurance that they could deliver the building within our timescales.”

Once the order was placed, Portakabin had just five weeks to get the building installed and fully fitted out. In keeping with its on-time, on-budget promise, Portakabin worked tirelessly, in close collaboration with Bombardier, to complete the high-specification two-storey office facility on schedule.

The impressive 900m2 building was constructed using the energy-efficient, premium-grade Ultima building system. Portakabin designed the interior to meet Bombardier’s specifications, with open-plan office space and three meeting rooms on each floor. There are kitchenette and toilet facilities on both floors and showers and disabled persons’ toilets on the ground floor. To complete the fit-out, Portakabin installed an advanced climate-control system, plus fire alarms and emergency lighting.

The building was finished with an internal glass atrium, creating a bright, two-storey high space that gives the building the look and feel of a prestigious architecturally designed office complex.

Vic Hammond continues: “The entire, fully serviced building was ready exactly when we needed it. Portakabin kept us well informed and worked closely with us throughout the programme to ensure the building fulfilled all of our requirements, and provided the high standard of office space that our project teams demand.”

“We were confident that Portakabin buildings would meet our quality requirements, and Portakabin gave us complete reassurance that they could deliver the building within our timescales.”

Vic Hammond, Senior Plant Engineering Manager, Bombardier


Location : Inverness

Requirement :

Bond Air Services provides the most comprehensive helicopter support network for emergency services in the UK. They needed to upgrade the
accommodation for pilots and paramedic crews at Inverness in order to comply with stringent NHS infection control standards.

Solution :

Bond turned to Portakabin because other suppliers had not been able to assist in the past when faced with unusual requirements.The team at Portakabin created a single storey building that incorporates two Titan units, along with a Pacemaker building, delivering high quality accommodation for pilots and staff.

Shaun Strain, Director of Ground Operations, Bond Air Services, says: “Our air ambulance team are on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies across Scotland and there was a need to upgrade facilities for the team in Inverness.”

The new building had to be fully compliant with very strict NHS infection control standards and access for delivery was only available via the airport runway.

Specialist needs included the incorporation of infection control measures such as wipe clean walls, safety flooring and covered skirting, clean and dirty storage areas and a slophopper device for waste disposal.

Shaun adds, “Portakabin also co-ordinated complex arrangements for access with the airport so that building units could be driven down the runway for installation during a very small window of opportunity.

“The project was delivered and installed on time and we are delighted with the quality and finish of the building. The high standards of professionalism and commitment shown by the team at Portakabin were a key factor in the success of the project.”

Location : Filey, North Yorkshire

Requirement :

Bourne Leisure is one of the UK’s leading leisure companies, owning brands such as Haven, Warner, Butlins and British Holidays. Haven Holidays’ beautiful Primrose Valley Holiday Park on the Yorkshire coast near Filey has around 2000 caravans set in 200 acres of land overlooking the sea.

When the park’s managers decided to improve its facilities for touring caravan owners, they developed a new area that could accommodate up to 50 caravans on spacious new super-pitches. Quality toilet and shower facilities were also needed to cater for the touring holidaymakers who would use this improved site.

Solution :

Portaloo facilities were chosen to give the touring site the quality of amenities it required. The Portaloo buildings were hired for the start of the new holiday season, when the new touring site was first opened. The facilities comprised separate ladies and gents toilet and shower blocks, disabled persons’ toilet and shower facilities and a family washroom and toilet block, as well as a separate building with sinks for dish and clothes washing.

Portaloo was able to provide complete, high-quality facilities for the holiday park’s needs. The disabled persons’ unit was fitted with a ramp, supplied by Portakabin Access, to provide wheelchair access.

Jeff Thompson, Site Manager at Primrose Valley Holiday Park, says: “We approached Portaloo for our toilet and shower requirements because they are such a well-known name in the industry. I requested quotes from three other companies, but I was most impressed by Portaloo’s professional service and proactive approach to dealing with our requirements.

“The buildings supplied meet all of our specifications, and we are particularly pleased that Portaloo was able to provide a complete solution for our disabled persons’ amenities, including an access ramp. We have been very happy with the quality of facilities provided, as have our guests. We intend to keep the Portaloo buildings on site for the foreseeable future, until we decide whether to construct our own purpose-built toilet and shower block or keep the Portaloo facilities on site permanently."

Location : Dereham, Norfolk

Requirement :

Breckland Council decided to build new headquarters at Walpole Lake in Dereham, following a Best Value audit of its previous offices at the Guildhall in Dereham and Breckland House in Thetford.

 The audit concluded that the Council could vastly improve working practices and save between £500,000 and £750,000 per year by building a new head office that would bring all departments under one roof - making better use of space and improving internal communications.

Solution :

The Council looked at a number of building options, including traditional build. After exploring the options, it became clear that modular construction was the most effective solution, as it could be designed to meet the Council's exact specifications and completed in a much shorter timescale than a traditional building.

 Following a competitive tender process, the Ultima building system from Portakabin proved to be the most impressive by far. It meets all permanent building requirements and delivers cost efficiency through its energy efficient attributes.

 The new building, named Elizabeth House, has also been designed to meet the Disability Discrimination Act requirements, with low level switches, lifts, and a contrasting colour scheme to assist the visually impaired.

 "Portakabin provided a turnkey building solution, working with us to design a building that met our exact requirements and doing everything from laying the foundations to landscaping the car park, gardens and central courtyard.

 "190 staff have now moved into the building and we have had a fantastic response from them as they are all very impressed with the high-quality working environment it provides. The new head office has helped us to save a great deal of money and it has already had a very positive impact on internal communication."

Steve Harris, Head of Facilities Management

Location : Stirling

Requirement :

When John Inglis and Son decided to diversify their farming business by setting up a farm shop, tearoom and visitor attraction, they needed to find good quality toilet facilities to cater for customers. The attractions are situated some distance from the working farmstead, so no mains connection is available.

Not satisfied with offering their customers plastic chemical toilets, they set about searching for a supplier that could deliver high-quality, domestic-standard facilities with full-flushing toilets and hot running water, similar to those found in any home.

Solution :

Joanne Inglis, General Manager of Briarlands Farm, says: “Having provided plastic chemical toilets in our first year, we wanted to find a better quality solution for our visitors that would improve the image of our business and enhance the visitor experience.

“I looked at a number of websites to research portable toilet suppliers, and sent an enquiry to Portaloo. Within two hours someone had called me back and the next day Portaloo visited the farm to assess our requirements. This speed of response and excellent service was the reason we chose Portaloo to provide our toilets.”

Research has shown that most people want to find the same standard of toilets when they are out as they do at home.* Portaloo therefore provides an ideal solution by offering a range of high-quality, all-steel toilet and shower buildings, fitted out with full-flushing toilets, electric lighting and hot and cold running water. Furthermore, the buildings can be located on sites with or without mains connections, so they are perfect for remote locations like farms.

Briarlands Farm hired a spacious, welcoming male/female toilet building and a separate disabled persons’ building, with baby changing facilities. Portaloo provided a complete solution, including waste tanks which were discreetly located below ground level.

The buildings and waste tanks were delivered and expertly installed by Portaloo at the start of May, ready for the busy summer season. All Portaloo customers are assured of timely deliveries by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. What’s more, Portaloo 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.**

During the peak season the farm hosted an amazing 27,000 visitors, with a peak of 960 customers in one day. The Portaloo toilets handled this volume of use with ease, and Portaloo provided a waste tank emptying service on demand throughout the hire period. At the end of October, the facilities were removed by Portaloo with minimal disruption to the farm.

Joanne adds: “When we switched from plastic chemical loos to high-quality Portaloo buildings in our second year, the reaction from visitors was very positive. They certainly appreciated the higher standard of toilets and the hot and cold running water. We’re also pleased with the service from Portaloo and intend to continue hiring their facilities for the foreseeable future.”

* MORI survey

** Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Bridgend, Wales

Requirement :

The Welsh Assembly's Flying Start scheme, aims to give children aged 0-3 the best possible start in life by providing access to high quality services. It required two new nursery buildings to accommodate 40 young children within 16 weeks. The delivery of the buildings within this timescale was absolutely crucial to the successful implementation of the project in the area.

Solution :

Having identified the need for new, high quality nursery facilities, Portakabin, with its reputation for exceptional levels of service, provided the ideal solution in the shape of its Lilliput nursery building - specially designed to meet the needs of young children.

 Tina Haddon, Flying Start Co-ordinator at Bridgend County Borough Council, explains, ‘It was critical that the new nurseries were delivered within 16 weeks to enable us to quickly start providing childcare provision in the area in line with the objectives of the Flying Start project. However, it was equally important that the company we worked with had the ability to provide high quality buildings, which wouldn't be compromised by the short lead time. After meeting with the Portakabin team it was clear that their level of knowledge and expertise in the education sector was excellent. This provided us with the peace of mind that the buildings would meet all of our needs, be delivered on time and that the project would run smoothly.'

 To ensure that the buildings met all of the council's objectives and requirements, the Portakabin team met regularly with Tina and her colleagues throughout the planning period to design two Lilliput nurseries that would provide high quality, effective learning and working environments for children and staff alike.

 Once the building designs were finalised, a dedicated Portakabin team was situated on site for the duration of the development to ensure that all aspects of the project were completed quickly and efficiently, and any problems that arose were dealt with immediately. Update meetings were held with the Flying Start team every two weeks, with telephone contact being maintained with Tina and other members of the team on a daily basis.

 As a result of this excellent level of service and the quality of the completed buildings, Bridgend County Borough Council awarded Portakabin 10 out of 10 in its Customer Satisfaction Survey.

 Tina continued, ‘The Portakabin team ensured that we were kept fully updated on developments with the project at all times. They accommodated all our requests quickly and efficiently and responded to any issues immediately. The standard of service we received was second-to-none, which led to us awarding them top marks in their post-project Customer Satisfaction Survey.'

 The Portakabin Lilliput nurseries were installed at two Bridgend schools; Afon Y Felin Primary School received a 164m² 24-place nursery for 0-3 year olds, and a 125m² 16-place nursery for 2-3 year olds was installed at Bettws Primary School.

 Tina said, ‘These buildings have gone into identified areas where no childcare provision was previously on offer. In the Flying Start scheme we see the learning environment as the ‘third teacher', so we wanted to provide the best possible accommodation. That's why we chose the beautiful, high-quality Lilliput buildings to go into areas where nothing like this has ever been available.'

 The completed Portakabin Lilliput nurseries create an environment where children can learn, play and grow. Through the Portakabin education team's expert knowledge on the guidelines and standards required within the sector, the buildings reflect the latest thinking in nursery design and include a range of child-friendly features, from vibrant colours and furnishings to low-level windows and wipe clean surfaces inside and out. Both new facilities provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere, and include activity rooms with a special wet-play area, children's toilets, kitchen and laundry facilities, staff rooms and vital storage space.

 As well as providing high quality accommodation and excellent levels of service, Portakabin also managed all the other aspects of the project through its Total Solutions package. This included everything from gaining planning permission and Building Control approval, to Health & Safety consultancy and service connections.

 Tina concluded, ‘The fantastic management of the project not only meant that all our objectives were met within a short timescale, it also meant that our time wasn't taken away from our day-to-day jobs to supervise the development, as we had complete confidence in the Portakabin team. The new nursery facilities create the perfect practical and modern surroundings for children to start their development. The Portakabin team was fantastic to deal with throughout the process and their professionalism and support ensured our new nurseries were delivered and operational in a matter of weeks. Staff, parents and most importantly, the children, are extremely pleased with their new surroundings.'

 All Portakabin Lilliput nurseries meet permanent Building Standards and are designed to comply with Ofsted National Daycare Regulations. They also incorporate Child Protection Act guidelines.

 To ensure access for all, Portakabin Lilliput nurseries also comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) and Part M of the Building Regulations.

 In addition, the buildings are covered by the pioneering Portakabin Customer Charter¹ and Warranty package². The Charter promises that all projects will be completed on time and on budget. If Portakabin fails to meet the agreed contract start or completion date, the customer will be entitled to an additional six months product warranty. This provides customers with complete peace of mind that their building project will be completed on time and to the agreed contract sum.

Location : Bristol

Requirement :

Bristol City Council needed to reduce its procurement times, simplify its facilities management process and at the same time be sure that the standard of modular accommodation it provided was of the highest quality.

Solution :

The Council signed a four-year sole-supplier framework agreement with Portakabin, which radically reduced building procurement times, improved the standard of modular accommodation it could provide, and simplified its facilities management processes.

It means that whenever the council needs to provide offices, classrooms, toilets or any other type of building at short notice, it has a single point of contact at Portakabin who will arrange everything and ensure the new facilities are delivered exactly on time.

Council demands quality and best value from its sole supplier
Portakabin was selected after a rigorous procurement process carried out by the council, in which the modular building suppliers’ products and services were assessed for quality and value for money.

James Howells, Business Development Manager at Portakabin, says: “The Council was looking for genuine best-value, stating that its decision would be based primarily on the quality of products and service offered. We recognised this as an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate the exceptional value offered by our high-quality modular buildings.”

Track record inspires confidence in Portakabin capabilities
The Council was impressed by the extensive resources offered by Portakabin and its proven track record of successfully delivering large-scale building projects on time, within demanding timescales.

Another crucial factor was the outstanding quality of Portakabin buildings, which deliver market-leading levels of floor space, flexibility, thermal efficiency, durability and aesthetics. It gave the council confidence that whenever it needed to provide interim accommodation for its staff, whether in schools or offices, it could source the highest quality modular buildings available.

Agreement eliminates lengthy building procurement process
Since the agreement was signed, Portakabin has built up a close working relationship with key personnel in the Children and Young People's Services (CYPS) and Property Services Directorates in the Council. Under the agreement, the Council simply contacts the Portakabin Hire Centre in Bristol when they have a building requirement, and the Portakabin team arranges everything.

Because Portakabin is pre-approved as the sole supplier, there is no need for lengthy tendering or contract negotiations. Whether the buildings are hired or purchased, the Bristol Hire Centre coordinates the whole project and acts as the council’s single point of contact, making building procurement simpler and faster than ever.

Framework agreement in action: Shortfall in primary school places
When the Council identified a shortfall in classroom accommodation in seven CYPS locations across the city, it urgently needed to get high-quality facilities in place for the start of the autumn term. Seven buildings ranging in size from one to four classrooms were needed. With the framework agreement in place, the Council went straight to Portakabin for a solution.

Mike Bosdet, Principal Building Surveyor at Bristol City Council, says: “The timescales were so tight that traditional construction was not an option. Portakabin quickly took charge of the project and set about planning the delivery of these buildings down to the very last detail. We went to see some of their recently installed classroom buildings in an adjacent authority and were very impressed by the quality.”

Portakabin takes charge from day one
Portakabin met the Council team to gain a full understanding of their requirements, and visited the seven schools in question, to assess the individual demands and challenges of each site.

Based on its assessment of the CYPS sites, Portakabin proposed a range of buildings that would create the required number of places at each location. These included single and double classroom buildings and a bespoke two-storey, four-classroom Portakabin Ultima modular building. The Council wanted a long-term solution to its accommodation shortage, so decided to purchase the buildings from Portakabin, rather than hire them.

Complete service package gives council a single point of contact
Portakabin took responsibility for every aspect of the project, from seeking planning permission and Building Regulations approval to completing the groundworks and service connections, installing the buildings and fitting them out. Portakabin also supplied access steps and ramps. Such a comprehensive service package gave the Council the reassurance and convenience of dealing with just one company to get all of its buildings in place on time.

Classrooms installed with minimal disruption, right on schedule
The buildings were installed by Portakabin between June and September, to minimise disruption to pupils and teachers, and were in place before the start of the new school year.

Mike continues: “I could not have been more impressed with the installation teams. The whole project management and the office back-up provided by Portakabin were excellent too, and the project was delivered to the budget. I don’t give out praise like this lightly, but Portakabin genuinely earned it on this project.”

The unique Portakabin Customer Charter gives all customers the assurance of such exemplary scheduling and budgeting, with its promise that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.*

Quality buildings deliver long-term solution for Bristol’s schools
Mike adds: “The headteachers were very pleased with the spacious new classrooms and the feedback from the staff using the buildings has been very positive. The buildings are also a very good long-term solution for the Council, giving us the option to relocate them to different sites in future, if necessary.

“Working with Portakabin I had complete confidence in their competence and professionalism, which takes all the worry out of delivering a big project like this.”

Location : Bristol

Requirement :

Due to a rapid increase in passenger numbers at Bristol International Airport, a permanent departure lounge and additional gates were required to house its departing passengers. However, an interim building was necessary whilst the airport awaited planning approval for the project and it was decided that modular construction would provide a top-flight solution.

Solution :

After inviting tenders from two other companies, Bristol International Airport initially decided to work with another modular building supplier, but, as the project progressed, it became clear that the organisation was not able to fulfil the airport’s needs in terms of the highly technical building specification requirements and timescales for delivery.

As a result, the team turned to Portakabin due to the high quality mechanical and technical specification required in addition to the speed in which the building could be delivered. Speed of delivery is supported by the pioneering Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver buildings on time and on budget.

 The Portakabin Ultima building was, delivered, constructed and fully operational within just six weeks. The new interim 330m2 coaching lounge now offers an excellent environment for departing passengers prior to boarding the plane, with high levels of natural light, as well as a modern and attractive appearance both inside and out.

 The building was also provided with a fully-fitted climate control system and data communications connections and includes a café area, customer lounge and plasma screens for departure information.

 ‘The service we received from the Portakabin team has been second-to-none. They stepped in at very short notice after we were let down by our original supplier and have provided us with a building that everyone at the airport is very proud of. The team worked very closely with us throughout the project, providing advice and guidance, and designed and delivered a building that met all of our requirements on time and on budget.

 ‘The fact that we can use the coaching lounge for a separate project, once the permanent construction is completed, is a huge advantage. In addition the mechanical and electrical requirements of the project were incredibly high and Portakabin was the only company capable of delivering this.

 ‘It has relieved the pressure from other areas of the airport, thus improving the environment for passengers and employees.’ ‘The size of the building also offers great capacity for future growth. While we are only accommodating a maximum of 200 at the moment it has an official fire capacity of 1,180 people.’

 Dan Hamer, Project Co-ordinator, Bristol International Airport

 The Portakabin Ultima building was delivered with the pioneering Portakabin Customer Charter, which states that if Portakabin fail to deliver a project on time and to the agreed contract sum, the customer will be entitled to an additional six months product warranty. *

 Since the construction of the coaching lounge, Portakabin has worked closely with Bristol International Airport and provided accommodation for several other projects at the site. The airport is currently using two Portakabin buildings as
airside safety units, one building as a taxi reception area and a two-storey building to house taxi office staff and drivers.

Location : Ashford, Middlesex

Requirement :

The 100 year-old buildings that form the Ashford campus of Brooklands College required a major programme of refurbishment and extension. While the building work was underway, an entire interim college needed to be provided for the students. The scale of the building work meant that the interim college would need to be in place for at least two years, so quality was of paramount importance.

Solution :

Craig Stewart, Portakabin London West Regional Manager, says: “Because of the two-year build programme, many students’ only experience of Brooklands College would be in the interim building. That meant the college was very keen to source the highest quality facilities, in order to maintain their high standards of education and provide the most stimulating and inspiring environment possible for their students. The college was impressed by the looks and build quality of our premium Ultima Vision buildings, and we were the only modular building supplier able to handle the scope and scale of this project within the anticipated timescales.”
Ultima Vision buildings feature floor-to-ceiling double-glazed wall panels to maximise natural light inside the building. The modules offer exemplary levels of thermal efficiency, spacious column-free interiors and full compliance with all Building Regulations.

Portakabin worked closely with the college to devise a 3,000m² building that fulfilled all of their requirements. The two-storey interim college was designed with buildings arranged in a U-shape around three sides of a large outdoor wooden decking area. Portakabin designed a huge canopy to shelter this central courtyard, creating a useful outdoor space for year-round use.

The building itself incorporates 12 large classrooms, seven IT rooms, a spacious common room, offices and meeting rooms, as well as toilets, a registry, four stairways and a lift. A bridge at first floor level also spans the courtyard, enhancing disabled access around the second storey.

Craig continues: “Another reason the college chose Portakabin to supply this building was our ability to offer a complete one-stop shop. The project really showcases the breadth of our expertise and the range of services we can provide.”

Portakabin completed all groundworks for the building, as well as all external decking, block paving, hard landscaping and the unique canopy. The building was connected to all services and extensively fitted out with data communications cabling and sockets. A climate-control system creates a comfortable environment all year round, while intruder and fire alarms provide enhanced security. The college even hired much of the furniture required for the building from Portakabin, including desk, chairs and cupboards.

Craig adds: “The completed building looks stunning. It’s bright and airy inside thanks to the large glazed walls, and provides an exceptional learning environment for the college’s students.”

Location : West London

Requirement :

Brunel University wanted to provide a specially designed washroom for its growing number of multi-faith students who required pre-prayer ablution facilities. A major new multi-faith building was under construction on the campus, but the university was keen to give its overseas students a high-quality tailor-made washroom as quickly as possible.

Solution :

James Sweeney, Estates Manager at Brunel University, says: “We approached a number of potential suppliers of interim toilets and washrooms, but only Portaloo gave us the confidence that they could meet our special requirements for this building. They were the most professional in their approach and were keen to work closely with us to develop the best solution."

and the university’s Estates team consulted some of the students who would be using the facilities, to gain an understanding of how the building would be used and learn about any specific requirements. They found that the facilities needed to enable people preparing for prayer to wash their face, arms and feet in running water, with separate areas for men and women.

Using this brief, Portaloo developed a stand-alone washroom building divided into two rooms with separate external entrance doors. Each room was kitted-out with all necessary ablution facilities, including specially fabricated wash stations ergonomically designed to allow all users to comfortably wash their arms, face and feet. The building also features a separate area to house the water-heating system. This was a low-power system, designed to meet the site’s requirements by providing hot water without the need for a three-phase power supply.

Brunel is leading the way among British universities by providing these specialist facilities for multi-faith students, and the Portaloo building has been very well received.

James Sweeney adds: “The Portaloo building proved a very good option for us, providing the perfect interim facility while our main building is under construction. It’s likely to remain on campus for about three years, and we are confident that the quality of the building will ensure it performs well throughout that time. We hold regular meetings with our multi-faith student representatives and they have given us some very positive feedback on the new facility.

“The project was successful because the building was developed in close consultation with the end users, and Portaloo was very much involved in that process. They were always on the ball and their expertise has enabled us to deliver exactly what our end users needed."

The building was efficiently installed and connected to services by Portaloo on the university’s main campus. In line with the company’s unique Customer Charter promise, it was delivered on time and on budget. To give Portaloo customers complete peace of mind, this charter even promises that if the company ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

The tailor-made building has now been added to the Portaloo Purity range of washrooms. Known as a WuDu washroom, it is available to customers who need to provide high-quality washroom facilities for multi-faith users.

* Terms & Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Buckingham

Requirement :

With increasing numbers of students taking up the Performing Arts at Buckingham School, the department decided to invest in a specialist dance studio to help usher in the next generation of performing superstars.

Solution :

Portakabin used its state-of-the-art Ultima building system to provide 115 m² of dedicated dance space in the school\'s quadrangle.

 To ensure the studio provided a professional dance facility, the school worked with the Portakabin design team to include high-level windows and specialist recessed lighting and heating - all within the six-week window dictated by the school\'s summer holidays.

 Performing Arts were previously taught in an ordinary hall that had none of the specialist features of this dance studio.


\"The new facility is fantastic. We worked with Portakabin to ensure that the dance studio forms the centrepiece of our new Performing Arts faculty. With a reinforced, non-slip, cushioned floor, and three-metre ceiling, the students and staff have a building that will really enhance the image of Performing Arts.\"

Patrick Feeney, Senior Administration Manager, Buckingham School

Location : Nottingham

Requirement :

When the densely populated Clifton area of Nottingham was identified as having the city’s lowest number of childcare places per 100 children, the City Council decided to take action. An opportunity was identified to complement the existing provision at the local Milford Primary School, which catered for children over four years old.

The new building would be funded by the New Opportunities Fund through the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative, and would provide full daycare facilities for children under five years old.

Solution :

The Council investigated a range of potential suppliers for the new building, including modular building specialist Portakabin. Officials from the Council visited the Portakabin head office and toured its manufacturing facilities to see the Company’s specially designed Lilliput nursery buildings being constructed. They were even taken to see an existing Lilliput nursery in use.

Helen Wallace, Project Officer at Nottingham City Council, says: “We were very impressed by what we saw, and by the knowledge demonstrated by Portakabin staff. It was clear that the Lilliput nursery had been very carefully designed to cater for the needs of young children and to comply with all existing regulations, which put it well ahead of the alternatives on offer. The people we met at Portakabin were clearly very up to date on current legislation, and understood the specific needs of nursery providers.

“Not only that, but we felt that everything we would need for the nursery was included in the Portakabin package, with no hidden extras to be added later.” 

Following consultations to determine the Council’s requirements, Portakabin designed a bespoke solution for the 60-place nursery. Portakabin advised the Council’s groundworks contractor and, despite delays in the groundworks, Portakabin was able to deliver and install the building within the grounds of Milford Primary School on time – in line with the promises set out in the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This Charter promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget, and if Portakabin ever fails to meet his commitment, it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty on the building.*

The finished building includes four activity rooms with wet play areas, staff and meeting rooms, a wide corridor providing a bright and welcoming communal space, offices, a sheltered entrance, and a kitchen with a window looking onto the baby room, which integrates the kitchen staff with the rest of the nursery. There are child-level windows, bench seating, children’s storage units, a buggy store, toilets and changing areas, as well as milk preparation rooms.

The nursery – which is operated by Busy Bees, one of the UK’s leading childcare providers – has proved popular with parents in the area. It provides full daycare services, as well as a crèche facility – and the children who attend have really taken to it.

Nursery Manager Julia Coughill, says: “Places at the nursery are filling up fast and parents are happy with the new building. The children really like the bright colours and light, spacious rooms, and love the low-level windows. For staff, having bathroom and changing facilities in each of the rooms is a great benefit, since they can keep an eye on the children at all times.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Cambridge

Requirement :

The university-owned nursery in West Cambridge caters for the children of university staff and students. When the nursery’s toilet facilities needed to be refurbished, high-quality interim toilets had to be found so that the nursery could continue to provide its full services during the alteration work.

Solution :

With toilet facilities needed for up to 50 pre-school children, there was no room for compromise on quality. The university needed to find the highest standard facilities available

Catherine Shen from the university’s Estates department says: “We conducted a thorough search for a suitable toilet provider and discovered Portaloo via its website. The Portaloo Junior toilets were just what we were looking for and, following a conversation with the Portaloo Hire Centre team, we decided to hire one of these buildings for the six-week refurbishment project.”

The Portaloo Junior washroom has been specifically designed for pre-school and primary school children. It provides a fun, welcoming and hygienic environment for young children, with bright, colourful interiors and low-level toilets, sinks and other fixtures. The toilet cubicles have been designed to encourage independence, while facilitating adult supervision where necessary. Safety is crucial when catering for small children, so the Portaloo Junior building incorporates a wealth of safety features, including anti-scald valves and finger guards on doors, to eliminate potential hazards.

Portaloo arranged for the building to be delivered to the nursery on a Saturday, so that normal nursery services were not disrupted. The building was expertly craned into position and fully installed within the day, so it was ready for the children to use when they returned on Monday morning.

All Portaloo customers are assured of such timely deliveries by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, Portaloo 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.*

Catherine continues: “The children were all very excited about their new external toilet facilities. The Portaloo team were very helpful throughout the project. They arranged all site delivery and waste tank emptying services for us and worked closely with us to sort out any issues that arose. We are pleased with the standard of the building and delighted that the project was completed on time and on budget.

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Doncaster

Requirement :

After a terrible fire at Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster 90% of its buildings were destroyed causing major disruption to its 800 pupils and staff.

 As an emergency measure, staff and pupils had to be moved to different locations across the community to continue their teaching and learning following the fire. The speed of response and delivery of a suitable solution was therefore critical to minimising the impact of the fire on the young people's education.

Solution :

Working weekends and in adverse weather conditions, Portakabin configured 179 steel-framed modules to meet the school's exact requirements, which were installed to form 21 buildings. These provided teaching facilities of the highest standards to get the school up and running again, including a dining hall and catering kitchen, 20 general classrooms, science laboratories, art and technology rooms, six ICT suites, sports changing rooms, administration unit, lecture theatre, seminar rooms and toilet blocks.

 The buildings are located on a sports field so Portakabin also had to install all necessary drainage, foundations, tarmac, electrical substations and a temporary car park, as well as access ramps and steps, fire and intruder alarms, air conditioning, data connections and fitting out.

Commenting on the project, Andrew Sprakes, Head Teacher at Campsmount Technology College, says: "We are all stunned and delighted at what has been achieved here - teaching accommodation of the highest standard, delivered in such a short timescale, and in very challenging working conditions."

 "We can't speak highly enough of the Portakabin team. They worked at break-neck speed to get our school up and running again. The quality and finish of the buildings, how they've been set up and organised, and the size of the classrooms is all excellent. It has surpassed all our expectations."

 Doncaster Council's Director of Children's Services, Chris Pratt, says: "Our officers, together with senior management and governors at the school, have been determined to deliver interim accommodation on site and as quickly as possible. To have achieved this in such a short time period with Portakabin is a huge achievement and thanks and congratulations go out to all the planning, hard work and commitment demonstrated by everyone involved throughout this process."

 In emergency situations, such as following a fire or flooding, or last minute changes to pupil intake, schools and local authorities need an assurance that their building needs will be met - on programme, without unforeseen costs and with no compromise on quality. The Portakabin solution at Campsmount Technology College is a dramatic example of how it can be delivered on time and on budget.

Location : Nationwide

Requirement :

The Caravan Club provides services and facilities for over 850,000 people, so it is a top priority to the organisation to ensure that everyone has full access to all the facilities on its 160 sites across the country.

 Following a review of resources, Allan Wilkinson, Senior Development Manager for Estates at the Caravan Club, identified 11 sites that needed additional facilities to provide full access for people with disabilities

Solution :

After meeting with two providers of toilet and washroom facilities, the Portaloo team was identified as best placed to provide the required facilities.

 Allan Wilkinson said: \"We needed to provide toilets and showers that would provide easy access for people with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users. We met with two providers, but the team from Portaloo had the best offering and expertise by far.

 \"The Portaloo disabled person’s toilet and shower buildings provide quality interim facilities suitable for our needs. The fact that Portaloo is such a well-established company with a good geographical spread gave us complete peace-of-mind, as the sites we required the toilets and showers for ranged from John O’Groats to Cornwall.\"

 The purpose-built toilet and shower buildings provided by Portaloo include a single pedestal, allowing plenty of room for wheelchair manoeuvring, grab handles around the hand basin and pedestal, as well as a raised toilet seat for easy transfer from wheelchairs, and a low level door threshold for easy access.

 Each building was delivered and installed by a team of highly experienced professionals, allowing the facilities to be ready for use within hours.

 Allan continued: \"The service we’ve received from the team at Portaloo has been excellent. They have provided the facilities we wanted to a standard which has attracted praise from members.\"

Location : Pontefract

Requirement :

When a fire destroyed nearly half of the original buildings at Carleton Community High School, it was essential that the buildings could be replaced quickly to ensure that disruption was kept to a minimum. With a proven track record for providing first class accommodation and an unrivalled reputation for delivering on time, Portakabin was the obvious supplier for a complete ready-to-use solution.

Solution :

The school needed to source 24 classrooms, management offices, a reception block, student and staff toilets, dining room, dance and drama studios, learning and resource centre, changing rooms and a staff room.

 Rob Foreman, Headteacher of Carleton Community High School says: "It was imperative that the buildings arrived in the quickest possible time to ensure continuity of education provision with minimal disruption to the school. This meant that a commitment of punctual delivery in time for the new school term in January was absolutely essential."

 Portakabin immediately met with NPS North East, (the design and property consultants project-managing the site) and representatives from the school following the blaze to develop a specification and accommodation requirement, with an on-site assessment taking place thereafter. Within days of the fire, Portakabin confirmed a delivery schedule. Handover of the completed buildings was concluded within just nine weeks.

 Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which pledges to complete your project on time and on budget.* If it fails to meet the contract start date, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.

 The new school complex covers 4000m2 and accommodates 971 students and staff. Portakabin also provided the essential business solutions required by the school to become operational, including intruder and fire alarms and the school lesson bell equipment.

 Portaloo, as part of the Portakabin Group delivered exceptional quality toilet and changing facilities. Portaloo offers a full range of robust, all-steel buildings in a variety of sizes and layouts with hygienic, easy to clean interiors. All buildings are fitted out to the highest standards and delivered ready for connection to services.

 Mr Foreman says: "The service from Portakabin was fantastic, with the handover of all buildings completed on schedule, as required. "The specification of the buildings has surpassed all expectations. Based on the speed of delivery and quality of accommodation provided, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend Portakabin to other schools in a similar predicament."

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Leeds

Requirement :

To help address the rapid growth in demand for primary school place provision in the area Leeds City Council needed to build a new primary school to provide accommodation for 210 children. 

The new primary school would form part of Carr Manor Community School making it one of only two ‘through’ schools in Leeds, taking children right through their school days from the age of 4 to 18.

Solution :

The £3m purpose-designed building was successfully delivered by Portakabin on time and on budget after only six months on site, in time for the start of the new academic year. 

The primary school has a bright and contemporary design which reflects the architectural features of the adjacent secondary school, creating a distinctive campus feel for the site. 

Harry Rayat, Operations Manager at CarrManorCommunitySchool, said, “The new school is just fantastic.  The modular approach allowed us to achieve a tight deadline for the start of the new academic year when we had to provide additional reception places.”

He added, “We have been very impressed with the speed and quality of construction.  Portakabin clearly understands our sector and was very professional throughout. This was a challenging site but their team worked extremely hard and repeatedly went above and beyond to overcome any unforeseen site issues.  This really is a first class building and a credit to the design and delivery teams.” 

Facilities include seven classrooms each with a sheltered outdoor play space, a sports and dining hall, reception area and foyer, hygiene room with hoist, special educational needs room, catering kitchen, offices, staff room, library, and food and science technology room. Trees have been retained on the site and green areas extended allowing the school to develop outdoor classrooms. 

The scale and shape of the building features details such as an inclined roof and a palette of colours for the façades that reflect the design of the secondary school.  Large picture windows ensure high levels of natural light and allow views over the adjacent field, and opening roof lights naturally ventilate other areas of the building.

Location : London

Requirement :

Carshalton Athletic was in need of a new clubhouse, quickly and on a tight budget, after their current building fell into disrepair. Portakabin specialises in this; providing facilities quickly, with no compromise on quality. Following a successful bid to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the club managed to secure a grant to re-establish the clubhouse. The new building would not only bring the club and community back together again, but also provide vital facilities for nearly 600 players and supporters

Solution :

Andrew Mooney from Portakabin (Refurbished) says: “The clubhouse plays an important role within the local community. With the current building not up to scratch, the gift of the grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund meant they could not only replace but also improve facilities. Grass roots sport plays an important part in the development of players at the club and this new clubhouse building ensures vital revenue will continue to be brought in. We installed refurbished modules complete with electrics and smoked oak flooring. One side of the building has large windows to offer fantastic views of the action on the pitch during match days.”

“The new clubhouse is fabulous and the Premier League’s investment, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, has been essential to the project. It was a well-managed project delivered on time and budget and has proven to be a good commercial investment.“

Paul Dipre, Chairman, Carshalton Athletic FC

Location : Crawley

Requirement :

International geophysical equipment and service provider, CGGVeritas, wanted to bring all employees based at two sites in Crawley together on a single site. It decided to move people out of a leased office in the town and construct a major new building for them on an empty plot of land adjacent to its head office. While plans for the new building were developed, the company decided to hire an interim office building for three years. It wanted the building to provide premium-quality office space to match the high standards of its head office.

Solution :

Tony Maynard, Facilities Manager at CGGVeritas, says: “Portakabin is the biggest name in modular construction so we went straight to them. We had seen other large buildings they had delivered in London, so we knew they could provide the scale of facilities we needed, but we didn’t know if they could meet our high expectations for the specification and fit-out of the building.”

The vast two-storey building created by Portakabin for CGGVeritas provides more than 2,000m2 of exemplary executive office space, incorporating open-plan areas, individual offices, videoconferencing suites, training rooms, meeting rooms, break-out areas, kitchen facilities and toilets.

To match the specification of the head office building, Portakabin provided energy-efficient PIR-controlled lighting throughout, an advanced building management system to monitor and control electricity use, a high specification air-conditioning system and plentiful large windows to create a bright, naturally lit interior.

“Working with Portakabin felt like a team effort from day one, not a typical supplier-client relationship,” says Tony. “The Portakabin project management team did everything possible to fulfil all of our specifications. Everyone, from engineers to the shop-floor technicians building the modules, made suggestions, offered advice and recommended improvements to ensure we got the building we desired.”

“The response to the building has been overwhelmingly positive. When we first took employees to see the interior for themselves, they were amazed by the standard and wanted to move in immediately. This is truly a ‘class A’ office facility for the people from our old site, providing a bright, pleasant working environment that is far superior to anything they have had before.” 
Tony Maynard, Facilities Manager, CGGVeritas

Location : Kent

Requirement :

When a fire caused by an electrical fault destroyed most of the clubhouse at the prestigious Chart Hills Golf Course, the club needed to quickly get replacement facilities in place for its members and guests. Once the fire was put out, much of the ground floor of the clubhouse, including the changing rooms and toilet facilities, was left flooded with water.

Located in a picturesque setting in the northern Weald of Kent, the Nick Faldo-designed course hosts several major competitions, including the Ladies English Open. The course was due to host a major European Tour competition just a few days after the fire, so the need for new facilities was urgent. 

Solution :

Club Administrator Sarah Saunders says: “When we thought of suppliers of relocatable toilet facilities, the only name that came to mind was Portaloo. They were the obvious choice. We contacted them with the specifications of the buildings we required, and they were able to supply precisely the facilities we needed.”

The club hired two male and two female changing room buildings, complete with showers, and one male and one female toilet building. These were delivered and installed in the car park area by Portaloo just days after the fire.

Timely deliveries of its buildings are guaranteed by Portaloo in its unique Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, if Portaloo ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers one week’s free hire for every day it is late.* 

Sarah adds: “The buildings were delivered in pristine condition and the service provided by Portaloo was excellent. They took care of everything, including the groundworks and electrical and plumbing connections – we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Once they had finished, the buildings were ready to be used immediately.”

The buildings have been well received by the club’s members and guests, and are on hire until new clubhouse facilities are completed nearby.

David Walls, Sales and Marketing Director of the Leaderboard Group of Golf Clubs, which includes Chart Hills, says: “After the devastating fire, Portaloo came to our rescue by providing changing facilities and toilets which meant we could continue operating with minimal disruption. The ongoing level of service we have received has been exceptional and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the company and its service.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.


Location : Cheltenham

Requirement :

Cheltenham Leisure Centre was inundated with floodwater during the devastating floods of 2007. As the only public leisure centre in the city, it was essential that replacement facilities were set up as quickly as possible. Amenities such as the swimming pool and sports hall could not be replaced in the short term, but the leisure centre was keen to set up whatever temporary fitness facilities it could for the local community.

Solution :

The leisure centre\'s insurer, Zurich Municipal, called in its approved temporary building supplier, Portakabin. Working closely with the leisure centre, Portakabin designed a number of possible solutions for a temporary fitness suite and dance studio, which could be located on a car park adjacent to the flooded building. The leisure centre chose a visually stunning Ultima Vision building, giving an attractive, contemporary appearance.

Portakabin pulled out all the stops to get the complete 391m² building designed, delivered and fully installed in less than a month. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter assures customers of such timely delivery, with its promise that all buildings will be completed on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide a week\'s free hire for every day it is late.*

The new building features a reception area, a spacious main dance studio and a fitness suite. Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop solution, supplying everything from climate-control and alarm systems to carpets and access ramps.

Stephen Petherick, Site Commercial Manager at the leisure centre says \"Portakabin were very fast, very effective and very proactive throughout the project. It was incredible how quickly they got the building in place. They kept us fully informed and involved, right from the design stage through to coordinating the delivery and fitting out the building. Everyone is really pleased with the finished product.\"

\"We chose the Ultima Vision building for its amazing looks and build quality. It totally dispels any preconceptions people might have about temporary buildings and achieves exactly the image we wanted to project. It also offers the quality of building we need for long-term use.\"

Stephen Petherick, Site Commercial Manager, Cheltenham Leisure Centre

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Morton Hall, Edinburgh

Requirement :

With the Pest Control team at City of Edinburgh Council divided between two small office buildings, the Council was keen to unite the administration and operational personnel in a single larger office building. Having everyone working from the same office would greatly improve efficiency and simplify working practices for the whole team.

Solution :

The two existing small office buildings were on hire from Portakabin, so the Council went back to the leading modular building supplier to see what it could offer.

Roderick MacDougall, Manager of Bereavement and Pest Control Services at the Council, says: "We had always been more than happy with the service provided by our local Portakabin team, and Portakabin buildings had always provided us with excellent, permanent-quality accommodation. We decided that hiring a building from Portakabin offered the best solution because it avoided the major capital outlay associated with building a permanent structure, and we knew the build quality was very good."

Having assessed and understood the Council's requirements, Portakabin recommended a large high-quality Duplex modular building to fulfil the team's requirements. Durable, attractive, all-steel Duplex buildings offer versatile, column-free space, giving customers the flexibility to create everything from large open-plan areas to individual offices and meeting rooms.

The Duplex building specified for the Pest Control team includes a large open-plan office area for use by operational personnel, who are frequently out attending jobs. Adjoining this office is another smaller open-plan office for the team's four administration staff, plus a separate office for the team manager. In total, the building provides a base for 17 people.

Roderick continues: "The building provided by Portakabin meets our needs precisely. They added a couple of extra windows at our request and fitted external roller shutters. They also supplied us with a secure storage unit for our harmful chemicals. To keep the project as simple as possible and ensure it was completed quickly and efficiently, we sourced all of the work surfaces, desks and other finishing touches from Portakabin, giving us a single point of contact and making the project very easy for us to manage."

Portakabin delivered and installed the buildings on schedule, just five weeks after the order was placed, as promised by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*

Roderick adds: "The team members are really pleased with their new offices, which provide a very pleasant, self-contained working environment. Once again Portakabin delivered an outstanding level of service at every stage of the project – their attention to detail and customer care were excellent."

*Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Romsey, Hampshire.

Requirement :

The CLA Game Fair is the biggest annual event for country sport enthusiasts, celebrating a wide range of pursuits including, fishing, falconry, forestry management and conservation. Attracting a very high-calibre of guest, it's very important that the amenities provided are of the highest possible quality.

 The CLA Game fair needed a company who could provide a high standard of facilities as well as full on-site support.

Solution :

Impressed by the extensive experience, expertise and standard of facilities offered by Portakabin Events, CLA Game Fair chose the company to provide all their event accommodation – ensuring complete comfort for visitors, exhibitors and staff alike.

Having worked closely with the CLA Game Fair for a number of years, Portakabin Events will provides over 150 buildings for the CLA Game Fair. Used for a wide variety of purposes, these will include offices, washrooms, showers, toilets and high security storage, as well as a technical team on standby throughout the event.

 Charlie Benson, Event Organiser for the CLA Game Fair, said: “The quality of facilities and service provided by Portakabin Events is second-to-none, which provides us with great peace of mind. We have researched the market extensively and no other company is able to provide the standard of accommodation that we require".

 “We have worked with the Portakabin Events team for a number of years now and they have always worked extremely hard to meet all our needs. For example, we wanted to provide showers that offer the same quality and comfort that people would find in their own homes. We discussed this with the Portakabin Events team and they designed and built a solution that exactly matched our requirements".

“The feedback we have had from visitors and exhibitors on the new Portakabin Luxe showers, as well as the other buildings Portakabin Events has provided to us, has been very positive and I'm sure next year will be no exception.”

Location : Bebington, Merseyside

Requirement :

With extra resources allocated to cancer care, the Centre for Oncology needed additional office accommodation quickly for essential hospital support services, including Health and Safety, Information Technology and administration.

Solution :

Having looked at other means of construction, including traditional build, Portakabin was selected to build the new two-storey office. The Portakabin solution was chosen because it could be designed, built and occupied in a very short space of time, with total flexibility to meet future accommodation requirements.

\"It was the company\'s ability to deliver a building that would be fully operational within six to eight weeks that secured the contract. We needed high-quality office accommodation that could be tailored for our specific needs, and crucially could be occupied very quickly, which is exactly what Portakabin provided.\"

Steve Morris, Project Manager, Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology

Location : Newbridge, Edinburgh

Requirement :

Clifton Hall School is a fully independent Nursery, Primary and Secondary school, accommodating 300 pupils between the ages of three and eighteen. The school’s focus is on small classes and a wide range of activities and opportunities for pupils. As part of its long-term development plan the school converted its assembly room in the main building into two new state-of-the-art science teaching labs. This created a short-term need for a building that could be used for three years as an assembly hall, as well as an area for indoor sports and school performances.

Solution :

The Edinburgh-based Portakabin team developed a solution that would create a bright, high-quality building to meet the school's needs and could be installed in a matter of weeks. The team at Portakabin worked closely with the school's needs and could be installed in a matter of weeks. The team at Portakabin worked closely with the school so that within two weeks of completion of ground works, a 182m2 single storey building, made up of five Ultima Vision modules, was installed on site and ready for use.    

Ultima Vision incorporates floor to ceiling double glazed wall panelling to maximise the amount of natural light inside the building. Solar glass is standard, providing a 40% improvement in shading coefficient compared to clear glass to prevent solar overheating. There are no internal columns, creating a bright, flexible interior space. The building also incorporates male, female and disabled toilet facilities.

The Bursar at Clifton Hall School says: “We are really pleased with the building and the glass frontage gives it a really modern and bright look. It meets all of our current needs in terms of practical use as an assembly, performance and recreation area. The team at Portakabin worked closely with us to ensure that they fully understood our needs and they delivered the project on time and within the original budget. We now have a flexible, functional, quality building that is in daily use by staff and pupils."

Location : Timperley, Greater Manchester

Requirement :

Timperley is a suburban village in Altrincham, southwest of Manchester. Its local Co-op supermarket plays an important part in keeping the local community stocked in provisions. As part of a £700,000 makeover which will create four new jobs, the permanent store will benefit from an enhanced in-store bakery, Costa coffee dispenser, hot food and an increased focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, wines and essentials. While the refurbishment takes place, Co-op required a temporary store to be installed in the car park. Portakabin specialises in this; providing much needed space quickly, with no compromise on quality.

Solution :

Candice Everingham, Area Hire Manager for Portakabin comments: “This type of tight turnaround is our speciality – we know how to make it happen. In order to ensure the buildings were installed without a hitch, we craned them in at 5am on a weekend morning due to restrictions around the site. It was vital for Co-op to be able to provide on-going convenience for its customers throughout this refurbishment project and maintain a level of retention and loyalty within the local community. We’re delighted to have been able to be part of ensuring Co-op remains an important player in the local community in Timperley.”

“Having no presence in the town for up to six weeks while our main store was refurbished would have been a real problem for us. Thanks to Portakabin, a temporary store meant we stayed open to serve our local community. Customer feedback was very positive and has left a lasting impression in the town. The reopening of our refurbished store was a great success thanks to the quick turnaround on our temporary premises.”

Matt Arrigonie, Area Manager, Co-op Property

Location : Essex

Requirement :

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust needed to increase capacity in time for the peak winter period. The new building needed to accommodate a children’s department, an elective care centre and a surgical ward.

Solution :

Choosing an off-site solution reduced the programme time by six months, minimising disruption to patient care by allowing an existing ward building to remain in use until just days before the second phase of modules arrived.

Portakabin manufactured and fitted out the 148 steel-framed modules, measuring up to 14m long and 3.3m wide, at its facility in York. These were installed on site in two phases over a 17-day period.

A pre-installed concrete floor was used in every module. This high-performance floor is an innovative solution used for high-traffic areas and to accommodate sensitive hospital equipment.

Designed by Tangram Architects, the building has created an attractive and welcoming environment for staff and patients. It presents a striking architectural feature in a prominent location next to the hospital’s main entrance, with deeply articulated façades in a palette of materials.

The children’s department on the ground floor is arranged around two large central courtyards, which provide a protected play area and a sensory garden. Internally it features multi-coloured and patterned flooring, walls in bright colours, murals and a distinctive design for the reception and nurses’ station.

“Speed was the principal reason for using a modular solution for the building. The finished building is very impressive. It provides a good patient environment both for children in the Children’s Department and for adults in the Elective Care Centre and the new surgical ward. It addresses the issues of patient privacy and dignity, and we are pleased with the ambience, feel, space and quiet.”

Nick Chatten, Director of Corporate Development, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Location : Dunoon, Argyll

Requirement :

The Board of Directors at the largest and most spectacular Highland Games in the world - the Cowal Highland Gathering - were keen to make the 2004 event the best yet. As part of this, they wanted to make an impact with new and improved toilet facilities for the event's thousands of visitors and competitors from all over the world. They were keen to improve on the facilities that had been used in previous years.

Solution :

Portakabin Events delivered and installed nine high-quality toilet buildings for the three days of the event. These were a mixture of stand-alone and plumbed-in buildings, which offered a high standard of facilities for the event's 22,000 visitors. Portakabin provided a cleaning team and site foreman to maintain the toilets and washrooms during the games, and ensure they continued to offer the highest standards of amenities for this prestigious event.

 "The Board of Directors was delighted with the quality of the product and with the very favourable feedback we received from visitors. We were particularly impressed by the excellent service provided by the Portakabin team, who gave us expert advice in the run up to the games and a first-class service during the event."

Janet Fletcher, Cowal Highland Gathering Event Manager

Location : Neasden, London

Requirement :

In pupil surveys at The Crest Girls’ Academy, the one facility the girls overwhelmingly wanted to have was a Food Technology classroom. The school had been without food rooms for a number of years, but with the Government’s renewed focus on teaching cookery via its ‘Licence to Cook’ programme, it was imperative to get new facilities in place. The school applied for and was awarded a large sum in funding from the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) for a new Food Technology classroom, and set about finding a supplier that could provide the very best facilities available.

Solution :

Assistant Principal, Ross McGill, says: “We wanted to use our funding to get the highest possible standard of Food Technology teaching space and create a state-of-the-art cookery centre that would be a real asset to the new academy for generations to come. It was the reputation of Portakabin and my experience of working with them in the past that made me turn to them first. We trusted Portakabin to supply the highest quality building for our new Food Technology suite – and they didn’t let us down.”

Portakabin teamed up with catering solutions specialist, Space Catering, to devise a complete solution for the new food classroom. Portakabin specified its large, spacious Titan Building System to create the open-plan, bright and airy classroom required, while Space Catering planned the layout of the room and the equipment needed to fulfil the demands of all areas of the food curriculum, for all ages.

Portakabin offered a complete one-stop-shop solution, handling the planning application for the building, followed by all groundworks, building installation and connection to water, waste and electrical services. Portakabin even installed air conditioning and mechanical ventilation systems to keep the working environment comfortable and fresh, all year round. The building itself comprises a vast open-plan classroom area, dry and wet store rooms and an office.

To avoid disruption to pupils, the building had to be installed during the Easter holidays. Portakabin delivered the modules right on schedule and immediately set about installing the building on site. Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter which promises all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even promises that if the company ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.* The building at The Crest Girls’ Academy was successfully completed within the allocated three-week window of opportunity.

Richard Tydda, Site Premises Manager at the school, says: “The new building went in beautifully. It was a joy to watch the speed, efficiency and sheer professionalism of the Portakabin crew, who were superb. It was a fantastic installation that went without a hitch, and I’d have no possible qualms about recommending Portakabin to anyone else.”

Once the building was in place, Space Catering fitted it out with separate work and cooking stations to enable up to 27 pupils to train at any one time.

Ross McGill adds: “This is a fabulous new facility for The Crest Girls’ Academy which will enable us to provide outstanding Food Technology lessons for our very diverse pupil population, as well as for the local community. It’s incredible that such an exemplary building was finished in such a short space of time, and the amenities it provides are second to none. I’m sure it will prove hugely popular with pupils and teachers alike – we can’t wait to start teaching in it.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Gravesend, Kent

Requirement :

The Multi-Purpose Hall at Culverstone Green Primary School was designed to standards set out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), offering the UK’s first ever school building constructed entirely offsite using a modular structure. Many schools constructed offsite have a Multi-Purpose Hall built traditionally, which often slows down the programme.

Portakabin specialises in delivering innovative space quickly, with no compromise on quality.

Solution :

Nick Griffin at Portakabin comments: “We are always looking at ways to transform our products, provide innovative solutions and engineer better buildings. This double height modular space shows how we are continuing to challenge traditional perceptions of volumetric modular construction and drive our capability forward.”

As the hall has a factory finished concrete floor as standard, customers can start work on it right away in terms of fitting any site M&E at high-level, internal fit out (furniture such as climbing frames, basketball hoops) and applying the floor finish, saving huge amounts of time on site.

“Our new school building has been transformative: moving from our treasured yet small old building into a large, light airy space has been a wonderful experience.

“We have larger and more pleasant spaces to work in; we can move around the building with ease, there are more learning areas for small focus groups to use and the hall ensures that the children can enjoy PE with plenty of room to move around. We have already hosted two sporting events and parents and guests have had opportunities to visit and see for themselves this excellent new facility.”

Ruth Doughty, Head Teacher, Culverstone Green Primary School

Location : Devon

Requirement :

A 1,200sqm primary school was needed for the relocation of Dartington Primary School to be in use for two years.

 The project had to be delivered in a challenging timescale in time for the start of the new academic year, to accommodate 300 pupils.

Solution :

Working in partnership with architects and project managers, Atkins, Portakabin provided 13 school buildings and three toilet blocks with disabled access.

 The scheme was configured to create a village feel and a welcoming environment for children, with imaginative age and function-related play zones. The teaching spaces are designed to promote the flow of learning and administrative areas were arranged to ensure continuity in the daily running of the school.

 Facilities include:

  • Kitchen fitted out with the school’s own equipment
  • Administrative building with staff room, head teacher’s office, general offices, sick bay, toilets and school reception
  • Music room
  • Pre-school nursery
  • Library
  • 11 classrooms.

 The buildings were constructed in compliance with current Building Regulations and with a design life of at least 60 years. The facilities arrived on site around 80 per cent complete, with partitions, plumbing and electrics pre-installed to reduce lead times.

 All internal fitting out was carried out by Portakabin for a fast and seamless service, and included provision of magnetic white boards for visual learning displays, access ramps, entrance canopies, and security and data communications.

The Project Challenges

  • The project was successfully delivered on time in just 14 weeks and despite exceptionally high levels of rainfall during the programme.
  • The interim school was located on a green field site adjacent to the original school. This was very constrained which made the building installation phase more challenging and required detailed logistical planning. Portakabin also had to create access for the project’s construction.
  • Fast decision making and a high degree of collaborative working with Atkins ensured the project was completed within the short, critical programme and to the very high standards required by the client.

 Teaching Spaces to Respond to Children’s Learning Needs

 Commenting on the project, Jill Mahon, Head Teacher at Dartington Primary School, said, “We are very happy with the buildings. The classrooms respond to the needs of the children and promote the flow of learning. The teaching areas have been configured in clusters to provide learning that is appropriate for each key stage and so that children can interact and learn from and with each other.”

 “The classrooms are light, airy and calming with a friendly, positive feel. Everything on the new site works really well for our school and our style of learning.  Externally the layout of the buildings has been carefully designed so our children can learn outside the classrooms as well as inside. The whole interim school was constructed very easily and the area will be turned back into a field when we move to our permanent school.”

 The Customer Perspective

 Kevin Presland, Principal Architect and Project Manager at Atkins said, “Portakabin offered us the solution which would provide the least possible disruption to the school and I am pleased to report this has been successfully achieved and in a really ambitious timescale.”

 “The buildings are flexible in their design and address the school’s specific requirements. We worked really well in partnership with the Portakabin team to find the optimum building solution and valued their fast and responsive approach to help us meet the urgent need for these facilities.”

 Jill Mahon, Head Teacher, Dartington Primary School, “Parents really are amazed by the quality of the facilities and cannot believe these are interim buildings.  Other teaching professionals who have visited have been equally impressed.”


Location : Daventry

Requirement :


As part of its redevelopment of Daventry Working Men’s Club and nearby council car park, Ashford Developments needed to provide interim accommodation for club members while their clubhouse was demolished and rebuilt. Unable to find any suitable accommodation in the area, project managers KKAP Consultancy made the decision to provide a temporary building on site.

Solution :


Ken Robertson at KKAP Consultancy says: “Portakabin was the first company on our list of possible suppliers. It’s such a well-known name that it seemed the obvious choice, but we did investigate a number of other suppliers too. The quality of the buildings and service from Portakabin were important factors in our decision and ultimately we felt that Portakabin was a name we could trust.

“Choosing a temporary building proved to be the perfect solution, since the alternative rehousing options were very complex. It enabled us to significantly reduce our programme time and our costs. We were able to pass the benefits of the reduced costs directly on to the working men’s club.”

Following discussions to determine the club’s requirements, Portakabin proposed the optimum solution. The accommodation specified was an eight-module building, providing versatile, column-free space. The Portakabin Ultima modular building system is among the most advanced on the market, offering superior energy efficiency – exceeding Part L2 air-permeability requirements by 70% – and a high-quality, comfortable environment for work or leisure.

Inside, the building was configured to provide a function room, a separate bar area and an additional multi-purpose room. There is also an office, a kitchen, a disabled persons’ toilet and a cleaner’s store. Adjoining the main building, Portakabin provided two mains-connected Portaloo toilet units, with full-flushing toilets, hot and cold running water and high-quality sanitary ware.

Ken continues: “The building modules were delivered on the agreed date and the Portakabin team erected the entire structure in just two days. We were delighted when the completed building was then handed over to us two days ahead of schedule.”

Portakabin is committed to delivering all of its buildings on time and on budget – a promise that is set out in its unique Customer Charter. To give customers complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet its on-time commitment, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late or an additional 12 months’ warranty on buildings that are purchased.*

Ken adds: “The accommodation provided by the new Portakabin building is clean, bright, airy and functional. The club committee are very happy with the building and people who’ve seen it have been surprised and impressed. It will provide an excellent home for the club until their new building is completed.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Derby

Requirement :


Having completed three school extensions as part of Phase 1 of the Government's Sure Start Children's Centre initiative, Derby City Council needed to build three more Children's Centres in Phase 2, before the March 2008 deadline. Children's Centres provide multi-agency services for families, incorporating everything from childcare and health services to employment support and training.

Solution :


Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at the Council, says: "In Phase 1 we were under a great deal of pressure to get some major building work finished in a very short timescale, trying to manage all the variables of traditional building projects around the needs of operational school sites.

"For Phase 2 we wanted to be certain that we could comfortably complete the projects on time. For that reason we decided to create stand-alone buildings, rather than school extensions, and to choose modular buildings, which would give us much more certainty, reduce the risk of unexpected delays and keep disruption on site to a minimum.

The council inspected a number of existing Portakabin Lilliput nurseries and was impressed by the standard of facilities provided. It was clear that these high-quality buildings, designed around the needs of children, could deliver an outstanding solution for the three proposed sites.

Portakabin worked with the architect, Morrison Design, who had been involved in the project from the outset, helping the council to identify suitable sites and drawing up plans for the three Children's Centres. Portakabin was able to adapt the architect's designs to suit its modular building system. The buildings were designed to plug gaps in family provision in the earmarked areas of Derby, incorporating wrap-around care for three to four-year-olds, training rooms, midwifery rooms, crèches and community rooms.

Portakabin also worked closely with main contractor, Hallam Contracts, to ensure the buildings were delivered and installed on schedule. All three buildings were craned into position and set up in a matter of days, without disturbing the nearby schools.

Nigel Herrington, Contracts Manager at Hallam Contracts, says: "We developed a very good working relationship with Portakabin, based on honest and open information sharing. Consequently the project ran very smoothly and won a lot of praise from the council, who were exceptionally happy."

Morrison Design was again involved in developing the external appearance of each building, working in collaboration with Portakabin. Each building was finished off with either a brick skin or rendered blockwork to blend in with the school buildings. Two had stylish bull-nose fascias and one had a pitched roof, to complete its traditional appearance.

Councillor Bolton adds: "We found it a very easy project to work on, thanks to excellent cooperation from the contractors, architect and Portakabin. Everything was made so straightforward for us and we are extremely happy with the finished buildings. Everyone has been surprised and impressed by the quality of the facilities - and the end users are delighted. It's the attention to detail and the thought that has gone into the finishing touches that have impressed people the most - details like the finger guards on the doors to protect children's fingers. The buildings will be operational very soon and we can't wait to start using them."

Derby City Council was so delighted with all three new buildings and the service provided by Portakabin that it gave the company three 100 per cent scores in subsequent customer satisfaction feedback. Such overwhelming endorsement demonstrates the success of the Portakabin commitment to customer service. 

Location : Edinburgh

Requirement :

DF Concerts needed to source high-quality buildings to create a temporary base for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. The base would host office and technical staff, radio and TV studios and production facilities so that a range of events and shows – including The One Show – could be broadcast from the venue.

Solution :

Katt Alexander, Project Manager on behalf of DF Concerts, says: “The adaptability and aesthetics of the buildings used for this event were of paramount importance to the BBC, as was the ability of our supplier to manage the challenging logistics of our new event site. We knew we could trust Portakabin to provide fantastic facilities and support us throughout every stage of the project, based on our long experience of working so successfully with them.”

This BBC festival base was located at George Heriot School in the city centre, which posed significant logistical challenges. Portakabin organised road closures and used a huge crane to lift all buildings carefully over the historic gatehouse and into the courtyard. Due to the tight time window and the large number of sub-contractors working on site, each lift had to be micro-managed to ensure it was completed accurately and safely. A smaller crane was used to position the buildings in the required configuration – so everything was in place within two days.

Portakabin Solus buildings, in a two-storey configuration, were used to create a dressing room, green room, production staff office, BBC Events office and an air-conditioned technical equipment hub. Portakabin also supplied a fully accessible public toilet building, staff toilets, a ticket office and five steel storage containers.

The appearance of the buildings was transformed using vinyl wraps, printed with BBC logos and designs, creating a bright, vibrant hub for the broadcaster’s festival operations.

Portakabin were the backbone of this project, ensuring everything was completed efficiently, safely and, crucially, on time. Without their hard work, this location and project would not have been the success that it was.”

Katt Alexander, Project Manager, DF Concerts

Location : Nottingham

Requirement :

With the existing facilities for kidney patients in Nottinghamshire approaching capacity an interim clinical centre was urgently needed. Diaverum is one of the world\'s leading providers of renal care services and they were asked to provide a new satellite unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust\'s Queen\'s Medical Centre that would allow local patients with kidney disease to benefit from care closer to home. 

Solution :

Diaverum chose a modular hire solution from Portakabin that enabled them to have a unit tailored to the hospital site and allowed them to accommodate more dialysis stations to meet patient demand. Portakabin was selected as a supplier based on its previous experience in the healthcare sector and its ability to deliver fast. 

The building was delivered within the challenging timescale of just 11 weeks from receipt of order, helping to bring the facility into use as fast as possible to the benefit of patients.  

The specially-designed unit was manufactured off site and rapidly craned into position, minimising disruption on the busy hospital site and radically cutting the completion time. It accommodates 10 dialysis stations, nurses\' base, utility rooms, reception and waiting area, staff area, office and storage area. 

Kim Beak, Assistant General Manager for Renal Services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, says: \"I am very impressed and delighted with the new facility which has far exceeded our expectations. Because of the amount of time dialysis patients have to spend undergoing treatment each week, the quality of the environment was an extremely important requirement.\"  

The Portakabin Hire team provided a full range of services for this high specification building, including design, groundworks, project management, installation and fitting out. Special requirements included non-slip flooring, medical hand basins, an integral pipework system for infection control and services for a water treatment plant. 

Dr Simon Roe, Consultant Nephrologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, says: \"This new unit is addressing a strong need to enhance the dialysis facilities in the county. It is providing services closer to where people live and is giving them greater control over the time and nature of their care. It is also freeing up capacity at other units. Both staff and patients are delighted with the new facility.\"

Location : Selby, North Yorkshire

Requirement :

Drax Power Station is the largest, cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power station in the UK, supplying seven per cent of the country’s electricity needs. Drax Power Limited was revitalising its on-site office buildings, and needed high-quality decant accommodation to house its staff while the refurbishment work took place.

Solution :

Barry Watson, Head of Facilities at Drax Power Station, says: “When we set out to find a building supplier, we were looking for the best-value package. Aside from price, service levels and building quality were vitally important. Portakabin emerged as the supplier offering the best overall package of products and service.”

Drax appointed Portakabin to provide all of the accommodation needed to house its office-based staff during the major refurbishment project. For this, Portakabin provided complete interim office facilities, comprising two large Ultima and Duplexmodular buildings, a range of Pacemaker buildings, and two large Titan buildings.

Portakabin carried out all groundworks, fitted the modular buildings with climate-control systems, and pre-wired the offices with more than 250 I.T. points.

This extensive accommodation provides a welcoming, bright and attractive working environment, with a range of cellular and open-plan offices, meeting rooms, toilets and kitchen areas for the 120 people who will be based there over a two-year period.

Barry continues: “When the buildings were delivered, I was particularly impressed by the performance of the site installation teams from Portakabin. Its safety procedures were exemplary, following precisely the strict protocols we had agreed. The power station is a hazardous environment for craning in large buildings, with many high-voltage overhead wires and other obstructions, but the way the team delivered and installed all the buildings was absolutely spot on.”

Location : Droitwich, Worcestershire

Requirement :

When thieves stole copper pipework from a roof-mounted hot-water system during the school holidays, water leaked continuously into the school’s main classroom block for three days before it was discovered.

The damage was so extensive that four maths classrooms were rendered unfit for use for the start of the summer term, in the crucial run-up to exams. The school needed to find replacement classrooms urgently.

Solution :

Amanda Allott, Business Manager at the school, says: “Once the damage had been assessed by the loss adjuster, we requested quotes from several modular building suppliers. We finally chose Portakabin because its buildings fulfilled our quality criteria, and offered a two-storey solution that meant we didn’t have to give up too much valuable playground space.

Portakabin was also very quick to respond and provide quotes. Following my initial call they were here the next day to assess our needs and survey the site.”

The solution chosen comprised two double classroom blocks, positioned in a two-storey configuration with adjoining stair pod. The robust, energy-efficient building provides four 64m2 classrooms, alongside cloakrooms and store rooms. The classrooms were fitted out by Portakabin with a wifi data network and interactive whiteboards.

Once costs had been approved by the school’s insurers, the order was placed and Portakabin quickly began work on the groundworks and service connections.

The buildings were delivered to site in a single day, and installed and fitted out over a three-day period. The complete new building was handed over to the school less than two weeks from the date of order.

Amanda adds: “The service from Portakabin was extremely responsive and thorough, right from the start. They were clearly very experienced at working on live school sites. Their risk assessments, plans and safety procedures, which they shared with us, were comprehensive and very effective. When pupils were in school, any deliveries were guided safely through the site. I was very happy with the way the whole project was managed.”

“The pupils have quickly settled into their new classrooms. It was vital that we caused them as little disruption as possible, since many were preparing for final exams. The speed of response from Portakabin helped us to achieve this. The buildings themselves look very smart and are a real asset to the campus.”

Amanda Allott, Business Manager, Droitwich Spa High School & Sixth Form Centre

Location : Edinburgh

Requirement :

The prestigious Duddingston Golf Club needed to find high-quality temporary facilities for its members during a major remodelling of its existing clubhouse, which was originally built in 1895. The interim accommodation was needed to meet members’ high expectations and match the quality standards the club is so proud to maintain.

Solution :

The golf club made arrangements for the supply of temporary buildings with one modular building supplier, but found that the company would not be bound to an exact delivery date. That’s when Portakabin introduced its customer charter to the club, to back up its own quote for the project. This guarantee of high service levels and on-time delivery, combined with the quality of Portakabin’s buildings, convinced the club that Portakabin was the best choice.

Portakabin staff spent a lot of time at the club, assessing its needs and the space available for temporary facilities, and designing a building that would meet their exact requirements.

Project Convener Donald Hodgert, says: “Portakabin has a reputation for being at the quality end of the temporary accommodation market, which suited the needs of the golf club. Although we had made arrangements with a rival supplier to provide the buildings, we weren’t happy with their terms and conditions. In particular, we needed our supplier to be able to guarantee a delivery date – which Portakabin could do through its customer charter. We were also impressed by other aspects of Portakabin’s terms and conditions.”

The club hired a range of Portakabin buildings to provide changing and toilet facilities, a members’ lounge, kitchen, dining area, a pro-shop and office, as well as storage space. The buildings were delivered and installed by the Portakabin team, and will remain on hire until the refurbishment of the clubhouse is completed.

The club’s General Manager Alistair Milligan, says “We are very happy with our new facilities. Quality and price were our main criteria when we were looking for temporary accommodation, and we are delighted with the Portakabin solution.  Many of our members have been pleasantly surprised by the standard of the facilities, which have exceeded their expectations. The buildings are the ideal solution until we can move back into our refurbished clubhouse.”

Location : East Lothian

Requirement :

The East Lothian Schools PPP Project involves a mix of refurbishment and new building work at six schools in the region. When the project’s original building contractor went into receivership, East Lothian Council’s chosen concession company, Innovate East Lothian Limited, appointed Balfour Beatty Construction to complete the contract.

The major building contractor quickly realised that more temporary accommodation was needed, to add to the Portakabin buildings already hired by the previous contractor. This decant accommodation was required to house students and teachers in high-quality facilities until building work was completed. The construction work in each school varies from simple maintenance and refurbishment to complete demolition and rebuilding. 

Solution :

A range of Portakabin buildings – including the company’s new specially designed double classroom building – was hired for five of the schools involved in the project. Students and staff at Dunbar Grammar, Knox Academy, Musselburgh Grammar, North Berwick High and Preston Lodge High Schools are now working in high standard temporary classrooms while their permanent facilities are improved.

Roddy Mackay, Project Director at Balfour Beatty Construction, says: ” We were already very aware of Portakabin, having worked with them in the past, so we knew about the quality of their buildings. In addition, because they had already supplied buildings for the project, Portakabin understood precisely what was required when we went to them for additional buildings.

“Using Portakabin gave us one less thing to think about when we took over this major project. We were simply able to tell them how many buildings we needed, where and when we wanted them – and Portakabin did the rest. They took care of everything, from gaining all the necessary permissions to installing the buildings on site.

“Portakabin’s Edinburgh Hire Centre team provided a very good service and were always very helpful, responsive and adaptable. At Dunbar Grammar School, for example, we altered our plans at the eleventh hour – shortly before the students were due back in school after the summer – which meant that extra temporary buildings were required. The Portakabin team reacted very quickly and were able to get the additional buildings on site in time for the start of term.”


Location : Luton

Requirement :

The low-cost airline urgently needed quality office accommodation at its easyLand headquarters in Luton following its merger with Go. With the permanent offices not yet ready for occupancy, it was important to integrate the two airlines as soon as possible. The interim buildings needed to accommodate employees who had transferred from Go's Stansted headquarters.

Solution :

Following a competitive tender process, easyJet awarded Portakabin the contract to build the extension to easyLand. Due to the tight deadlines specified, Portakabin built the extension in less than nine weeks, compared with the 32 weeks it would have taken to build traditionally. Portakabin built 1,300m² of high-quality office accommodation in three stages, which allowed for the seamless integration of personnel into the easyJet operation. The building houses 200 people, and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate easyJet's predicted growth.

"After meeting with two preferred building suppliers, it was clear that only Portakabin had the capacity to meet our specified deadlines for transferring staff from Stansted. The Portakabin environment adheres to the same principles that characterise the existing easyLand building; open plan, air conditioned, no private offices, hot desks and informality amongst staff. We have the option to extend our initial hire contract if we need the building for longer, which gives us flexibility and peace-of-mind."

Huw Thomas, Projects and Facilities Manager

"We are very pleased with the new accommodation, which also includes a very responsive climate control system. The offices are light, airy and comfortable and the staff have been pleasantly surprised with the large open-plan office and have responded to the quality working environment it provides."

Sarah Pritchett, Public Relations Officer

Location : Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire

Requirement :

A production village at Elstree Studios was required to accommodate around 200 Endemol staff working on the new series of the of the popular reality TV series ‘Big Brother\', which returned to television screens after the company signed a two-year deal with Channel 5.

Solution :

Portakabin created a state-of-the-art interim production village for Endemol, the world\'s largest independent production company and creators of ‘Big Brother\'.

Located next to the famous ‘Big Brother\' house, 38 modular buildings of varying sizes totalling 1,000sqm were sourced, fully fitted out and installed by Portakabin in just four weeks from receipt of order to meet strict TV pre-production schedules.

The project included air conditioning, furniture, and some landscaping around the village with a series of red pathways.

The production village is being hired from Portakabin for just over a year.  It accommodates 24 Endemol departments including workshops, editing suites and offices for story producers, executives and directors.  One building features the Reality Gallery - an extensive production suite containing large banks of TV viewing screens for the team monitoring the show.

Portakabin also provided some modular buildings for the studio where filming took place for the spin-off TV series, ‘Big Brother\'s Bit On The Side\'.

Endemol plans to use the facilities to produce three series of the reality show in which a group of contestants live in isolation from the outside world in the famous ‘Big Brother House\'. 

Location : Stonehenge

Requirement :

The existing visitor toilets at the world-renowned Stonehenge heritage site were in urgent need of an upgrade before the peak visitor season began. The site is English Heritage’s flagship attraction, drawing in more than 900,000 visitors each year, so the new toilets needed to be of the highest quality. What’s more, as the main toilets on site, they had to be replaced quickly so that visitors weren’t left with limited facilities for long. The new toilet supplier needed to be able to guarantee delivery right on schedule and to install the buildings sensitively on this historic site where access was limited.

Solution :

Morgan Cowles, Buildings Technical Manager of the English Heritage Estates team, says: “Because of the large number of visitors to this high-profile site, we needed new toilets that were extremely durable, easy to keep clean and had a high-quality finish. We knew Portaloo were the market leaders in this field, so they were the obvious supplier to contact."

The Stonehenge toilet facilities were housed in an enclosed compound, so the space available was very limited. After surveying the site, Portaloo proposed three new toilet buildings, including a disabled persons’ unit and two 28-foot toilet blocks, one male and one female. These buildings had to be specially adapted by Portaloo at the manufacturing stage to ensure that external door positions and internal layouts suited the specific dimensions and configuration of theStonehenge compound.

To minimise disruption to visitors, the new toilets had to be installed as quickly as possible. Portaloo managed the entire removal and installation process in just four days. The old toilets were removed on day one and the new Portaloo facilities were carefully craned into position on day two. The remaining two days were spent connecting to services, fitting out and putting the finishing touches to the buildings.

A full Portaloo project team stayed on site for the entire installation to ensure it ran smoothly and to schedule. It meant that when issues were discovered with on-site water pressure, Portaloo was quickly able to resolve the situation by changing the flushing mechanisms on the toilets.

Stuart Maughan, Head of Visitor Operations atStonehenge, says: “The new toilets provide a much-improved visitor experience. The external appearance enhances the site, and inside the quality of the taps, sinks and toilets has resulted in fewer closures of the toilets for reactive maintenance, which had previously been a major issue. Many of our tour guides and regular visitors have commented on the vast improvement in the facilities, and the new buildings are holding up well under the pressure of visitor numbers.”

English Heritage chose to hire its new toilets on a long-term contract, giving it the flexibility to alter its requirements in future, and enjoying the back-up of locally based Portaloo servicing teams in the event of any refurbishment or repair requirements.

Morgan Cowles adds: “We’re keen to maintain these facilities in the best possible condition for as long as possible, so we also asked Portaloo to include a comprehensive maintenance package for any necessary repairs so that we can continue to provide a high standard of amenities for our visitors.”

Location : Goodison Park, Liverpool

Requirement :

Everton Football Club required a fully accessible, toilet block suitable for public use in their Fan Zone. The Fan Zone opens three hours before match time in order to help attract more fans to Goodison pre-kick off.

It was important for Everton to minimise any disruption around the constrained and busy site. Portakabin specialises in this; providing facilities quickly, with no compromise on quality.

Solution :

“We installed this facility for Everton at the height of the football season on time and on budget,” said Hire Manager Paul Palmer. “As specialists in high quality welfare, we understand how important this type of space is to our customers at the busiest of times. With more football fans in and around the stadium before kick-off; it was vital Everton had access to top class facilities”

Working with a very tight building footprint, the unit was installed directly outside Goodison Road stadium and vinyl wrapped in club colours.

“As a club we were looking for a fully accessible toilet block for our upgraded fan zone, the unit had to be easy to install within a short time frame onto a limited footprint. The requirement was for a top-quality toilet block with its own water and waste supply wrapped in our corporate colours and branded with the Everton crest. The unit had to be delivered within our fixed budget.”

“We met with several providers, and we found Portakabin met all our criteria and were confident of meeting all our requirements and deadlines. The toilets have exceeded our expectations, and the feedback from our fans since the completion of the toilet block has been fantastic. The feedback from our Events Manager confirms increased numbers within the fan zone, and dwell times have increased within the area. Portakabin has not only met, but exceeded our expectations and have provided us with a top quality facility that has delivered on all levels.”

Richard Cairns, Facilities Manager, Everton Football Club

Location : Surrey

Requirement :

Fitzpatrick Referrals is one of the UK’s best known veterinary referral practices. The practice has rapidly expanded in the past few years with space now at a premium. To meet growing demand, the practice has built a new, larger structure designed to house 40 kennels, four operating theatres, three consultation rooms and a completely new reception. During the development, the practice looked to Portakabin to provide a high-quality interim solution to ensure service continued in a variety of highly specialised and custom designed buildings.

Solution :

The new development will position Fitzpatrick Referrals as the only clinic in the UK offering specialist regenerative and restorative care to animals but traditional construction takes time. With Portakabin being able to deliver five high quality buildings within weeks, Fitzpatrick’s were able to start the development sooner rather than later without affecting the level of care and expertise they provide there.

Portakabin delivered a range of five Solus buildings to the busy site, all of which provide valuable space for the practice to continue life-saving surgery and treatments. To expand surgery provision for patients, Fitzpatrick Referrals was provided a sterile theatre building and adjoining prep room which featured hygienic flooring, sinks, cupboards and worktops, all supplied and fitted by Portakabin. Further specialist equipment was installed in partnership with the practice such as a surgery-specific high micron air filtration system. Lights and power sockets were relocated to ensure the best quality light was available to the theatre table and to allow the theatre lights to be positioned correctly. The fit-out took a matter of weeks and caused zero disruption to the operation of the practice.

“Portakabin recognised our requirement for high spec, bespoke buildings immediately and worked closely with us to deliver the highest quality possible in an incredibly short time frame. We have the much needed space for us to continue to provide the best in innovative, specialist care to our animals.”

Fitzpatrick Referrals

Location : Liverpool

Requirement :

As part of a security upgrade at its Liverpool plant, Ford Motor Company needed to replace its old gatehouse building. The new building needed to present a professional image of the company, in keeping with its prestigious brand. It also needed to provide a comfortable, well-insulated environment for security personnel who would be working in the building 24 hours a day.

Solution :

Ford conducted a tender process to select the best-quality building at the right price. Portakabin buildings were selected because they could be adapted to the company’s requirements and offered the best value for money. 

Portakabin adapted one of its premium-quality, energy-efficient Solus buildings by fitting a stylish fascia and corner casings to enhance its appearance. Portakabin also painted the building in the ‘Ford Blue’ brand colour, so that it coordinated with other buildings and signage on site. 

Portakabin customised the 17m2 building further with extra windows to all four elevations, as well as a glazed door, providing the all-round visibility essential for a security gatehouse. Inside, the building was fitted out with a kitchenette, separated from the office area by a low partition wall so that the 360° visibility was not compromised. 

An air-conditioning and heating system was installed to provide a comfortable working environment all year round, and Portakabin supplied office furniture so that the building was fully equipped for immediate use once installed on site. 

Once the old gatehouse building had been cleared away and the site prepared, Portakabin delivered and installed the new gatehouse quickly and efficiently on the agreed date. 

The new gatehouse has proved popular with the security staff who use it, providing a comfortable working environment, even throughout the winter.

Location : Cheshire

Requirement :

The award-winning Fords of Winsford car supermarket occupies a huge 13-acre site, with a retail area that displays between 1,500 and 1,700 cars at any one time. Fords realised that customers browsing such a large area might find themselves some distance from the sales showroom when they need assistance or information. That’s why the company decided to add a separate customer information building at the centre of its site.

Solution :

Fords of Winsford decided that only Portakabin offered the quality of accommodation it required for its on-site information centre. The Portakabin Solus building was delivered and sited by Portakabin with minimal disruption to the company’s operations and in line with the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. To give customers complete peace of mind, Portakabin even pledges that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will give one week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Rob Brown adds: “We wanted a building that reflected the high standards of service we offer, and Portakabin Solus fitted the bill. It has a vastly improved look and offers a high-quality environment, in keeping with the rest of our site. And, with no visible legs, it looks much more like a permanent building, making an important statement to visitors about our commitment to customer service.”

Location : Swords, County Dublin

Requirement :

With 30 years\' industry experience and as today\'s market leader, Frylite is the first choice for more than 60% of the food industry in Ireland. As the leading supplier of fresh cooking oil and collector of waste oil, the business has continued to grow and has recently opened a new depot in Swords, County Dublin. With the opening of the new depot, Frylite needed to accommodate 20 employees and quickly. Portakabin specialises in tight turnarounds and was asked to deliver a modular office for the team within weeks to ensure the full mobilisation of the new premises.

Solution :

Mike Sheedy from Portakabin says: \"The Frylite team not only recognised our buildings were the best possible quality for their employees but also appreciated the fact we were able to activate the Swords site instantaneously. \"Inside, we’ve designed an interior to complement the Frylite branding and ensured the communal areas are functional and practical for the busy team.\"

“The Portakabin team were very good listeners; they designed and built the office to the specification that we needed. I was fully informed at all stages on timelines (which were met) and any internal snags that we discussed were quickly rectified to leave our team ready to occupy at the time requested and agreed. Very good service all round.“

Martin Gormley, Group Operations Director, Frylite

Location : Swindon

Requirement :

Fuel Cell Systems needed an Education Centre building to showcase the use of solar-generated hydrogen to fuel vehicles at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon. The scheme was part of the government-funded SWISH2 project led by BOC to promote the use of sustainably generated hydrogen to power vehicles and provide electricity for buildings.

Solution :

Karen Sperrey, Operations Director at Fuel Cell Systems, explains: “We investigated a number of building suppliers to find a relocatable building that would have the visual impact we wanted. We chose the glazed Portakabin Titan building for its elegant, appealing looks and its eye-catching glazed frontage, which made just the sort of showpiece statement we were looking for.”

The Portakabin Titan range includes the largest self-contained building in Europe which can be delivered by road as a single unit. The model chosen by Fuel Cell Systems was a 45m2 building featuring floor-to-ceiling windows along one elevation. This not only floods the interior with natural light, but also provides a stunning feature for this high-profile site.

The open-plan building, fitted with a disabled toilet and uprated glass to help reflect solar radiation, was delivered right on schedule. Fuel Cell Systems then fitted it out for use as a hydrogen-powered education centre. They added a plant room to house the fuel cell, a small office and kitchenette and created a large central meeting room and exhibition area. The building’s energy efficiency was enhanced by installing extra wall and ceiling insulation and LED bulbs with PIR sensors to minimise energy use. It requires only a 3kW fuel cell to power it.

The building was transported to the Honda UK site in time for the SWISH2 open-day, when the facility was unveiled to government officials, businesses, council members and consortium partners.

Karen Sperrey says: “The building proved to be so rigid and well constructed that it arrived on site in pristine condition after being lifted by crane and transported by road. It looked magnificent and was the talk of the open day.

“We are very proud of our Education Centre, which offers the perfect way to showcase our technology and its potential for powering buildings in situations where there is no mains electricity. The project leaders, BOC, complimented us on doing such a superb job with the building. This technology is now available to Portakabin customers worldwide.”

“The project was a great success and the team at Portakabin were very knowledgeable and helpful. Their technical understanding helped us to specify the building, and the service we received both before and after delivery was excellent. They did everything they promised, right on time and within our budget.” Tom Chicken, Chief Technology Officer, Fuel Cell Systems Ltd.

Location : Thanet, Kent

Requirement :


When Garlinge Surgery merged with Mill Lane Surgery in Margate, all of the Mill Lane doctors, staff and equipment were relocated to the Garlinge site. Temporary accommodation had to be found quickly to house the additional staff and resources, until a new larger practice building could be constructed. While the search for a suitable site for the new surgery got underway, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group set about finding high-quality interim accommodation for the GPs and their patients.

Solution :


The large, robust Portakabin Titan building was chosen as the ideal solution. The first building hired by the Trust was used as a GP's surgery and nurse's consulting room. Soon afterwards, a smaller storage unit was needed to house all the filing cabinets and paper work brought over from Mill Lane Surgery. Finally, a second Titan building was hired to house another GP's surgery, and a waiting room. The three buildings are now linked by a platform and walkway, and provide high-quality, integrated facilities for staff and patients.

"One of the main reasons for choosing Portakabin was its local Hire Centre, which gives us a local point of contact to sort out any maintenance and other issues. The buildings on site look very good, and the service we have received from the Hire Centre has been excellent. The Ashford team has responded quickly and efficiently to all our requirements."

John Miller, Architect, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group 

"Staff and patients alike are very happy with the new buildings. We were concerned that they might be cold in winter, but were delighted to find they were superbly insulated and kept their heat very well. Everyone has been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the accommodation, which provides the ideal solution to our needs until we move into our new building."

Wendy Blake, Practice Manager at Garlinge Surgery

Location : Caversham, near Reading

Requirement :

As training intensified for Britain’s rowers in the build up to the Beijing Olympics, GB Rowing identified a need for an athlete’s restroom at its Caversham training centre. The Olympic rowing team were completing three exhausting training sessions a day and needed a quiet, comfortable room where they could sleep between sessions. The existing clubhouse had no room for such facilities, so a decision was made to source a new building to be located nearby.

Solution :

GB Rowing Resources Manager, Maurice Hayes, says: “Portakabin was the first name that came to mind when we thought of buying a stand-alone new building. We looked at various other options and suppliers, but Portakabin emerged as offering the best value for money and a building that most closely fitted our needs.”

GB Rowing chose a large Portakabin Titan building – the largest single modular building in Europe – offering plenty of scope to configure the interior to meet the athletes’ needs. The restroom was needed fast, as there was nowhere else on site for the rowers to get the rest they required, so Portakabin worked closely with the building contractor to get the new building on site as quickly as possible.

The building was delivered by Portakabin on the agreed date, just eight weeks after the order was placed. On arrival it was craned into position onto tall concrete foundation pillars, which were necessary due to the building’s location on a floodplain. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter gives all Portakabin customers the assurance that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. The company’s proven track record of delivering 99.7% of facilities on time and on budget* is further backed up by the promise that if Portakabin ever fails to meet the contract start date, it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.**

Portakabin kitted out the GB Rowing restroom with a full climate-control system, guaranteeing the athletes a comfortable sleeping environment, whatever the temperature outside. Externally the building was finished with timber cladding to complement the existing clubhouse, making it an attractive addition to the site. GB Rowing then simply installed bunk beds and the building was ready for use.

Maurice Hayes continues: “The new Portakabin building fulfils all our requirements for the athletes’ sleeping quarters. It is now being well used by our elite rowers on an ad-hoc basis, whenever they need it. Another benefit of the Portakabin building is that it offers us flexibility for future changes in its use. The service from Portakabin throughout the project was very good, ensuring we got the building we wanted exactly when we needed it.”

*Based on Portakabin order analysis for January 2004-April 2007.
**Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Northumberland

Requirement :

GB Building Solutions, the Strategic Construction Framework Partners for Northumberland County Council, needed high quality relocatable accommodation in order to carry out a major upgrade and rebuilding programme of the region\'s schools.

Solution :

Following a four-way tender process, Portakabin was chosen to provide the classroom accommodation, with GB Building Solutions citing the superior quality and relocatability of the Portakabin buildings as a deciding factor.

 John Matthews, Business Development Manager at GB Building Solutions said: \"The 12 classrooms will move around the region whilst work takes place on different school sites. There are usually two or three buildings at separate schools at any one time, so relocatability combined with a high-quality learning environment was absolutely vital for us.

 \"The quality of the classrooms surpassed all expectations and prompted one head teacher to admit that the buildings were far better than their existing old school buildings and not at all what they were expecting from \"temporary\" accommodation.\"

 The 64m² Portakabin Classrooms buildings exceed DfES size guidelines, and due to the nature of modular construction, they can be up and running within hours of arriving on-site, therefore minimising disruption to the school.              

Each classroom has four toilet facilities, including a disabled cubicle in keeping with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The lobby areas also provide a light and spacious area for children to arrive and hang their belongings.

Mr Matthews continues: \"It was critical to the success of the refurbishment programme that the classroom buildings arrived over the school holidays so minimal disruption was caused. This meant timely delivery was absolutely essential. Again, the service from Portakabin was fantastic, with all the buildings being delivered exactly when needed. I certainly wouldn\'t hesitate to recommend Portakabin to other contractors.\"

 In between each relocation, the Portakabin team conducts quality checks and carries out any necessary maintenance on each of the classrooms to ensure that the high standard of finish is consistent throughout the project.

As well as offering speedy delivery and high-quality environments, Portakabin Classrooms buildings are delivered to site fully fitted with all electrics and plumbing, reducing the need for additional tradesmen on-site.

 Mr Matthews adds: \"The customer service received has been flawless, with the Portakabin team consistently being professional and efficient throughout. Weekly update meetings were scheduled by the team to keep everyone fully informed of progress, which really highlights their dedication to the project.\"

 The buildings have been specifically designed to provide specialist-teaching resources with good ventilation and excellent energy efficiency as well as high levels of natural light - a key factor in productivity and motivation.

 In addition, the Portakabin Classrooms buildings were delivered with a five-year product warranty and 20-year structural warranty¹ as well as the pioneering Portakabin Customer Charter². This states that if Portakabin ever fails to deliver a project on time and to the agreed contract sum, the customer will be entitled to an additional 12 months product warranty. Complete peace of mind comes with knowing that 99.9%3 of all Portakabin projects fulfil this promise by arriving on time and on budget.

Location : Hayes, West London

Requirement :

Global approached Portakabin to engineer and build a school within a year, which by 2020 would teach over 800 students every year. More than just a learning environment, the building was designed in partnership with architects Surface to Air.

Built on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory, once the EMI headquarters, in Hayes in West London, Global is an 8,700m2 school with a forward-thinking design which reflects its creative ethos.

Solution :

Advanced offsite technology seamlessly integrates both modular and site-based building solutions.

The Global Academy has an iconic, futuristic design which has created an inspiring environment for learning. A spectacular roof-lit central atrium provides a dynamic circulation space and focal point for the college. There is a sculptural feature staircase and a high level of glazing to the classrooms. The colour pallet is bold and expressive with strong graphics. Anodised aluminium mesh cladding encloses the north and south elevations from first floor to roof level with areas of full height glazing around the ground floor.

This technically-complex building was designed to deliver specialist acoustic levels for the broadcast areas, with triple glazing and specially-engineered air conditioning.

Media and lighting were integrated into the highly glazed west façade which can be illuminated during live broadcasts from the building.

Will Harding, Global Academy’s Chair of Governors said;

“The building makes a real impression on everyone, and the students and teachers very much enjoy the facilities. The design has created a fantastic learning environment for our students. Thanks to Portakabin, we achieved an ambitious building programme in less than a year.”

Location : Coventry

Requirement :

CV One, organisers of Coventry\'s Godiva Music Festival needed high quality accommodation and amenities to facilitate over 70,000 festival-goers and 50 musical acts.

Solution :

Portakabin Events supplied 96 single toilets and six Disabled Person\'s toilet units, which were distributed evenly around the festival site. The team also supplied eight Portakabin Pacemaker buildings, which were used for a variety of purposes including dressing rooms, security and production offices, performer reception and a first aid unit.

 Danny Greene, Events Production Manager at CV One, said, \'With over 50 performers and three music tents, it is the biggest event in Coventry Council\'s calendar with 70,000 attendees. It was extremely important that the standard of facilities we provided was very high. Over the three-day festival the Portakabin Events team delivered exceptional quality buildings and service, which played a big part in the smooth running of the event for both organisers and visitors\'.

 \'We were delighted with the buildings provided by Portakabin Events. The level of service we received from the team was second-to-none and everyone was very efficient and helpful. We will certainly be working with the Portakabin Events team again.\'

Location : London

Requirement :

Due to a full refurbishment programme, the existing toilet facilities at Gordon Primary School on Earlshall Road, London could not be used. Lakehouse Contracts Ltd of Romford, the company responsible for the renovation work, had to provide interim washroom facilities for the junior school pupils for the duration of the project.

Solution :

After meeting with several providers of portable toilet facilities, the Lakehouse Contracts team decided that the Portaloo Junior toilet building was the best facility to meet the needs of the school and its pupils.

The new toilet building has been specifically designed for use by Key Stage 1 and 2 primary school children. Its many unique features include, bright contrasting colours, as well as child height mirrors and wash basins. It is also the only toilet building on the market designed specifically for schoolchildren, all of which provides complete peace of mind that the facilities will offer the highest levels of comfort and quality.

Martin Coupe, Senior Contracts Manager at Lakehouse Contracts, said: "We were very impressed with the quality and design features of the Portaloo Junior toilet building. It was very important to the headteacher at the school that the interim facilities we provided during the refurbishment programme were as good, if not better, than the permanent facilities that the children had been using.

"The Portaloo Junior toilet building has certainly provided this and everyone, pupils, teachers and contractors alike, have been very pleased with the high level of service and quality facilities we have received."

Location : Laurencekirk, Aberdeen

Requirement :

Leading Scottish haulage company Grampian Maclennan urgently required additional office space for its busy logistics team. The existing offices located at one end of a warehouse did not offer the scope to create the large open-plan area that the team desired. Extending this building would have required major investment, so the company decided to look for an alternative solution.

Solution :

Adrian Hunter, Operations Director at Grampian Maclennan, says: “We had used Portakabin buildings in the past and were happy with the quality they provided. We approached Portakabin with our requirement for a large open-plan workspace for our traffic office and they recommended a suitable large building, which provided exactly the space we needed.”

The building chosen by Grampian Maclennan was a Portakabin Titan building – the largest single modular building model in Europe. The Portakabin team worked closely with Grampian Maclennan to understand their specific requirements for the building and to ensure that the interior was configured to meet their precise needs. The main area of the building was laid out as a sizeable open-plan office, with a smaller partitioned office at one end. This layout was designed to enable the traffic team to work closely together and communicate effectively, while enabling administration staff to work undisturbed in the quieter partitioned office.

The building was delivered to the company’s Laurencekirk site on the agreed date and installed quickly and efficiently by a skilled Portakabin team, minimising disruption to the haulage company’s daily operations. Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet the customer’s contract start date, it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Choosing a stand-alone modular building enabled Grampian Maclennan to quickly expand its office space and provide precisely the working environment needed for its traffic office, without the disruptive, lengthy and costly process of constructing a new bricks-and-mortar building.

The service from Portakabin doesn’t end once the building is delivered. Its team of specialists is on hand to respond to any requests for modifications, refurbishments, repairs or maintenance to the building. When Grampian Maclennan requested a modification to the doors on its Titan building, Portakabin responded immediately to complete the work professionally and to the customer’s complete satisfaction.

Adrian Hunter continues: “This new building provides a great space to work in. As well as being more spacious than anything we’ve had before, it has lots of windows so we get plenty of daylight and good ventilation, which makes for a very pleasant environment.

“We now have five people working in the open-plan area, but it could easily accommodate eight or nine. We’ve also got two administration people working in the end office. Everyone who works in the building is very happy with it, and Portakabin have provided a very good service, responding quickly whenever we’ve needed their assistance.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Bakewell, Derbyshire

Requirement :

Set in 12 acres of beautiful countryside in the lower Wye Valley in Derbyshire, Greenhills Holiday Park offers spacious camping fields for up to 120 touring caravans and 60 tents. Between February and November, the park needs to supplement its central toilet and shower block with additional facilities to maintain the high standards expected by its visitors.

Solution :

James Green, Proprietor of Greenhills Holiday Park, says: “It’s essential for us to provide the same high standards in our seasonal washrooms as we do in the main facilities block. That’s why we have hired two Portaloo buildings for the past ten years. I initially went to see the buildings for myself and was really impressed by the standard of the interiors.”

Portaloo provides a male and a female washroom building for the park, each fitted out with three showers, four toilets and five washbasins. The buildings are fully plumbed in, with full-flushing toilets, domestic-standard sanitaryware and powerful showers.

James continues: “At our request, Portaloo adapted the buildings with extra sinks and toilets, to match the provision in our main building. Most recently, we opted to wrap the buildings in a vinyl cover featuring images of trees and bark, which helped to blend the buildings with the site’s natural surroundings.”

Jonathan Mussen, Area Hire Manager at Portaloo says: “This was the first time we had applied the wood effect exterior to one of our toilet buildings. It’s such a natural, attractive finish that many other holiday parks have now followed suit.”

Portaloo buildings are easy to install on remote or difficult-to-access sites where traditional construction would be problematic and disruptive. The buildings arrive fully fitted out ready for simple connection to services.

James adds: “The service from Portaloo has always been very good. They are extremely quick off the mark if we request any repairs or maintenance, which is vital to ensure we uphold high standards at all times. We’ve built up a good relationship with Portaloo over the years and they offer us excellent support.”

“Hiring Portaloo washrooms is the best thing we’ve ever done. Feedback from our customers is always positive. We’re constantly developing the site to meet the increasing demands of today’s campers, and we’re confident that Portaloo facilities can satisfy the highest expectations.”

Location : Lanarkshire, Scotland

Requirement :

When NHS Lanarkshire needed to build extensions to its Greenhills General Practitioner and dental surgeries, it immediately turned to Portakabin, the leading modular building supplier, to provide a high-quality solution.

Solution :

Portakabin had recently installed an antenatal unit at Queen Margaret's Hospital, Dunfermline. This, together with the company's unrivalled reputation for exceptional levels of service and premium-quality accommodation within the Scottish health sector, made Portakabin the obvious choice for the Greenhills extension project.

The dental extension comprised of seven Portakabin Ultima modules with a floor area of 162 sqm, providing the dental practice with four fully equipped additional dental surgeries, a state-of-the-art decontamination room, staff toilets and changing areas, compressor room and stores, all of which comply with Scottish Health Technical Memorandums. Portakabin fitted the decontamination room with a ventilation system and also worked closely with the dental supply technician who fitted specialist patient chairs and equipment.

The GP extension is made up of four Portakabin Ultima modules giving a floor area of 124 sqm, providing the GP practice with an additional three consulting rooms, one health visitors' room, an office for the Practice Manager and a library/meeting room for the practice GPs. Portakabin also equipped the extension with a functional kitchen, heating system and an intruder prevention system (IPS).

Both buildings were linked to different sections of the existing medical centre, necessitating services to be extended from an existing plant room to the new extensions. All works were completed in compliance with specified SHTMs, HTMs, SHTNs and stringent infection-control requirements.

The Portakabin buildings were delivered with a five-year product warranty and 20-year structural warranty¹. Furthermore, the unique Portakabin Customer Charter provided complete peace of mind, with its promise of exceptional service levels and on time, on budget delivery. It even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to deliver a project on time and to the agreed contract sum, the customer will be entitled to an additional 12 months' product warranty².

Portakabin is now an accredited supplier to Buying Solutions (an executive agency of the Office of Government Commerce). This means that Portakabin products, services and full turn-key packages have been rigorously assessed and independently adjudged to offer excellent quality and value for money, making the company the ideal choice for NHS Lanarkshire. Accreditation also allows customers throughout the public sector to place orders with Portakabin without the need for time-consuming and costly tendering exercises.

¹All Portakabin buildings that are purchased come with a five-year product warranty, which covers the external fabric of the building and a 20-year structural warranty, which covers the load-bearing elements of the building.
² Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Leeds

Requirement :

Leeds City Council is committed to increasing capacity across primary schools in Leeds to cater for increasing pupil numbers in the city. To facilitate this process it has established a framework agreement with three modular building suppliers, including Portakabin, for the provision of extra classroom facilities where required. The framework agreement means that approved-quality suppliers can quickly be sourced to deliver complete projects within short timescales, without the need for a lengthy tendering process.

Solution :

Over the summer of 2010, Portakabin was chosen to deliver buildings to five primary schools across Leeds, helping the council to rapidly meet its capacity requirements. The largest of these projects was an extensive multi-classroom facility for Greenmount Primary School.

Here, the increase in pupil numbers meant that many children were being taught in old stand-alone classrooms. The school was keen to improve its teaching facilities and create a large integrated new modular building featuring several classrooms and providing flexibility for future growth.

Shaya Alexander, Development Officer at Leeds City Council, says: “As a framework agreement supplier, Portakabin has worked successfully with us to deliver several new school buildings across the city. For the Greenmount School project, Portakabin collaborated with us to develop a building design that fulfilled the school’s requirements. Importantly, they were able to provide a compete solution, as required by the framework agreement, managing everything from demolition and groundworks through to heating and alarm system installations.”

The project kicked off with the demolition of the old temporary buildings. The scale of the site preparation work required meant that demolition had to begin seven weeks before the end of the summer term. To house the displaced pupils during this period, Portakabin provided three high-quality classroom buildings on hire.

The demolition and extensive groundworks were completed before the end of term, with minimal disruption to the school. The new building modules were then delivered, installed and fitted out during the six-week school holidays to create the new classroom block.

The building is designed to cater for pupils of all ages and incorporates six large classrooms, infant and junior toilets and a spacious, versatile studio area. This provides a venue for drama, dance and art activities, as well as providing a facility for the local community to use. It is designed with a demountable wall down the centre to provide increased future flexibility for the school.

To meet planning conditions and provide an aesthetic finish that complemented the main school, the jade-coloured building is partly clad in brick. The school site is split level, with the new building located downhill from the main school building. To meet Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) regulations, Portakabin fitted a fully enclosed platform lift to the outside of the building, making it accessible to all pupils and staff. To meet council requirements, Portakabin also installed a wet heating system, data cabling and a fire and intruder alarm integrated with the school’s central alarm system.

The building was completed and ready for use by pupils at the start of the autumn term. Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which promises that all projects will be completed on time and on budget. The Charter even promises that in the unlikely event of a project overrun, the customer will be entitled to an additional 12 months product warranty on their building.*

Shaya adds: “The school is very happy with their brand new building, which is far superior to the classrooms they had been using before. Working with Portakabin was a very positive experience and I was particularly pleased with the performance of their on-site teams.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Truro

Requirement :

When Harris Memorial Surgery decided to convert the medical records storage room in its main building into a new consulting room, it needed to find secure new storage space for these confidential documents.

Solution :

Karen Beswetherick, Deputy Practice Manager at the surgery, says: “Our principal concern was security, as we needed to store highly confidential patient records in the new facility. We looked at a number of options, including constructing an extension to our building, but the standard of buildings offered by Portakabin, combined with the simplicity of installing a portable building on site, meant that Portakabin offered the best solution.”

With limited space available on site, the surgery wanted to buy the largest possible Portakabin building that would fit within an enclosed area adjacent to the main building. The optimum-sized building proved to be a Portakabin Solus, which provides a spacious, robust and energy-efficient environment, perfect for keeping valuable documents dry, secure and in prime condition. Like all Portakabin buildings, it is constructed to meet all permanent building regulations, providing a durable, comfortable, high-quality building for long-term use.

To meet the high-security requirements of this medical record storage facility, Portakabin fitted the building with metal window guards to complement its secure door locking system. Once installed, the building was also integrated into the surgery’s existing alarm system to enhance security levels.

Karen adds: “The building was delivered to our site on the agreed date, as promised by Portakabin. Installing the building was a real challenge because access was difficult and the site was so tight. The delivery team did a superb job, expertly and safely manoeuvring the building into place and installing it within a day. Portakabin were excellent from day one, working around us when we had to delay the project due to funding issues, and ensuring we got the building we needed as soon as we were ready for it.”

“The new Portakabin building is excellent and we are delighted with the standard of storage space it provides. It is totally secure and complies with all  requirements for medical record storage. It’s really nice inside too; in fact it’s even warmer and more comfortable than our main surgery building.”

Location : Hartlepool

Requirement :

A rapid rise in student numbers at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, coupled with the demolition of three old classrooms, meant the college desperately needed new teaching accommodation. An enclosed courtyard was the only suitable site for the new facilities.


Solution :

Portakabin designed a two-storey building with classrooms and a toilet block to fit the confined courtyard space. The units had to be lifted over the college buildings and lowered into the central quadrant by crane. The whole building was constructed and ready for use within two weeks.

 "The new facilities have significantly increased the teaching space available for our students. Portakabin listened to our requirements and tailored parts of the building to meet our needs. We do have building plans in place for a more traditional classroom block, but we certainly see our Portakabin building as a long-term solution."

John Harris, Finance Manager, Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Location : Bishops Stortford

Requirement :

When a fire at Hillmead Primary School in Bishop’s Stortford destroyed 90% of the school’s buildings, Hertfordshire County Council called in emergency and disaster-management specialists Mouchel to put things right. Only the hall, kitchen and offices were left undamaged, meaning that interim classroom accommodation for more than 200 pupils had to be found as quickly as possible, as well as high-quality secure storage facilities for the school’s valuable documents and equipment

Solution :

Steve Beadle, Mouchel’s Team Manager for schools in Hertfordshire, says: “We have worked with Portakabin on many emergency-response projects over the past ten years and they have never let us down. We have built up a good working relationship and I know I can always rely on them to turn things around quickly. The quality of their buildings and their speed of response are excellent. We also work well with their installation teams to get jobs done on time. It means that now, whenever I need temporary buildings in an emergency, I immediately think of Portakabin – so they were the obvious choice for Hillmead School.”

Portakabin quickly attended the school to assess the site and the school’s requirements, and to recommend the best solution. Soon after, Mouchel placed an order for two advanced Arkive storage units, along with five Portakabin Titan classroom buildings and Portaloo toilet facilities.

The Arkive units were essential for housing the equipment and paperwork salvaged from the fire-damaged buildings. The large units offer an impressive 12m³ of high-security, fire-rated storage space. They are extremely airtight, protecting papers from damage caused by varying humidity levels and air pollutants, while the internal lights are fitted with polycarbonate opal diffusers to absorb UV radiation which could fade paperwork.

Steve continues: “The Arkive units were a very good solution for the school. Unlike most storage containers they came complete with a racking system that enabled the documents to be properly filed away, making them easily accessible throughout the interim period.”

All of the buildings were delivered to site on schedule by Portakabin, and installed ready for final fit out just eight weeks after the fire. Portakabin assures its customers of such timely deliveries with its unique Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be supplied on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, 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.*

Having been accommodated at nearby schools since the fire, Hillmead’s 203 pupils and their teachers were delighted to move back to their own site and into their high-quality temporary buildings.


* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Requirement :

Higham Lane, one of the highest-performing state-funded secondary schools in Warwickshire, planned to provide a direct post-16 progression route for its students for the first time. To achieve this, the school required a new facility to accommodate 300 sixth form students before the start of the new school year which was just six months away.

Solution :

Graeme Robinson, General Manager for Portakabin (Refurbished) says, “The two-storey building was completed less than six months from point of order to be open in time for the school’s first intake of sixth form students. We also ensured that the module cranage was timed for the school holidays to minimise any disruption to teaching.

“As well as including large windows to increase natural light to the interior, we created a brick and bright red exterior finish for the building to complement the rest of the buildings on the school site.”

“This building is an amazing start to our school year. The centre is both new and modern but in keeping with our existing facilities. Our staff and sixth formers are really delighted to be working and studying in such a high quality learning environment.”

Ben Elliott, Director of Corporate Services, Higham Lane School

Location : North London

Requirement :

Established in 1565 by Royal Charter, Highgate Junior School is an independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 3 to 18. A brand new junior school building will be finished in December 2015 – the school’s 450th anniversary year. During the construction work, the school needed to source high-quality teaching facilities to accommodate its junior school pupils and staff.

Solution :

Mark James, Principal at Highgate Junior School, says: “We visited a number of buildings at the outset and were impressed with the quality of Portakabin buildings.”

Portakabin was chosen to design a modular building to meet the school’s precise requirements. It was configured as a single and double-storey facility arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

Facilities include a reception, 16 general classrooms, two science laboratories, music and practice rooms, library, learning support room, IT suite, staff room, school office, cloakrooms and toilets with disabled access. The building was fully equipped by Portakabin with fire and intruder alarm systems, emergency lighting, data communications, stair pods, and air conditioning to the IT suite and library.

Externally, the building was finished in dove grey with contrasting blue windows.  Portakabin also installed a canopy over the central walkway linking the general classroom block to the specialist classrooms block, and another canopy over the main entrance.

Portakabin provided a complete package of services to Highgate Junior School, which included assisting in the design process, Building Regulations compliance, groundworks and fitting out. 

Delivery of the 65 modules that make up the new building had to be timed carefully to minimise disruption to local residents and to the daily running of the school. 

Mark adds: “Since completion of the scheme, we have received universally positive feedback from parents, pupils and staff – everyone is delighted with the facility.” 

“The new building is bright and well designed, and allows us to zone the year groups together. We particularly like the wide corridors and stairwells, and how spacious and airy the classrooms feel. It also has an attractive, welcoming entrance. We are very happy with the building which is working well.”

Mark James, Principal, Highgate Junior School


Location : Cheshire

Requirement :

In June 2012, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College discovered significant structural defects in its existing sixth form building and was given emergency funding for a temporary sixth form teaching and learning solution for the start of the new academic year. 

With only six weeks to complete the project from start to finish – and with the London Olympics monopolising modular building stocks nationally across the country – the school faced a near impossible challenge to get the new facilities complete and open in time for the beginning of September.

Solution :

Gill Benning, the Director of Business Resources at the school, says: “We thought it would be an impossible task. We needed high-quality teaching and study facilities for 220 students in a matter of weeks. There was no room for manoeuvre; we simply had to have the facility ready or there would be no sixth form teaching.”

The school approached several modular building suppliers to see what they could do and also to seek best value.

Executive Head, Denis Oliver, says: “From the very beginning, Portakabin gave us complete confidence they could deliver exactly what we needed within our short timeframe. They seemed undaunted by the project challenges, and we knew their buildings offered the high standards we were looking for.”

Portakabin drew up initial plans for the buildings within a couple of days. The designs were finalised by the end of July, giving Portakabin four weeks to get the buildings installed and fitted out for the start of term.

Gill Benning continues: “The project was a genuine collaborative effort. Portakabin handled the planning and Building Control applications and ensured everything was quickly and smoothly approved. There were regular discussions, and our Portakabin project manager went above and beyond many times to ensure the buildings were delivered and installed on schedule.”

Portakabin created a spacious, open-plan sixth form study centre using its Ultima Vision building system, with a full-height glazed wall across the front elevation. Two large double classroom buildings were positioned adjacent to the study building at either side of a central courtyard. One of these buildings houses two multi-purpose classrooms, while the other provides an art room fitted with extra sinks and vinyl flooring, and a cyber café for the students.

The Portakabin buildings will provide full sixth form facilities for at least two years, until the existing building is repaired.

 “The new buildings are stunning and in combination with the landscaped courtyard create a really impressive sixth form site. The teachers and students absolutely love the buildings and would be happy to stay here permanently. If it wasn’t for the expertise and fast response of Portakabin, we would have had nowhere to accommodate our sixth form students this year.”

Gill Benning, Director of Business Resources, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School 

Location : Hull

Requirement :

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust needed a new state-of-the-art outpatients and medical training facility at Hull Royal Infirmary for up to 90,000 patients each year, as part of a £7m investment to help meet the increased demand for its services and replacing some out-dated buildings. 

Key requirements for the project were to incorporate the structure of an existing two-storey modular ward block into the new scheme; to minimise disruption to the adjacent hospital building, and to deliver the facility in the shortest possible time frame to the benefit of patient care.


Solution :

was appointed design and build contractor by the Trust and developed a bespoke design solution for the project, taking responsibility for:

  • Design, including bespoke structural design and space planning
  • Planning submission and approvals
  • Refurbishment and relocation of the existing modular building
  • Ground works, including foundations
  • Off-site manufacture
  • M&E design and installation
  • Fitting out
  • Final commissioning

The innovative and highly flexible approach from Portakabin combined 50 specially manufactured steel-framed modules with 50 units from the modular building that had become surplus to the Trust's requirementsPortakabin recycled and fully refurbished this structure, which included stripping out each module and installing new windows, upgrading the floor and re-lining internal walls.

This approach to recycling and re-using an existing modular structure for a completely new, purpose-designed facility made the project both highly sustainable and cost effective - and demonstrates the flexibility of modular construction when a building is no longer required.

Minimising Disruption to Patient Care

The Portakabin solution successfully reduced the programme time which in turn minimised disruption to patient services - a key issue for the Trust because of the close proximity of the scheme to the main hospital.

Despite working through exceptional winter conditions, Portakabin delivered the complex 3000sqm facility to a challenging programme, handing it over after just seven months on site.

The three-storey building has 200 rooms and accommodates the ophthalmology department on the ground floor with dermatology services on the first floor, allowing the Trust to consolidate services on one site as well as to increase capacity.

On the upper floor, a Clinical Skills Centre provides high quality training facilities for doctors with facilities including a simulated ward, control room, neo natal and critical care units, and a theatre suite.

Some areas of the building, such as the operating theatres, feature the Portakabin high performance pre-installed concrete floor system which is designed to accommodate highly sensitive medical equipment.

A Sustainable Building Solution
In addition to its partially recycled structure, the scheme has a number of other sustainable features, including:

  • A central atrium, which runs the full length of the building, maximising natural light and ventilation and reducing the reliance on artificial lighting whilst creating a high quality and welcoming patient environment
  • Heating and hot water for the ground and first floor provided by an existing steam system
  • Windows to all perimeter rooms to allow natural ventilation
  • Movement and daylight sensors to control the high frequency lighting
  • Air source heating and cooling pumps for the first floor
  • Partial heat recovery ventilation
  • Internal solar shading to every window to reduce heat gain
  • Hard wood from sustainable, certified sources
  • A Building Management System (BMS) to monitor and control the building's M&E services, such as ventilation, lighting, power, and fire and security systems, for optimum energy efficiency
  • The modular approach that ensured fewer vehicle movements to site and less material waste to further improve the building's carbon footprint.

A Patient Environment of the Highest Standards
The striking, contemporary exterior aesthetics for the building comprise stone-coloured horizontal aluminium cladding panels to the ground and first floors, with vertical blue multi-panels providing a contrast at high level.

The end façade of the stair tower features square-cut blocks with recessed detailing to complement adjacent buildings on the hospital site.  Full height curtain walling encloses the stair core, creating a light and welcoming reception at each floor level. 

This complex facility has a number of automated heating systems which are linked to the central BMS system:

  • Underfloor heating to the ground floor of the central ‘street' which provides a high degree of comfort and facilitates space planning
  • Air conditioning to heat and cool the training centre
  • The hospital's existing steam system provides heating and hot water for the ground and first floors of the new facility. This uses radiant panels in the ceiling.

The building was also designed in line with NHS guidelines, including Health Technical Memoranda (HTMs) and Health Building Notes (HBNs).

A Complete Turnkey Service for a Challenging Project
This project proved to be one of the most complex design and build schemes that Portakabin has undertaken in terms of logistics, design, scale and programme. It also involved a very constrained hospital site, which required the construction of pile foundations and the removal of asbestos.

It demonstrates the capabilities of the Portakabin team, delivering a project of this scale - from initial concept and planning to ground works, off-site manufacture, M&E design and installation, and final commissioning - to a challenging programme whilst meeting the client's project-specific requirements.

The Trust's Perspective
Duncan Taylor, Head of Estates, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust:

"Speed was the principal reason for using modular construction for this project, which enabled us to reduce the programme time by around six months.  The Portakabin solution also allowed us to re-use the structure of an existing modular ward building, minimising both cost and waste sent to landfill.

"The result is a really excellent scheme with facilities we are very proud of. Feedback from staff and patients has been extremely positive since the building opened."

Location : Billingham

Requirement :

Huntsman Pigments is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and marketers of TIOXIDE® titanium dioxide pigments. The company employs more than 2,000 people at eight sites in seven countries.

 Towards the end of 2006, Huntsman Pigments defined a need for a Customer Solutions Centre at its Headquarters in the UK. They were looking for a building on hire, which was impressive enough to motivate and inspire both workers and visitors at their site.

Solution :

As soon as the company saw the new Ultima Vision building from Portakabin, they new at first glance that it could meet their requirements. Huntsman Pigments hired 12 modules of Ultima Vision to create their two-storey Customer Solutions Centre.

 Debbie Hunter, Administration Services Manager for Huntsman Pigments says: "We wanted to make a statement with the building and the Ultima Vision building was the ideal solution. The use of full-height windows has created a striking view externally and offers significant advantages for the occupants in terms of additional daylight and the view they get from them.

 To complement the external fascia, we engaged Portakabin to deliver high quality steps, pathways, handrails, lighting and planting schemes. It is fair to say that visitors to this new Customer Solutions Centre are impressed by how good a modular building can look."

Internally the building continues to impress, in its use of suspended ceilings, recessed workstation lighting and the quality of the hygiene facilities. "A hot water heating system in the rental package has significantly improved comfort levels for those using the building and gives it a more permanent feeling", says Debbie. The building also features a superior climate control system from AirCare and a lift to help meet the needs of the DDA – all supplied by Portakabin.

 Debbie says: "The best thing about the building is the fully glazed exterior fascia which gives it a really contemporary look. Modular buildings can be difficult to work in but this one seems to have ticked all the right boxes." Portakabin handed over the completed Centre within ten weeks.

 Debbie says: "The service we received from Portakabin was very good with the Hire Centre Manager providing good support and information throughout the project. We were all very impressed by the high professional standards and 'can do' attitude."

Location : Huyton, Knowsley, Merseyside

Requirement :

During the building programme for the new Building Schools for the Future (BSF) funded Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning, pupil number predictions for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years showed that there would be short-term under capacity constraints. It was decided, in conjunction with the Centre Principal, that an additional short-term Year 7 facility should be provided to cater for the extra pupils. Transform Schools, a division of Balfour Beatty working with Knowsley Council to deliver the school, set about sourcing a completely self-contained Year 7 building to complement the state-of-the-art new Centre for Learning.

Solution :

Gary Udall, Project Manager at Transform Schools, says: “With just over six months to get the new Year 7 building in place, we knew that modular construction was our best option. We quickly needed to find a modular building supplier that could deliver a quality of building to match the main school within our very tight deadline, as well as providing cost certainty and a complete turn-key package. Portakabin emerged as the clear front runner, fulfilling all of these criteria. They gave us complete confidence that they could deliver on time and to the high standards we demanded.”

Using drawings for the Year 7 centre supplied by main school architects, Aedas, Portakabin developed a plan for the new facility constructed from its premium-quality Ultima building modules. The design replicates the layout of the main school building, which follows modern education design principles with a large communal area and teaching facilities radiating from that central hub. The Portakabin Year 7 building features a central break-out area which doubles as the canteen at lunchtime, surrounded by seven classrooms, unisex toilets and a staff area. The building follows an open-plan anti-bullying design. Outside, it is clad in cedarwood and render to match the main school building, while inside it is bright and airy, finished in calm, welcoming pastel colours.

Gary continues: “Portakabin took care of the entire project, which was very successful. The liaison with Balfour Beatty Construction who were completing the main school build at the same time went very smoothly. Ultimately the building was delivered on time, ready for the whole school to open for business in September. The quality of the finished building is excellent and is a real asset to the Centre for Learning as a whole.”

Transform Schools was assured that Portakabin could deliver on time by the company’s unique Customer Charter, which promises that all projects will be completed on time and on budget. The Charter even promises that in the unlikely event of a project overrun, the customer will be entitled to an additional 12 months product warranty on their building.*

Simon McEneny, Service Director for Future Schooling in Knowsley, says: ”The Year 7 building has been well received by teachers as well as pupils, who like having their own dedicated space.

“We felt there were numerous benefits of choosing modular construction for this building. It was a very quick and cost-effective method of construction and there were very few issues for the Council during the building process. The quality of the building exceeded our expectations, and it really complements the main Centre for Learning. In fact, when we show visitors around, they are always surprised to learn that the Year 7 hub is constructed any differently from the main building.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Inverness

Requirement :

A brand new luxury 150-berth marina is taking shape in Inverness which, when complete, will be flanked by shops, restaurants and a hotel. When the pontoons and water-based facilities were completed, the marina was ready to receive its first customers, but with the surrounding buildings still in development, there were no toilet or shower amenities on the site. An interim solution was needed until the permanent buildings could be constructed.

Solution :

Inverness Marina Managing Director, Jamie Hogan, says: “We needed to find the very highest quality toilets and showers to match the standards of our luxurious new marina. We offer the very best serviced berth facilities, with Wi-Fi and electricity connections, plus larger-than-average pontoons. Our guests are often stepping off million-pound boats, so we needed toilet and shower facilities that met their high expectations and maintained our high standards.

“We investigated a number of toilet and shower building suppliers, but Portaloo was way ahead of the competition. It was the only company that could offer the exceptional standard of amenities we were looking for.”

Portaloo offers a range of high-quality, all-steel toilet and shower buildings, fitted out with full-flushing toilets and domestic-standard showers and washbasins, with hot and cold running water – delivering the standards you’d expect to find in any home.

The marina hired a bright, welcoming, premium-quality toilet and shower building from Portaloo to cater for its customers, enabling the marina to open for business before the adjacent attractions were completed.

The building was delivered on the agreed date and expertly installed and connected by an experienced Portaloo team.  All Portaloo customers are assured of such timely deliveries by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, Portaloo 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.*

Jamie adds: “Since the marina opened we have hosted visitors from all over the world, from as far afield as New Zealand and the US, as well as many Scandinavians and other Europeans. Many of these globe-trotting visitors have commented that the Portaloo toilets and showers are the best they have ever seen.“We are delighted with our interim facilities and will be more than happy to continue using them until our permanent amenities are completed in a year or so. The service from Portaloo has been faultless too. When we needed a replacement part, Portaloo kept us informed daily until the part was available. One of the Hire Centre team even delivered it to us in person to ensure it was fitted without delay. That really is customer service excellence.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Ipswich

Requirement :

During a major refurbishment of its car showroom, the Audi car dealership in Ipswich needed to relocate its used-car sales team into temporary accommodation outside the main building.

Solution :

Head of Business David Canham had seen Portakabin buildings in use at Open Golf tournaments and had been impressed by their quality and appearance. He visited the Portakabin website for more details before contacting his local Hire Centre.

 David says: “We needed a building that looked good, in keeping with the Audi image, and which was of a quality suitable for the discerning Audi customer. The new Portakabin Solus building had the smart and professional look we needed, and was the perfect size for the space we had available.”

 The new Portakabin Solus building combines all the best aspects of the Portakabin range in a single relocatable building. It features advanced architectural design, including large aluminium-framed windows, a high-level fascia and a smooth exterior with no telescopic legs. This contemporary appearance blended well with the Ipswich Audi showroom.

 As well as supplying the building, Portakabin was able to provide a package of services that gave the dealership a complete working environment, which was ready to move straight in to. Portakabin Access provided sturdy, durable steel steps to the entrance door, while Portakabin Datakom fitted essential IT points and telephone connections. The dealership also chose to hire four high-quality workstations and chairs from Portakabin Interiors for the four sales staff that would occupy the building.                                                                                    

David says: “The furniture from Portakabin fitted the new building much better than anything we had available, and has created a comfortable working environment for our team. The one-stop-shop service from Portakabin was very convenient for us, since we were able to get everything we required for our building from a single supplier.”

 The building was delivered to the dealership, installed and fitted out on the date specified by Ipswich Audi. All Portakabin customers are assured of such timely deliveries by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. What’s more, for complete peace of mind, if Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment it offers one week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

David says: “The service we received from Portakabin was very simple, straightforward and efficient. The quote they supplied was very clear and easy to understand, so we could see exactly what we were getting and what it would cost, from the outset.

 “The brochures provided were very good too. The benefits and appearance of the Portakabin Solus building were clearly set out, and the brochure gave a good indication of the potential layouts.

 “We only gave Portakabin about ten days’ notice that we needed the building, but they still managed to get it on site within our time limit. Our sales people have settled in well, and our customers have been pleasantly surprised by the interior quality of the building.”

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Warwickshire

Requirement :

Rapid growth at Jaguar Land Rover prompted the need for high-quality interim office accommodation for the car manufacturer’s sales and design teams.

Solution :

Portakabin was chosen to provide the interim modular building, which will be in-situ for three years. The specially designed building provides space for 550 sales and design staff, enabling Jaguar Land Rover to bring its sales and design teams together under one roof.

The two-storey facility comprises more than 100 steel-framed modules and was fitted with a lift, stair pods, toilets, tea points and upgraded internal partitioning and doors. Portakabin installed a high-specification air-conditioning and ventilation system within a suspended ceiling and the scheme also accommodates a full commercial kitchen.  Other features supplied by Portakabin included fire alarms, access control, CCTV, steps, smoking shelter, ramps and a cycle store. 

Portakabin was able to provide an extensive service for this bespoke project, including managing the Building Control application for all works on site, giving Jaguar Land Rover the speed of delivery it required for the building.

Despite the challenging weather conditions of exceptionally heavy rainfall which delayed ground works, Portakabin still achieved the programme with careful co-ordination between contractors.

“It is fair to say that I have never encountered such continuously atrocious weather during a project. The torrential rain meant that everyone had to work closely together to ensure progress. It is testament to the hard work of all those involved that the building was completed on time.”

James Howells, Project Manager, Portakabin


Location : Manchester

Requirement :

As part of its contract with one major customer in Manchester, leading UK haulier James Irlam Logistics provides an on-site shunting and distribution service. To operate this, a dedicated team was needed on site at the customer’s busy Trafford Park depot. With no suitable permanent building available, James Irlam Logistics needed to find a high-quality office building to house its staff on the site.

Solution :

After requesting quotes from a number of suppliers, the company decided that Portakabin offered the best solution. James Irlam Logistics had used Portakabin buildings in the past, so knew about the quality of accommodation available.

Given a choice of building types, the company selected a Pacemaker building as the ideal solution for the number of staff it needed to house. As well as general office space, the building was fitted out with a staff area, kitchen and toilet. Portakabin delivered the building on the agreed date, it was installed and connected up, and the team of five staff were able to move straight in. It now provides a high-quality working environment for this busy transport office.

Chief Executive, David Irlam, says: “Portakabin was a good choice for us because they have a base near here in Stockport. Their portable buildings are ideal for the haulage industry, because they are so easy to move about. If you move to a new depot with no permanent offices, you can quickly get a good-quality Portakabin building set up.

“In our industry, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, speed of installation is also vital. The building at Trafford Park was delivered over a weekend, and our people were able to move into a fully functioning office on the Monday morning.

“We received a very good service from Portakabin, and our people are very happy working in their new office.”

Location : London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Requirement :

The Borough decided to build a brand new school to accommodate a significant rise in pupil numbers. However, because a PFI-funded building wouldn't be complete for another three years, the Borough needed an interim solution in time for the new school year and one that could not be distinguished from any other brand new, state-of-the-art school.

Solution :

Supplied by Portakabin, the new Jo Richardson Community School was built in less than six months, ready for the September start.

 The new school covers 5,000 m² and provides purpose-designed facilities for music, science, maths, languages, ICT, design and technology, and even PE. Classrooms are spacious, to provide pupils with a comfortable and motivational learning environment.

 In addition to building the school, the contract included the provision of a soft turfed area for team games, tennis courts and parking spaces for 42 cars. The flexible design of the school building also meant that mature trees in the grounds could also be preserved, which provide a popular feature for staff and pupils.

 "Twelve months ago we had no staff, no pupils and critically no school. What has been achieved since then is tremendous. The quality of the Portakabin school building is very good and it will provide an excellent investment in terms of infrastructure and value for many years to come." 

 Graham Bramley, Chair of the Governors

"The facilities are simply marvellous, simply fantastic, and I hope the very high standards are maintained throughout. I am very impressed. It is a super building, it really is."

Baroness Boothroyd, Member of the House of Lords, at the official opening of the Jo Richardson Community School

"We are committed at the Jo Richardson School to reaching the highest standards in everything we do. The school has a key role in making students feel happy and secure and this can only happen in a well-ordered and respectful environment where only the highest standards of behaviour are acceptable. The building provided by Portakabin is bright, comfortable, clean and secure, and will help us ensure our goals become a reality."

Andy Buck, Headmaster, Jo Richardson Community School

Location : London

Requirement :

Thirteen weeks after Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA) on Silchester Road was closed, a new KAA2 on Scrubs Lane, just over a mile away from the school’s permanent location, opened its doors to nearly 1,000 students.

Known as the fastest school ever built, KAA2 was an unprecedented project from start to finish and took a record-breaking nine weeks to build.

Though being built to an extremely challenging timeframe and at times, an evolving design, neither the quality nor function of the new school and its educational environment was compromised. Pupils were to have like-for-like facilities in their new school, which specialises in the performing arts.

Following the unfolding of the tragic events on 14 June, the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) approached consultancy and construction group Mace and modular experts Portakabin to provide a new building for the pupils of Kensington Aldridge Academy, which is located at the base of Grenfell Tower.

Working closely with the ESFA and Mace, engineers at Portakabin designed a temporary six block school, located in North Kensington, just over a mile from the school’s permanent location.

“Portakabin and Mace have worked closely to deliver this temporary school to ensure that the pupils of KAA have access to suitable facilities for the next twelve months. It has been a hugely emotional project to work on. It’s been very moving to see everyone in the supply chain move heaven and earth to deliver a fully functioning school for nearly 1,000 pupils. This is a real testament to what you can do when every member of a team is pulling in the same direction.”

Phoebe Leach, Project Director, Mace

Solution :

Nick Griffin, Project Sponsor, Portakabin says: “Our ability to create the whole building from the ground up, with our own supply chain providing all M&E and fit out, meant that there was no delay in the programme for further procurement. Delivered in time and to budget, these types of builds are what we do, day in, day out – the scale and speed of this (along with the tragic reason behind it) were the exceptional elements of the project.

“The quality of relationship and interaction between all parties was excellent – that is the school management team, ESFA, Mace, LBHF, Portakabin, our suppliers and subcontractors and the whole supply chain – people were not putting up barriers but were actively and creatively thinking together to reach solutions to challenges and were empowered to make things happen without delay. All personnel on site showed commitment and pride and this was noted by neighbours and the local community.

“The whole project, although incredibly fast, was orderly, planned, on programme; hitting all milestones even after the design repeatedly evolved and was safe – speed was not used as an excuse to relax quality, safety or proper governance.”

“I want to congratulate everyone involved in moving Kensington Aldridge Academy to their new site. It is an incredible achievement to build a school of this scale in record-breaking time after such tragic events. It was hugely impressive to see all the organisations involved working together under pressure to deliver a project of this magnitude successfully and minimise the disruption it caused to pupils.”

Justine Greening, Former Education Secretary

Taking into account the tragic reason behind the project, specialist areas dedicated to providing enhanced counselling facilities for students affected by the tragedy were added, and external vinyl artwork was applied to the building itself, to foster familiarity for the students.

The colour scheme remained consistent throughout and furniture from the school on Silchester Road was moved into the new building. For all intents and purposes, it was a like-for-like replacement school, delivered in time for the start of term with zero compromise on quality.

In August 2018, 62% of all A Level results were A*-B and 99.6% A*-E. Nearly 100% of students were able to secure competitive university places.

“Staff and students settled into our excellent new facilities, which replicate what we have in our original building, aiding us to deliver the same rich curriculum to our students for the year and ensuring their education is not impacted by the temporary move.”

David Benson, Principal, KAA

Building use:

  • Dining hall
  • Science laboratories
  • Food technology classroom
  • IT suites
  • Two libraries
  • Dance and drama studios
  • General teaching classrooms

Floor area:

  • 7,500m2

No. of modules:

  • 200+ modules


  • Dedicated Special Educational Needs centre
  • Rated “outstanding” in every category by Ofsted (January 2018)
Location : Kent

Requirement :

St. Martins Hospital, Canterbury needed to upgrade and increase the capacity of three of its wards.

Solution :

Three modular building manufacturers were invited to tender for the contract to provide extensions on each of the wards. The proposal submitted by Portakabin offered high quality accommodation, in the shortest timeframe and at the best value.

 Adrian Matthews, responsible for co-ordination between the East Kent NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust’s Project Management Team, the Clinical and Support Services at St Martins Hospital, and the Estates Department, said, ‘The timescale set for completion of this project was ambitious. The delivery of the completed modular extensions on time and within budget was an absolutely vital factor to its success. The layout of the Portakabin buildings matched the project specification perfectly.

 Each high quality extension supplied by Portakabin provides accommodation for 11 patients and associated facilities including a store and drying room. An assisted shower/wet room has also been included. The Portakabin team worked closely with the Estates Project Design Team to ensure the building met all necessary requirements. Particular attention was given at the design stage to meeting all DDA access requirements and to ensure adequate patient observation facilities were provided for nurses. Portakabin was subsequently able to further reduce the timescale, and all three modular buildings were delivered and constructed ahead of the original schedule and fitted out to meet the Trust’s requirements.

 Furthermore, the speed of delivery was in line with the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver buildings on time and on budget. The Charter states that if Portakabin fails to deliver a project on time and to the agreed contract sum, the customer will be entitled to an additional six months product warranty.

 This Charter provided the Partnership Trust and its Project Management Team with a high degree of confidence that the ward extensions would be completed within the agreed timescale. The building also came with the company’s pioneering warranty package, which includes a 20-year structural warranty and 5-year product warranty on the fixtures and fittings.

In addition, the Portakabin building has been linked to the main hospital to further enhance ease of use for patients.

Location : Keswick, Cumbria

Requirement :

Keswick School secured an Academies Capital Maintenance Fund grant to build six new classrooms and a drama studio. These were to be built as the second storey of an existing single-storey maths building, which had to be vacated during the construction works. The school decided to hire interim classrooms and requested tenders from suppliers via the Government Procurement Service.

Solution :

Keswick School Business Director, Dawn Boyes, says: “We evaluated tenders from approved suppliers and chose Portakabin to provide six interim classrooms. Price was obviously an important factor, but it was the customer relationship offered by Portakabin that really stood out.

“They clearly understood exactly what we wanted, had identified all the issues and offered solutions for everything. It meant that when we placed the order, we had 100% faith that Portakabin could deliver precisely what we needed.”

The buildings recommended by Portakabin were three energy-efficient double-classroom blocks, each featuring two large, fully equipped classrooms and a central cloakroom. For Keswick School, Portakabin converted one of these cloakrooms into a staff office.

Dawn continues: “What was remarkable about working with Portakabin was the way they listened to us. When we were forced to make changes to our plans, or to the delivery date, Portakabin quickly adapted the project to overcome any difficulties.”

One of the biggest challenges was getting the buildings onto the restricted site. Many alternatives were discussed, but the eventual solution devised by Portakabin was to remove a wall and manoeuvre the modules in between existing buildings.

Dawn says: “There were just millimetres to spare as the buildings were brought onto site, but Portakabin managed it all very skilfully and professionally.” 

The buildings were installed over two days and fitted out over the following week with data connections, interactive whiteboards, ramps and steps, emergency lighting and fire alarms. The buildings will house the Mathematics department throughout the year-long construction works.

Dawn adds: “The after-care from Portakabin has been superb. They always respond quickly, and the service from the outset has been fantastic.”

“The teachers were initially very hesitant about moving into modular buildings. But now they are in, they don’t want to leave because the classrooms are so spacious. The pupils are very happy with their new ‘maths village’ too, especially as it has excellent ICT facilities and wifi connection.”

Dawn Boyes, Business Director, Keswick School

Location : London

Requirement :

Kew Gardens in London needed to provide a new disabled persons’ toilet facility, specifically for people with profound or multiple disabilities who require the assistance of a carer. This demanded a toilet building designed to exceed the normal specifications for a disabled-access toilet, with a more spacious interior, height-adjustable changing benches and lifting hoists. Kew Gardens asked its construction management contractor Vokins Construction to find a solution.

Solution :

Scott Vokins, Director of Vokins Construction, says: “I immediately thought of Portakabin as the best-known name in modular building provision, so I approached them to see what they could offer. It turned out they had recently supplied a similar toilet building for another client, so they worked with us to develop the right specification for the Kew Gardens facility.”

Portakabin and Vokins worked together to create an enhanced disabled-access toilet by adapting a premium-quality, energy-efficient Portakabin Solus building. The spacious interior of this building model was ideal for the needs of severely disable people and their carers. The building was fitted out with a lifting hoist, adjustable benches, a high-level washbasin and a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant toilet.

Vokins Construction prepared the site at Kew Gardens and Portakabin craned the new building into position, taking extreme care on this sensitive and high-profile location. Most of the fitting out was completed in the Portakabin factory, so that minimal work was required on site to complete the building.

Scott adds: “Portakabin worked with us to install the building, lifting it into position for us in the gardens. The delivery team had to be very careful to avoid damaging the low branches of a listed tree at the site, but everything went without a hitch and the building was finished on the agreed date.”

“We were delighted with the prompt, responsive service we received from Portakabin. They developed an excellent solution for this very specialised toilet facility, and Kew Gardens are pleased with the standard of building provided.”

Choosing a modular building enabled Kew Gardens to get the facility it needed in a fraction of the time it would have taken to build a traditional structure, and with minimal disturbance to the tranquillity of the gardens.


Location : Blantyre, South Lanarkshire

Requirement :

Kier Construction provides a comprehensive building and construction service delivered through a nationwide network of locally managed businesses complimented by a major projects capability.

The company was awarded a contract to build a £4 million purpose built secondary school for 60 pupils in South Lanarkshire with social, emotional and behavioural needs (SEBN).

The project required Kier Construction to demolish and replace two 40 year old buildings and relocate an existing three-storey Portakabin building as part of the new campus.

Because the Portakabin building would be moved to a new site once works had been completed, the top two floors would have to be stored off site to allow work to progress.

Solution :

John Gilchrist, Project Manager, Kier Construction, said: “This was a complex project due to the logistics of removing a three-storey building and then relocating it a few weeks later to another site. It was important to us to work with an organisation with large resources to support the new structural designs and develop a first class solution.

Portakabin worked closely with our design team to ensure that the building would conform to the current building regulations, identifying what work was required and how it would be undertaken.

“Once back on site, we refurbished and re-clad the Portakabin building so that it continues to provide a first class environment that has been tailor made to meet the school’s needs.  By re-using the original building we were able to shorten the timescale for entry by six months and save on traditional construction.”

The team at Portakabin ensured that the original three-storey building was stored, relocated and rebuilt without disruption to the project.

Location : Kidlington, Oxford

Requirement :

An increase in pupil numbers meant that Kirtlington Primary School required a temporary classroom for 24 pupils quickly, to be ready in time for the new school year.

Solution :

After exploring several options to meet the school\'s needs as closely as possible, the Portakabin Oxford Hire Centre supplied a Titan building for use as additional classroom space. The building provided a low-maintenance, good-quality classroom building, which was delivered and installed during the school holidays to minimise disruption. All the internal equipment was fitted before delivery, so the building was ready to use as soon as the children returned to school.

 \"Portakabin was recommended to us, and the service provided was first class. The building is easy to teach in, has good acoustics, and the children seem to enjoy working in it. I\'d recommend this building to any school that requires short-term accommodation at a reasonable price, and quickly.\"

John Bliss, Headteacher, Kirtlington Primary School

Location : Peterborough

Requirement :

When Lafarge Aggregates, the UK’s largest producer of construction materials, was called in to work on a project just outside Peterborough, the company quickly needed to get office accommodation on site for its team.

The company had always used the same supplier for its temporary accommodation in the past, but because of the poor service they had received they were keen to look elsewhere. Portakabin’s Peterborough Hire Centre was not far from the site of the project, so Lafarge approached the company to see what it could offer.

Solution :

The promise of high service standards set out in the Portakabin Customer Charter, combined with a promise to deliver buildings on an agreed date – and to compensate the customer if this date was missed – encouraged Lafarge to choose Portakabin to supply the temporary buildings for this project.

An order was placed on a Friday, and four large Pacemaker office buildings were delivered to the site on the following Wednesday, as agreed. Two were open-plan, and two included a partition wall with an area for sinks and worktops. Two Portaloo units with access steps were also supplied, and the office buildings were fully kitted out with furniture by Portakabin, so that office staff could move straight in.

Andy Cottam of Lafarge Aggregates, says: “The service we received from Portakabin was excellent. The key thing for us on this project was to get buildings in place very quickly, with no hassle, so that we could get on with work on site. Portakabin enabled us to do this by acting fast to get buildings delivered to us on the promised date. The whole project went very smoothly, and we are very impressed by the quality of the buildings supplied.”

Location : Hull

Requirement :

The Lazaat Restaurant Bar and Hotel on the outskirts of Hul loffers a unique combination of Persian-influenced Asian cuisine and stylish, exquisitely designed accommodation set in large grounds. The luxurious interiors live up to the venue’s name, which comes from a Persian word meaning “an experience of all the senses”.

When it opened, the Lazaat’s owners were keen to make full use of all the space available to them. They decided to install a large marquee in the grounds, which could be booked for weddings, barbecues, exhibitions, conferences and private parties. Housing up to 250 people, the marquee needed to be fully self-contained, which meant complete toilet facilities had to be provided, separate from the main hotel and restaurant building.

Solution :

After researching potential suppliers for the toilet facilities, the Lazaat management selected Portaloo, as its buildings represented the best value for the high quality facilities available.

The marquee was to be available for bookings between April and October, and a large Portaloo male-female unit was hired to cover this period. It was delivered on the agreed date, in line with the Portaloo Customer Charter promise to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, if Portaloo ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers one week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

The unit was sited right next to the marquee on pre-prepared concrete foundations, and was fully installed by the Portaloo team. During the busy summer season, the marquee hosted 24 weddings and was used at least two or three times a week for various functions.

Lazaat General Manager Maurizio De Martino, says: “It was a great success, and we had absolutely no problems with the toilet facilities throughout this busy period. They are very easy to clean, look after and maintain. They were delivered complete with all the necessary appliances, dispensers, paper towels and mirrors that we would need. So once they were sited exactly where we wanted them, they were ready for use immediately.

“The Portaloo unit offered very good build quality and finishing. We were so pleased with it that we have hired it again for this year – and we’re expecting an even busier season, with more than 20 weddings booked already.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Solihull

Requirement :

When a major fire destroyed a third of the buildings at Light Hall School in Solihull, the priority was to get classes up and running as quickly as possible to minimise disruption to the school’s 1,200 pupils. A large part of the school would need to be rebuilt, so extensive, high-quality temporary accommodation was required.

Solution :

As an approved supplier to the local authority’s insurer, Zurich Municipal, Portakabin was immediately called in. Portakabin Hire Centre specialists were on site the day after the fire and quickly set to work assessing the school’s urgent needs.

Portakabin specified six of its bright and spacious double classroom buildings with integral cloakrooms for the displaced Geography and Languages departments, as well as a versatile Duplex modular building for use as a Drama studio. Another large Duplex building provided accommodation for two staff rooms and several offices. Separate accommodation was provided for the dining room and kitchen facilities, while four Portaloo toilet blocks provided essential high-quality amenities.

Light Hall School Business Manager, Corrine White, says: “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.”

Such timely deliveries are all part of the exceptional service offered by Portakabin. The company has a unique Customer Charter that promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, if Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment, it promises to provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late or an additional 12 months’ warranty on buildings that are purchased.*

Corrine continues: “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.”

As construction work progressed to rebuild the main school buildings, it became clear that the existing Maths and Music block would need to be demolished. The school came straight back to Portakabin for the additional interim buildings it required. Portakabin supplied five further double classroom buildings for Maths and a large stand-alone Music room.

Corrine adds: “We have been more than happy with the quality of buildings provided by Portakabin. In many cases they are better than the old classrooms they replace. Our teachers and students have settled in to them very well. We are hiring the Portakabin buildings for as long as we need them, until the new building is completed, which is likely be around two and a half years.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : UK

Requirement :

As the largest community pharmacy operator in the UK, with more than 1400 outlets across the country, LloydsPharmacy regularly requires portable accommodation to house temporary pharmacies. These can be required for many reasons, such as providing pharmacy services to new-build doctors’ surgeries or supermarkets where the permanent accommodation is not complete, or where a fire or flood has temporarily put a pharmacy out of action.

The company has an obligation, through its contract with the NHS, to provide pharmacy services to its local communities. It needs to be able to deploy fully fitted, ready-to-open pharmacies wherever they are required.

Solution :

Once the need for such temporary accommodation was identified, LloydsPharmacy turned to the best-known name in the industry – Portakabin – for help. The company first purchased a single Pacemaker building, which was fitted out as a complete mini-pharmacy.

LloydsPharmacy was impressed by the quality of the building, as well as the service from Portakabin, and over the next few years added to its fleet as demand for temporary accommodation increased. The firm now owns three Pacemaker and three larger Titan buildings, all fully fitted with a retail area, consultation area, staff room and office.

John Heath, Shop Fitting Manager at LloydsPharmacy, says: “It is essential that our temporary pharmacies provide the same high-quality environment that our customers expect from our permanent pharmacies – and they need to look good from the outside too. That’s why we chose Portakabin, since the quality of the buildings met all of our requirements.

“We have been very happy with the service from Portakabin – they are always attentive and helpful and, in all the years I have dealt with them, they have never failed to fulfil their promises or meet their deadlines. When the regulations governing access to public buildings changed, Portakabin was very quick to help us meet the requirement for wider doors.

“So far, our Portakabin buildings have been sent as far north as Inverness and as far south as Poole. We tend to use our Titan buildings for longer term deployments, since they give our staff a bit more room inside, while the Pacemaker buildings are ideal for short-term projects because they are so easy to transport.”


Location : Cairndow

Requirement :

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.\"

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.
Location : Thame, Oxfordshire

Requirement :

When Lord Williams’s School – the largest secondary school in Oxfordshire – enhanced its curriculum with a new GNVQ course in Estates and Fisheries Management, it needed to provide specific new teaching accommodation. The new building had to offer the right facilities in the right location for students taking this very specialised course, which includes many visits and outdoor activities.

Solution :

The building needed to be located in an area of the site with good road access, and needed to include a large storeroom, plus a separate cloakroom where students could remove wet clothes and boots before entering the classroom.

Site Manager, John Smith, says: “We invited tenders from a number of building suppliers, which were closely scrutinised by our senior managers and governors. Portakabin was chosen to provide the building for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, the build quality was outstanding, meeting all modern standards and exceeding anything offered by the competition. Secondly, the fact that Portakabin was an approved building supplier to the county’s insurer, Zurich Municipal, was a very important factor. The warranties supplied with Portakabin buildings were also closely examined by our senior team, and were another key point in the company’s favour.”

The Titan Building System from Portakabin provided precisely the facilities the school was looking for and, in close consultation with the school, Portakabin adapted the building to meet the specific requirements of the GNVQ course. It was supplied with whiteboards, extra ICT positions, integrated blinds and additional electric sockets. The building incorporated an entrance lobby with benches and coat hooks, a large, lockable walk-in storage area and a bright, spacious main classroom.

The school was assured of timely delivery of the building by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty, free of charge.* The building at Lord Williams’s School was delivered during the half-term break to minimise disruption to the school, and was erected and fitted out in a matter of days.

John says: “The service from Portakabin was first class all the way. They were diligent and informative at all stages, helping us with everything from the planning process to advising us on the foundations. They provided reassurance every step of the way and no query was too small.

“The vast experience of the Portakabin people really showed and was a real benefit to the project. They visited the site to talk us through the full process, and everything was meticulously planned. Such expert preparation meant that nothing was left to chance, and when the building was delivered everything ran smoothly. The delivery and fit out ran to schedule and all the work was completed efficiently and professionally. I didn’t even have to write a snagging list, because there simply weren’t any snags.

“We have been very impressed by Portakabin, and everyone here is happy with the new building. It provides exactly the accommodation we needed for our new course.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : West Lutton, Malton

Requirement :

Occupying an old Victorian building, Luttons Community Primary School needed to enlarge its early years teaching space to cater for the demands of the curriculum. The existing classroom for the school's youngest children was not large enough to provide all the separate areas required for early years education. A brick-built extension was found to be too costly, so the school decided to investigate alternative solutions.

Solution :

Early years teacher Sue Thackray, says: "We got in touch with Portakabin and one of their specialists came out to see us. He outlined all the options available, the process we would go through, what we needed to consider and advised us on how to proceed. It emerged that a Portakabin solution could provide us with precisely the facilities we needed, with no compromise on quality. Also, given our budget limitations, the building would be larger than any brick-built extension we could afford.

"Once we gained planning permission, we had to put the work out to tender. Portakabin offered the best value and won the contract. I visited the Portakabin site to view the options available and was involved from the very beginning in designing a bespoke classroom that met my requirements precisely."

The school chose a large Titan Building System modular classroom. The spacious building was designed to incorporate an entrance area and cloakroom, children's and disabled persons' toilets and a large open-plan teaching space. This area is divided into separate activity zones, including a wet-play area with both an adult and child-level sink.

Despite tight deadlines, Portakabin delivered the building on the agreed date, at the end of the summer holidays. Such timely deliveries are assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional six months' product warranty, free of charge.*

Once the building was in position, the carpets were fitted and the building was connected to services. The children were able to move straight in at the start of the new term - just one week after the building was installed.

Sue Thackray adds: "We would never have been able to move in so fast if we'd built a brick extension. It meant the children could start the term in brand new facilities. We held an opening day for the new building. People from the local community and parents who came along were very impressed. It really is amazing - and I now have some very jealous colleagues in neighbouring schools who'd love a classroom like this.

"The children think it's wonderful too and I really enjoy teaching here. I have a class of 15 Foundation level, Year 1 and Year 2 children and they really benefit from the spacious environment. The classroom is actually big enough to cater for about 30 pupils.

"The service from Portakabin was excellent throughout. I was particularly impressed by their expertise. They often raised issues and made suggestions that we had not considered - ensuring that we got the best possible facilities within our budget."

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Lymington

Requirement :

Lymington Yacht Haven wanted to replace its 20-year-old floating toilet facility with a new one that would match the standard of its newly refurbished land-based toilet and shower block.

Lymington is rated as a ‘five gold anchor’ marina – the highest rating possible – and hosts more than 600 boats, some worth £1m-plus. This means that high quality standards are absolutely essential for all of its facilities, to ensure they live up to clients’ high expectations.

Solution :

Edward Mead, Marina Manager/Director, says: “We visited a marina in Scotland where they had fitted out a large Portakabin Titan building as a land-based toilet facility.

“The quality of the building matched our high standards, so we contacted Portakabin to look at the options available. We finally chose a Titan building too, because of its size, build quality and suitability for installation on a floating platform.”

The Portakabin Titan building is the largest stand-alone modular building available inEurope. Its robust, all-steel construction makes it ideal for harsh coastal environments, while its smart, clean-lined appearance makes an attractive addition to any site.

Portakabin adapted the building to meet the marina’s specifications, with bespoke windows and door positions to suit the unusual location. A major challenge for this project was safely installing the building onto the floating platform. Portakabin delivered the building to the dockside ready for fitting out. It was then craned carefully onto a specially prepared floating platform and towed into position, without a hitch.

During the refurbishment of its land-based toilets and showers, the marina also hired a premium-quality Portaloo toilet and shower building, to ensure the high expectations of its clients were met throughout the building programme.

Edward adds: “We were very happy with the way Portakabin listened to our requirements and provided exactly the building we needed for our floating toilet block. The building was delivered promptly on the agreed date, enabling us to keep our programme on schedule. We have now ordered a further two Titan buildings to go to our Plymouth marinas.”

Location : Dunfermline

Requirement :

Council chooses fast, safe, permanent modular building system to create 80-place nursery in just three months.

The Scottish Government is doubling nursery hours between 2018 and 2020, so there is a country-wide requirement for more nursery buildings. Fife Council was exploring ways to build high-quality new nurseries and, after detailed scrutiny of different construction methods, selected a Portakabin solution.

Solution :
Portakabin worked with the council to create a building that fulfilled all of the school’s requirements. The new
building features a dedicated room for younger children, with toilets and a nappy-changing room. There are two spacious areas for three-to-four year olds, each with a capacity of 40 children. There is a spacious servery and dining area, as well as a separate family room, kitchen, staff facilities and dedicated learning space for an additional 25 children with facilities.

The 558m2 building has 3.2m-high ceilings throughout, giving it a spacious, airy feel. It is connected to the existing school via a link structure built using a timber kit. Portakabin provided a complete turn-key service, from helping Fife Council attain planning permission and Building Warrant approvals, through to installing all foundations and constructing and fitting out the building. Portakabin even installed a CCTV security access system, outdoor fencing, a soft-pour play area and a new tarmac playground.

Fife Council handed the site over to Portakabin in May, and the building was completed just three
months later – in time for the start of the new academic year. 
Location : Dungeness A Site

Requirement :

The existing accommodation for Magnox contractors working on decommissioning the Dungeness A site needed to be updated. The key criteria for these buildings were flexibility for future upsizing or downsizing, ability to withstand the harsh coastal weather conditions on this exposed site, and energy efficiency to create a comfortable working environment.

Solution :

Steve Jepps, Contract Engineer at Magnox, says: “Our requirements were put out to tender and Portakabin emerged as the highest-scoring supplier against tender criteria. The key requirements were product quality, service standards, health and safety, quality management systems and environmental policies.”

Magnox chose thermally efficient Ultima buildings, which feature doubleglazing and superior insulation, as well as offering air tightness that exceeds Building Regulations Part L requirements by 70%. Portakabin designed a 664m2 office and canteen building for up to 120 people and a separate 142m2 medical centre. The buildings were fully fitted out by Portakabin with ramps, climate-control systems, furniture, fire-alarms, emergency lighting, PA speaker system and datacommunications cabling – giving Magnox the simplicity of a single supplier for the entire project. Timescales were tight, with Portakabin given just three months to design, install and fit out the buildings.

Steve says: “Portakabin completed everything within a tight timescale, despite a number of challenges, including the strict security procedures on site, which meant every worker had to be vetted and site induction trained.” Because Dungeness is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the environmental impact of the building had to be minimised. No concrete could be used, so Portakabin installed the building on simple pad foundations, which will be removed without a trace along with the building at the end of the contract.

“The people working in the building are very pleased with their new facilities. They provide a much better quality environment to work in.”
Steve Jepps, Contract Engineer, Magnox

Location : Manchester

Requirement :

While Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport undergoes a £1bn transformation, airside office space and high quality engineering workshops were required to accommodate specialist engineers from Storm Aviation.

The space needed to be capable of providing a modern office environment as well as a specialist engineering workshop. Airside storage of aircraft tyres was essential along with a specialist heating and cooling system inside to maintain a constant air temperature, free from air currents and dirt.

Solution :

Joelle Ivett, Project Manager for MAN-TP, Arcadis said: “The Portakabin team had a fantastic attitude towards safety in this challenging location. Our site was well organised and the on-time delivery of the building enabled us to move tenants in and continue with the transformation programme almost immediately.”

\"Along with our teams working so well together, Portakabin has been absolutely key to this project. Their professional approach in wanting to get this job completed and to the highest standards has been refreshing to say the least.\" Steve Harmer, Operations Manager, Galliford Try Infrastructure – Aviation Management and Construction

The Portakabin solution involved relocating 30 employees for Storm Aviation to a building capable of housing specialist workshops and office space, right outside the existing terminal building. The building matched the tenant’s previous footprint exactly with specialist external tyre cages and a VRV Heat Cool system supplied by Portakabin. With aircraft tyres weighing up to 120kg each, Portakabin also reinforced the floor in the storage area to provide additional support and assurance.

Fully glazed floor to ceiling windows help deliver a lighter, brighter environment for the workforce.

Location : Manchester

Requirement :

The prestigious independent Manchester High School for Girls is carrying out refurbishment work in the prep school and building a new sixth-form building. This meant that an interim sixth-form block was required for up to three years, and a junior school classroom and toilets were needed for a single term. The quality of these buildings was vitally important, and aesthetics were a primary consideration for the sixth-form building, as it would occupy a prominent position on site.

Solution :

For its sixth-form block, the school chose an Ultima Vision modular building because of its striking visual appeal, with full-height glazed walls along one elevation. A spacious single classroom building was chosen for the junior school, along with two Portaloo Junior toilet buildings, specially designed for primary school pupils, with low-level sinks, toilets and partitions.

Portakabin collaborated with the school to develop the specification for these buildings. The 187m2 sixth-form block incorporates three classrooms and a storage room, connected by a corridor that runs the length of the building with full-height windows on one side. The junior school classroom and toilets are connected by a covered walkway to the main building. Portakabin provided full air-conditioning and alarm systems, emergency lighting, furniture and datacommunications cabling, as well as installing all groundworks and extra-wide access ramps to meet Manchester City Council specifications.

Brad continues: “The project management from Portakabin was brilliant. They set out a detailed programme to meet our deadline, and delivered to the day. They responded positively to any changes we made to our specifications, and their suggestions for efficiencies even helped us to save money on the project. The buildings were delivered extremely carefully during term time, with very little disruption to the school.”

“The new sixth-form building looks stunning and everybody is extremely impressed with it. The students and staff love the new classrooms so much that I’m going to have problems moving them out. The junior school teacher is very pleased with her new Portakabin classroom, which is a third larger than the one she moved out of. Everything Portakabin did was absolutely on the button – we could not be more delighted.”
Brad Harvey, Estates Manager, Manchester High School for Girls

Location : Birmingham

Requirement :


Birmingham is soon to benefit from a vibrant new district right in the centre of the city, thanks to an ambitious £350m project by Masshouse Developments Ltd – a joint venture between the David McLean Group, Nikal and Royal Bank of Scotland. The Masshouse development will include 500,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, 550 high-specification apartments, retail areas, restaurants, a huge new Magistrates Court, two public squares, new pedestrian routes and car parking.

To promote this exciting development and, crucially, to sell apartments off-plan before they were completed, Masshouse Developments needed a striking sales suite to reflect the quality of the residential and commercial space on offer.

Solution :


Phil Marston, Special Projects Sales Director at David McLean Group, says: “Masshouse is the first new development in Birmingham’s Eastside quarter, and will provide the first chance for people to live in this rejuvenated area of the city centre. We wanted a sales and marketing suite that made a bold statement, using cutting-edge design to differentiate us from the norm. The project was put out to tender, and Portakabin came back with a building that really caught our eye and met all of our design criteria.”

The building proposed by Portakabin offered the design flexibility combined with the exceptional build quality that the developers needed. It could also be completed much more quickly than a traditionally constructed sales suite.

Portakabin worked with Masshouse Developments to design a unique building that matched its aspirations. Creating the right image was essential, and Portakabin developed an eye-catching sales suite with fully glazed curtain walls to three sides. The bright, contemporary interior is split into two areas – a welcoming reception and information area, and a separate mock-up apartment area, fitted out to demonstrate the lifestyle offered by the new residential spaces.

The building, constructed from high-quality bespoke Ultima modules, was installed by Portakabin close to the first residential building, on what will be the site of the new Magistrates Court. The complete sales suite was delivered on schedule, meeting the promise made in the unique Portakabin Customer Charter to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. If the company ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers an additional six months’ product warranty on the building.*

Portakabin supplied the building complete with heating, lighting, partition walls, a kitchen area, storeroom and staff toilet. Masshouse Developments fitted this out to showcase the development and the apartments on offer. Residential agent Knight Frank was then brought in to sell the apartments through this state-of-the-art marketing suite.

Phil Marston continues: “Our residential and commercial agents are very happy with the quality of the building, which provides an attractive, comfortable working environment. It reinforces the emphasis on design that we are delivering at Masshouse, and it also provided the perfect venue for our launch event, attended by prospective purchasers, business professionals and dignitaries.

“However, the real measure of its effectiveness is in the number of apartments being sold – and in that, the marketing suite has been a huge success. We have been delighted with the early results, with 110 apartments sold within just three months of opening.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Requirement :

Matalan, the UK's fastest growing fashion retailer, wanted to celebrate the opening of its150thstore with a large gift of a brand new canteen and recreational building for employees at its head office in Skelmersdale.

 The company wanted to show its appreciation to staff for the hard work and dedication that had helped Matalan achieve its superb growth and success.

Solution :

Portakabin was chosen to provide the new two-storey building, which was designed and constructed in eight weeks, providing more than 530m² of floor space.

 The Matalan philosophy is to provide high quality at reasonable prices. The company was looking for exactly these qualities in its new building for staff, and was struck by the excellent environment provided by Portakabin buildings.

 "By providing a building that offers a comfortable, relaxing environment where people can take a break, we felt we were offering something for everyone. However, we wanted to do this quickly, so constructing a traditional building would have been too time consuming.

 "Portakabin was able to provide an excellent quality building within two months, which offers the added benefit of future flexibility as it is easy to extend if we want to.

 "More than 1,100 employees use the building, and we've had fantastic feedback from staff who are all very impressed and really appreciate the informal and friendly environment it provides."

Dale Stokes, Senior Category Manager

Location : Birmingham

Requirement :

Pre-school organisation Priority Area Playgroups (PAP) was tasked with setting up the Mavis Legge Nursery – named after a former president of PAP – which was to be one of 38 Neighbourhood Nurseries in Birmingham. After a long search for a suitable site, Greet Primary School stepped forward to offer space within its grounds for the new nursery. It was an ideal location, close to the main transport routes into the city. Sjölander da Cruz Architects were brought in to design the building, which would need to be constructed within very tight timescales.

Solution :

Architect Marco da Cruz, says: “From the beginning it was clear that a modular building was the only solution if the completion deadline was to be met. After requesting several quotes, we chose the Portakabin Lilliput nursery building as representing the best value. It offered the highest quality building, combined with excellent deliverability and the considerable experience of Portakabin in this market.”

Marco designed a building loosely based on the Reggio Emilia early years approach, which encourages openness, participation and interaction throughout the nursery between children and adults. Mavis Legge Nursery was designed with a large central communal area from which the separate nursery rooms are accessed. The separate rooms also provide access to landscaped play areas outside the building.

Speed of construction was the key to this project, and PAP was given complete peace of mind by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. Once the groundworks were complete, Portakabin immediately delivered the modules, installed them, and fully fitted them out to create a complete 50-place nursery.

The building includes four separate rooms for different age groups of children, from a baby room up to a room for four to five-year olds. There are toilets, a staff room, an office and a kitchen.

The building was completed by the specified date and the nursery opened its doors to children right on schedule.

Nursery Manager Emma Daly, says: “Our new nursery is proving very popular. Parents are always impressed when we show them round, and our 11 staff really like working here. Most importantly, the children love it too, and really enjoy playing in the bright, spacious rooms.

“There are some great child-friendly features, which we really appreciate, such as safe doors that prevent children trapping their fingers, and special child-level toilets.”

Location : Mawsley, Northamptonshire

Requirement :

With the construction of new houses in three commuter villages near Kettering progressing at a rapid pace, Mawsley, Broughton and Cransley urgently needed a dedicated interim health practice, until a traditional building could be completed.

Solution :

Kettering NHS Trust recommended Portakabin to the surgery as it was the only company that was able to meet all the NHS's specifications for healthcare buildings in such a short space of time. Portakabin worked with the head GP and Practice Manager to design a building that met all of the necessary specifications. Within two weeks of the plans being finalised, Portakabin had constructed a 235m² building, which includes two consulting rooms, a treatment room, a dispensary, customer and staff toilets, two general offices, a staff room and a waiting room.

"The service we have received from Portakabin has been second-to-none, right down to the delivery of the modules. We were concerned that this would be disruptive for residents of the village, but Portakabin timed each delivery to make sure no inconvenience was caused to anyone.

"I would have no hesitation in procuring another Portakabin building or recommending them to others. Staff and patients alike are very pleased with the new surgery and I think we'll all be quite sorry to see it go when the time comes to move into the new building!"

Angene Kane, Practice Manager, Mawsley Village Surgery

Location : Gillingham, Kent

Requirement :


The Medway district of Kent has been identified by the Government as an under-resourced area for healthcare services in relation to its population size and demographics. Medway Foundation Trust has identified a number of suitable sites in the area for new GP surgeries, including a large site in Gillingham that has been earmarked for a major new health centre. Gaining planning permission and constructing a brand new building on this site will be a lengthy process. The healthcare needs in the area are urgent, so Medway Maritime Hospital needed to provide an interim GP surgery quickly to boost services to patients in the short-term.

Solution :


Matthew Brett, Project Manager at Medway Maritime Hospital, says: "Following a competitive tender process, Portakabin was chosen as our preferred supplier for a number of reasons. Principally the quality of the buildings matched the high standards we demand for healthcare facilities, and the hire contract offered good value for money. Crucially, Portakabin could also commit to meeting our very tight programme times."

Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, 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.* This level of reassurance on delivery times was essential for Medway Maritime Hospital.

was also able to provide a complete turn-key package of services, giving Medway Maritime Hospital a single point of contact for the whole project. Portakabin provided everything for the new surgery, from groundworks and temporary power supplies during the build, to fire and intruder alarms, data cabling, CCTV, door access systems, induction loops, climate-control systems and disabled-access ramps.

The GP surgery building was designed by Portakabin to meet the precise needs of Medway Maritime Hospital. The building comprises seven modules, which were fabricated off-site in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities before being delivered to Gillingham for rapid assembly. The bright, spacious building incorporates a lobby, waiting room, two treatment rooms, two consulting rooms, an office and records area, toilets, a kitchenette and ample storage space.

This modular surgery was the first of Medway's new batch of healthcare facilities to be completed. The chosen service providers were Dulwich Medical Centre (DMC), selected through the Government's new Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) scheme, which aims to improve healthcare delivery to patients by introducing more competition into the provision of GP services.

The new building was delivered exactly on schedule, as promised, and was fully installed and ready for occupation just nine weeks after the initial order.

Matthew Brett adds: "DMC staff and doctors moved in soon after the building was completed and are already providing a full range of medical services to patients in the region. They are very happy with the quality of their new surgery, and we were delighted with the timely delivery and the overall service provided by Portakabin."

Location : Bedford, UK

Requirement :

Millbrook is one of Europe's leading locations for the development and demonstration of every type of land vehicle - from motorcycles and passenger cars to heavy commercial, military and off-road vehicles. Renowned for hosting lavish press days and technical driving courses, it required a new high specification showroom and customer centre, to house such events.

Solution :

Cliff Robertson, Facilities Area Manager at Millbrook, said, ‘Portakabin was chosen due to the superior quality of accommodation the company could provide. We often work with prominent brands and our facilities needed to mirror the standards of our high calibre customers. We selected Portakabin as we felt, on this occasion, that only they could offer the quality of building specification and exceptional finish we required.'

The 150m² single storey building included a fully glazed wall; a light and spacious open plan meeting and reception area, as well as spotlights and floor tiles, both of which were specially imported from Italy. The attention to detail throughout the project has meant the building has seen the finest of finishing touches and distinguishing features.

Committed to providing the highest levels of customer service, Portakabin ensured a dedicated project manager was on site at all times for the duration of the project, giving Millbrook total peace of mind that the building would be completed on time and on budget.

Mr Robertson continued, ‘‘The end result is a stylish and modern building, delivered, installed and finished within just six weeks on-site. The workmanship, service level and professionalism of all involved were absolutely second-to-none.

‘Portakabin has a product range and service offering that leaves most of its competitors wanting. We would definitely consider using Portakabin again, whether it be for hiring or buying small buildings or creating a permanent modular facility.'

The Portakabin building was also delivered to Millbrook with a five-year product warranty and 20 year structural warranty¹ as well as the pioneering Portakabin Customer Charter. This states that if Portakabin fails to deliver a project on time and to the agreed contract sum, the customer will be entitled to an additional six months product warranty².

Location : Airdrie

Requirement :

Monklands Hospital in Airdrie needed to relocate staff from an existing office building and, at the same time, wanted to streamline its diabetes and podiatry services by moving them to a central facility. NHS Lanarkshire decided that a brand new building should be procured to fulfil both of these requirements.

Solution :

Due to ongoing redevelopment plans at the hospital, the new building needed to be flexible enough to be relocated or extended in future, if necessary. That meant a modular building was the obvious choice.

George Reid, Capital Services Manager at NHS Lanarkshire, says: “We had worked with Portakabin previously on a successful project, so we knew they were capable of delivering the quality of building we required. Our architect had come up with an approved design and Portakabin worked closely with us to achieve this plan using its building modules.”

Premium-quality, energy-efficient Portakabin Ultima modules were specified for this new hospital facility. As with all healthcare buildings, the new facility had to meet very strict Scottish Health Technical Notes (SHTN) and comply with all relevant Codes of Practice.

The building features a reception, waiting rooms, consulting, interview and treatment rooms, toilets facilities, offices and store rooms. The building encloses a central courtyard so that every room receives natural light and natural ventilation. Portakabin fitted it out with all data cabling, alarm systems, emergency lighting and heating systems. Externally, the building is crowned with a feature crank-top fascia and has an attractive canopy over the main entrance.

George adds: “We specified that the building should be able to accommodate a second storey at a later date, without disrupting services to patients, and Portakabin were able to design it to meet this specification. It means that not only can the building be relocated if necessary, it can also be expanded – giving us a completely flexible solution.”

Timescales were very tight on this project and, after just 16 weeks on site, Portakabin handed over the building on the agreed date. Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

George continues: “Portakabin were very good at accommodating any changes requested by us during the project. The construction phase went very smoothly, with Portakabin adhering to its own strict method statement and risk assessment. It meant that this large new building was installed with minimum disruption to the hospital’s services. Another advantage of the Portakabin solution was that the building was ready for use as soon as it was completed, with no delays for further commissioning.”

David Browning, General Manager of Property and Support Services at NHS Lanarkshire, says: “We are very happy with our new podiatry and diabetes building and we’ve had good feedback from the staff working there. Portakabin delivered a professional and responsive service to provide us with a quality building that meets our needs.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Lancashire

Requirement :

As part of the NHS's "Improving Working Lives" initiative, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust needed to help staff achieve a healthy work-life balance, which included offering good quality, affordable, on-site childcare. The Trust needed a quick solution, as they had less than six months to get the nurseries up and running, but they didn't want to compromise on quality.

Solution :

Portakabin designed two Lilliput nurseries to provide full day-care at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital (Barrow-in-Furness). The 58-place nurseries currently care for 52 children, with more joining each week. Both of the Morecambe Bay nurseries are now operated by Kids Unlimited, on behalf of the NHS Trust.

 "The Lilliput building offers comfortable surroundings for the children and staff. The facilities that it provides for the children are great, especially the low-level windows which they love. The outside areas are excellent too, and having a covered entrance is a godsend on rainy days, particularly when you're trying to collapse a pushchair!"

Sue Carpenter, New Openings Manager, Kids Unlimited

"It's been really encouraging to see so many children using the nursery, and the feedback from parents has been fantastic. It's reassuring for staff to know that their children are being cared for in a warm, safe, happy environment. In fact, the only tears seem to be when it's time to go home!"

Sue Constable, Recruitment and Retention Manager, Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust

Location : Standish, Lancashire

Requirement :

Award-winning independent house builder, Morris Homes, was keen to upgrade its existing on-site sales premises when it began a prestigious new development of 196 homes at Worthington Park in Standish. Sales Director Chris Minshall wanted to buy a high-quality new building from which to market the company’s quality homes.

 “The first name that came to mind was Portakabin,” says Chris. “I’d also seen one of their marketing suites on another house-builder’s site and was very impressed.”

Solution :

Morris Homes chose one of Portakabin’s Titan buildings – the largest relocatable building on the market. Portakabin tailored the building to meet the company’s specific requirements, by repositioning doors and windows and installing an extra partition wall to separate the toilet and kitchen from the main sales area.

The building also incorporates a separate “choices” room where customers can choose the kitchen units, carpets and other options for their new homes.

Chris Minshall, says: “I chose the Portakabin building because of its quality, above everything else. The building is constructed entirely from steel, and I was impressed by the long-term warranty Portakabin offered. Relocatability was another important factor, since it means we can take the building to our next development, once we’ve finished the sales activity at Worthington Park.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better service from Portakabin. It was totally hassle-free, and they happily accommodated all our special requirements and adapted the building to meet our needs. The building looks really good in its elevated and landscaped setting. Everyone loves it, and I have no doubt that having such a high-quality marketing suite has contributed to the early success of our sales activity on this development.”

Location : Leeds Bradford Airport

Requirement :

As Multiflight continued to grow at a rapid pace, the company\'s Executive Handling Department based at Leeds Bradford Airport identified an urgent need for a high-quality building that could provide both office space and an executive passenger lounge.

Solution :

The company decided to buy a Portakabin Titan building. Portakabin worked very closely with Multiflight to ensure the layout of the building met all of the company\'s requirements. The building includes an office, small kitchen area, a reception area, an executive passenger lounge and toilets. Multiflight\'s executive passengers can now relax in five star comfort before embarking on their travels.

 The continued expansion of the company means that more buildings will be required, so the ability to easily move the Portakabin building to fit in with future plans was also very important.

 \"We\'d seen Portakabin Titan buildings at another aviation company\'s fixed base operations and were extremely impressed with the quality. We met with other building providers to see what they had to offer, but the quality was nowhere near as good.

 \"Our customers are used to five star treatment and we felt that a Titan building from Portakabin would provide just that for both customers and employees. Our offices are staffed 14 hours a day, seven a week, so we needed something that was very smart and comfortable, but also very durable.

 \"It\'s vital that everything in the building, from the carpets, doors and windows through to the toilet facilities, is of the highest possible quality - and Portakabin has certainly delivered this.

 \"Portakabin has provided us with an attractive building, which provides a light, airy, relaxing and comfortable environment which we\'re proud to welcome our customers in to.\"

Heather Cawthorne, Multiflight\'s Handling Manager

Location : Stowmarket

Requirement :

Keen to increase profits from new product development, Muntons, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of malted ingredients to the food and drinks industry, wanted to create a showpiece building to promote applications of its products to existing customers, channel partners and potential customers. It wanted a single area where product development and application testing could be undertaken to highlight the benefits that malted ingredients could bring to a wide range of food, beverage and baked products. Existing product development facilities were fragmented around its manufacturing site at Stowmarket and needed to be combined into one single ‘Centre for Excellence’.

Solution :

Steve Surridge, Engineering Manager at Muntons, Stowmarket, says: “This was a new venture for us so we wanted a building that offered us a lot of flexibility; one that we could easily extend, relocate or reconfigure in future if our needs changed. A modular building was the perfect solution and Portakabin, as the leading name in that sector, was the obvious supplier to contact.

“Our new building needed to be attractive inside and out and offer a premium-quality environment in which to host our potential customers, so I was keen to see what Portakabin could come up with.”

For such a prestigious building, Portakabin recommended its contemporary, thermally efficient, eye-catching Ultima building modules and devised a layout that incorporated all of Muntons’ new product development facilities under one roof.

The building features a plush reception area and client meeting room with wooden floors and full-height windows, a new product development kitchen, bakery and micro-brewery, a sensory room with tasting booths, a photography room where new products are photographed for promotional literature, a sample room where product samples are prepared for despatch to customers, as well as an extensive storage room. Externally, the building is attractively clad in Duraclad panelling to give it the stand-out appearance Muntons was looking for.

Steve continues: “The modules were delivered to site on the agreed date and the building was constructed very efficiently. The Portakabin installation team worked safely and professionally and adhered to all of our strict site safety rules. They were a joy to work with.”

Timely deliveries are a given with Portakabin, since the company has a unique Customer Charter which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. The company even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*
The new building was installed and fully fitted out over a six-week period on the Muntons site – a fraction of the time it would have taken to build a traditional structure.

Steve adds: “The new building is excellent, just what we wanted, and we’re very pleased with the way it looks. It’s already attracted lots of compliments from visitors and customers, and really shows off our products in the best possible light. The people who work in the building love it too – it’s such an improvement on the facilities they had before and should really help to boost sales of our new products.” 

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : London Bridge

Requirement :

Major refurbishment work at London Bridge station as part of the Thameslink project meant that Network Rail’s maintenance building had to be demolished. With space in short supply in central London, Network Rail identified a suitable site for a new Maintenance Delivery Unit (MDU) at its Southwark depot. However, the site posed a significant challenge for any building supplier, being located above arches on a viaduct surrounded by buildings and busy railway lines.

Solution :

Sarah Parr, Network Rail Project Manager, says: “We chose Portakabin to supply the new MDU building because they understood the challenges of the site very well, having built the adjacent project offices, and their building quality and service assurances met all of our requirements. A modular building was perfect for this tricky location, since it requires minimal groundworks, generates almost no waste and requires fewer material deliveries to site.”

“This was certainly not a straightforward job. I was particularly concerned about the two-stage lifting process so close to other buildings, but Portakabin took it all in their stride and completed the job safely and professionally within a week. The effort that Portakabin put into completing such a complex project right on schedule, despite all the extras we added, was tremendous.”

Portakabin worked closely with Network Rail to develop a building that overcame the restrictions of the site but also delivered office and welfare facilities of the highest standard. The 1650m2, three storey building included offices, mess rooms, toilets and showers for up to 130 people.

The interior was fitted out to Network Rail corporate standards, including a special lift installed to the company’s strict specifications. Portakabin acted as principal contactor for the project, managing all logistics, service provision and fitting out on behalf of Network Rail.

Portakabin installed air conditioning systems, heat-recovery ventilation and a host of advanced security technology. To meet local authority planning needs, the exterior was clad in sculpted aluminium sheets and the windows were a range of non-standard sizes to create a unique and interesting appearance.

The installation was logistically very complex in this central London location. Modules had to be delivered on six consecutive nights to avoid road congestion, and then lifted into place in two stages. One crane lifted the modules from road level to the viaduct, and another was used to position them in the building.

Location : Knowsley, Merseyside

Requirement :

When Knowsley MBC identified a need to relocate an existing daycare nursery, it decided to combine the new facility with community services to create a brand new Sure Start Children's Centre. Once a suitable site had been found in the grounds of Longview Community Primary School, negotiations began between all interested parties to come up with a building that would meet the needs of parents, carers and their families.

Solution :

Having worked with Portakabin in the past and having been impressed by another Portakabin Children's Centre recently completed in the area, the modular building specialist was one of the suppliers asked to submit a proposal. The contract was awarded to Portakabin following a competitive tender process. The company then worked in close partnership with the project architect, the school, the nursery providers and the Council to design a nursery and full community facility that would fulfil the centre's diverse remit.

The 538m² building designed by Portakabin, based around its award-winning Lilliput nursery system, incorporates four nursery rooms covering the spectrum of 0-4 year-old requirements, two multi-purpose rooms for family, education, health and employment support activities, office space, a consulting room for healthcare and employment professionals, a family room, a laundry, full toilet and kitchen facilities and a small reception area.

With the new Children's Centre being located so near to a traditional school building, it was essential that it complemented the existing architecture. Portakabin offers an array of design features, architectural structures and aesthetic finishes, which enable its clients to create buildings that meet their precise design requirements. For Longview Children's Centre, Knowsley MBC chose to finish the building with a brick skin and pitched roof to achieve the desired traditional appearance.

It was also essential that the new facility connected directly with the school, so Portakabin designed a 15-metre-long corridor linking the two buildings. During school hours, visitors can enter via the school's reception or approach via a footpath directly into the new building.

The new Children's Centre delivers complete wrap-around care for children, as well as a host of health, welfare and educational services for local families.

The Council opted for a full turnkey package from Portakabin, including everything from groundworks through to service connections and fitting out the building. The individual modules were craned into place in a matter of days, minimising disruption to the daily running of the school.

Children's Centre Manager Barbara Kelly says: "This is a brilliant new facility, which we feel sure will be well used by the community. We've only been open a month and already we are very busy. We've held a number of open days to enable parents, carers and professionals to view the facility and find out what is available. The building has been very well received by staff and service providers alike."

Location : Canning Town, East London

Requirement :


The Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration department of the London Borough of Newham Council is responsible for the £3.9bn regeneration of Canning Town in East London. To kickstart the project, the department needed a landmark building that would symbolise this major rebuilding programme and give local people a focal point for information, advice and community services.

Solution :


As an accredited supplier of Buying Solutions - an executive agency of the Office of Government Commerce - Portakabin had already been independently adjudged to offer quality and best value to the public sector. The leading modular building supplier\'s quality buildings and on-time, on-budget pledge secured the contract - and the Portakabin team quickly set about developing a building that would fulfil the architect\'s vision.

Alexis Adonis, Regeneration Officer at Newham Council, says: \"Portakabin were very good at keeping us informed of progress throughout the project. We were working to a particularly tight timescale, so it was essential that the building was completed as quickly as possible. Portakabin gave us all the reassurance we needed that it would be installed on time and I\'m delighted to say that it was delivered right on schedule.\"

With its unique Customer Charter, Portakabin gives all of its customers the assurance that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Its proven track record of delivering 99.9% of facilities on time and on budget* is further backed up by the promise that if Portakabin ever fails to meet the contract start date, it will provide an additional 12 months\' product warranty, free of charge.**

The new building in Canning Town, called The Place, is constructed from 12 Portakabin Ultima building modules, which provide exceptional quality accommodation and outstanding thermal efficiency. The building houses numerous offices and meeting rooms for the council staff and local police teams who will be based there, as well as kitchen areas, toilets, a locker room and storage space. A spacious, open-plan reception area with a community café welcomes visitors to the building and provides a meeting place and information area. A new public-sector employment agency - Workplace - is also housed in the building, providing training, skills and recruitment services for local residents.

Portakabin provided a complete turn-key package, which included project management, groundworks, service connections and a full climate-control system. The building was decorated in striking pink and green colours, with a huge sign running along the side, clearly signalling the building as a source of information and assistance to everyone in the area.

Alexis continues: \"We are very happy with the building and everyone who visits is amazed by the space it provides. It feels very airy too. The building is located on a large demolition site, which has been beautifully landscaped by Portakabin to create an open, green oasis in the middle of this urban area.\"

*Based on Portakabin order analysis from July 2009 to June 2010.

**Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Carlisle, Cumbria

Requirement :

Unprecedented flooding across Cumbria was caused by storms and when the banks of the River Eden burst, havoc was wreaked in homes, schools and businesses, affecting around 3,000 children in the region. Cumbria County Council and the schools involved had to ensure that all children could return to classes for the start of the spring term in either adapted buildings or interim teaching accommodation.

The worst-hit school was Newman Catholic School, a secondary school and sixth form in Carlisle which was irreparably damaged. There was extensive water damage to the science laboratories, data communications, ICT suites, chapel, main hall, and sports halls.


Solution :

First Phase Emergency Response

 The Portakabin local emergency response team had its first meeting with the school within days of the disaster and plans to re-open on the site of a former primary school were put into action with additional interim classrooms being installed very quickly. This could ensure the facilities would be in place for the start of the spring term for its 650 pupils.

 Twelve single Portakabin classroom buildings were supplied complete with furniture, data communications and alarm systems as a first response to get the school up and running again while a longer-term accommodation solution could be designed and constructed. Each building provided open-plan teaching space for around 34 children to supplement the former primary school facility.

 Second Phase Interim School

 Twenty-four general classrooms and highly fitted out specialist rooms including for ICT, design and technology, food technology and science were then delivered to site to help create the interim school. The buildings totalling 2,100sqm were supplied in just 12 weeks, designed and built to permanent standards, to be in use until a long-term solution is developed.

 Portakabin provided Cumbria County Council with a full service for the new school site following the flood disaster:

  • Ground works for all the buildings
  • All fitting out
  • Air conditioning
  • Fire and security alarm systems
  • Access ramps and walkways
  • Emergency lighting
  • Furniture
  • Service connections
  • Data communications.

 The scheme also included the provision of sports changing rooms, shower and toilet facilities, and a furnished sixth form common room.

 Purpose-designed Specialist Classrooms for Short-term Use

 The general and specialist classrooms were configured as 12 double classroom blocks located on either side of a central ‘street’. Some of the buildings are linked together, and all the rooms have movement sensors to reduce energy consumption. Much of the lost equipment was replaced and fully fitted:

  • Design and technology rooms – air conditioning, extraction fans, a store room and laser cutting room, interactive white boards, pillar drills, and 3D printers.
  • Food technology classrooms – sinks and drainers, microwaves, hobs and ovens, hard-wearing work tops, work benches laid out in islands, washing machine, tumble dryer, large freezer, dishwasher, and under work-top fridges.
  • Science laboratories – fitted with non-slip vinyl flooring, fume cupboards, air extraction and ventilation, gas taps, sinks, data connections, and two laboratories have adjacent preparation rooms.
  • Sixth form common room – fitted kitchen area, dining furniture and soft seating.

The Project Challenges

 This was a challenging project on a difficult site and required in a very fast timescale to minimise disruption to the children’s education:

  • The new accommodation had to be sited on a water-logged playing field which required gas, electric and water services bringing in.
  • The site was located in a constrained residential area so an access road had to be constructed for delivery of the buildings.
  • The construction team had to work through very poor weather conditions and still deliver the project on time and on budget.

The School’s Perspective

 John McAuley, Head Teacher at Newman Catholic School said, “The Portakabin team was incredibly fast to respond to the situation and planning meetings were held within days of the disaster. This was really important to help us manage the situation. Our priority was to ensure that our students could be taught in accommodation that was at least equivalent to what they had before. The reality is that the interim facilities we now have are in many ways superior to our original classrooms.”

 “The building design team was able to accommodate our specific requirements, such as larger science laboratories, and worked really hard to deliver exactly what we needed in a tremendously short timescale.”

 “The classrooms are bright, warm, airy and welcoming.  Despite the terrible floods, our school has considerably improved facilities.”

 “We would absolutely recommend Portakabin buildings to other schools needing emergency accommodation or classrooms for shorter-term use. We have had a fantastic experience with such a responsive team of building professionals who have been there for us every step of the way.”

The Council’s Perspective

 Owen David, Project Manager at Cumbria County Council said, “Speed of response was exactly what we needed on this project. The Portakabin team was extremely quick to arrive on site to assess and respond to the situation.”

 “By using a building partner who could handle everything for us, we could focus our efforts and resources in other areas that needed addressing because of the seriousness of the flooding across the county. This is just the sort of help and collaboration that schools and local authorities need in an emergency situation. We would certainly recommend the approach, which worked really well for us and the buildings that are now in use are excellent.”

 Lessons Learned

  • Acting quickly and collaboratively is imperative in an emergency situation. Portakabin developed an urgent first response solution within days of the disaster to re-open the school. 
  • Providing a sense of normality for the students as quickly as possible was the overriding priority. It is vital for timetables to remain the same throughout to maintain a strong sense of continuity for the children.
  • Forming a partnership with a good emergency response building supplier is critical – and involving Portakabin immediately – and not 7-10 days after the crisis – is very important. This allows resources and available buildings to be allocated to the priority school sites.
  • Newman School needed a partner with the fleet resources immediately available to provide the volume of buildings required. The school also benefited from the Portakabin team’s wealth of knowledge in disaster recovery and its years of experience working closely with major school insurers. This all helped to ensure that disruption to teaching was minimised from the outset.
  • It was essential to deliver teaching accommodation of the highest standards and in line with Department for Education guidelines. There should never be any compromise on children’s education just because they are working in interim classrooms.
  • A key lesson is that more schools need to have up-to-date disaster recovery plans prepared in advance – which Portakabin can assist with. A detailed school inventory and a full assessment of the school’s building requirements can potentially cut an emergency response programme by up to two weeks, further reducing any interruption to teaching. 
  • With careful planning and collaborative working, schools can be fully operational as fast as possible to minimise the impact of any major incident on education provision.
Location : Derby

Requirement :

In its development of a new Sixth Form College at Cathedral Road in Derby, Cedar House Investments needed to relocate an existing health centre on the site to make room for the new building. In negotiations with NHS East Midlands, Cedar House agreed to relocate the health centre into high-quality temporary accommodation until a new permanent health centre could be provided.

Solution :

Cedar House appointed a leading construction contractor to manage the project and source the temporary accommodation needed to house the health centre’s extensive facilities.

In consultation with NHS East Midlands, the contractor chose Portakabin to provide the accommodation required on hire. NHS East Midlands had used Portakabin buildings in the past for a GP surgery, and had been impressed with the quality of working environment provided.

Portakabin worked closely with all parties involved to understand the requirements of the health centre. The company then designed a complete health complex constructed from 14 Duplex building modules, to replace the existing facilities. Once the design was approved, Portakabin set about delivering the new accommodation to meet the timetable set by Cedar House.

The buildings were delivered on the agreed date – just six weeks after the order was placed with Portakabin, in line with the company’s Customer Charter pledge to deliver on time and on budget.

The facilities were installed in a phased programme over a three-week period, minimising disruption to patients and staff, and allowing a smooth transition from the old site. The huge new health centre now incorporates a wide range of healthcare services, including three dentists’ surgeries, an X-ray room, appliance laboratory, chiropody surgery, treatment rooms, children’s continence service, offices for speech and language therapy, a waiting room and reception.

"This was a major project, which required Portakabin to really get to grips with our operation. Portakabin spent a lot of time at our old clinic, and worked hard to meet our exact specifications, which included special requirements such as lead-lined windows for the dental surgeries. They fitted out the buildings to a high standard, so that we could simply transfer our equipment from the old site and get services up and running very quickly."

Steve Batterley, NHS East Midlands.

"I think initially there were some concerns among staff about moving into temporary accommodation. However, once people saw the buildings and the quality of the interiors, they were very pleasantly surprised. Generally everyone has settled in to their new surroundings very well and we’ve been very pleased with the service provided."

Michelle Vickers, Locality Support Manager.

Location : Oldham

Requirement :

NHS Oldham identified a need for new primary medical care and dental services in the Hathershaw and Fitton Hill area of Oldham. A new Neighbourhood Centre was planned for the area, but this would take up to five years to complete, so interim facilities were urgently needed to serve the local people. NHS Oldham procures all of its buildings through Community 1st Oldham Limited, its NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) partner company, and approached them for a solution. NHS LIFT is a government initiative introduced to develop a new generation of community-based primary health and social care premises.

Solution :

Rod Hulme, Technical Services Director at Community 1st, says: “We invited bids from potential building suppliers and narrowed it down to Portakabin. They were chosen not just for the quality of their buildings but for the quality of their team and the professionalism of their approach. For major projects like this, you need to choose a supplier that you can potentially build a good relationship with, and Portakabin fitted the bill perfectly.”

Portakabin worked closely with both Community 1st and NHS Oldham to devise a building that would deliver the full range of medical care services needed in the area. The solution developed by Portakabin was a high-quality 400m² Ultima modular building, fully fitted out to the client’s specifications and delivered to site ready for rapid assembly. NHS Oldham decided to purchase the building so that when the new Neighbourhood Centre was complete, the Portakabin building could be relocated and reused or reconfigured to provide long-term value within the NHS.

The bright, welcoming building incorporates a large waiting area and reception, two GP consulting rooms, two treatment rooms equipped for minor surgery, two dental suites and a host of supporting amenities, including clean and dirty utilities, a staff rest room, counselling room, administration offices, changing rooms, staff and patient toilets and baby changing facilities. The principle rooms in the building were designed by Portakabin to the exact specifications set out in Community 1st Oldham’s exemplar room guidelines, developed to ensure floor space and functionality are optimised in NHS premises.

As well as designing, manufacturing and supplying the building, Portakabin fitted it out with all fixed furniture and specialist dental equipment, as well as an environmentally friendly heat-recovery air-conditioning system. Portakabin also took care of the groundworks to prepare the site and the construction of two car parks.

Rod Hulme continues: “Portakabin provided a full turn-key package, which meant we had just one supplier to deal with. Portakabin effectively operated as principal contractor on its own project, managing all aspects of design and construction on our behalf. It made the project much simpler for us to manage.” 

The building was delivered to site, craned into position and installed right on schedule. Such timely deliveries are assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Steven Palmer, Assistant Director of Facilities at NHS Oldham, adds: “The building supplied by Portakabin is brilliant, the users love it and it meets all of our high standards. The team we worked with at Portakabin were excellent. They were extremely responsive to any requests from us and were a pleasure to work with. Everyone from the sales team and architect who visited the site to the building installation engineers and on-site team were at all times obliging, helpful and professional.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Oldham

Requirement :

The award of specialist Business and Enterprise College status at North Chadderton School saw the introduction of a wider range of vocational courses. At the same time, the school was introducing more widespread ability setting across the curriculum, which resulted in a larger number of classes. These factors, combined with the complications of a split site, meant that the school found itself without sufficient high-quality accommodation to deliver the curriculum it desired.

Solution :

The school’s Business Manager Gillian Hindle approached every modular building supplier in the UK to assess the standard of buildings available for rapid delivery.

 Gillian says: “Portakabin came highly recommended, and when we viewed its products, it was clear that their reputation as the premier quality modular buildings was well deserved. We required a two-storey structure, and Portakabin buildings stood out from the competition as the best quality, most durable and permanent-feeling solution available.”

 The school gave Portakabin a very clear set of requirements from which the Company drew up initial building plans. These were refined and tailored in collaboration with the school to create precisely the facilities they required.

 Portakabin installed a two-storey Ultima building, consisting of nine classrooms. There are five classrooms upstairs and four on the ground floor, as well as three offices, a store room and two high-quality toilet units supplied by Portaloo. There is a DDA-compliant access ramp to the main door, making the ground floor fully wheelchair accessible.

 All Portakabin buildings are backed by a unique 5-year product warranty and 20-year structural warranty. The school’s buildings were all delivered on the agreed date, in line with the Portakabin Customer Charter promise to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. The Charter even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

 The buildings were delivered and installed on pre-prepared groundworks in a single day during the summer term. During this rapid installation and subsequent fit-out, lessons were able to continue uninterrupted in school. All classrooms were equipped with interactive whiteboards and projectors, and one classroom was converted into an IT suite.

 Gillian says: “All the staff are delighted with the new buildings and the pupils have settled in very well. The classrooms are a really good size and the quality of the finish throughout the building is lovely".

 “I was impressed by the service from Portakabin. As well as being very responsive and helpful, the team really understood the specific needs of a school and the complexities of working on a school site, which was really important to us.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Basildon, Essex

Requirement :

When the Basildon Sure Start Programme was set up, it quickly identified a need to provide community and childcare facilities in a residential area of the town where a large number of young families lived.

 The programme team and a group of parents set about identifying the ideal accommodation for their needs, and visited community facilities around the UK. From these investigations the team came up with a design for their new centre and put the work out to tender. The team needed to find a supplier that could provide comprehensive facilities on budget - and to a tight deadline.

Solution :

A modular building solution was chosen to minimise disruption to the school site where the new facilities would be located - and Portakabin was chosen as the preferred supplier. The SureStart team was impressed by the quality of Portakabin buildings and the way the company's Lilliput nursery buildings had been designed completely around the needs of children.

 The new Northlands Park Children's Centre incorporates facilities for children and adults, and includes a 50-place nursery, a community café, creche facilities, training rooms, a medical room, interview and counselling rooms and a large community room for group activities and after-school clubs. The building was finished off with a brick outer wall and a pitch roof to blend in with the nearby school buildings.

 "We had a lot of very specific requirements that Portakabin had to meet. We wanted a durable building that would still look good in years to come. We wanted a supplier that understood the needs of children and could design the facilities around those needs. We wanted comprehensive facilities that would give the community a valuable new resource that they would want to use.

 "We are really delighted with the new building from Portakabin - and it has been a real hit with the local community. Entries in the comments book at the official opening included 'it's beautiful, well planned and spacious beyond belief' and 'it's a real asset to the local community'. The building has a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere and a spacious feeling, which everyone really appreciates."

Maureen Longley, Basildon Sure Start Programme Co-ordinator

Location : Forest Fields, Nottingham

Requirement :

The Nottingham City Council-owned children’s play centre in the Forest Fields area of the city offers a range of after-school activities for children aged from five to 14 years. The building housing the play centre was getting old and was in a poor state of repair, when end-of-year funding became available for a new building. With only three months until year-end – by which time the funds had to be spent – the Council had to quickly find a supplier that could deliver a building in a short timescale and within strict cost limits.

Solution :

The Council decided that a modular building solution was the best option to meet its cost and time constraints.

Deborah Millar, Play Project and Monitoring Officer at the Council, says: “We investigated various suppliers, and eventually chose Portakabin because of its excellent warranty offer. Other suppliers would guarantee parts of their buildings for five years, and other parts for ten years – but Portakabin offered a 20-year warranty for all structural elements of its buildings. This was the simplest and most comprehensive warranty available from any supplier, and swung our decision in favour of Portakabin.”

The Council met Portakabin to explain its requirements for the new play centre, and Portakabin designed a child-friendly facility utilising its spacious Titan Building System. The building includes a double-door main entrance, large main activity area, a sensory room, wet-play area, kitchen, storage room and toilets. For safety, non-slip floors were specified throughout.

The whole project, from placement of the order through to installation of the buildings, was completed in just eight weeks – comfortably meeting the Council’s year-end deadline. Portakabin assures customers of timely deliveries of its buildings in its unique Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, if Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers an additional six months’ product warranty on the building.* 

Deborah adds: “The installation went very smoothly. The buildings were positioned within a day, and completed ready for fitting out over the next two days. The play centre has only been open for a short time, but already the kids love it. It looks so much better than the old building, and offers a lot more space. The service from Portakabin was very good throughout, and they have been very responsive to any requests since the building was installed.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : East London

Requirement :

In preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) needed to procure a range of different buildings to house the staff responsible for the construction phase of the Olympic Park.

Solution :

Within just eight weeks, Portakabin delivered a three-storey executive workspace, providing 3,577m² of floor area per storey, on time and on budget. The building was equipped with security systems, a lift, access ramps and steps, climate-control and IT equipment. In keeping with the ODA\'s environmental commitments, Portakabin installed dual-flush toilets and waterless air flush urinals to minimise water use. Energy-conserving solar sheeting was fitted to the building\'s windows and motion sensors were fitted to the lighting system to reduce the amount of energy consumed.

Location : Cambridgeshire

Requirement :

When the decision was made for life saving technology to be developed at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cambridgeshire, plans were rapidly put in place for the construction of a specialist Biotechnology Incubator.

 The Hospital Trust received £1.4m of funding from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to build the Incubator – the first of its kind on a hospital site. The building was intended to provide both laboratory space and a commercial office environment.

 The Trust soon commissioned leading architects, Frank Shaw Associates, and the search began to find the perfect supplier.

Solution :

Portakabin received an initial enquiry from the architects and were asked to undertake preliminary design work on the shape and footprint of the building. The contract was put to tender and soon after, the state-of-the-art Ultima building from Portakabin was chosen to provide 1200m2 of commercial space. The building was able to provide the design flexibility and the exceptional build quality that the Trust and EEDA were searching for.

 In line with its unique Customer Charter commitment to deliver excellent standards of service, Portakabin was able to ensure that exactly the right amount of support and resource was provided throughout the project.

 It was this extensive level of customer service and the Company’s ability to provide quality products with rapid installation that were the determining factors in the architects’ decision to use this leading supplier.

 “We were very impressed by the Portakabin tender-return programme and the level of customer service we received throughout… This was a huge project, the first of its kind, and Portakabin were the only company who could commit to such a rapid turnaround.”
Pepe Marinelli, Architect, Frank Shaw Associates

 Portakabin can make this promise because their modular solutions are manufactured off-site in a controlled factory environment. Before they leave the Portakabin production centre, the buildings are fully fitted with all electrics, plumbing, heating, doors, windows and internal finishes. The Incubator was delivered on to the hospital site, where the Ultima modules were craned onto pre-prepared foundations in a matter of days to the delight of everyone involved.

 The unique Customer Charter from Portakabin includes a promise to deliver projects on time and on budget. If they fail to meet the contract start date, customers will receive an additional six months’ warranty on the new building. In addition, their buildings are supplied with a pioneering 5-year product and 20-year structural warranty package.

 Pepe Marinelli said: “We were delighted by the superior quality of the modular buildings. The Incubator provides a ground floor laboratory and first floor offices which the hospital is leasing to local businesses. Portakabin delivered on their promise to provide a state of the art modular building solution…we were very impressed with the Portakabin team.”

Location : Newbury

Requirement :

As a Sports College, Park House School wanted to develop a unique new facility that combined a state-of-the-art fitness suite, an ICT area where the impacts of physical activity could be monitored, and a food and nutrition room to promote knowledge and understanding of healthy eating. This new ‘Wellness Centre’ would replace the school’s existing gym facility and support cross-curricular learning as part of the school’s involvement in the London 2012 Get Set programme.

Solution :

Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House School, says: “We visited the Portakabin headquarters in York to see its buildings for ourselves and assess their capabilities. We were really impressed by the quality of the buildings and the way they could be configured to meet the diverse requirements of each component of the Wellness Centre. What’s more, the company’s status as a Government Procurement Service supplier helped to accelerate the procurement process and keep the project on schedule.”

Portakabin designers worked with the school and Technogym to develop a plan for the unique facility. It was the first time this type of combined amenity had been installed in a Portakabin building, so close collaboration at the outset was essential to ensure the designs fulfilled all of the school’s requirements.

The approved design comprised three large Portakabin Titan buildings, the largest self-contained portable buildings available in Europe. By linking these three spacious buildings together, all elements of the Wellness Centre could be accommodated in a single integrated facility. For the gym area, Portakabin had to incorporate enhanced ventilation and a reinforced floor, to support the heavy fitness equipment that would be installed. Portakabin also supplied a climate-control system to regulate the temperature in all areas of the building.

Location : Newcastle

Requirement :

A major refurbishment and rebuilding programme at Peugeot City Motors in Newcastle meant that the used car sales operation needed to relocate to a disused petrol forecourt adjacent to the site. The forecourt provides space for more than 100 cars, but new accommodation was needed to house the team of five salesmen and the sales manager.

Solution :

General Sales Manager, John Tighe, says: “We needed interim accommodation for about 18 months, until the brand-new showroom was completed. I knew about Portakabin buildings, so the local Hire Centre was my first point of contact. I gave them our requirements and they came up with a building that met all our specifications and would comfortably house our six-man team.”

The Portakabin hire team recommended a Titan building for the Peugeot sales people. It is the largest single modular building on the market, and offers the kind of bright, attractive and welcoming environment that is essential when you are providing facilities for customers as well as employees. In addition, Portakabin tailored the exterior of the high quality building in Peugeot’s corporate blue.

Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, if the Company ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers one week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

In line with its promise, Portakabin delivered and installed the building at City Motors on the agreed date, ready for the sales team to move straight in.

The building provides a large open-plan office area for the five salesmen, incorporating a comfortable reception for customers with a seating and television area.  At one end of the building, a partition wall creates a separate office for the sales manager.

John Tighe adds: “The new building is brilliant. It’s very clean and comfortable, and everyone has been happy working in here. We’ve been pleased with the service from Portakabin. Their response to any requests from us has always been prompt. We’ve now hired a second building for our new car sales team, who’ve had to move out of their existing offices while the refurbishment work continues.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Cambridge

Requirement :

Building contactor and joinery manufacturer, Phoenix Contracts, was brought in to complete a £1.89m refurbishment project at Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. The work included building a new state-of-the-art gym, reconstructing changing rooms and offices, and modernising the swimming pool facilities. During the works, the pool was to remain operational, but existing toilet and shower facilities had to be demolished. That meant interim changing rooms had to be provided.

Solution :

Andy O’Donnell, Sales and Marketing Manager at Phoenix Contracts, says: “We needed to ensure that the short-term changing facilities maintained the high standards expected by visitors to the leisure centre. Portaloo products provided the kind of quality environment we were looking for, with spacious, well-proportioned facilities fitted out with high specification showers, toilets and sinks. We were also impressed by the company’s flexibility, working closely with us to assess our needs and develop the right solution for this specific project.”

This solution comprised seven high-quality, all-steel buildings, including a female and a male toilet building, a female and a male changing room and shower building, one disabled persons’ toilet and shower unit and a group changing room, plus a spacious Portakabin Titan building for use as a gym.

The Portakabin Titan is the largest single relocatable building in Europe, which means the interior can be configured to meet any end users’ specific requirements, whatever the application. For this project, it provided the ideal bright, robust accommodation for the leisure centre’s interim gym facilities.

The Portaloo buildings were fully fitted out with domestic-standard, full-flushing toilets and high-quality showers, plus lockers in the changing rooms. These mains-connected amenities provided a home-from-home experience for visitors to the leisure centre throughout the building programme.

It was essential that the buildings were installed on the agreed date to ensure the construction project remained on schedule. All Portaloo customers are assured of timely deliveries by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, Portaloo 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.*

True to its promise, Portaloo delivered all of the buildings on time, and connected and installed them in under a week. The buildings were seamlessly linked to the existing leisure centre building to create a fully integrated facility for visitors.

Andy O’Donnell adds: “The installation went very well, and was expertly managed by the Portaloo team. We are really happy with the high specification of the buildings provided, which will remain on hire for the duration of the building project. The service provided by Portaloo before, during and after the installation was responsive, helpful and professional.”


Location : Poole, Dorset

Requirement :

As new housing developments increase the pupil population in the centre of Poole, Old Town First School needed to extend its facilities to double its intake. With building work not due for completion until summer 2008, Borough of Poole needed to very quickly source a temporary building for the school’s nursery class, until their new accommodation was ready.

Solution :

Due to the urgency of the requirement, Borough of Poole needed a speedy tendering solution, and so submitted an invitation to tender through As an executive agency of the Government and a leading national buying agency for the public sector, has a database of accredited suppliers that have been rigorously assessed for quality and value for money.

Borough of Poole Senior Education Officer, Nicola Keynes, says: “We use because we find it easier and quicker than our usual tendering processes. Accredited building supplier Portakabin emerged as the only company able to meet the school’s exact requirements.”

The school worked closely with the building project architect to determine the precise specifications of its nursery classroom. Portakabin fulfilled all of these requirements by supplying a specially designed two-module Ultima building. Ultima is the most technically advanced modular building system on the market, offering bright, welcoming interiors and exceptional thermal efficiency for a comfortable environment all year round.

The building was configured to include a lobby, two toilets, a kitchen and a large, open-plan classroom space. Portakabin fitted the building with access ramps and steps for compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), as well as installing fire and intruder alarms for optimum security.

Despite the tight timescale of the project, Portakabin delivered the building on schedule during the summer holidays. It was sited and installed in just one day. The school was assured of such timely delivery by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Julia Furbey, Governor and Secretary at Old Town First School, says: “It is a really lovely building, which fits in well with our site. The children have settled in very quickly. The nursery teacher and parents have been impressed, and we are all very happy with the new classroom.

“The service from Portakabin has been very good. They always keep us well informed and they respond quickly whenever we have a query or request.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Harlow, Essex

Requirement :

When Princess Alexandra Hospital identified an urgent need for additional ward space to cope with winter demand for beds, it needed to act quickly. The mid-January deadline left just three months to build a fully serviced, NHS-standard, 20-bed ward from scratch.

Solution :

Clive Austin, Project Lead Manager at the hospital, says: “We went out to a number of suppliers, and Portakabin was the first to guarantee a handover date within our timescales. We knew about the company’s track record and we knew its buildings met the standards we required. Its GPS accreditation enabled us to fast-track the order.”

A partnership approach was essential to ensure that the unmoveable deadline was met. Portakabin and the hospital worked together on the design for the new ward, and the final drawings were approved overnight so Portakabin could get straight to work.

The gradient of the site required extensive groundworks, including five-foot foundation pads, which Portakabin completed within a week of receiving the order.

Portakabin handled every aspect of the build, giving the hospital a single point of contact for the entire project. This included all site works, installing climate-control systems, data networks, fire alarms, nurse-call systems, bed-head trunking, medical gas pipework, automated doors, video-entry systems, furnishings and even a link bridge to connect the new ward to the main hospital.

The 747m2 building incorporates a mix of four-bed and single bed en-suite wards, a large reception area and nurses’ station, shower rooms, kitchen, utility rooms, quiet room, stores and all associated facilities.

Clive adds: “Portakabin worked with us round the clock to meet the deadline. Incredibly, this fully serviced facility was completed in just ten weeks. Portakabin even handed it over three days ahead of schedule – which was a remarkable achievement given the time constraints and the scale of the building.”

“The new building is tremendous and everyone is delighted with it. It meets all permanent building standards and complies with all NHS regulations, which means it will serve us well for as long as we need it. The staff are very happy working in this wonderful new facility.”

Clive Austin, Project Lead Manager, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital Example Layout:
Princess Alexandra Hospital Layout

Location : Dunfermline

Requirement :

To create space in the main hospital building for a new medical admissions unit, the ante-natal unit needed to be relocated. A brand new stand-alone building was required to provide purpose-built facilities for the relocating ante-natal team.

Solution :

Portakabin worked closely with the hospital and its architect to design a building that met their specifications and satisfied the very strict quality standards set out for hospital buildings. Portakabin Ultima modules were specified to provide the highest quality accommodation, offering exceptional thermal efficiency. Like all new buildings from Portakabin, the Ultima building is backed by pioneering 5-year product and 20-year structural warranties.

 The building supplied to the hospital features consulting rooms, treatment rooms, an ultrasound scan suite, a day-care room, administration offices, a reception, two waiting areas, a children’s play area, toilets and staff changing areas, as well as providing a base for the region’s community midwives.

 To tailor the building to the hospital’s requirements, Portakabin fitted a canopy over the main entrance door, added skylights above the central waiting area and supplied a full fire-alarm system. All works were completed in compliance with stringent NHS Building Regulations including SHTM’s, HTM’s and HAI-SCRIBE.


Working to a short lead time, Portakabin delivered and installed the modules onto pre-prepared foundations on the specified date. Much of the fitting out had been completed prior to delivery, and the Portakabin team quickly finished the interior and connection to services once the building was in place.

 The whole building was completed and ready for use within the short timeframe required by the hospital. The team of midwives and nurses now provide a full range of services from here, including day care, scans, clinics, obstetric clinics, paediatric clinics, parenthood classes and physiotherapy sessions.

 Sister Kathleen Robertson, says: “Moving out of the main hospital building was a big upheaval for us, but we have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the new buildings. They provide a lovely, bright working environment and patients have responded well to the new facilities.”

Portakabin is an accredited supplier to (executive agency of the Office of Government Commerce).’ rigorous tendering and evaluation processes ensure that products and services are checked for quality, price, competitiveness and compliance with statutory requirements. Accreditation allows customers in the public sector to place orders with Portakabin without the need for time-consuming and costly tendering procedures.

Location : Stockton-on-Tees

Requirement :

Ralph Coidan Limited is Britain\'s leading supplier of precision-machined carbon and graphite components. When its existing shower and changing-room block was damaged by a lorry, the company quickly needed to find replacement facilities for its team of 45 production workers.

Solution :

Rapid delivery was a key requirement, since the shower facilities are used by most workers at the end of every day. Having hired a building from Portakabin in the past, General Manager Eric Whittaker got in touch with the Group\'s toilet and shower specialists, Portaloo, for a solution.

Eric says: \"We were very pleased with the response from Portaloo. They reacted very quickly and had a shower and changing-room block on site within a matter of days. This was a temporary fix and we immediately started looking around for a permanent solution.\"

The company investigated potential suppliers of the permanent facilities it needed and eventually came back to Portaloo, since the company offered the best quality facilities at the right price.

Eric continues: \"We were impressed by the build quality of the Portaloo buildings and everyone had been happy with the short-term amenities we had put on site. So we decided that these would be ideal to fulfil our long-term requirements.\"

Ralph Coidan chose to buy a changing-room building and a separate toilet and shower block, which was fitted out internally by Portaloo to meet the company\'s specifications. Like all Portaloo facilities, these robust, all-steel buildings were equipped to the highest standards and were delivered ready for connection to services. They feature full-flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, as well as high-quality sinks, taps and showers.

Both buildings were delivered on the date agreed, as assured by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. The Customer Charter even pledges that if Portaloo ever fails to meet this commitment, the company will provide an additional six months\' product warranty, free of charge.*

Eric adds: \"We were more than satisfied with the service from Portaloo. The people we dealt with were helpful and professional throughout. The new buildings were installed exactly on schedule, and they are performing well. They offer a high standard of facilities for our factory workforce.\"

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Kent

Requirement :

When a fire destroyed the interior of Ramsgate Library, leaving only its Grade II listed façade intact, Kent County Council quickly needed to get library services up and running again. Such was the extent of the damage that the old building would need to be rebuilt around the surviving stonework, which meant a temporary library was needed to serve the community in the meantime.

Solution :

After assessing the damage, the council’s insurers, Zurich Municipal, brought in its approved modular building supplier, Portakabin, to provide temporary accommodation. The company’s Ultima modular building solution was ideal for creating the large open-plan space required for the temporary library, and Portakabin worked with the council to specify a building that would meet its requirements.

Consultancy firm Faber Maunsell was brought in to manage the project and appoint sub-contractors. The Portakabin building was delivered and installed on the agreed date, in line with Portakabin’s Customer Charter pledge to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. As well as the open-plan library space, the building incorporates a staff area and toilet facilities.


Lydia Morrow, Project Manager at Faber Maunsell, says: “Portakabin fulfilled all of its commitments to the project. They have since been very responsive to my requests for minor changes to the building. The temporary library is likely to be in use for two to three years, while the old library is rebuilt, so it’s important we get it absolutely right. Local people seem very happy with their new facility, and someone even suggested that there’s no need to build a new library now.”

Rueben Guildford, Customer Services Officer at Ramsgate Library, says: “The building has been very warmly received by staff and local people alike. We all feel that it will provide a very good library facility until we can move back into our original building.”


Location : Nationwide

Requirement :

As demand for new homes remains strong, it has become increasingly important for house builders to have marketing suites that stand out and impress their potential customers. Like many house builders, Redrow used to house its sales area in the space allocated for a double garage. However, it could take a few weeks before these were up and running. It also meant that the suite had to be designed to fit in with the physical constraints of the space on offer, rather than what they really needed. So Redrow decided to find an alternative solution, one that could be purpose-built to show new developments in their best light.

Solution :

Portakabin designed Redrow a bespoke marketing suite, which makes full use of natural light and is spacious and airy. The exterior is modern and smart and reflects the high standard of Redrow homes. The design is completely flexible so, as well as being able to move buildings from site to site, Redrow can adapt the layout of a suite to reflect the homes being built in a particular area. Redrow has found the buildings to be a great success, so much so that, to date, the company has taken delivery of 25 new Portakabin marketing suites.

"We are very impressed with our new Portakabin marketing suites and believe that they provide a professional environment for meeting customers. Whenever we're building a high profile development, these buildings are now our preferred choice every time."

Chris Pitt, Plant Manager, Redrow

Location : Boroughbridge

Requirement :

Reed Boardall, a major temperature-controlled haulage company, needed to replace two aging buildings on site, which were used to house its archive documents. The buildings were becoming dilapidated, putting valuable paperwork at risk of damage. A secure, durable, permanent new building was required to house all of the company’s archive records.

Solution :

Marcus Boardall, Group Finance Director at Reed Boardall, says: “We were looking for a building of a much better quality than the ones already on our site. Portakabin demonstrated the durability and strength of its buildings and explained the benefits of the all-steel structure, which gave us the confidence that they would provide the quality, security and longevity we were looking for.”

Portakabin recommended the largest of its Solus building models, which provides 35m2 of floor space within a structurally robust and aesthetically pleasing building. Reed Boardall requested a bespoke building with no windows, to increase internal storage capacity and improve security levels.

The building was designed to provide a complete, ready-to-use storage facility. Portakabin fitted out the interior with heavy-duty shelving racks and reinforced the floor to provide a 7kN loading, ensuring it could comfortably support the weight of documentation to be housed inside.

Marcus adds: “We needed the building as soon as possible because we were temporarily storing our files in our maintenance garage, which wasn’t ideal. Portakabin delivered the building to site ahead of schedule and we were very pleased with the way the installation was handled.”  

The building was positioned in a tight location between a large office building and a high hedge. Portakabin craned it into place, lowering it precisely on to previously prepared concrete pad foundations.

Location : Woodmansterne

Requirement :

Reigate & Banstead Council had been working closely with Woodmansterne Sports Club to raise funds for a major new sports changing facility to replace the club's existing dilapidated building. Once Football Foundation funding had been secured, the old changing rooms needed to be demolished, since the new building would occupy the same footprint. In the interim, short-term changing facilities had to be sourced to meet the club's needs until the new building was completed.

Solution :

Robin Davis, Parks and Countryside Manager for the Council, says: "We were aware of the Portaloo name and reputation for quality, so we approached the company to see what they could offer. The company's changing room building fulfilled our needs exactly and met all of our quality requirements. We met with Portaloo in the early stages to discuss our specifications and for them to assess the site. We then chose to hire two changing room buildings for the duration of the construction project."

The robust, all-steel Portaloo changing room building features a spacious main changing area with bench seating around the perimeter, individual shower cubicles and a toilet. It is fitted out with high-quality fixtures and sanitary-ware and comes complete with all the essential extras, such as heaters, extractor fans, soap dispensers, mirrors, coat hooks and window grills.

Robin continues: "Portaloo took care of everything for us, including site preparation and groundworks, plus all service connections. Despite freezing weather conditions during the groundworks phase, the team managed to battle on and keep the programme right on schedule. The buildings were subsequently delivered on the agreed date and quickly installed by the Portaloo team."

Such precise delivery timings are assured by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. To back up this pledge, Portaloo 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.*

To meet the planning requirements stipulated for these short-term changing rooms, Portaloo supplied the buildings painted in green. For additional security, external movement-sensitive lights were also fitted.

Robin adds: "The club are very pleased with the standard of their new changing rooms, which provide excellent facilities for teams playing at the ground. Portaloo kept us involved and informed throughout the project and worked fast to get the buildings in place on time."

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Erskine

Requirement :

Renfrewshire Leisure operates a number of sports centres and swimming pools for members across the Renfrewshire area. When plans to build an extension to the Erskine Sports Centre were put on hold, the centre urgently needed to source a new fitness-suite building. Due to the size of the fitness equipment that would be installed, the new suite needed to have a ceiling at least 2.3 metres high and a reinforced floor that could withstand pressures of up to 5kN. Renfrewshire Leisure set about finding a way to deliver the quality of facilities required in the short time available.

Solution :

Joyce McKellar, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, says: “From the beginning, quality was our top priority. We looked at a number of modular building suppliers, but for most the height of the facilities we needed was the main problem. It turned out that only Portakabin could meet our ceiling height requirement in a modular building that also met our very high quality expectations.”

Renfrewshire Leisure worked closely with the Portakabin design team to develop the layout for the suite. The solution was a spacious Portakabin Ultima building, which offers an energy-efficient, high-quality environment. The building is constructed from individual modules, which are fitted out off-site prior to delivery and assembly on site.

The building for Erskine Sports Centre incorporates a large open-plan fitness suite and male, female and disabled persons’ changing facilities. Portakabin adapted the building specifically for this application, with a tough wood-effect non-slip floor covering and specially reinforced floor joists to cope with the pressures of up to 5kN generated by people using the fitness machines.

Joyce says: “We had a non-negotiable deadline to get this new facility in place. Portakabin built up an excellent working relationship with us and liaised closely with our team to ensure the deadline was met. Everything ran to schedule and the buildings were installed right on time.”

Within the limited time available, Portakabin was able to design, deliver, install and fit out this specialist building to the client’s exact specifications. In the end, it was installed and connected to services a week before the final deadline, giving the sports centre plenty of time to fit its equipment and get the suite ready for business. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter assures all customers of such accurate deliveries, with its promise that all buildings will be installed on time and on budget. As an added assurance, Portakabin promises that if it ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Portakabin fitted the building with air-conditioning to provide the required constant temperate of 18°C inside the suite. The company also installed fire and intruder alarms which were fully integrated with the main sports centre building.

A survey asking the sports centre’s members what they liked about the new fitness suite attracted many positive comments about the bright, open space it provided, the privacy of the showers and the excellent lay out.

Joyce adds: “The building looks amazing, inside and out. We’re delighted with the standard of this new facility, which is much brighter, more spacious and attractive than anyone expected. It has a real ‘wow’ factor when you step inside. Most importantly, our members love it.

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Pontypridd

Requirement :

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council needed to provide additional classroom space at three primary schools in the region as a result of rising demand for places. Once the final place allocations had been agreed for Maesybryn, Llantrisant and Tonyrefail primary schools in May, it emerged that all three would need to extend their capacity to cater for growing pupil numbers. The Council quickly needed to find a way to provide the necessary extra facilities before the start of the new term in September.

Solution :

While the Council needed to find a suitable supplier very quickly, sourcing the highest-quality buildings was also a top priority. Choosing a Government Procurement Service approved supplier would allow single-source purchasing, significantly speeding up the procurement time while delivering assured-quality products and value for money.

Phil Watts, Senior Education Surveyor at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, says: “We had worked with Portakabin in the past and, as a Government Procurement Service approved supplier, they were our first point of contact. We found that their high-quality buildings were able to meet all our requirements for full Building Regulations compliance, particularly in relation to the thermal efficiency stipulations of Part L, which was essential for us. The combination of quality buildings and rapid delivery capabilities meant Portakabin was our first choice.”

Portakabin could accommodate the Council’s brief to provide single classroom buildings with integral toilet facilities for Maesybryn and Llantrisant schools, and a double classroom unit with toilets to meet the needs of Tonyrefail Primary School. The classrooms were fitted with heating and cooling systems, which create a comfortable interior environment all year round.

Timely installation of these buildings was essential to ensure that the schools could provide sufficient high-quality teaching and learning space for all the children arriving at the start of the new term. Portakabin pulled out all the stops to complete all three projects on time, in line with its Customer Charter promise.

The unique Portakabin Customer Charter promises that all projects will be completed on time and on budget. The Charter even promises that, in the unlikely event of a project being delivered late, the customer will be entitled to an additional 12 months product warranty on their building.*

Phil Watts adds: “We are very pleased with the three new buildings Portakabin has provided, which are finished to a high standard. The heating and cooling system, combined with excellent thermal insulation, creates a really nice, warm, comfortable environment for the teachers and pupils. Feedback from the schools has been positive and we are delighted that, thanks to Portakabin, we were able to overcome our capacity constraints in such a short space of time.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Rhyl

Requirement :

When a fire destroyed a large teaching block at Rhyl High School during the summer holidays, the school faced a huge challenge in getting facilities up and running for the start of the new term. The 23 classrooms in the block suffered extensive fire and smoke damage, and the building was deemed to be structurally unsafe.

Denbighshire County Council had insured the school buildings through Zurich Municipal, whose approved modular building supplier is Portakabin. At the same time, the manager of the local Portakabin Deeside Hire Centre heard about the fire, and visited the site the following day to see how Portakabin could help.

Solution :

Specially designed Portakabin double classroom buildings were chosen as the perfect solution. Each building contains two spacious, bright and well-equipped classrooms, a sizeable cloakroom and a large storeroom– providing an environment tailor made for teaching and learning. The quality of the buildings is backed up by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that buildings will always be delivered on time and on budget – and if the company ever fails to meet the contract start date, it pledges to offer a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Eleven of these buildings were ordered to replace the devastated classrooms. Once the foundations were in place, Portakabin began installing the buildings at a rate of two per day. Three Portaloo toilet blocks were also installed in place of those in the fire-damaged building, as well as a Portastor storage unit and temporary trackway to provide access.

Each classroom was fitted out to the highest standards with heating, motion-detection lighting, security locks and security lighting. Access ramps were provided to four of the buildings, giving disabled access to eight classrooms – matching the access provision in the original building.

The school was able to reopen just one week into the term, with complete new facilities in place. The new classrooms have proved popular with staff and pupils alike, and are used to teach English, RE, History, Art, Geography, Media Studies and Business Studies.

Deputy Headteacher and Site Manager Keith Jones, says: “We have all been impressed by the excellent quality of the buildings. They are very well insulated and provide a high standard of teaching accommodation. Staff have been very happy to teach in them, and we are delighted to see that the pupils have really taken to their new classrooms.

“The buildings are well designed, with valuable extra details that are important for schools, such as external skirting to prevent access underneath. We are confident that these classrooms will provide first-class facilities until we can get our damaged teaching block rebuilt.

* Terms and Conditions apply.

Location : Barking, London

Requirement :

A new school was required to double the capacity of Riverside Bridge in time for the start of the new academic year. This would provide much needed additional places at an earlier stage.

The project would form part of Riverside Campus, a £44 million, 23,000sqm school campus for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham – the UK’s largest free school campus.

Solution :

The three-school campus for 2,645 children aged from 0 to 19, was constructed using a Design and Build off-site solution and designed by Surface to Air Architects,.

The first phase of the campus was a purpose-designed facility to increase the capacity of Riverside Bridge School initially to 64 children and ultimately to 160 places. It is operated by the multi-academy trust, Partnership Learning.

Portakabin phased the construction programme to allow the school to open on its new site ahead of the other buildings at Riverside Campus. On completion of the overall development, the school will work very closely with the primary and secondary schools, creating an inclusive educational environment.

The use of a Design and Build off-site solution from Portakabin for the curriculum areas of the campus significantly reduced the programme time for faster completion. This helped to address the demand for school places in the area as a result of new housing.

Off-site construction allowed the structure to be manufactured in York at the same time as the major ground works were progressed on site and created a high quality, watertight structure for fitting out much earlier in the build programme.

“Portakabin really understood how to work with special educational needs children and was absolutely brilliant. All the small details made the whole construction experience fantastic for us.”

“The new building felt very familiar to our children and part of the design was to facilitate the transition as some special needs children are very sensitive to change. The wide corridors, larger classrooms and overall design have created a really calm environment for the children. They love the floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the outside play area and allow lots of light into the building for a very welcoming feel.”

“We participated in weekly meetings with the construction team which were invaluable and allowed us input into the design. This attention to detail has helped to make this an outstanding building. This was still a live construction site when we moved in but we were kept fully up-to-speed with how the wider project was progressing so we could maintain safety and reassure parents.”

“The Portakabin team were so mindful of the children’s wellbeing. They worked around the clock to complete the floor above us as far as possible to avoid noise which could upset the children once we had moved in. And site deliveries were restricted to avoid the times when our children arrived and left the school.”

Anna Hope, Head of School, Riverside Bridge

Features of the school include:

  • Wider corridors to help children who have mobility or balance issues, giving them a sense of independence which improves their confidence
  • A large amount of storage space in the classrooms with lockable cupboards to allow as much clear space as possible and maintain a safe learning environment
  • Hard-wearing solid ceilings as items can be thrown into the air which would damage tiled ceilings
  • Hygienic, easy-to-clean flooring which is ideal for messy play and painting
  • A sensory room with specialist lighting
  • Hygiene rooms located on each floor and equipped with a hoist to assist children in wheelchairs
  • A specially-designed playground with timber trail ways. The children also have access to a mini outdoor amphitheatre and raised plant beds
  • An external canopy for each classroom to provide a sheltered outdoor space for learning and play

Portakabin was the main contractor for the Riverside Campus project. The contract was procured and awarded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham via the Council’s Local Education Partnership, Thames Partnership for Learning. It was funded by the Department for Education.

The scheme was the seventh school building contract awarded to Portakabin by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and follows on from two earlier phases at a school near to the Riverside Campus.

Location : London

Requirement :

After substantial residential development in the area, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham awarded Portakabin with the largest ever offsite education contract – a £44 million project to deliver a three-school campus, providing teaching space for more than 2,700 children aged 0-19. The project would need to be phased in order to deliver priority space for its special educational needs (SEN) students whose current facility could no longer accommodate them.

Solution :

Nick Griffin, General Manager for Sales at Portakabin comments: “Over two phases, we installed almost 390 steel-framed modules with concrete floors on the six-hectare brownfield site. \"An offsite approach provided a faster and more accurate construction programme which was vital for a project of this size. As disruption to site is significantly reduced with offsite methods, Riverside Bridge students could attend school safely while we constructed the primary and secondary school buildings.”

”Providing a modern, high-quality environment where the young people of our borough can learn can only be beneficial for the future. It’s just one of the many fantastic improvements taking place across the borough and it shows Barking and Dagenham is as good as anywhere to give young people the best start to their education.”

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Barking and Dagenham Council Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement

Location : Wilmslow, Cheshire

Requirement :

Rok Developments, nationwide commercial and business park developers were looking for a high specification marketing suite for visiting customers at its new Wilmslow Office Park.

Solution :

Having visited the Portakabin headquarters in York, Rok's Project Manager, Paul Smith was instantly impressed by the contemporary, visual impact of the glazed Titan building.

 The stylish building features a fully glazed wall, which provides a prestigious, light and spacious open plan environment, which can be easily relocated time and time again. It can be reconfigured whenever necessary to meet the requirements of individual developments, making it a completely flexible building solution.

 Delivered just 10 weeks after the initial order, the Portakabin team worked closely with the Rok Development architect to provide a building, which would meet their exact requirements, including high specification internal fittings.

 The Rok Development glazed Titan building was tailored to include a solid oak floor throughout, and features a contemporary kitchen which includes a stainless steel sink with a modern glass splash back, solid granite worktops, fitted freezer and dishwasher.

 Paul Smith said, ‘The marketing suite is the first opportunity to impress visitors to the site, making it extremely important that it makes a positive impact. The building Portakabin supplied reflects the quality and style of our own development in progress.

 ‘The Portakabin team surpassed their own professional reputation by providing exceptional customer service, a fantastic building and all within our designated timescale.'

 Mr Smith continues, ‘The customer service we have received from Portakabin has been excellent throughout the duration of the project. They offered such flexibility in working with our own team of architects to provide our bespoke specification.


‘Portakabin were extremely proficient throughout and provided honest timelines in keeping with our own internal deadlines. Due to the relocatability of the building we have the option to re-use it at different sites as and when new projects begin. We are absolutely delighted with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending Portakabin to other companies.'

 The Portakabin building was also delivered to Rok Developments with a five-year product warranty and 20 year structural warranty¹ as well as the pioneering Portakabin Customer Charter. This states that if Portakabin fails to deliver a project on time and to the agreed contract sum, the customer will be entitled to an additional six months product warranty.

Location : Midlothian, Scotland

Requirement :

As visitor numbers at Rosslyn Chapel rocketed following its appearance in The Da Vinci Code book and film, the Rosslyn Chapel Trust soon realised that its existing facilities were struggling to cope. With only two unisex toilets located in the small visitor centre, queues quickly formed on busy days, restricting access to the shop and café. Additional toilet facilities were urgently required.

Solution :

Colin Valentine, Visitor Services Manager at Rosslyn Chapel Trust, says: "In the space of two years, annual visitor numbers had risen from 67,000 to 175,000. We approached a number of temporary toilet providers for the extra facilities we needed. Portaloo proved to be the one that could best provide the size of toilet building we wanted, as well as meeting all our requirements."

These requirements included the provision of totally mains-free facilities, since no mains water or drainage was available on the site. Portaloo was able to supply a recirculating toilet facility, which cleans and recycles the water used for flushing the toilets. To provide hot and cold running water for the washbasins, Portaloo devised a pressurised fresh water pump system, using water from a tank sited adjacent to the toilet building.

This was a unique solution for the Rosslyn Chapel facilities, which no other temporary toilet provider could match.

Portaloo delivered the large male/female toilet unit on the agreed date. Such timely deliveries are assured by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even pledges that if Portaloo ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*

The toilets were on site for the busiest part of the year, from June to October. Portaloo provided an ongoing maintenance service throughout the hire period, emptying the waste tank at regular intervals and ensuring the toilets continued to provide a high-quality environment for visitors.

The toilets were located in the car park, some distance away from the visitor centre. This successfully eased pressure on the shop and café, creating better access for all visitors.

Colin continues: "The Portaloo toilets gave us precisely the quality of facilities we were looking for and immediately solved the problem of congestion in the visitor centre. We were also very happy with the excellent service from the Portaloo team - they couldn't have been more helpful. We intend to hire the same facilities for an even longer period next year, to cover our extended peak season."

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Motherwell

Requirement :

Route 66 directors Jamie Loudon and Tom McNally wanted to develop a new market-leading, professional motorcycle training school. They needed a comfortable, contemporary and welcoming building to provide a reception area, classroom space and restroom facilities for their students and staff. They also wanted to deliver excellence to their customers from the moment they entered the premises, which meant that the quality and finish of the building were top priorities.

Solution :

Director Jamie Loudon says: “We had a very limiting design brief, with restrictions on the dimensions of the building and a very narrow but precise delivery window. Delivering all this with the flexibility and attention to detail that we required was a tall order for any supplier. Portakabin was the only company able to match our exact specifications and to promise delivery within the timescales we had in mind.

“We were initially attracted to Portakabin by the quality of buildings shown in its product brochure, however it was our first meeting with their sales executive that really clinched it for us. From the very first meeting Portakabin listened to all our requirements, took time to demonstrate all the variations in the product range and sought solutions to the limitations of our brief. Their commitment, flexibility and willingness to assist was a real breath of fresh air.”

Portakabin supplied Route 66 with a high-quality, spacious Titan building – the largest single modular building model in Europe. Its sleek, simple design and bright, spacious interior fulfilled all of Route 66’s requirements, providing a pleasant environment in which students can learn and relax.

Visitors enter the building through large patio-style double-glazed doors which open into the reception area and accessories shop. At either side of the reception area, doors lead into two very large, light and airy classrooms. Adjacent to the reception area is a washroom and kitchen facility.

Just days after the final specification was agreed, Portakabin delivered and installed the building within the customer’s tight delivery window. Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter which assures customers of such timely deliveries. It promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Jamie continues: “We are all very proud of our new building. It always receives a positive reaction and excellent feedback from our customers. Our staff are delighted to have a leading-edge, quality environment to work in, which is modern, robust and practical. It sets our training school’s standards way above our toughest competitors.

“The outstanding customer service we received from Portakabin made the whole experience a pleasure. Their professionalism, product knowledge and attention to detail was backed up by prompt responses to all communications from us. They ensured that any possible complications were dealt with prior to delivery and it was clear from the start that Portakabin shared our passion for excellence.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Gloucestershire

Requirement :

With a raft of national initiatives – spearheaded by well-known TV chefs – encouraging people to eat more healthily and source food locally, the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester identified a need for a dedicated training resource for anyone involved in the food supply chain. Therefore, a new building was needed to house a full commercial training kitchen and associated facilities.

Solution :

Graham Barton, Estates Manager at the college, says: “Due to the amount of building work and infrastructure development going on at the college, we didn’t want to build a permanent food training facility in bricks and mortar that might create logistical problems as the site was developed around it. However, we urgently needed the new food training centre, so we decided on a modular building to fulfil our needs for the next five to ten years. We identified a beautiful location within the grounds and set about looking for a suitable building supplier.

“Portakabin was one of the leading contenders because of its reputation in the modular building market. We were up against a particularly tight planning deadline, so we needed assurances that the building would be delivered on time. The Portakabin on-time delivery guarantee gave us full confidence that the company could meet our timescales. This, combined with the quality of its buildings, made Portakabin our first choice.

Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet the customer’s contract start date, it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

The Royal Agricultural College chose the Portakabin Ultima modular building system to create its new food training centre. This superior building system offers an exceptional quality working environment and high levels of thermal efficiency for year-round comfort and reduced energy costs.

Portakabin designed a bespoke building to fulfil the college’s requirements, featuring a central reception area, toilets and changing rooms, a large training classroom and a spacious room to house the commercial training kitchen. An air-conditioning system was fitted and the kitchen room was enhanced with a reinforced floor and vents in the roof for the large extractor fans required. 

The building was delivered on the agreed date and installed in a single day by the Portakabin team. It was fitted out and completed ready for the start of the new term.

Graham Barton adds: “The installation was faultless. The on-site team were excellent and the building was very quickly and efficiently installed. The building has a clean, aesthetic look that is perfect for a commercial kitchen environment. We are very happy with it and the training centre has been well received by staff and students alike.

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Edinburgh

Requirement :

When the Royal High School of Edinburgh had to be closed for urgent remedial building works to be carried, the City of Edinburgh Council had just four days to provide classrooms to enable 480 children to resume their studies.

Solution :

The local Portakabin Hire Centre team in Edinburgh provided an exceptionally fast response to help the school and the Council minimise any disruption to the children’s education.

Portakabin assessors were on site within half an hour of the initial enquiry to carry out the site survey. Sixteen buildings for high quality classrooms were then sourced, installed and ready for occupation just four days later.

Working through the weekend and late into the night, the project involved transporting each building to the school, and putting in place external power connections to generators, emergency lighting, fire alarms and extinguishers, and access steps and ramps.

Avoiding the Need for Pupils to be Displaced

The Portakabin building solution allowed the school to re-open and most importantly, with all children at the Royal High School on their original site. This avoided the need for any displacement which would have been very disruptive to the running of the school and the children’s education.

The Council’s Perspective

Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council said, “I am delighted that Portakabin was able to meet our requirements at such short notice, particularly given the scale of the project – getting 16 buildings ready for the pupils in just four days is no mean feat!”

“We have received only positive feedback from the school about the quality of the classrooms and could not have asked for a better service.”

The School’s Perspective

Pauline Walker, Head Teacher at the Royal High School said, “We cannot believe what was achieved in the timescale. The experience has completely changed our perception of interim modular buildings. The quality of the classrooms far exceeded our expectations and the teaching facilities are completely different to the temporary accommodation we had to endure as children.”

“The site team could not have done more to get our school up and running again. Portakabin was on site within half an hour of the initial call and their performance was exceptional. We also have the impression that their team really enjoys a challenge!”

“Being able to have all the children in one location has made a huge difference to the running of the school. This is a really good solution which delivered robust, comfortable and secure classrooms. We would definitely recommend the approach to other schools in a similar situation.”

Following the success of the Royal High School project, Portakabin delivered a further scheme for City of Edinburgh Council while remediation works and quality checks were completed at Gracemount High School. Eight buildings were installed over a weekend to provide welfare and dining facilities for 260 children.

Location : Knutsford

Requirement :

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show at Tatton Park is one of three showcase events in the Society’s calendar, attracting an average of 100,000 visitors each year. Set in 34 acres of parkland, the entire show and all its facilities have to be built up on the vacant site every year. Such a large show, attracting so many visitors, requires extensive toilet and washroom facilities. With poor water pressure across much of the site, mains-free re-circulating toilets provide the perfect solution for most of the show’s amenities.

Solution :

The RHS was keen to find the best solution for its requirements at the show, and put the contract out to tender.

Suzy Griffiths, Acting Operations Manager, says: “Portakabin Events won the contract partly because of the quality of its toilet and shower buildings and its competitive offer, but also because of the comprehensive and conscientious service provided. The people we dealt with really seemed to understand our needs.

 “We visited Portakabin Events to see the buildings, which were of a very high standard. The team there were very competent and experienced and went out of their way to ensure they provided precisely the facilities we needed.”

For the 2006 show, the RHS hired 20 re-circulating toilet units and a further seven disabled persons’ facilities, complete with access ramps. All facilities had to meet the strict health and safety standards set by the RHS, and be suitable for high-volume use. They were delivered in advance of the show and swiftly set up at strategic locations around the site by experienced Portakabin Events installation engineers.

Throughout the seven-day show, a Portakabin Events maintenance team remained on site to provide a comprehensive cleaning and support service. 

Suzy continues: “The installation went very smoothly on this very busy site. We felt well supported by the Portakabin Events team, who kept us up to date and maintained good contact with us throughout the set up period.

“The disabled facilities, in particular, we believe are the best in the industry. Overall, the full service and support from Portakabin Events gave us complete confidence in the toilet facilities and made a valuable contribution to the success of this year’s show.”


Location : Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster

Requirement :

Royal Lancaster Infirmary urgently needed to replace four ageing open-plan ward buildings with modern new facilities that provided greater privacy and infection control for patients. Pending the completion of a long-term strategic review of its facilities, the hospital needed new wards for the short to medium term. 

Solution :

Andy Waddington, Estates Corporate Services Manager at the Trust, says: “To provide our Trust with the future flexibility we needed, hiring a modular building was the best solution. We assessed six building providers against strict criteria and chose Portakabin to supply this extensive 93-bed building. 

“The quality of Portakabin buildings was a key factor, alongside its ability to meet our tight deadline. Portakabin also had a good track record and was very flexible in meeting our specific contractual requirements.”

The hospital design team came up with an outline plan for the L-shaped building, which Portakabin refined to fit the structural capabilities of its Ultima modular building system.

The 2,080m2, two-storey building includes multi-bedded bays and single rooms, all with en-suite facilities, an Ambulatory Care Unit, utility rooms, offices, staff facilities and a procedure room. The building was fully fitted out with a nurse-call system, specialist ventilation, medical gases, air-conditioning and alarm systems to meet strict HTM and HBN standards.

The project involved demolishing an existing building, completing complex groundworks and service connections on the congested site and connecting the new building to the main hospital – all without disrupting normal hospital operations. The entire building was completed in just 16 weeks from the date of order.

Andy says: “It was important to the success of the project that we worked closely with the local Portakabin team, who were very enthusiastic and worked flat out to get the building completed in record time.

“Our patients love the new wards, which look very fresh and modern inside and provide an environment which improves patient privacy, dignity and infection prevention. You cannot tell when you enter the new wards from the main hospital building, that you are entering a modular building.”

Jan Maguire, Planning Services Manager, University Hospital of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Location : Croydon

Requirement :

When Royal Russell School, a leading independent school, identified a need to increase its toilet provision for nursery children, it found there was insufficient space available to extend the current facilities. Instead, the school decided to convert the existing toilets into a storage room and purchase a modular toilet building that could be connected by a link corridor to the main school building. Royal Russell places great importance on quality of design and construction and these were important in the selection of a suitable modular building.

Solution :

Paul Barlow, Bursar at Royal Russell School, says: “I had experienced the quality of Portakabin buildings for myself at a recent exhibition. It’s only when you get inside that you appreciate how substantial and well constructed Portakabin buildings are. I also knew that Portakabin offered specially adapted nursery school buildings, so I was confident in their ability to create a toilet facility for our youngest pupils.”

Portakabin designed a layout for a young children’s toilet facility inside one of its premium-quality, energy-efficient Solus buildings. The interior features low-level sinks and toilets, with half-height cubicle doors and partitions to enable teacher supervision, as well as a disabled persons’ toilet. The colourful purple and blue interior is designed to create a welcoming, cheerful and calming atmosphere for young children.

The intended location for the new toilet building was a sloping bank to the rear of the nursery. That meant substantial, elevated foundations and a linking corridor had to be constructed to provide level access from the school. The Portakabin building was then craned into position on the raised foundation slab.

Paul adds: “The service from Portakabin was excellent. There were delays with the foundation construction and Portakabin very kindly held the building for us for three weeks until our contractors had completed the work. The building was then installed expertly by Portakabin during the school holidays. The installation could not have gone better, and was completed on time, ready for the start of term.”

“The nursery staff are truly delighted with the new toilets. They love the spacious interior, the half-height doors and the quality of the finishes. Great credit should go to Portakabin for the service they provided, which included a much-appreciated follow up visit from the area manager after hand over. We are totally happy with the whole Portakabin experience.”

Location : Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Requirement :

To facilitate the transfer of orthopaedic services to Royal Stoke University Hospital, the Trust had an urgent requirement for a highly complex, 4,200sqm interim ward and theatre building.

The purpose-designed scheme would occupy a constrained site immediately adjacent to the main hospital and would be in use for the next five years.


Solution :

A modular solution from Portakabin Hire was developed to fast track construction and to deliver a high quality, fully fitted building in less than four months. The structure was installed in only 18 days to minimise disruption to patient care.

Facilities include:

  • 56 in-patient beds as single ensuite rooms and four-bed ward bays
  • Two large, state-of-the-art clean air theatres for all orthopaedic procedures
  • Theatre recovery room
  • Clean and dirty utilities
  • Reception
  • Staff changing room
  • Offices
  • Kitchenette
  • 33-person ‘crash team’ lift
  • Integral plant room.

The building is constructed and fitted out to permanent standards, in compliance with current Building Regulations and with a design life of at least 60 years.

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The Project Challenges

  • This was a highly challenging project in terms of scale, logistics, difficult access for vehicles and the extremely close proximity of existing wards which had to remain operational throughout.
  • To minimise disruption, Portakabin maximised work off site wherever possible. The modular solution allowed the building structure to be installed complete with wall finishes, internal partitioning, mechanical and electrical services, and flooring already in place to further reduce the programme time.
  • During the cranage phase, Portakabin managed and maintained access for 200 students to the adjacent Keele University Medical School and co-ordinated operations with West Midlands Air Ambulance for inbound emergency patients.
  • The building installation involved detailed logistical planning and a 350-tonne crane on a highly restricted site close to a busy road.

Helping to Enhance Patients’ Experience

Commenting on the project, John Simpson, Director of Corporate Services at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said, “This type of construction allowed us to benefit from a much shorter delivery programme so we could have the new facility up and running more quickly, meeting the increasing demand for services and enhancing patients’ experience.”

“Whilst the building is constructed to permanent standards, its modular construction gives us greater flexibility as the facilities can be dismantled and removed if service needs change.”

“The facilities have been very well received by patients and staff. There is excellent light, space, décor and infection control. Portakabin successfully installed the building next to the main hospital with minimal impact on service provision. This required detailed logistical planning and the whole installation operation was carried out with military precision by a superb site team. The final design is extremely good and Portakabin was flexible and accommodating throughout.”

Jeanette Carter, Royal Stoke Ward Manager, said, “The overall design and layout of the building are fantastic and the interior is very welcoming. We have a lot more space, particularly around beds, to facilitate patient contact and to accommodate any equipment we need. Everything fits into the ward space really well and there is better storage. The wards are airy and the design features – such as integral blinds for the windows – make infection control much easier. We also have more side rooms available which help to reduce waiting times. There has been a lot of positive feedback from staff and patients since we moved into the new building.”

“We had an extremely tight timescale to deliver this complex healthcare building for the relocation of clinical services – but I am delighted to report that this was achieved and we would definitely recommend Portakabin modular solutions to other healthcare providers.”

 John Simpson, Director of Corporate Services, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust



Location : Nationwide

Requirement :

With 110,000  people requiring training on Sainsbury’s new checkout system, the company needed a dedicated area at each store to set up a checkout system. Having looked at the existing space available it was clear that this couldn’t be done in every case.

 The company looked at many options, including transporting staff to the stores where there was space available, renting local offices or conference rooms and hiring buildings.  After looking at the logistics and costs involved in each of these, it was obvious that hiring buildings was the best option.

Solution :

All of the 72 Portakabin Pacemaker buildings that were hired by Sainsbury’s were fitted out to meet the individual training needs of the store where they were situated. The buildings were delivered to the stores by the local Portakabin Hire Centre where they stayed for six weeks while the training programme was carried out. They were then collected and taken to the next group of stores.

 “The service we have received from Portakabin has been second-to-none and having a dedicated project management team has been excellent. The logistics of a project of this scale are very difficult to manage and the Portakabin team’s support has made all the difference to the success of this programme.”

 David Orr, Project Manager, Sainsbury’s.

Location : Moreton-in-Marsh

Requirement :

Like many towns and villages in Gloucestershire, Moreton-in-Marsh was severely flooded in the summer of 2007. The village\'s primary school was inundated with floodwater on the first day of the summer holidays, devastating every building on site. The contaminated water caused £2m-worth of damage. Complete interim facilities therefore needed to be put in place before the 280 pupils returned in September. 

Solution :

Just days after the flood, the architect appointed by the school had brought in Portakabin, an approved supplier of the LEA\'s buildings insurer, Zurich Municipal. Portakabin took part in full consultations with the school, the LEA and governors to determine their precise requirements. Once the plans were agreed, Portakabinonly had the remaining four weeks of the school holiday to get all buildings in place and ready for use.

 Portakabin supplied 14 Titan buildings - the largest relocatable buildings in Europe - to provide 12 spacious classrooms, an office block and a staff room. A large three-module Duplex building was provided for the school hall. Three Portaloo Junior toilet buildings - specially designed for primary-school children - were supplied, as well as a Portaloo toilet block for staff and a Portastor storage unit.

 Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop solution for the school, from managing the project to supplying security systems, access ramps, steps, school furniture and all cabling and service connections. Such was the devastation caused to the area by the floods that Portakabin even supplied a powerful generator to provide electricity for the new buildings.

 Getting the buildings on to the school site proved a major challenge. Access to the school could only be gained along narrow lanes through the centre of the village. However, Portakabin made all the arrangement to ensure that deliveries ran to schedule.

 Thanks to this careful planning and management by Portakabin, all buildings were installed on schedule, in line with the company\'s unique Customer Charter promise to deliver all projects on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide a week\'s free hire for every day it is late.*

 St David\'s Primary School Headteacher, Bob Forster says: \"Portakabin provided an outstanding service throughout. Just getting the buildings on site was a complex operation, which Portakabin managed expertly. Even after the buildings were in use, Portakabin was very efficient at attending to any additional requirements we identified.

 \"The new buildings provide very attractive and serviceable classroom accommodation. They fulfil all of our requirements and the staff and children have taken to them very well. Portakabin proved to be a superb company, very good at living up to all its promises and delivering high quality in everything it does.\"

 Bob Forster, Headteacher, St David\'s Primary School

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Cardiff

Requirement :

Saint Teilo’s High School is a large and very popular 11-18 school, serving 1,200 students in the east of Cardiff. Keen to extend the choice of subjects available to its GCSE students, the school decided to add Media Studies to the curriculum. With no spare classrooms available in the school’s existing buildings, new accommodation was required for a site where space was already at a premium.

Solution :

Headteacher Timothy Pratt, says: “We were aware of the buildings available from Portakabin and the company’s reputation in the education sector, so we contacted them to see what they could provide. A representative came to the school to assess the site and advise us on the best solution for our needs and the limitations of our site.”

The building recommended by Portakabin was its specially designed double-classroom building, which incorporates two very spacious 64m² classrooms and a central cloakroom area. With excellent ventilation and large windows providing plenty of natural light, it offers a bright, welcoming and comfortable environment for teaching and learning.

The building for St Teilo’s High School was expertly delivered onto the restricted site by the Portakabin installation team. The installation was completed on the agreed date during the summer holidays, so that the building was ready for students returning to school in September. Portakabin also provided a robust, DDA-compliant ramp to ensure easy access to the building for everyone.

Portakabin is committed to delivering all of its buildings on time and on budget – a promise that is set out in its unique Customer Charter. To give customers complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet its on-time commitment, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late or an additional 12 months’ warranty on buildings that are purchased.*

The new double-classroom building at St Teilo’s is being used to teach Religious Education. The RE department moved out of the main building to make way for the new Media Studies teaching area. Because the new Portakabin double classroom is a permanent-quality building, with BBA certification to confirm its compliance with all Building Regulations and Building Standards, the school intends to keep it on site for the foreseeable future.

Timothy Pratt continues: “We are very happy with the quality of the building, which has exceeded most people’s expectations and provides an excellent teaching environment. Staff are delighted with their new building and students have taken to it very well. In fact, staff who were initially not very impressed with the idea of teaching in temporary accommodation would now be very unhappy if we asked them to move.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Salford

Requirement :

When Department of Health money was made available to help hospitals develop on-site nursery provision for staff, Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust investigated the nursery options available locally and decided to develop its own facility. The Trust felt that an on-site nursery could provide the longer opening hours and holiday opening that would suit the unconventional working hours of many of its staff.

Since the hospital site was undergoing extensive redevelopment, which would take several years to complete, a suitable location was found for the nursery just across the road from the main hospital. The site here was available on a short lease, so the Trust would need to relocate its nursery back onto the main site once the redevelopment work was completed.

Solution :

The Trust required a robust relocatable building that would provide high-quality nursery accommodation. A tender process narrowed the possible suppliers down to two, one of which was Portakabin. A visit by the Trust to see a Portakabin Lilliput building in use proved the deciding factor.

Nicola Kent, Child and Adult Care Coordinator at the Trust, says: “We were all impressed by the quality of the finish and the fittings in the building, and the thought that had been put into the design. There was a great feeling of space inside, and it seemed to be very user-friendly. Not only that, but Portakabin had created a relocatable building that had the look and feel of a permanent structure, which was very important to us.”

In consultation with the Trust, Portakabin designed a tailor-made 60-place nursery. The building incorporates two rooms for under two-year olds and two rooms for older children, as well as a kitchen, staff room, milk preparation area, nappy changing room, utility room and office. All of the children’s rooms have direct access to an outdoor play area.

The hospital was assured of a timely delivery of its new nursery by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which commits the Company to delivering all projects on time and on budget. If Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers an additional six months’ product warranty on the building.* 

The nursery was approved by Ofsted and, thanks to the generous proportions specified by Portakabin, was officially registered as a 64-place facility. The bright orange and yellow building now offers extensive childcare provision from 7am to 7pm every day – including bank holidays.

Nicola says: “The children and nursery staff think the building is fantastic. Features like half-height walls between different areas mean that staff can move around the building and still keep an eye on the children. The rooms around the building are all well connected, so staff never feel isolated.

“We also feel confident that our nursery can be extended or adapted in future, if necessary, and can easily be moved when we are ready to relocate to the main hospital site.”

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Ormskirk, Lancashire

Requirement :

Housed in an impressive 150-room gothic mansion built around 1850, Scarisbrick Hall School is a private school catering for children to 16 years of age. While the main building provides exemplary teaching and learning space in its unique setting, extending the school facilities has proved problematic due to planning constraints. The school was keen to create an Advanced Learning Centre for one-to-one tuition and needed an attractive, eye-catching facility to complement its architecturally striking main building.

Solution :

Gill Head, Portakabin Merseyside Hire Centre Manager, says: “The building was needed for the start of the new term in September and time was running out. The school Directors came to us to see what we could offer, stressing that appearance and build quality were of paramount importance to them. We took them to see a recently installed Ultima Vision building, and they were impressed by the building’s stunning aesthetics.”

The Ultima Vision modular building system features floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interior with natural light. Inside, the buildings provide a comfortable working environment all year round, thanks to excellent insulation.

The school decided to hire a spacious, open-plan Ultima Vision building to house its Advanced Learning Centre. The order was placed in mid-August and the building needed to be finished by early September.

Portakabin swung into action to ensure the facility was completed on time. The short timescale meant the school wasn’t able to organise its own foundations contractor, so Portakabin stepped in to complete the groundworks ahead of building delivery.

The lorries delivering the building modules had to carefully negotiate a narrow, tree-lined service road to the rear of the estate. The modules were then craned into position over a grassed area, without damaging the lawns. Portakabin installed the building right on schedule and then fitted it out to provide the modern, attractive learning environment the school was looking for.

The building was completed and ready for use on 1 September, living up to the Portakabin promise that every project will be delivered on time and on budget. The promise is made in the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which also promises that if the company ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Gill adds: “The school Directors are absolutely delighted with the new building, which meets all of their aesthetic requirements, as well as their high quality expectations. It provides precisely the contemporary, welcoming and inspiring environment they wanted for one-to-one teaching.

“The building is initially on hire for three years, but the school can always extend that period if it decides to use our building as a long-term solution.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Edinburgh

Requirement :

Quartermile is a £350m, mixed-use development on the 19 acre site of the former Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. It is a joint venture between Gladedale Group and Bank of Scotland Corporate.

Master-planned by world-renowned architects Foster & Partners, Quartermile will demonstrate how historic buildings can be revitalised and enhanced by sensitively integrating them with contemporary architecture.

Once complete, this new quarter will provide more than 650 homes, over 30,000 sq m of grade-A office space, 8,000 sq m of prime retail space plus restaurants, cafés and shops in pedestrian-friendly surroundings. Almost 500 jobs will be created over the construction phase, with almost 4,000 people employed in the offices, shops and leisure facilities on site.

It was essential that these positive messages were presented to the public in an environment on the site that reflected both high-quality, prestigious nature of the planned complex and demonstrated the contrast between existing and contemporary architecture.

Solution :

Exhibition and display specialists Scena Projects were appointed to create an eye-catching building from which to market the new development. Once a concept had been designed, the company soon found that only Portakabin could provide the type of high-quality, highly glazed structure they were looking for.

Portakabin was able to provide a complete one-stop design, build and installation solution. The company worked closely with Scena Projects, the on-site marketing team, architects and designers to create a unique building to reflect the scale and ambition of the impressive Quartermile Project.

As a result, Portakabin supplied and installed a large single-storey building, comprising six Ultima building modules. The front of the eye-catching building features large glazed walls with automatic glass doors. Inside, there is a large open-plan exhibition, presentation and sales area, as well as a conference room and toilet facilities. The building, which has a 20-year structural warranty, may remain on site until the entire development is completed – which could take up to 7 years.

Alan Robins, Project Manager at Scena Projects, says: "After we had researched several portable building companies, it became obvious that Portakabin was the only company that could cope with this prestige, bespoke project.

"On installation, it became apparent that we had made the right decision, as the Portakabin organisation swung into action – starting with a road closure to allow the six structures to be craned into position. Once these were stabilised and secured, the interior fitting out could begin. Overall we were delighted with our Portakabin contacts and the on-site team."

Location : Surrey

Requirement :

As part of the Government’s £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme, which rebuilds or refurbishes schools in the worst conditions, two schools merged to form the new Send Church of England Primary School. This was the third of six primary schools to be delivered in the £28 million Surrey and Kent batch awarded to Portakabin by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The new school would provide enough space for 240 pupils aged from three to 11.

Solution :

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the classrooms allow lots of natural light and an outlook onto green space. The hall can now accommodate the whole school, which means the older pupils can help the younger children during mealtimes. Richard Crosby, Project Director at Blacc Consulting representing the ESFA said: “The Send Primary School project has successfully demonstrated how off-site construction can radically reduce time on site. Less time on site means improved health and safety, and is far less disruptive to teaching. Achieving this is a priority for the ESFA. It was great to see such passion to deliver a successful scheme for the teachers and children.”

“To have a brand new primary school for the local community is just amazing. The Portakabin team was superb – easy to work with, fun and very sensitive to the needs of the school. The finish is beautiful and the children are particularly delighted to have their own toilets for each year group – and proper toilets rather than cubicles.”

Susan Sayers, Head Teacher, Send Church of England Primary School

Location : Corsham

Requirement :

After Paradigm Secure Communications signed a £2.5bn PFI contract with the UK Ministry of Defence - for the provision of all worldwide satellite communications services to UK Armed Forces - the organisation contacted Serco Skynet 5 Facilities Management to secure high quality accommodation for the project.

Solution :

Having looked at various options, Serco and Paradigm agreed that modular construction would offer the ideal solution.

After meeting with three modular building providers, and going through a full procurement process, the project team at Serco decided that Portakabin was best positioned to fulfil its requirements, and the contract was awarded.

Paul Burridge, Design and Delivery Manager responsible for the project at Serco, said, ‘Time was a critical factor for our customer. As soon as the green light was given, we needed to get a building up and running as soon as possible. However, at the same time we didn’t want to compromise on quality. After extensive research, we were confident that a modular building could be constructed and ready for occupation far more quickly than a traditional building while still providing a quality-working environment.’

Within 30 weeks Portakabin designed and constructed a 1,800m², two-storey building with a central courtyard. Due to the nature of the work that will be taking place in the building, the design had to cater for high security access systems, environmental requirements and a range of other specialist IT measures.

The building also came with the unique Portakabin 20-year structural warranty and 5-year product warranty package, providing the team at Serco with complete peace of mind.

Paul continued, ‘The proposal put to us by the Portakabin team was sufficient for us to make a clear decision. This was followed up with further visits to the company’s head office in York, which allowed us, along with our key customer, to experience a Portakabin modular building first hand and the design that was to be developed. Everyone was extremely impressed with what they saw. The quality of the building really set the company apart from the rest of the organisations we met with.

‘The building has provided Paradigm with its own company identity, which the team is very proud of. It is 200% better than the buildings the majority of the staff were in previously and everyone is impressed and satisfied with their new surroundings.’

Location : Coventry

Requirement :

When a fire destroyed over a third of its buildings, Sidney Stringer School in Coventry required permanent-standard, interim replacement facilities - fast. The fire had wiped out classrooms, IT suites and an entire sports hall. The school needed fully functioning facilities as quickly as possible to ensure that student learning was not disrupted.

Solution :

After initial discussions to determine the school's exact requirements, Portakabin was commissioned to provide an entire interim accommodation solution. Within just 10 weeks, Portakabin had created and installed an extensive 3,519m2two-storey school.

Richard Kershaw, Business Manager at Sidney Stringer School says: "Portakabin supported and advised us during the design phase and we were more than satisfied with the installation. Portakabin was very experienced and professional."

 The leading modular building provider delivered full classroom facilities for CDT, ICT and Business Studies, art rooms, PE changing and teaching spaces, theatre space, a self-contained sixth form block and staff rooms as well as office accommodation.

 Richard continues: "The staff are very pleased with the facilities. We found Portakabin to be responsive, professional and dedicated throughout the project and the students are very pleased to have the whole school back."

 Portakabin utilised its one-stop-shop service to prepare all groundworks and foundations prior to delivery of the new buildings. After installation, stair-wells, ramps, full security systems and complete data-communication facilities were put in place by Portakabin so that the buildings were ready for immediate use.

 Richard says; "The provision of a one-stop-shop by Portakabin  was very convenient. It was able to manage the complete project and this made it much easier for us. In many cases, the buildings exceeded our expectations. We would definitely recommend this service to others."

 "Everyone involved in the project was very impressed with the speed of delivery. The buildings are much more spacious than we imagined and provide excellent teaching and office space. So much so that from inside the building you would not know you were working in ‘temporary' accommodation."

 Brian Warrall, Headmaster at Sidney Stringer School

Location : Green Port Hull

Requirement :

As pioneers of the new generation of wind turbines, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has invested £160 million in a facility where its production plant will sit alongside its assembly and servicing facility at Green Port Hull. With space at a premium on the site, which was reclaimed from the estuary waters, the company needed five office and welfare zones for clients and employees to support the construction project office for wind turbine pre-assembly.

Solution :

Paul Savvides, Procurement Manager at Siemens Gamesa says; “Being based on one site is vital for us and Portakabin was able to quickly deliver high quality buildings into a very challenging environment.

As a completely new UK industry, we want to make our processes and products as productive and cost effective as possible and we were impressed with their ability to meet our tight time constraints.”

Portakabin created a multifunctional building for Siemens Gamesa; two storeys of office space, shower and welfare facilities, kitchens, break out spaces and common rooms. Client meeting rooms were fitted out with custom vision panels to provide look out points over the live site without any of the typical health and safety risks.

\"The viewing platform and vision panels in meeting rooms give our clients breath taking views of the River Humber as the turbines are moved offshore and allows us to showcase the project in action.\"

Anthony Granville, Senior Project Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Portakabin supplied, installed and maintained 970m2 of floor space after less than six weeks on site. This market leading system offers exceptional levels of insulation and air-tightness, providing a comfortable, warm and welcoming office environment that’s also energy efficient.

Using a hybrid approach, where modular and traditional construction can come together, meant that a viewing platform could be installed onto the building for clients and staff to look out over the River Humber as the wind turbines are taken offshore for assembly and installation.

Location : Sheffield

Requirement :

As principal contractor for the rolling programme of refurbishment at GNER stations, SIS Facilities needed to provide temporary toilet facilities for the travelling public while existing toilets were comprehensively refitted.

Solution :

A high standard of facilities was required to minimise inconvenience to GNER customers. Furthermore, the toilets had to be suitable for high-volume use at some of the UK's busiest stations. Portaloo facilities were chosen for their robust all-steel build, as well as the standard of amenities, with full-flushing toilets and high-quality sinks, taps and fittings.

Dan Hurley, Projects Director at SIS Facilities, says: "The quality of the toilets is perfect for our requirements and meets GNER's high expectations. Portaloo provides a complete package of products and services, including full installation, male and female toilets and baby changing facilities, and access ramps for compliance with DDA legislation."

To date, Portaloo has installed toilet units at Durham and Darlington stations, and will be delivering more extensive facilities for the mainline station at Newcastle.

Delivering buildings to such busy locations requires careful planning, as well as skilful manoeuvring to install the units on platforms with difficult access. Portaloo has the logistical and technical expertise to overcome these challenges. As part of its outstanding service, Portaloo delivers and installs the station toilets between 1am and 5am, when no trains are running - to avoid disruption to passengers.

Dan Hurley adds: "Portaloo has done a great job getting buildings in place on schedule and within very tight time windows. They have overcome all logistical difficulties in some tricky locations, and we are very pleased with the service they provide."

SIS Facilities is assured of timely deliveries by the unique Portaloo Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even pledges that if Portaloo ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : London

Requirement :

Skateco UK Ltd has operated premium-quality ice rinks in London during the winter months for the past three years. For the first two years it provided a showcase ice-skating facility at Canada Square in Canary Wharf and in its third year added another rink at the high-profile O2 Arena. While marquees provide suitable accommodation for the rinkside café and viewing areas, Skateco needed a more secure, robust building to house its box office and management office where cash and important documents would be handled.

Solution :

Chris Conneally, General Manager at Skateco, says: “We looked into a number of options, including Portakabin buildings. We were impressed by the quality of these buildings and the cost-effective solution they provided. We felt confident that they would offer the high-quality, secure accommodation we were looking for. In addition, the Portakabin Hire Centre team were extremely helpful right from the start.”

Portakabin worked with Skateco to specify a building that fulfilled its requirements. As tickets would be sold through the windows to customers outside the building, all windows needed to have sliding openings and be located along one side.

The Pacemaker building supplied by Portakabin in the first year proved to be the ideal solution. For the following year, the building was adapted with a partition wall to provide a separate on-site manager’s office, as well as the box office. In the third year, Portakabin supplied the same split Pacemaker building for Canary Wharf, as well as two buildings for the O2 Arena ice rink – one a box office and the other a manager’s office.

Delivering buildings into these prestigious central London locations required a lot of coordination between the authorities, hauliers and Portakabin, to ensure that all of the strict documentation and permission requirements were met. Portakabin successfully delivered all buildings on time, as promised by its unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This commits the company to delivering all buildings on time and on budget and promises that if it fails to meet this commitment Portakabin will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late or an additional 12 months’ warranty on buildings that are purchased.*

Buildings were delivered complete with heating, electrics and all communication points in place, enabling Skateco to simply move its equipment straight in and set up ready for business.

Chris says: “The Portakabin buildings give us the peace of mind that this essential element of our operation – the money-collecting area – is completely taken care of every year. It means we don’t have anything to worry about in relation to our box office accommodation; we just call the Portakabin Hire Centre and they deliver robust buildings that precisely meet our needs. It’s one less thing for us to think about when we’re busy setting up our ice rinks for the winter season.

“It’s also refreshing to work with a supplier that is so enthusiastic, keen to help and a pleasure to work with. The Portakabin team really bends over backwards to meet our needs. They take care of everything, so coming back to them year after year is an easy decision for us.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

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Requirement :

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Solution :

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Location : Southsea

Requirement :

Somers Park Primary School needed a new building to replace its outdated nursery facilities. At the same time, the nursery needed to be merged with the main school, to create a fully integrated 0-11 years learning environment. Portsmouth City Council set about finding a suitable building to meet the school’s budget and quality requirements, and one that would also blend in with the existing school buildings.

Solution :

The council approached Portakabin to gather information about procuring a modular building and to find out how such a project could be delivered. Portakabin provided detailed guidance on technical and aesthetic issues and drew up some initial plans. When the work was put out to tender, the early support from Portakabin, the quality and appearance of the building it proposed, and the company’s ability to meet the project timescales, were the deciding factors in awarding the contract to Portakabin.

The building developed by Portakabin for the school was created from its Titan Building System, offering a generous floor area of 110m2. Inside, the building was configured to provide a large open-plan classroom area, a kitchen facility, and separate toilets for children and staff. Externally, the building was clad in brick to give it a traditional appearance that matched the other buildings at the school, with attractive blue fascias and external columns.

David Harris, Facilities Manager at Somers Park Primary School, says: “The whole project could not have been more straightforward from our point of view. We simply said when we would like the building delivered, and that’s exactly when it arrived. The installation was carried out on a school day and the children were allowed to watch the building being assembled.”

He adds: “We’ve had a lot of interest from local people, who were very impressed at how fast the building went up and are stunned by the quality of the building. It certainly changed many people’s preconceptions about Portakabin Classroom Buildings.

Location : Blyth, Northumberland

Requirement :

South Beach First School identified a need to improve the provision of education for pre-school children in the area. Following a feasibility study, the school’s governing body decided to build a brand new nursery and out-of-hours facility on the school site. Money to fund the project was raised through grants and fundraising activities.

Solution :

Headteacher Liz Clubs, says: “We decided to invest in a modular-style building, rather than a traditional structure, partly because the school was likely to be refurbished or rebuilt in the coming years, and a modular building would give us the flexibility to relocate it if necessary.

 The school and Portakabin worked closely together to design a bespoke building that fulfilled the requirements of both nursery children and after-school clubs. The school chose Portakabin Titan buildings for its new nursery. These are the largest single relocatable buildings in Europe, providing spacious, robust accommodation.

 The nursery designed by Portakabin incorporated a Titan Building System modular building and two individual Titan buildings, linked to form a large U-shaped complex.

 The school ordered the building in May, and was assured by Portakabin that it would be completed by the end of August, in time for the start of the new term. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

 The building was delivered during the school holidays and was fully fitted out by Portakabin in just three weeks. The completed building incorporates a large open-plan nursery room, offices, a kitchen, a smaller nursery room, a large storage area, and toilets for disabled and nursery-age children, as well as for the older children.

 Liz adds: “The service from Portakabin was excellent. They kept us fully informed and involved throughout the process, and have since been back to put in a partition to create a new room for us.

 “We started with 20 children in the nursery, and that number has already grown to 44. This will extend to 56 next term and we expect to take 88 children next year. These figures are a testament to the success of the new building and its popularity with local people.”

Location : South Lanarkshire

Requirement :

When the road repairs and maintenance department of South Lanarkshire Council merged two of its depots to bring its workers under one roof, it needed a quality building solution that could house more than 70 employees. The new facilities needed to have a combination of office space, meeting rooms, bathroom facilities and a canteen area.

Solution :

After meeting a number of building companies, the Council decided that a building provided by Portakabin was the best solution.

 Portakabin provided the Council with a two-storey building with a floor area of more than 435m2. The ground floor includes a canteen, lockers and showers with the first floor accommodating offices, a meeting room and a kitchen. Toilets are situated on both floors.

 The council also benefited from Portakabin\'s additional services, in the form of a climate control system from Portakabin AirCare. The building was fully carpeted and blinds were fitted.

\"Out of all the tender presentations we saw Portakabin was the best. It accommodated all our needs under one roof and the team demonstrated its ability to complete the project quickly.

 \"Flexibility was also an important factor for us, as we needed to be able to allow for changes in the size of our workforce. The modular aspect of the Portakabin building was therefore perfect as it means we will be able to add space or even reduce it should the need arise.

 \"From placing our initial order to Portakabin actually handing over the building took only three and a half months. We wouldn\'t have been able to construct a traditional building in that time and the facilities are certainly of equal quality.

 \"All the workers are very impressed and happy with the new building, and the quality working environment it provides has helped immensely in the integration of the teams.

 \"I certainly wouldn\'t hesitate to procure a Portakabin building again and would recommend them to anybody who is seeking a quality accommodation solution.\"

Steven Martin, Depot Manager

Location : Southampton

Requirement :

At Southampton University Medical School, students spend two to three years in pre-clinical training, before moving on to work at Southampton General Hospital for the final two or three years of their course.

The University owns buildings and research facilities at the hospital, for use by its students on the site. Construction of an extension to the research facilities has meant that part of the building will have to be demolished, including the area that houses the toilets. The University needed to find high-quality temporary toilet facilities until the new building was completed.

Solution :

The University had previously hired Portaloo toilets for a year during the initial phase of a complete refurbishment of its Medical School. These facilities catered for hundreds of students during that time, and the University decided that the same quality of buildings was required for its latest interim requirements.

Two toilet blocks - one male and one female - were delivered and installed in a tight location by the Portaloo team. They will provide full toilet and washroom facilities for the medical research staff working on one area of the hospital campus until their new building is fully operational.

Patrick Reynolds, Project Sponsor at Southampton University, says: \"We have been very pleased with the level of service from Portaloo and the quality of the toilets supplied during our first contract with them - so they were the obvious choice when we needed temporary toilet facilities again.

\"We have hired the buildings for 18 months, by which time the new building on the hospital site should be complete. Students at the Medical School seemed happy with the quality of the facilities, and we are confident that the second set will meet our requirements for as long as we need them at the hospital campus.\"

Location : Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire

Requirement :

Sparrows is a leading provider of offshore engineering services specialising in heavy lifting and mechanical handling. The company operates a training centre in a disused quarry outside Aberdeen and identified a need to replace the existing training buildings with a larger high quality facility.

Installation of the new training suites had to be completed in just three days in order to avoid any disruption to busy training schedules.

Solution :

Bill Kintrea, Facilities Manager at Sparrows, Engineering and Operations, says:
“The existing buildings were approaching the end of their life and we had identified a need to expand our capacity to meet increasing training needs.  We needed a flexible solution that would achieve a high quality learning environment with a canteen and toilet facilities.

“It was very important to us that the installation of the buildings could be completed in a short space of time with no disruption to our busy training schedule.

The team at Portakabin worked closely with Sparrows to develop a solution that would allow the company to meet all of its training objectives, creating a new 400m2 facility.

Six Titan units were designed and configured to meet the specified requirements. Titan buildings offered all of the flexibility required to accommodate large numbers of students.

Despite the fact that access to the site was via a narrow and winding road the buildings were in place within the 3 day deadline. In addition, an integral 64m walkway with steps was then added, providing level access to the buildings.

Bill Kintrea adds: “We are extremely happy with the new training facilities and they meet all of our needs. The inclusion of a climate control system in the simulator room has made a real difference to the working environment, which was previously very hot as a result of the computer system.  We now have a high quality facility that makes a direct contribution to the high standard of training that is being delivered.”


Location : Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford

Requirement :

A £500,000 project to refurbish two sports centres at Staffordshire University’s Stoke and Stafford campuses meant that interim sports changing facilities were required for 12 weeks while the existing changing rooms underwent refurbishment. With the deadline fast approaching, project management company AA Projects needed to find high-quality buildings that could be installed quickly.

Solution :

Paul Henderson, Project Manager at AA Projects, says: “I’d worked with Portakabin in the past, so I knew they could provide the quality of buildings we needed, and I trusted them to deliver everything on schedule. I was put in touch with sister company Portaloo and was delighted when the quote provided came in well under budget, enabling us to redirect funds into further improvements at the sports centres.”

Portaloo worked fast to devise changing room layouts that met the needs of each campus and the limitations of the small footprints available at each site.

For Stoke, a unique and versatile new configuration was developed, featuring a central building fitted out entirely with perimeter bench seating, connected on each side to two fully equipped shower, toilet and changing buildings. The combined 80m2 complex could be used to provide one large fully integrated single-sex facility, or be divided into separate male and female changing areas.

For the smaller space available at Stafford, Portaloo supplied two fully self-contained changing room units for male and female users.

Paul says: “Following budgetary approval from the university, Portaloo only had a couple of days to get the buildings on site. They pulled out all the stops to get both buildings delivered right on schedule. The on-site teams did a brilliant job, installing and connecting the buildings in a single day, causing no disruption whatsoever to students.”

The installation at Stoke required the closure of one of the internal campus roads, so Portaloo arranged to deliver the building over a weekend, to minimise disruption. That meant the changing rooms were completed and ready for use by students on the Monday morning.  

Location : Magna Park, Lutterworth

Requirement :

A major refitting and refurbishment project at Stobart Rail’s large warehouse in Lutterworth meant the company needed to provide office and welfare facilities for the 25 sub-contractors who would be working on site. Timescales were very tight, as the buildings were needed within a week if the project was to begin on time, so speed of delivery and building quality were top priorities.

Solution :

Portakabin has provided Stobart Rail with many high-quality buildings to meet urgent requirements in recent years, and is now a preferred supplier. That meant Portakabin was the first choice to supply the Lutterworth warehouse project. Hiring buildings from Portakabin is the quickest and simplest way for Stobart Rail to get assured-quality buildings delivered from stock and installed in a matter of days. It means the company has no capital outlay when it needs new buildings, and no maintenance worries – and it can keep the buildings for just as long as they are needed.

Portakabin delivered and installed all the required buildings for the Lutterworth project and had them ready for use within just five days. This incredible delivery speed was made possible by the stock held at local Hire Centres in the region. There are more than 50 across the UK, from Inverness to Plymouth, giving customers a local service and an assurance of rapid delivery, wherever they are.

Nine self-contained buildings were supplied to the Lutterworth site, including Pacemaker buildings for the office and canteen facilities, and Portaloo toilet units. To streamline the project and give Stobart Rail a single point of contact, Portakabin also provided all the office and canteen furniture, steps and access ramps needed to fully equip the buildings. Neil Gooding, Site Agent for Stobart Rail, says: “The standard of the buildings supplied was immaculate and they all arrived right on schedule. They were sited very quickly and the furniture arrived about an hour later – so the buildings were immediately ready for us to use, which was exactly what we needed.”

“We always look at a number of suppliers for every building project, but Portakabin has always been very competitive, and its buildings provide excellent quality facilities. We needed a very quick turnaround on this project, and Portakabin responded by getting all the buildings installed and fitted out in good time.”

Neil Gooding, Site Agent, Stobart Rail

Location : Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Requirement :

Stoke Mandeville Hospital required additional A&E cover to cope at a critical time; it’s busiest period from December onwards. The unrelenting dedication and hard-working nature of NHS staff shouldn’t be the only thing health providers rely on when the pressure is on busy accident and emergency departments – best practice encourages hospitals to always be proactively planning care, assessing variations in risk and working towards high-quality continuation in healthcare. Portakabin specialises in this; providing space quickly, with no compromise on quality.

Solution :

“The building is there to ensure patients are seen and assessed as soon as they arrive at the hospital, no waiting in long queues or on ambulances,” said General Manager for Portakabin Refurbished, Graeme Robinson. “As healthcare design specialists, we understand how efficient triage means those patients needing urgent care are identified quickly.

“We moved at great speed on this one and delivered the centre within 12 weeks; four weeks to plan and design, four weeks to manufacture and four weeks on site. This is construction at its most efficient and involved a significant number of decision making meetings inside a very short timeframe. This type of turnaround is our speciality – we know how to make it happen.”

“The rapid assessment and treatment centre has given us the much-needed space and facilities to support our A&E department during the very busy winter period. We’d like to thank Portakabin for installing the structure so quickly and with minimal disruption, enabling staff to continue providing the best care possible to our patients..”

Consultant for emergency medicine Dr Abhishek Banerji

Location : Hackney, London

Requirement :

Stoke Newington School needed to be rebuilt and remodelled under the Government\'s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The initiative is the biggest ever school building investment programme in the UK. It aims to rebuild or renew nearly every secondary school in England. All schools face challenges whenever building work is undertaken in terms of site safety, budget constraints and minimisation of disruption to learning. Part of the requirement was finding a company with a track record of meeting those complex challenges.

Solution :

Peter Stasiuk, Pre-Construction Project Manager at Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd says: \"When we approached Portakabin on behalf of Stoke Newington School we felt very confident in the company\'s credentials - particularly its approved supplier status to Zurich Municipal and Buying Solutions accreditation. Its valuable Customer Charter gave us the peace of mind that it could deliver this large project to high-quality standards, on time and on budget.\"

 Willmott Dixon and Stoke Newington School were very impressed with the speed at which Portakabin delivered the facilities. Peter continues: \"The best thing about dealing with Portakabin was how quickly they reacted to our requests. Whether we needed additional prices, specifications or drawings, the team turned it around straight away. Plus, they delivered the new school on time, with no issues whatsoever!\"

 Portakabin has extensive expertise in delivering high-quality education buildings and excellent working relationships with many local authorities and contractors across the UK. This makes it ideally placed to assist with the delivery of BSF projects.

 Buying Solutions accreditation means that your organisation can cut through the time-consuming tender process, saving up to 77 days procurement time. When you choose Portakabin, you will also take delivery of your building 50% faster than traditional construction and have a peace of mind pledge that the building will be delivered on time and on budget. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter states that if a building project is not delivered on time and on budget, you will be entitled to a week\'s free hire for every day the building is late.*

 Portakabin worked closely with the school and Willmott Dixon to remodel the buildings to provide state-of-the art facilities that would meet BSF criteria. Forty technically-advanced Portakabin Ultima modules were used to create two high-quality classroom blocks, fully-fitted and ready to move into. Together, the buildings provide over 1565m² of classroom space across two storeys.

 The convenient one-stop-shop service that Portakabin offers to all its clients was used to deliver a complete educational facility that incorporated access ramps and steps, fire alarms, intruder alarms, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers.

 Peter says: \"Portakabin was very well-informed about Building Schools for the Future and very helpful throughout the dialogue. Working with Portakabin meant that we could maintain a common approach across the BSF programme for Hackney.\"

Location : Carlisle, Cumbria

Requirement :

Story Homes is a housing developer with schemes across Cumbria, North West and North East England and Southern Scotland. With new housing developments continuing to grow, they required a flexible arrangement for several marketing suites to move around the country over a two-year period.

Solution :

Billy Phinn from Portakabin said, "We were able to spread the cost of 14 buildings over a two-year period for Story by moving the marketing suites between sites every six months. This flexible approach meant Story could then respond to a surge in sales easily around the north, without worrying about a lack or surplus of marketing suites. With a full-vinyl wrap, the buildings fit inconspicuously into the new development sites."

"Portakabin has provided Story Homes with a great solution to interim sales accommodation. They have been extremely helpful in catering to our requirements and adapting units to suit.

At Story Homes, we are proud to build high quality homes that bring something different to the areas in which we operate."
Stacey Gray, Buyer, Story Homes Limited
Location : Glasgow

Requirement :

A decision to upgrade Science facilities at Stow College, led to the construction of a substantial, purpose-made laboratory complex within the college grounds.

 Jim Ewing at Stow College said: “We had a lot of unused space within the college grounds. So rather than renovating the laboratories internally, we wanted to create a separate, dedicated science facility.”

 The College approached Portakabin to discuss their initial ideas. Portakabin were soon commissioned to deliver the building and manage the entire project; including an intricate planning process.

Solution :

A complete, bespoke education complex was created from 36 modules of the state-of-the-art Ultima building systems. The Ultima building system is one of the most high-quality, technically advanced systems on the market.

 Ultima has no interior columns, so it is able to offer total flexibility. An ideal solution that can accommodate almost all requirements and designs.

 Portakabin installed all groundworks, electrics and plumbing to the laboratories and classrooms. An intricate task, due to the nature of the building, but one that the Ultima building system is well equipped to deliver.

The science facility has attracted positive comments from visitors, as well as students and staff. Jim Ewing from Stow College explained that the success of the project was largely down to careful and thorough planning: “”Careful planning and good working relationships meant that Portakabin delivered exactly what we were looking for. Staff were very helpful and professional, ensuring the complex project was undertaken in a seamless process.”

 The multi-story science building includes an interior lift and external fire-exit staircase. Other security and safety features include access ramps (which help to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act). Window mounted, wire-mesh security grids provide peace of mind and allow plenty of natural sunlight into the building.

 The College said: “We are extremely happy with the building. The Ultima buildings have been showcased to other councils looking to undertake similar projects. It is an eye-catching building; fully-equipped and purpose-built to meet the needs of the students.” Jim Ewing. Stow College.

Location : Surrey

Requirement :

Surrey County Council identified a shortfall in primary school places across the county as a result of an increased demand for places for reception age children. This demand appears to have been influenced by the movement of pupils out of private sector into state schools as a result of the credit crunch. Schools throughout the county urgently needed to create 390 new places to make up the shortfall. Time was a critical factor, since the buildings had to be in place before the start of the new school year.

Solution :

Bill Christie, Senior Project Manager (Strategic) at Surrey County Council, says: “The short time available to us meant that modular buildings were the most realistic solution. We used the OGC Buying Solutions route to speed up the procurement process and avoid lengthy tendering exercises. As a Buying Solutions approved supplier, Portakabin was top of our list because of its reputation as a leader in the field of education buildings provision. I was familiar with their buildings too, so I knew they could provide the quality of classrooms we needed.”

Avoided drawn-out tender process
Buying Solutions is a public-sector procurement agency that carries out thorough, independent checks on suppliers, assuring public sector buyers that those on its approved list offer excellent quality and value for money. Public-sector organisations can cut out time-consuming tender processes by choosing approved suppliers from the Buying Solutions list.

After meeting the council to understand its precise requirements, Portakabin proposed a range of buildings to provide the spacious classroom accommodation needed at 13 schools across the county. This accommodation included five single classroom buildings, seven double classroom blocks and one four-classroom building.

Complete turn-key solution
As well as supplying these large, high-quality and well-insulated modular buildings, Portakabin provided a complete turn-key package for the council, giving them a single point of contact to simplify the whole project. That meant Portakabin took charge of everything, from planning permission applications and groundworks at each site to installation and service connections, as well as fitting the classrooms out with heating and air-conditioning systems. 

Minimal disruption
Portakabin planned to get all of these classrooms in place during the summer holidays, to avoid disrupting pupils during term time. Getting all of the buildings installed on time required a phased delivery programme, necessitating detailed planning and complex logistics – all of which Portakabin managed on behalf of the council.

Bill says: “Portakabin were very responsive throughout the project and kept us well informed through regular meetings. During the installation phase we met almost weekly to get an update on progress and tackle any issues as they arose. This regular contact enabled us to build up an excellent working relationship with Portakabin and was crucial in getting the classrooms delivered on time. In the end, all the buildings were installed and fitted out at all 13 schools in time for the start of term.”

Unique promise
Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which assures all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.*

Bill adds: “The quality of the classrooms is excellent. After some initial reservations from the schools, they were all – without exception – delighted with their new facilities. We were very happy with the standard of the buildings, which had high ceilings and an airy, spacious feel within. The heating and air-conditioning systems we fitted also ensure that the buildings remain comfortable all year round, giving teachers full control of the temperature within their classrooms.

“Portakabin very successfully executed and delivered this major project for the council, which created essential new school places for children in the county.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Aberdeen

Requirement :

Rapid expansion at the Aberdeen base of Technip - a global leader in engineering, technologies and project management for the oil and gas industry - meant that additional office accommodation was needed fast. The company occupies a variety of buildings on a ten-and-a-half acre site in Aberdeen, so it was essential that the new building could be erected safely and efficiently on such a busy working site.

Solution :

Alison Stephen, Facilities Manager at Technip, says: "We had an immediate need due to an increased headcount, so modular buildings were seen as the best solution. We liked the look and quality of the buildings offered by Portakabin, as well as the all-inclusive service offered by the Hire Centre team."

 The building needed to house around 50 people in open-plan offices, so Portakabin recommended its attractive, energy-efficient and high-performance Ultima modular system. A suitable location on the Aberdeen site was identified and Portakabin quickly set about managing the project and preparing the groundworks.

 "We trusted the Portakabin team to recommend the best building for our needs," continues Alison. "The service they provided was outstanding and the team were always on hand to provide professional advice. The people working on site were very efficient too and did an excellent job. Health and Safety is particularly important on a site like ours and Portakabin observed the strictest safety standards at all times."

 The Health and Safety requirements for this site were particularly onerous. All paperwork for all equipment and personnel had to be checked and verified, and everyone connected with the project had to undergo detailed safety inductions. Portakabin complied with all of these rigorous requirements to complete a smooth and efficient installation.

 The two-storey Ultima building was delivered just six weeks after the order was placed, providing more than 450m² of bright, versatile office space for the project teams who would be housed there. The building incorporates large open-plan areas, a meeting room, toilets and a kitchen. The complete turn-key package provided by Portakabin included a climate-control system for the building, helping to maintain a comfortable working environment all year round.

 The building was completed and handed over on the agreed date, as promised by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This assures customers that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide a week's free hire for every day it is late.*

 Alison adds: "The people who have moved into the Portakabin building are delighted with their new offices. Many of them have moved from much older buildings on the site and they are overjoyed with the light, spacious, air-conditioned environment they now work in. The excellent service from Portakabin is continuing now that the building is in use. If we ever have any queries or maintenance requirements they always respond straight away."

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Telford

Requirement :

The Borough of Telford & Wrekin identified a need to provide quality daycare nursery facilities in its College and Arleston ward. The nursery was to be funded through the Neighbourhood Nursery initiative, which meant it had to be completed to a very tight timescale.

With this requirement for speed, the Council decided to look into the possibilities of modular building. The Council was aware that Portakabin offered a specially designed Lilliput nursery building, which had proved a big hit with nursery providers up and down the country.

Solution :

After completing its best value analysis and comparing the modular solution to brick-built alternatives, the Council opted to buy a brand new Lilliput building. Portakabin worked closely with the Council’s architects and the appointed childcare providers to come up with a nursery design that met the specific requirements of the project.

The building was located on the site of a public school, which the Council had recently purchased for redevelopment. The new Lilliput nursery was delivered on time and installed in a matter of days, to meet the Council’s deadline.

The 48-place nursery, called Smiley Faces, now caters for children up to five years old and is open ten hours a day, providing the very highest standards of childcare. The building features a baby room and associated sleep room, pre-school and toddler rooms with doors leading out to a superb outdoor play area, a large daycare kitchen, staff room and kitchenette, a welcoming reception area, offices and toilets.

Pam Marshall, Business and Finance Support Officer for Early Years at the Borough of Telford & Wrekin, says: “Everyone is absolutely delighted with the building. It has become our exemplar nursery design, and we show it off at every opportunity. We wanted the building to be in for the summer, and that’s exactly when we got it, thanks to Portakabin’s quick and simple build programme.

“The team of staff working there love the building, and it is rapidly filling up with children as parents in the area get to know about it. We wanted this to be a very special nursery, and the Portakabin Lilliput building has enabled us to achieve the kind of bold statement we had hoped for.”

Location : Nationwide

Requirement :

With more than 100 stores being upgraded as part of its national store refurbishment programme, Tesco needed to continue providing a top quality shopping experience to its 10 million customers while building work was underway. This included providing toilets that met the high standards its customer expected to find in store.

Solution :

Tesco chose the Portaloo range of toilets because it delivered quality facilities that could be tailored to Tesco\'s specific requirements. Tesco was approached by other suppliers, but the bespoke solution provided by the Portaloo range proved by far the best on the market.

 The units ordered by Tesco have a combination of male and female washrooms, disabled and baby changing facilities. The high internal specification offers maximum levels of comfort and easy-clean fittings, surfaces and flooring.

 Portaloo worked closely with Tesco to incorporate the same consumables, such as hand towels, soap dispensers and toilet rolls, that they use in their permanent facilities. This means that Tesco\'s customers will already be familiar with the washroom features, and will make it easier for the stores to service the units.

 With Portaloo responsible for on-site maintenance of the amenities, including the instant repair or replacement of any piece of equipment, Tesco is provided with complete peace-of-mind during its programme of refurbishment.

 \"Portaloo was selected because it was willing to supply a quality product that was consistent with our brand. Delivered in Tesco\'s distinctive blue corporate livery, the Portaloo range has given us smart, hygienic and comfortable washrooms. The design team at Portaloo worked very hard to include all of our specifications, which have been built into the Tesco Range.\"

Huw Davies, Regional Development Manager, Tesco

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Location : Newport

Requirement :

When a major fire at the premises of meat processing firm TH Sutcliffe in Newport destroyed the firm’s offices, canteen, staff changing areas and toilets, the company’s managing director was determined to get the business up and running again as quickly as possible.

He contacted insurers Aspen Global (a provider of speciality insurance and reinsurance products) immediately after the fire on a Wednesday afternoon, and loss adjusters Cunningham Lindsey UK were on the scene that evening. It was clear from the devastation that temporary office accommodation and, crucially for a food processing business, staff washing and changing areas were needed if the business was to resume production.

On Thursday morning, Cunningham Lindsey contacted Portakabin – its preferred modular building supplier – and the company’s Cardiff hire centre staff visited the site that day. In conjunction with Cunningham Lindsey, the team assessed the firm’s requirements, and set about putting a solution in place in the confined space available behind the burnt-out building.

Solution :

During the course of Friday and Saturday, Portakabin installed a single storey office building and a two-storey building housing a canteen, toilets and the all-important washing and changing areas. The offices were kitted out by Portakabin with desks and other furniture, which meant that staff could get straight back to work on the Monday after the fire. Production was also able to resume that same day, thanks to the hygienic new changing areas. It soon became clear that more office space was needed, and Portakabin was quickly able to convert the single-storey office building into a two-storey block, making the best use of the available space.

All of the buildings and furniture are on hire for an initial three-month period, which can be extended for as long as the company requires the facilities. Work is already under way to protect the fire-damaged building and refurbish the devastated office accommodation. In the meantime, the firm’s 62 dedicated employees have settled in to their new Portakabin accommodation, and are delighted to be back at work so soon after the fire.

John Firminger, Special Adjusting Network Surveyor at Cunningham Lindsey says: “The client is absolutely delighted that Portakabin’s rapid solution meant that business interruption costs were kept to a minimum. The company was extremely pleased to be up and running again so quickly, and were very impressed with the rapid response from Portakabin. From the very beginning the managing director was determined to get his business going again very
rapidly and, with the help of his staff and the excellent service provided by Portakabin, the firm was soon back on its feet.”

Location : Reading

Requirement :

Thames Valley Police needed overflow office accommodation for staff during a major refurbishment programme. Many of the staff were decanted into existing office space, but additional interim office accommodation had to be found for around 50 people. The force decided to set up a self-contained compound for these offices at its Sulhamstead training site, and set about looking for a suitable building supplier.

Solution :

Nigel Heinrich, Project Surveyor at Thames Valley Police, says: “We had built up a good working relationship with Portakabin on previous projects and knew we could rely on them to deliver within our very short timescales. With Portakabin being an approved Buying Solutions supplier, it means we can make significant time savings in the procurement of interim buildings for projects.”

Buying Solutions is an Executive Agency of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and is the national procurement partner for the public sector. Public-sector buyers can choose Buying Solutions-approved suppliers without the need to go through a lengthy and potentially costly tendering process, since all approved suppliers have been pre-assessed for quality and value for money.

Portakabin recommended its premium-quality Ultima modular buildings as the ideal solution for Thames Valley Police. The modules were configured to create four separate 15-person office blocks. Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop solution, which included fire alarms, emergency lighting, data connections and furniture.

Nigel continues: “Access to this site was very tricky, along narrow country lanes, and the installation required careful handling as the site features a listed wall and listed gates. We trusted Portakabin to manage this sensitive operation, and they didn’t let us down. Everything went without a hitch on the agreed date. The organisation was brilliant and took a great weight off our shoulders.”


Location : Somerset

Requirement :

Rapid company growth meant that traditional quality cider maker, Thatcher’s Cider, quickly needed to find new accommodation to house its expanding workforce. New offices could not be incorporated into the company’s existing production facilities, so new buildings were required. At the same time, auditors advised the company that additional toilet facilities were needed to cater for its growing number of staff.

Thatcher’s Cider were aware of the quality buildings available from Portakabin, since they regularly hired Portakabin buildings during the fruit-picking season, and so approached the company for a more permanent solution.

Solution :

After considering various options, the company chose to buy two Titan buildings as the ideal solution for the space available. The buildings were configured in a two-storey layout, with a staircase and a landing area for access.

The buildings were installed against the gable end of the firm’s production building, where the colour of both structures blended well. Meanwhile, a Portaloo toilet block was quickly sourced by Portakabin to meet the company’s requirements.

The Titan buildings purchased by Thatcher’s Cider now house a fruit testing laboratory – conveniently situated next to the fruit processing building – a distribution office, a canteen area, and a changing and locker room.

Neil Day, Engineering Director at Thatcher’s Cider, says: “Our staff are very happy with their new accommodation, and have quickly settled in. People were able to start work in the buildings just one day after they were delivered.

“We already knew about the quality of Portakabin buildings from past experience, and because we needed new accommodation so quickly, Portakabin was the perfect solution. The buildings also give us greater flexibility, since we have the option to move them to a different part of the site if necessary in future.”

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

Location : Easter Elchies, Scotland

Requirement :

The Macallan, part of the renowned Edrington Group, has opened a brand new £140million distillery and visitor experience on the stunning Easter Elchies estate, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824. This new building will not only help meet global demand via an increase in production (90% of Macallan is exported) but also introduce new audiences to the magnetism of the growing brand.

With the project developing quickly, the team needed an office complex installed on site before the end of April.

Solution :

Delivering a crystal clear brief, The Macallan wanted facilities which they could then go on to replicate in their new permanent building. With market leading quality, Portakabin designed a bespoke building and put together a building option which utilised existing modules to provide a cost effective solution for the team.

Portakabin reacted and delivered to a very tight deadline and exacting design specification. This was a last minute decision by The Macallan to move into temporary accommodation until the permanent building could be constructed and Portakabin moved from rough ground to the finished article within six short weeks. What they have provided meets our requirements precisely. The finish and build quality is excellent and certainly raises the bar in peoples expectation when they think of temporary accommodation.\"

George McKenzie, UK Engineering Manager, Edrington

Location : Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake

Requirement :

The British Open demands the highest quality of amenities for players, spectators and staff. Which is why they need a supplier who can provide a standard of services and amenities that reflect their participants and guests.

Solution :

Impressed with the Company’s proven track record in providing top-quality accommodation and services for world class events and golfing tournaments, The Open Golf Championships turned to Portakabin Events.

 They will provide all 220 buildings for the event. These will be used for a variety of purposes, including ticket offices, washroom facilities, medical centres, offices for event staff and shower facilities. Full on-site support will also be provided around the clock, as well as janitorial services.

Michael Wells; Assistant Director for the Open Championship, said: ‘We have worked with the team at Portakabin Events for a number of years now and we have always been extremely pleased with the quality of the buildings and toilet facilities they have provided.\"

 ‘However, in the past we have contracted with a separate janitorial company to look after the cleaning and replenishment of the toilet facilities, but haven’t always received the high standards of service that we expect. This has resulted in complaints from visitors about the condition of the toilet facilities, which is disappointing when we know that the toilet buildings provided by Portakabin Events are of such high quality.\"

 ‘When the Portakabin Events team told us they were introducing a janitorial service it provided us with the ideal solution as we were confident that they would provide an excellent service, which indeed they did. Following the 2005 Open Championship we received no complaints about the cleanliness of the toilets, which was a first!’


Location : Regents Park, London

Requirement :

Regent’s Park in London is getting superb new sports pitches and a brand new pavilion – thanks to Lottery funding distributed by Sport England. Work got underway after the old pitches and pavilion were demolished – and a year later the new pitches were almost completed. However, it was to be six months before the new pavilion would be completed, and the local sports teams were eager to try out their new grounds. The Royal Parks quickly needed to find interim changing room facilities to cater for the players until the new pavilion was finished.

Solution :

Robust all-steel buildings from Portaloo were chosen to fill the gap. The Royal Parks hired five changing room buildings, with toilets and showers, as well as an attendant’s room and a disabled persons’ shower and toilet unit. These buildings will provide high-quality facilities for local sports people until they can move into their new pavilion.

The Royal Parks Project Sponsor Edward Strickland, says: “Regulations dictated that we had to supply adequate changing facilities for any league games that were to be played on the new pitches, and this was also a condition of the Sport England funding.

“We chose to hire Portaloo buildings because they offered the best value for money and met all of our specifications. Portaloo delivered the buildings on schedule and installed them to comply fully with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. People seem very happy with the interim facilities.

“The service from Portaloo has been excellent, and the local Hire Centre team has maintained a very good relationship.”

Location : Edinburgh

Requirement :

The University of Edinburgh embarked on a major refurbishment of the Grade A Listed David Hume Tower to create a contemporary new teaching hub in the central area. 

The award winning Page/Park Architects project was designed to create a new sunken garden with glazed links to the David Hume Tower lecture theatres and directly onto George Square. The project required toilet facilities to be decanted to a podium roof area of the building for 78 weeks during ongoing work.

Solution :

John Hart, Project Manager, University of Edinburgh, says: “This was a complex project as an additional steel structure was required to support the additional weight of the toilets and space was extremely limited.

 "Portaloo worked closely with us to define what was required and provided a full service, managing the installation of four toilet buildings as well as a fully compliant accessible walkway.

"They undertook the management of all connections to the water service and ensured that the facilities were operational with the minimum of disruption. It was a genuine turnkey service that ensured that installation of high-quality interim toilet facilities and the associated works was completed on time and on budget.”

Four Portaloo toilet blocks provided accessible male and female use facilities, with full high-quality fittings in a layout designed to meet the required specifications. The toilet blocks provided domestic-standard amenities for students and staff. 

 John adds: “The Portaloo toilets provided exactly the solution we required during the refurbishment and the team at Portaloo were really helpful and accommodating throughout the project.”

Location : Glasgow

Requirement :

The Theatre Royal in Glasgow is the city’s oldest theatre and home of Scottish Opera. A major refurbishment project to create a new entrance, spacious new foyers, cloakrooms, hospitality suites, bars and toilet facilities meant that existing foyer areas and toilets had to be temporarily closed down. Short-term toilet facilities needed to be provided for theatregoers during the building works. 

Solution :

Scottish Opera's Client Representative Steve Green, says: “This was landmark project and we were catering for a discerning theatre-going clientele, so it was important to choose a high standard of interim toilets. We looked at a number of suppliers and finally chose Portaloo because they could provide the high quality of buildings we were looking for at the right price.”

Portaloo supplied three of its premium-quality toilet buildings to provide the short-term facilities required. Spacious, well-ventilated Portaloo toilet buildings are equipped to domestic standards with fully flushing toilets, high-quality sanitaryware, hot and cold running water and a high standard of fit-out.

For this prestigious project, the buildings had to be located on a busy road adjacent to the theatre, giving guests easy access from the main building. Delivery was arranged for a Sunday morning to minimise disruption to traffic. The buildings were craned into place on a closed lane of the road, between high buildings.

Steve says: “The Portaloo delivery and installation teams did an excellent job in a very restricted space. They worked efficiently and professionally to get the job done on time, as planned. All we had to do was connect power and cold water supplies and the buildings were ready for use.”

“The Portaloo toilets were clean, bright and presentable, providing us with exactly the quality of interim facilities we needed. They performed well throughout the hire period, and the service from Portaloo was professional and responsive at all times.”

Steve Green, Scottish Opera's Client Representative

Location : Nationwide

Requirement :

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Location : Dundee

Requirement :

Tokheim is a leading manufacturer of fuel dispensers, retail automation systems and payment solutions. With a presence in Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia-Pacific, Tokheim is one of the most recognised brands in the retail fuelling industry.

The company needed to accommodate a new division at its head office in Dundee and interim office space was needed for a team of up to 30 people.

Solution :

Alastair Scott, Business Services Director at Tokheim, says: "We had hired Portakabin buildings before, but not for office space. We really wanted open-plan offices, but we needed them within four weeks. Portakabin scoured its hire fleet for a suitable building that was available at short notice, and came up with a modular building that matched our requirements."

To meet the tight timescale for this project, Portakabin quickly adapted one of its existing buildings to provide the office space required by Tokheim. The building comprised two spacious open-plan offices for 15 people each, with a meeting room in between.

By innovating with its available hire buildings, Portakabin was able to deliver high-quality office facilities within the timeframe specified by Tokheim.

Alastair continues: "The building was completed and handed over on time, just four weeks after we placed the order. The customer service from Portakabin was excellent, with the hire manager and site foreman working hard to ensure the building was ready on schedule and installed without any disruption to our business."

Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop service to meet the demands of this project. That meant providing everything from office furniture and data cabling to fire and intruder alarms, as well as all groundworks and access steps for the building. To reduce on-site disruption, the building was craned into place at the weekend. It was quickly connected to services, then fitted out and furnished ready for the new team to move in.

"The quality of the building has far exceeded our expectations. Internally, the offices provide a high standard of workspace, which our people are very happy with. We’ve had a lot of visitors from the US too, and they have been genuinely impressed by the quality of the working environment."

Alastair Scott, Business Services Director, Tokheim UK Ltd

Location : Kent

Requirement :

With pupil numbers reaching capacity and a new requirement to teach Food Technology, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School needed to expand its facilities with a new dining area, additional Science laboratories and a Food Technology room. The extra facilities had to be in place for the start of the academic year, so the school set about finding a suitable supplier to deliver the quality of buildings it needed.

Solution :

The school’s Site, Premises and Project Manager, Martin Silvester, says: “We had hired Portakabin buildings in the past and, of the suppliers we approached, they were the only one that invited us to visit their Hire Centre to see the quality of buildings for ourselves. We were impressed by the standard of buildings we saw and, from past experience, we knew that Portakabin always lived up to its promises. In addition, they assured us that they could meet our early September deadline.”

Portakabin drew up plans for a two-storey modular building, featuring a large open-plan dining area on the ground floor, which could also double up as an exam hall when required. Upstairs were two fully equipped Science laboratories and the spacious new Food Technology teaching room. The building was connected to the main school building at first-floor level by a walkway, so it would be fully integrated with the rest of the school.

Because the Science classrooms were designated as ‘hazardous areas’ and because the new building would be located adjacent to an existing highly glazed building, Portakabin upgraded the specification of one elevation of its building to meet the necessary fire regulations.

To minimise disruption to pupils, the building modules were delivered at the start of the summer holidays, with delivery lorries carefully negotiating the tight site access. Once the building was installed, Portakabin managed the entire building fit-out over the next six weeks. This involved fully equipping the Science laboratories with everything from gas taps to chemical disposal sinks, and installing all necessary equipment for the Food Technology room.

Portakabin provided a complete one-stop-shop solution, which included fire and security alarm systems, data communications cabling and all access ramps and steps for full Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliance. The project was completed exactly on schedule, in time for the pupils’ return in September.

The unique Portakabin Customer Charter assures all customers of such on-time, on-budget project completions. The charter even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to deliver on time, the company will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Martin adds: “Portakabin handled the installation and fitting out of the new building, which all ran to schedule. Everything was done when they said it would be, and we were very happy with the service provided by the Hire Centre team. And because the building is on hire, I know that if there are ever any problems or maintenance requirements, I can call Portakabin and quickly get the issue resolved.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Bedford

Requirement :

When Unilever’s Research & Development facility needed to house a 130-strong team of scientists following a company restructure, not only did it need to be done in 12 weeks, it also needed to be kitted out with all the necessary facilities.

It was vital to offer the team the best possible working environment, while the company refurbished an existing building on site.

Solution :

Unilever met three modular building providers, but only Portakabin gave the company complete confidence that they could provide everything it needed within the necessary timescales.

Portakabin worked with Unilever to create a solution that met all the requirements of the team, while making maximum use of the space available. This meant installing a dual climate control system, which provides both heating and cooling, as well as smart and effective workstations.

Ensuring easy access for everyone in line with the Disability Discrimination Act and health and safety requirements was also an important consideration, and Portakabin installed a ramp to the front entrance, which was specifically tailored for the site requirements.

"Being able to get everything we needed from one company was fantastic. The excellent level of expertise in every area ensured the project went very smoothly and made the whole process a great deal easier for us."

"My colleagues and I put a plan together for the layout of the building, but after we met the team from Portakabin Interiors they created a much improved design, making far better use of the space available. The workstations were delivered and installed quickly and efficiently and, combined with the excellent internal environment provided by the building, have created an extremely smart office for the team.

"The climate control system is very easy to operate, extremely quiet, and ensures that the working environment is kept at a constant, comfortable temperature all year round.

"The installation of the ramp was extremely quick and didn’t require any time-consuming ground works, which helped to speed up the process.

"The scientists are extremely happy with all the facilities and feel that Portakabin has created a very productive working environment. The facilities in the newly refurbished building will have very high standards to live up to!"

Paul Stuart, Unilever's Engineering Department Manager
Location : Carlisle

Requirement :

In January 2005, exceptional levels of rainfall combined with high tides in the Solway Firth, causing the three rivers that converge in Carlisle to burst their banks. The floodwater devastated many homes and businesses, including United Biscuits’ (UB) huge biscuit manufacturing facility in the town. The entire ground level of the plant, including offices and manufacturing facilities, was inundated with up to nine feet of water.

Once the waters subsided, the firm’s first task was to assess the damage and begin clean-up operations. The priority from the start was to get biscuit production under way again as quickly as possible, and the company identified a need to bring in temporary buildings to house certain key functions.

Solution :

The firm’s insurers, Zurich, called in preferred supplier Portakabin to get temporary accommodation on site as quickly as possible. A team from Portakabin visited the Carlisle plant to assess the company’s requirements.

Portakabin installed three high-quality buildings on the UB site. The delivery required a road closure, which meant it had to be carried out on a Sunday to minimise disruption.

One building now acts as a security reception, fitted with a disabled persons’ toilet and kitchen. The second is a large Titan building, which has become the plant’s occupational health centre, complete with two treatment rooms, a waiting room, toilets, a testing area and an office. The third building is fitted out as a micro-lab, providing a clean, well-equipped environment for the firm’s technical teams.

For these buildings Portakabin provided its full range of additional services – offering a one-stop-shop solution – including climate control in every building, fire and security systems, access ramps and steps, data connections and office furniture.

John Cheshire of UB’s Engineering department, says: “Portakabin provided everything we needed to get these essential buildings up and running as quickly as possible. Once they were delivered, all the extra services were installed during the next few days, and by the end of the week our people had started to move in and use their new facilities.

“The installation went very smoothly, and the buildings were sited within a matter of hours. We now have good quality interim buildings in which key functions can operate effectively, enabling us to concentrate on getting our factory back to production.”

Location : Central London

Requirement :

With the end of the recruitment cap on undergraduate numbers in England taking effect, the requirement for upgrading and expanding learning facilities continues to rise to meet the increased demand for higher education. Extra student places have been made available in England and capital spend by the leading universities is rising to meet the need for new high quality learning facilities that enhance the student experience.

University College London (UCL) – one of the Russell Group of world-class universities – had a requirement for teaching facilities to be in use for two years while its major capital programme is underway. The redevelopment is providing new and refurbished teaching buildings but resulted in a need for additional learning space for short-term use.

Solution :

Portakabin constructed an innovative ‘pop up’ learning hub for UCL in central London in just nine weeks from receipt of order to handover, to help address the surge in student numbers and with no disruption to teaching.

The two-storey building was installed in just two days ready for the start of the new academic year. It would have taken many weeks had the scheme been constructed using site-based building methods.

The learning hub accommodates a lecture theatre for up to 100 students and three seminar rooms.

Commenting on the project, Sam Williams, Capital Projects Manager at University College London, said, “We are really impressed with the performance of the Portakabin team. We needed facilities of the highest standard delivered in the shortest possible timescale. This was achieved and it is an excellent, robust building which has been positively received and is being well used. The vinyl wrap has really enhanced the facility and internally we have varied room sizes to suit the type of learning – from large lectures to smaller seminar working groups.”

Portakabin supplied decking around the building, an access ramp, stairs up to the entrance, air conditioning, emergency lighting, and data communications. The new building has a striking finish, created using a vinyl wrap with strong graphics that reflect and communicate UCL’s programme to transform its estate.

A Constrained and Challenging site

The scheme is sited in a complex location within a courtyard. This required detailed logistical planning from the Portakabin Hire team and great precision for the installation phase with only centimetres to spare. One of the walls also had to be fire rated to 60 minutes due to the proximity to an adjacent brick building.

“The project team was fast and responsive, which was key to the success of the project. We are also very happy with the quality of finish and the additional elements which give the building a permanent feel and further improve the student experience.”

Sam Williams, Capital Projects Manager at University College London


Location : Bristol

Requirement :

After temporary loss of teaching space in early 2018, the University of Bristol appointed Portakabin to provide an additional teaching facility in time for the new academic year in September. Despite the limited space for construction works on the university site, Portakabin created more than 700m2 of teaching space on the campus by using modular construction methods.

Solution :

The University of Bristol site was a challenge, but thanks to modular delivery and installation methods, we were able to provide the university with a large building by installing 22 modules over five days.

Access to the site was particularly challenging, as each module has a height of 3.5m and the access point was a maximum of 3.9m. Our expert team worked within this 40cm clearance by using a forklift truck to manoeuvre the modules through the tight access point and into the open space where a crane lifted the modules into place. It was amazing to watch the team get each module through the gap and into place so smoothly.

\"Portakabin accepted the challenge of delivering the teaching spaces by September 2018, and commited to this from day one. The Portakabin pre-contract team worked closely with the University and design team to ensure the building would meet the needs of our students and staff.\"

Chris Haire, Project Officer, University of Bristol

Location : Carlisle

Requirement :

Additional facilities were required to allow the University of Cumbria to expand its science portfolio by offering degree-level qualifications in chemistry and biomedical science. The investment in the new specialist research laboratories would help address the national skills gap for graduates with specific bioscience skills. The building would also be a catalyst for greater collaboration with local schools to encourage interest in STEM subjects from an early age.

Solution :

The £1.6m project on the Fusehill Campus in Carlisle seamlessly extended laboratory facilities completed by Portakabin in 2015.

Portakabin delivered a second state-of-the-art STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) laboratory scheme – on time, on budget, and after only four months on site. Laboratory accommodation was craned into position in just five days and required only nine people on site.

The building installation was carried out during the summer holidays to avoid any disruption to the university. Externally, the new upper floor has solar control feature glazing, areas of cedar wood finish and brise soleil sun shading to fully integrate it with the first phase of the building.

\"Our priorities were speed, quality and cost efficiency and Portakabin has excelled in each area. We are delighted that the building was handed over on time and on budget in time for the start of the new academic year – and despite a very tight programme.\"

Paul McCulloch, Head of Capital Development, University of Cumbria

Location : Cardiff

Requirement :

The Estates and Facilities department at the University of Glamorgan identified a need for a dedicated Students’ Union building to complement the facilities in its recently completed £37-million Atrium building. A rise in student intake meant the existing recreational and social facilities were insufficient for the expanding student population.

Solution :

The need to get new facilities in place before the start of the new academic year meant that traditional construction methods were out of the question. Off-site modular construction was identified as the best solution and the Estates team set about investigating potential suppliers.

Peter Aleman, Project Manager in the university’s Estates and Facilities department, says: “Portakabin was selected as our preferred supplier because it could meet our tight timescales and because of the quality of the materials used in its buildings. It was the only supplier to use pre-stressed one-piece steel external walls on its buildings and to offer a range of external finishes to complement our existing campus architecture.”

The space available on the site earmarked for the new facility was restricted by an adjacent railway line and existing buildings. The Estates department and Students’ Union presented Portakabin with a preferred layout for the new facility within this space, which Portakabin adapted to fit its modular building system. The final agreed design was a single-storey building constructed from Portakabin Ultima modules, offering high-quality finishes and exceptional thermal efficiency. It incorporates a large open-plan bar and coffee-shop area, a cellar, kitchen and catering facilities, offices, toilets and a shop.

Portakabin provided everything needed for the complete building solution, including fire and intruder alarms, a full air-conditioning system and all finishing touches, meaning that the university had just one supplier to deal with.

Peter adds: “The contract control and management from Portakabin was fantastic. They bent over backwards to meet our needs and were always willing to adapt to our last-minute alterations. The buildings were delivered and completed right on schedule and all minor snagging was completed before the installation team left the site.

“Transport of the modules to site was quite tricky and involved some road closures, all of which Portakabin organised and executed without any hitches on our behalf. I have nothing but praise for the service provided by Portakabin.”

Portakabin has a unique Customer Charter, which assures all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.*

Matt Higgins, Vice President, Campus Development at the university, says: “The new building exceeds all our expectations. The quality of the finishes is superb and everyone has been genuinely impressed by the high standard of the building. It blends in perfectly with the existing Atrium building and even looks as if the two were designed and built at the same time. The new building is now fully fitted out ready for the arrival of the students who, I’m sure, will be delighted with their excellent new facility.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Oxfordshire

Requirement :

The Tinbergen Building was the University’s largest teaching and research building and home to the Departments of Zoology and Experimental Psychology as well as being used by the Department of Biochemistry for teaching.

Following the unexpected closure of the Tinbergen Building in February 2017, options were explored to relocate the departments in order to replace 22,000m2 of viable space.

Specialist teaching laboratories, testing facilities and office accommodation needed to be taken into account as well as dedicated research facilities. With space at a premium, the University needed state-of-the-art facilities for world-leading departments, and quickly.

Anna Sutherland, who led the Arup M&E team assisting Portakabin, explains, "To ensure a successful project, it was essential to quickly understand the complex servicing requirements associated with the laboratory buildings. The fast turnaround for the facilities demanded that the briefing and approvals processes were streamlined. Therefore, throughout the project, clarity and transparency were of utmost importance. Arup’s wealth of experience in laboratory and higher education facilities expedited this, enabling the Portakabin team to work collaboratively with the University ensuring their aspirations and high-quality expectations were realised."

Solution :

The project involved the construction of three separate modular buildings across the campus. The urgent need for space was reflected in the programme with the first building completed in under a year from the initial engagement.

Lee Connolly, Head of Project Design & Engineering for Portakabin explains: “Due to the interim nature of the buildings, the client requested minimal cladding details and finishes.

"We suggested a warm grey colour to the exterior as it is complementary to the existing material palette on the buildings around the site but will also recede into the background. This will ensure there are no negative effects of glare or reflections to users of the surrounding sports grounds. When we make design proposals we take a 360 view on the impact of our buildings and consider both their function and aesthetics.

“The footprint for this building was very specific and had to be carefully controlled. Designers had to take into account how people flow through the building in order to maintain separation between various groups of test subjects and researchers. Maintaining confidentiality for this sensitive work was key.”

The most challenging M&E aspect was the temperature controlled rooms, required to provide a range of conditions between four and 37°C. Working closely with both the University and the supply chain, our team were able to agree the brief for these spaces. Additionally, we installed specialist ventilation and gas detection systems, specifically to enable the use of liquid nitrogen within the respective laboratories. The plethora of high-quality activity at the University, including niche projects such as researching delicate spider webs, requires these high-quality facilities and systems to complement the work.

Lee continues: “We have the capability to deliver accommodation ranging from a single classroom through to award-winning architectural schemes as well as hybrid buildings using advanced off-site technology for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.”

“As part of the decant for the Tinbergen Building, fjmt studio were commissioned to design, in collaboration with Portakabin, three modular laboratory buildings. Although only intended to provide temporary accommodation for a period of up to five years, the modular laboratories still needed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the world leading departments. These facilities ranged from Cat 2 wet laboratories and constant temperature rooms to over 50 specialist testing booths, some electromagnetically shielded to enable EEG studies.”

Adrian Yap, Principal, fjmt studio

Location : Wolverhampton

Requirement :

Increasing numbers of international students, particularly from Saudi Arabia, meant that the University of Wolverhampton needed to expand its prayer room and multi-faith ablution facilities. An existing building was converted into an interim prayer room until a permanent solution could be developed, but adjoining Wudu washrooms were needed to complete the facilities.

Solution :

Paul Davis, Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, says: “Demand for these new amenities was growing all the time, so we needed to act fast to get ablution facilities in place for the start of the new academic year. I did some research and spoke to other universities who’d had similar requirements, and discovered that Portaloo offered a specially designed Wudu washroom building. It offered an ‘off the peg’ solution for our needs, and seemed to be the only portable building of its kind available.”

Portaloo listened to the university’s requirements and came up with a design for an ablution facility incorporating two of its Purity buildings, each fitted out with hygienic, easy-to-clean individual washing stations. The separate male and female units were also fitted with integral Equality Act 2010 compliant disabled access toilets. The buildings were connected to the new prayer room by link corridors, supplied and installed by Portaloo.

Paul continues: “Portaloo were extremely helpful from the outset, supplying all the drawings we needed for our planning permission application very promptly. By the time permission was granted we had just one month left to get the facilities installed before the start of term. We met Portaloo to discuss logistics and they immediately got to work.”

Portaloo prepared the groundworks, service connections and other on-site infrastructure, at the same time as the Purity units were being prepared and fitted out at its nearby Hire Centre.

Paul adds: “Having a Portaloo depot so close by was really beneficial. We were able to take various stakeholders along to see the units before they were delivered, giving them a chance to request any minor tweaks before the buildings were installed.”

The buildings were delivered, installed and connected right on schedule, during August, ensuring there was minimal disruption to students or staff.

Location : Vale of Glamorgan

Requirement :

UWC Atlantic College is a residential school providing an International Baccalaureate education for 16-18 year-old students from 80 different countries. When an electrical fire devastated one of the school’s boarding houses during term time, students were re-housed in other parts of the school. However, a complete new interim boarding house was required for the start of the new academic year, just three months later, until the fire-damaged building could be restored.

Solution :

Nicholas Marten, Director of College Operations at Atlantic College, says: “We searched the market for a suitable building supplier and, after a tender process, chose Portakabin to provide the high-quality boarding accommodation we needed. We were very impressed by the highly professional and responsive approach taken by Portakabin, right from our very first meeting. It really gave us the confidence that they could deliver exactly what we required. Crucially, they offered guarantees that the building would be completed within our tight timescale, and we never doubted it.”

The college provided Portakabin with a plan of the fire-damaged building and asked the company to replicate these facilities in a modular building. The plans devised by Portakabin for a two-storey interim boarding house were quickly approved by the  college and Portakabin set about fitting out and preparing the modules for delivery.

The 860m2 modular building incorporates 13 bedrooms to house up to 48 students, quiet study rooms, a common room and a staff bedsit, as well as storage and drying rooms. Linked to the building are premium-quality Portaloo toilet and shower facilities for the students. All carpets were supplied and fitted by Portakabin, along with access ramps and steps, emergency lighting and a fire alarm system, phone, IT and all service connections, plus plumbing, foundations and skirting.

Access to the college along narrow country lanes meant that Portakabin had to carefully plan the delivery route and liaise with the local council to have overhanging trees cut back, enabling the large modules to be transported safely to the site.

Nicholas continues: “True to their promise, Portakabin delivered the modules right on schedule. The installation went extremely well and Portakabin organised everything very efficiently so the building was completed and handed over on the agreed date. That gave us a full week to move in all the furniture, make up the beds and get everything ready for the students when they arrived at the start of term.

“The standard of accommodation provided by the new building is very high, the rooms are very spacious and the quality of the finishes is excellent. The students are delighted too, as many of the rooms have sea views!”

The fully fitted building was handed over by Portakabin just eight weeks after the order was placed by the college. The unique Portakabin Customer Charter promises customers that every project will be completed on time and on budget. It also promises that if the company ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Nicholas adds: “Completing such a large, high-quality building in such a short turnaround time was an impressive achievement. We were very pleased with the service provided by everyone at Portakabin, from or initial planning meetings through to the installation and fitting out. The Portakabin building will provide our students with a high standard of accommodation until we can reinstate the damaged building.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Requirement :

Vehicle dealer Valley Trucks specialises in the sale, hire and servicing of commercial trucks. Expansion at the company’s Hertfordshire base meant that new office space was required on site. The new facilities needed to be fully integrated with the firm’s existing two-storey workshop and office building.

Solution :

Valley Trucks’ Managing Director, Tony Sewell, says: “We had looked at various options, including conventional buildings as well as modular solutions. We were impressed by the quality and looks of the Portakabin facilities we had seen and finally decided to purchase two Titan buildings. These compared favourably on price with a traditionally constructed building and could be delivered in a fraction of the time.

“The Titan buildings also gave us all the space we needed and had the modern, high-quality feel that we were looking for. In addition, buying a modular building means that if the business ever outgrows its current site, we have a valuable asset that we can easily relocate.”

The Portakabin Titan building range includes the largest single modular building in Europe. The exceptional build quality and size creates durable, spacious working environments for large numbers of people.

Portakabin specialists worked closely with Valley Trucks to finalise the design and specification of the new building. The two Titan buildings were configured to create a two-storey office and reception block, positioned adjacent to the existing building. Links were created between the old and new buildings at ground and first-floor level, with blanking panels used to give the appearance of a single integrated structure.

The Titan buildings were delivered exactly on schedule, as assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment, it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Following close consultation with Valley Trucks and a comprehensive site survey, Portakabin installed the buildings so that the floor level precisely aligned with that in the existing building. The new buildings were fully carpeted and fitted out internally to Valley Trucks’ specifications, including the installation of a climate-control system. Upstairs is a central, open-plan area for the accounts team, plus two separate directors’ offices. Downstairs, an attractive glazed double entrance door leads into a comfortable customer reception area. Also on this floor are individual sales and marketing offices.

Tony Sewell says: “We are more than happy with our new offices, which provide us with a very modern, well-equipped and high-quality workplace. Portakabin took great care to come up with a building that fulfilled our requirements and we were pleased with the service provided at every stage of the project.

“The choice of Portakabin buildings meant there was minimal disruption to our business during installation. If we’d chosen a conventional building we would have had six months of building work to contend with. Because the buildings were fully fitted out and wired up on delivery, we could move straight in. In fact, our new reception was fully operational within a week of Portakabin leaving the site.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Enfield, London

Requirement :

Family bakers, Warburtons, needed high quality office space with a permanent appearance to accommodate eight of its managerial staff and consultants while construction work at its Enfield site commenced.

Solution :

Having worked with Portakabin before, Mark Picconi, Factory Manager at Warburtons, Enfield got in touch with his nearest Portakabin Hire Centre to see how it could help.

Warburtons decided that the Portakabin Solus building offered the best accommodation solution for its high level managerial staff. The building was delivered and sited in five working days, which meant minimal disruption to Warburtons and the day-to-day running of the business.

Mark Picconi said, ‘The new Portakabin Solus building fulfilled our needs as we required smart accommodation with a permanent appearance. The environment provided was light and airy, which is very important for staff productivity.’

The Portakabin Solus building incorporates architectural design within a single relocatable modular building. It features a modern exterior with non-telescopic legs for a permanent appearance and double-glazed windows and door to let in generous amounts of natural light. Desk-height access to power and data communications points makes the office space more practical and comfortable for its occupants to use.

Location : Warwickshire

Requirement :


One of the country\'s top tourist attractions, Warwick Castle, staged a medieval encampment for 5,000 US children over a three-month period during the summer. The children had the privilege of camping out in the beautiful grounds of this impressive castle for one night, which required the provision of complete toilet and shower facilities for t/he young guests and their adult leaders. The guests were paying a premium price for this unique experience, so the quality of the washroom amenities needed to be first rate.

Solution :


Jamie Charlesworth, Operations Manager at Warwick Castle, says: \"I was aware of the reputation of Portaloo as a major provider of temporary toilets. When we met with the Hire Centre team we found that they were able to provide everything we wanted in terms of service and quality of facilities.\"

 The Castle\'s medieval encampment would be hosting up to 200 children at a time, and Portaloo recommended the size of facilities suitable for this volume of people. The company also recommended its Premium range of toilets and showers to meet the high quality expectations of the guests. Portaloo supplied eight toilet and shower units, on hire for three months. These included male, female and disabled persons\' toilet blocks, three shower blocks for the children, and two toilet and shower blocks for the adult leaders. These were supplied complete with water bowsers to overcome water-pressure difficulties on site, as well as an automatic cut-off system to prevent overflows.

 The timescale for getting the facilities in place was very tight. However, Portaloo delivered everything on the agreed date, in line with its unique Customer Charter promise to provide all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portaloo even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide a week\'s free hire for every day it is late.*

 The delivery of the units required careful planning and had to be carried out to a strict schedule to avoid disruption during the Castle\'s opening hours. The installation also demanded a highly sensitive craning operation to ensure that no damage was caused to this Grade 1 listed landscape.

 Jamie Charlesworth adds: \"We were very happy with the as-new quality of the facilities from Portaloo, which certainly fulfilled our brief to deliver premium-standard amenities. They performed well throughout the summer and handled the high-volume use with no problems.

 \"The service from the Portaloo Hire Centre was excellent. They provided support throughout the project and were very responsive to any requests from us. We are planning to hold an even bigger encampment event next year, and we will certainly return to Portaloo for our temporary toilet facilities.\"

 * Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Watford

Requirement :

Watford General Hospital identified a requirement for a ‘surge’ ward to cope with high demand for beds at peak times. Due to unprecedented increases in emergency demand, the existing wards were being put under severe pressure. This new ward would act as a valuable safety valve. The plan was to hire a modular ward building for three years while other changes were undertaken to enable the hospital to cater for greater patient numbers.

Solution :

Kyle McClelland, Associate Director, Strategic Developments at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, says: “The timescale for getting this building on site was extremely challenging. We evaluated a number of modular building suppliers and Portakabin was the only one able to promise delivery within the four months we had to complete the building, and to offer the high-quality buildings we required.”

The hospital, in partnership with Portakabin, finalised the specification for a 340m2 18-bed ward building, with two separate wards to achieve samesex compliance and equipped to meet all relevant HTM guidelines. The Ultima modular building featured a central core area where all essential ward services were housed, including a kitchen, clean and dirty utilities, a reception area, kitchen, toilets and showers. Either side of this were two spacious nine-bed wards.

The building was to be located on the car-park, with a link corridor to the main hospital. Being a modular building it required no intrusive groundworks, enabling the car-park to be left intact. Portakabin handled the entire building installation and fit out, including foul drain connections, all reception furniture, special NHS-standard bed-heads, alarm systems, heavy-duty flooring, data communications cabling and climate-control systems.

Kyle adds: “The whole process was greatly simplified because Portakabin could handle every aspect of equipping and fitting out the building, which made it possible to complete the project so quickly. Portakabin had just four months to design, build and hand over the building – and they completed it bang on time.”

Location : Aberdeen, Scotland

Requirement :

When Weatherford UK, a world-leading oil industry training company, installed a £1 million on-shore test rig at their site in Aberdeen, they needed to establish high-quality training facilities that could be positioned beside the rig.

 This meant that the building needed to be flexible enough to meet this requirement and cater for future expansion.

 Over the past five years, Weatherford’s rapid expansion programme has seen a huge increase in manpower. Chris Ball, Training Centre Manager at Weatherford explains:In 2001 we had 971 students through the door. In 2005 there were 7000! So, we needed a flexible building system that could meet our changing needs and one that could be delivered and installed very quickly.”

Solution :

As no other building method could match their need for speed and flexibility, Weatherford turned to Portakabin. A modular solution from Portakabin means that additional floors and extensions can be added or buildings reduced and reconfigured quickly and simply with little or no disruption.

Three extensions in seven years!

This flexibility has been crucial for Weatherford, as the company has extended its original training centre three times in the past seven years. The original building was a single Duplex module classroom purchased from Portakabin in 1999. In the same year, three other Duplex modules were added.

In 2001, due to huge expansion, more space was required. Weatherford turned to Portakabin again to increase the building to a two-story facility, consisting of twelve on twelve double storey Duplex modules. This provides a floor area of approximately 900 square meters, including an internal stairpod.

High-quality building for hire

Portakabin also offers a range of solutions for hire. With no minimum hire period, Weatherford could enjoy maintenance-free buildings and the freedom to expand, reduce and relocate as their needs change. In addition, hiring from Portakabin means easy monthly repayments – with no tied-up capital.

Weatherford’s third and latest expansion includes the hire of two Portakabin Titan buildings to create a spacious, open-plan office. This means that Weatherford can now accommodate all their students under one roof. The new buildings replace two, separate older cabins that were situated across the road from the training centre.

Chris explains: The flexibility of the buildings allows all our internal needs to be taken care of. Two large concertina partitions give the ability to open up the classrooms to increase space. This means we can house small groups in individual rooms or we can move the walls back to create an open-plan interior that holds up to 90 students.”

The latest expansion increases the building to just under 1000 square meters. Chris says: “From inside the facility you would never know that you are working in anything other than a traditional building… And during expansion all electrics, networks and cabling are taken care of without any of the hassle you would encounter in a concrete building!”

Chris has been equally impressed with the service he has received from Portakabin. Each stage of development has been supported by the Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver buildings on time and on budget. If a building is ever delayed, the company offers a week’s free hire for every day it is late.

This peace of mind promise has proved invaluable to Weatherford.Chris concludes: “We are very happy with the products and the service we have received, particularly from the local Hire Centre at Aberdeen. Their response has always been excellent… Portakabin has always done exactly what we have requested; supplying and installing exactly what we require, on time and on budget to very high standards.”

Chris Ball, Training Manager. Weatherford UK Ltd

Location : Crieff

Requirement :

Wiltshire Farm Foods is the UK’s leading meals delivery service. The company delivers high quality frozen meals, prepared in Trowbridge,Wiltshire, through a network of local outlets.

In the early hours of a Saturday morning before Christmas the office building at the company’s outlet in Crieff was destroyed by fire. Without a building to house staff the business would have been unable to operate and process customer orders and deliveries, effectively suspending operations.

Solution :

Douglas Lamont, Director, Wiltshire Farm Foods, says: “We were devastated by the sight of the burnt out buildings and on that Saturday morning I phoned the Dundee office of Portakabin in the forlorn hope that there might be someone in.

To my great surprise the phone was answered and I was able to explain my predicament. A member of the Portakabin team was on site with me by lunchtime to survey the area and discuss our immediate requirements.

By Monday afternoon we had the first Portakabin building in place, providing office space, WC facilities and basic kitchen facilities. The next day a further building was delivered with more open plan office space.

“The service from the Portakabin team was absolutely tremendous and as a result of what they were able to do for us so quickly and efficiently we did not lose a single day of trading.

\"Since that time the Portakabin team continued to work closely with us and developed a bespoke plan for a permanent building constructed from Portakabin Titan modules. They even installed interim buildings on hire until we could finalise plans for the permanent solution.

\"We now have a high quality, modern office building that is designed to meet our own specific requirements. The team at Portakabin are excellent and helped us out of a very difficult situation.”

After an immediate response to the initial crisis the team at Portakabin worked closely with Douglas to create a permanent solution that was in place and operational within just six months following fire damage. 

Location : Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Requirement :


Supply chain and logistics specialist Wincanton plc operates the Britvic National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire, where it needed to consolidate a number of teams into a single building to improve communications and efficiency. A suitable high-specification working environment was needed for these teams, but with just eight weeks to get new facilities in place, Wincanton knew it would take an exceptional supplier to get everything completed on time.

Solution :


Stephen Martin, Wincanton’s Facilities Manager at Britvic NDC, says: “We have a long-standing relationship with Portakabin, which goes back more than eight years. We return to them time and again because the service is always very good, the installations run smoothly and the buildings are excellent. We had no qualms about going back to them when we needed a large building for our amalgamated teams in such a short timescale.”

After listening to the client’s requirements and deadlines, Portakabin recommended its robust, attractive, high-quality Duplex modules. The building devised by Portakabin comprises a large open-plan office area where the teams can work together freely, storage space and a separate workshop for site-based maintenance personnel.

“With just eight weeks to deliver the building, I knew this project would be a challenge for any supplier,” says Stephen, “but I trusted Portakabin to do it thanks to their ‘on-time’ Customer Charter promise. In the end they pulled out all the stops and got the modules here on time. It helps that Portakabin has such a large nationwide network. The scale of their operations and their logistical resources meant that buildings could be sourced from across the country and delivered on time to our site ready for installation.”

The Portakabin Customer Charter gave Wincanton all the assurances it needed that its facilities would be delivered on time. The unique Charter promises all customers that their buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even promises that if Portakabin ever fails to deliver on time, the company will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

 The new Duplex building, with its attractive grey exterior, blends in perfectly with the adjacent large warehouse on site. To simplify the whole project and make life easier for the Wincanton project team, Portakabin provided the air-conditioning system, access ramps and steps and all the office furniture required for the new building.

 “Our needs on this site are constantly changing,” explains Stephen, “so rather than expending capital on these items, it made much more sense for us to hire them. Then, if we ever need to rearrange or relocate the building, I’m not left with a load of furniture to store – I can simply return it to Portakabin.”

Portakabin provided round-the-clock project support to ensure that everything ran to schedule and that any issues were tackled promptly. Such 24-hour back-up comes as standard from Portakabin, and is an integral part of its on-time, on-budget commitment.

Stephen adds: “As always, our local Hire Centre manager was very supportive throughout the project and the Portakabin project manager kept us well informed and kept the project moving along briskly. We wanted to give our teams an environment that looked and felt like a first-class office building – and that’s exactly what they’ve got.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Manchester

Requirement :

A devastating fire at Withington Girls' School in Manchester during the summer holidays left students without essential facilities for the start of the new term.

Solution :

Portakabin's new double classroom building proved the perfect solution, offering bright, well-equipped and spacious classrooms. The Stockport Hire Centre team pulled out all the stops to get the classrooms set up in just two weeks, so students could continue to enjoy first-class learning facilities.

 "It is vital for a leading independent school like ours that we provide the very highest quality accommodation for our pupils at all times. We are very pleased with our new classrooms, and we have even ordered another double unit. The rooms are providing excellent facilities while we rebuild the damaged areas of the school."

Sharon Senn, Bursar, Withington Girls' School

Location : Surrey

Requirement :

Following a decision in 2014 to reconfigure Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, plans for a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Goldsworth Park in Woking, Surrey started to take shape.

Portakabin was called in by the project team to design and manufacture an office administration block which could be installed on site whilst building work continued concurrently.

Solution :

Graeme Robinson, Director and General Manager for Portakabin Refurbished comments: “As an independent charity, the hospice needed a building that provided value for money as well the flexibility to integrate into the development’s already busy programme. A solution from Portakabin Refurbished provides exactly that, as well as the outstanding and reliable quality of our design, build and install.

“It was an amazing project to be part of. The hospice is well known locally for all the fantastic services it provides so our team were delighted to have been able to be part of it.”

“For the first time our support teams are based at the same site as the hospice building enabling us to work closely with our Clinical colleagues helping us to raise funds and awareness vital for the continuation of our care to the community.”

Jayne Cooper, CEO, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice

Location : Wolverhampton

Requirement :

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club needed to provide additional seating to cope with growing crowds at its Molineux stadium, and ordered a new stand to seat an extra 900 people. The club’s existing toilet facilities were not designed to cater for the numbers of supporters using this new stand, so the club set about sourcing additional facilities.

Solution :

The timescales for getting the toilets in place were extremely short, and when a local supplier let the club down at the eleventh hour, Stadium Manager Steve Sutton needed to find an alternative supplier very quickly. The toilets needed to be installed before the new stand could be built, and any delay would disrupt the whole project.

Aware of the quality requirements of the club, Steve contacted Portaloo and was delighted to learn that they could deliver the buildings in a matter of days. The company’s reliability is guaranteed by its Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, if the company ever fails to meet this commitment, it offers one week’s free hire for every day it is late.* 

The club hired two toilet units – one male and one female – and both buildings were delivered on the agreed date. The installation required some skilled crane work to fit the units into the restricted site. Once the buildings were positioned, the new stand was then constructed around them.

Steve Sutton says: “We have been very happy with the Portaloo facilities, which provide precisely the quality of accommodation we require. They have coped well with capacity crowds and we have never had any problems. As long as there is a requirement for the additional stand we will retain the toilets to supplement our facilities on big match days.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Kinloss, Scotland

Requirement :

WooHa was acquiring new premises on order to expand their microbrewery business and export their beer into the USA. The expansion would require on-site operational office facilities for their employees as well as a canteen, toilet and shower facilities.

Solution :

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 brief of 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 operational 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.”

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!”

Location : Worcester

Requirement :

Worcestershire Royal Hospital wanted to reduce pressure on its Accident and Emergency (A&E) department by creating a new Surgical Clinical Decision Unit (SCDU) where A&E patients could be assessed fully before being transferred or discharged. The new unit was needed urgenty, but the hospital had to ensure that any new building complied with strict NHS regulations and its own high standards. 

Solution :

Principal contractor, Lend Lease Project Management and Construction, appointed Portakabin to supply the specially equipped building. Kevin Gosney, Assistant Project Manager at Lend Lease, says: “The modular building system used for this project was specified largely because of its superior energy efficiency, with air tightness performance that significantly exceeds Building Regulations requirements.”

The new SCDU constructed by Portakabin provides 24 beds in two wards, as well as ancillary facilities including dirty and clean utilities, nurses’ base, consulting rooms and two en-suite isolation rooms.

To provide the hospital with a complete, ready-to-use building, Portakabin fitted it out with a host of specialist equipment, including a nurse-call system, fire alarms, medical gas systems, bed-head trunking and access control. The SCDU is linked to the hospital’s main building and has full climate control and an air-change ventilation system.

The interim building was completed in just four weeks – two weeks ahead of the programme deadline. It is expected to remain in use for around five years, enabling the hospital to treat A&E patients more quickly and efficiently, and helping it to meet waiting time targets.

Kevin adds: “All the internal fitting out was completed by Portakabin which improved co-ordination and reduced the programme time. There was a great attitude from Portakabin at every stage, and a willingness to get the job done on time, within budget and defect free.”

“The culture of the whole Portakabin team was second to none, nothing was a problem and the project was a great success mainly due to their proactive approach and willingness to work with the other contractors on site, ourselves as principal contractor, the facilities management provider and the Trust.”

Kevin Gosney, Assistant Project Manager, Lend Lease Project Management and Construction

Location : Uckfield, East Sussex

Requirement :

WoWo started out by offering employment for around 100 seasonal workers on the company’s soft fruit farm in East Sussex. The business then diversified into offering working holidays for young people from all over the world. WoWo provides accommodation for the workers in a caravan park on its farm, and provides work for its guests at food-related businesses in the area.

Many of the young people who come to work there are students on gap years, travelling from as far afield as Eastern Europe, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. To cater for these guest workers, the company needs to provide robust, high-quality toilets and shower blocks throughout the year.

Solution :

When the firm first established its caravan park, around 20 years ago, it approached a number of portable toilet providers, including Portaloo, to find the best facilities available. After trying some of the competitors’ units, WoWo soon settled on Portaloo as providing the highest quality facilities and the best service.

Since then the company has continually had Portaloo units on hire, upgrading them as improved facilities have become available. At present WoWo has two large toilet and shower blocks on hire, plus another two units that the company purchased from Portaloo.

Paul Cragg, Managing Partner at WoWo, says: “Over our long-term relationship with Portaloo we have been very happy with the level of service provided and with the generally high standards of the units supplied.

“The toilet and shower blocks are very robust and we have been impressed by Portaloo’s modular technology. The units are very easy to maintain and keep clean, which is essential when they are being used year-round by large numbers of people.

“We keep going back to Portaloo because of the good service levels we receive and the suitability of the products for our requirements. Together these put Portaloo well ahead of the competition.”

Location : York

Requirement :

As part of its ongoing programme of renovation, York Minster needed to refurbish its Chapter House; an annexe to the main cathedral that houses public and staff toilets. All of these facilities needed to be replicated in interim accommodation for up to eight months during the renovation work. The Minster’s top priority was to minimise disruption to visitors over the busy summer season.

Solution :

Jim Boothroyd from project managers Gardiner & Theobold, says: “The requirement was put out to tender by main contractor William Anelay. Portaloo was selected because its proposal matched the tender criteria and provided the best commercial offer. Its buildings met the quality levels required for this prestigious project, which needed to uphold the Minster’s high standards.”

Portaloo worked with William Anelay to devise a plan for the interim buildings that exactly duplicated the facilities in the Chapter House. One special requirement was that the buildings had to be positioned on a 1.4m-high scaffold base, principally to provide level access directly from a door in the Minster wall, but also to protect the archaeologically sensitive ground adjacent to the Minster.

Portaloo specialises in adapting its buildings for unusual locations, and was able to provide all the necessary scaffolding for this project. The installation itself was particularly challenging as the buildings had to be craned into position over hallowed ground on a restricted site, very close to the historically important cathedral. Temporary trackways were laid to enable delivery lorries to get as close as possible to the site without damaging grassed areas.

Jim adds: “Portaloo did a great job of sensitively installing the buildings, craning them into place very carefully. The installation was completed on schedule with no hitches. Everyone is very pleased with the interim ‘facilities’ that have been created here.”

Location : York

Requirement :

Throughout the racing season, the prestigious racecourse needs to provide high-quality toilet facilities for its guests. When a fire closed the main Ebor Grandstand, a damaged ventilation system left the Racecourse in need of an emergency restroom solution just days prior to the John Smiths Cup meeting.

Solution :

Portaloo was able to provide first-class amenities within 48 hours which met the exceptionally high expectations of race clientele at what is a key event of the flat racing season. The John Smith Cup attracts around 45,000 visitors.

Tony Lee, Operations Manager at York Racecourse, says: "When we needed urgent help following the fire and ventilation problems within the main building, we knew we could rely on Portaloo to facilitate the supply and installation of high quality facilities, even at such short notice.

"The service we received from Portaloo was outstanding, with a project manager on site within two hours of our call and all units in place and fully installed within two days. Without the professionalism and efficiency displayed by the Portaloo team our guests would have suffered untold inconvenience."

The Racecourse, which has seven units on permanent hire throughout the racing season, required six additional top-of-the-range units, including one, which Portaloo craned into an extremely awkward position on the second floor balcony.

All Portaloo buildings are constructed entirely from steel to provide maximum quality and durability. Toilet blocks feature full-flushing amenities, with easy-clean fittings, surfaces and floors, as well as high quality sinks, taps and fixtures.

Tony continues: "Race goers expect first class facilities and Portaloo has consistently delivered toilets and washrooms that meet our customers' expectations. We have used Portaloo for a number of years, and continue to be impressed with the standard of service we receive particularly when we were faced with an emergency at our busiest time of year."

Location : Wakefield

Requirement :

When the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust was created in 2006 by the merger of South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service and parts of theTees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service, the enlarged organisation needed additional office space across the region. A disused building adjacent to Wakefield Ambulance Station was identified as a suitable site for redevelopment, and various schemes were proposed for its adaptation or reconstruction.

Solution :

Estates Manager,Paul Farrell, suggested demolishing the old disused building and replacing it with a brand new modular building. He says: “It seemed like the ideal solution to me. I had been impressed by seeing a complete new modular hospital wing being completed inBradfordin a fraction of the time it would have taken using conventional build methods. The modular building method seems a perfect way to meet the NHS’s urgent requirements for high-quality facilities.

\"The Trust had already been working with Portakabin for 18 months or so on the provision of regional rapid-response units, so we knew that its buildings met all permanent building regulations and represented good value for money. In addition, Portakabin is on the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency framework agreement, so there was no need for us to go through a formal tender procedure.”

Paul worked closely with Abbey Construction Consultants, based in Ilkley, to develop a detailed plan for the building and the area around it. They liaised closely with Portakabin so that the modular building supplier could develop proposals for the configuration and layout of the new building, within the footprint of the demolished mortuary. The solution chosen by the Trust was a superior-quality 125m² Portakabin Ultima building, providing six separate offices and a spacious meeting room, as well as toilet facilities and a small kitchen area.
The building was delivered by Portakabin during a weekend, when the car park on site is less congested. The individual modules were craned into position, connected and fully installed by the professional Portakabin team on the Saturday and Sunday. The Trust was assured of a timely delivery of its building by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Paul continues: “Because the building was delivered within our budget, we were able to spend a bit more on completing the site to a high standard, by re-laying the car park, creating a patio break-out area and landscaping the area around the offices. As a result, the attractive new building and its surroundings have really refreshed the whole site. We had previously had problems with vandalism around the disused building, but those have stopped since we installed this bright new building.”

The new offices provide accommodation forWakefield’s assistant director of operations and locality manager, along with their PA, as well as the health and safety manager, clinical team educator and support officer. The large meeting room has quickly become popular with staff from across the region and is always in demand.

Paul adds: “Modular construction seems to me to be the best solution to our need for cost-effective, yet high-quality buildings completed to tight deadlines. It’s also much easier to manage and causes less disruption than a brick and blockwork building project, since there are far fewer on-site trades to coordinate and the construction work is over in a fraction of the time.

“Everyone who now works in the new offices is very pleased with their surroundings and is impressed with the quality of the building. In fact, the only complaints have come from staff based in the adjacent ambulance station building who are now pressing for the scheduled refurbishment of the station to start quickly in order to give them equal quality facilities.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

Location : Billingham

Requirement :

Award-winning house builder Yuill Homes has, in the past, traditionally converted a double garage on its sites into a marketing suite. However, the company was keen to get a sales facility on site at an earlier stage in the build. This new approach was due to be launched at the smart new College Gardens development in Billingham and so a high-quality stand-alone marketing suite was needed's.

Solution :

Lindsay Greenhalgh, Marketing and Communications Manager at Yuill Homes, says: “We had some very strict criteria for the building. It needed to be easily transportable, durable, have a flexible easily modified interior and a very professional look. We knew that Portakabin provided bespoke marketing suites, so we asked them and a number of other companies to show us what they could deliver.

“The Portakabin glazed Titan building proved to be the best option. It had the most attractive appearance and met all of our criteria, as well as being within our budget.”

As the largest single modular building in Europe, the Portakabin Titan building offers versatile, spacious interiors. The recently launched glazed Titan building features a full-height glass wall along the front, flooding the interior with natural light and creating an unrivalled aesthetic appearance. Inside, the building offers a bright, inspirational and welcoming space for staff and customers alike.

The layout chosen by Yuill Homes features a large, central open-plan sales area, which houses a model of the development, flat-screen DVD display, a sample area, coffee station and sales literature. The provision of this welcoming and comfortable area allows potential house buyers to browse at their leisure. At one end of the building there is an enclosed staff kitchen area and toilet and at the other end is a separate private office. The exterior of the building is clad with wood-effect panelling to give it a contemporary, professional finish.

Portakabin had the building ready in good time and it was delivered and installed on the agreed date. Such accurate deliveries are assured by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which makes the promise that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet the contract start date, it will provide an additional six months’ product warranty, free of charge. *

Lindsay adds: “We were very happy with the whole process. The Portakabin staff were very helpful, they guided us and kept us informed all along the way. The building looks great and we are very pleased with the quality sales environment it provides. This new marketing suite gives us a long-term solution too. We expect it to be located at Billingham for three to four years, after which we can simply transport it to our next development.”

* Terms and Conditions apply. A copy is available on request.

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