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Answers to your frequently asked questions about site accommodation from Portakabin Site Accommodation

Below are answers to many of the questions you may have about Portakabin Site Accommodation site accommodation, and the services we provide.Ā 

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If your questions haven't been answered on this page, please do call our expert team on 0845 355 3443 or contact your local Hire Centre. We'll be happy to help.

How many people can a Portakabin Site Accommodation site building accommodate?

Buildings in the Portakabin Site Accommodation range come in a range of sizes and can be configured to provide a wide spectrum of unlimited site complexes to cater for large numbers of people. Previous site configurations have provided site accommodation for over 300 workers. All our buildings, including Konstructa Energy-Saver and Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus site accommodation offer the capability to be double or triple stacked and inter-linked to provide solutions that can house from one to unlimited people. Our team of specialists will be happy to advise you on the most suitable type and size of building for the number of people you need to accommodate and the building's intended use.

We are very short of space on our site. Can buildings be stacked or installed in tight spaces?

Yes, Portakabin Site Accommodation site accommodation buildings can be double or triple-stacked and inter-linked to provide a flexible configuration that best suits your site. Multi-storey capability means large buildings can be created on sites with small footprints or small parcels of land. We also have extensive experience of manoeuvring buildings into challenging locations and can crane buildings into tight sites, for example in the past we have even installed site cabins on a seven metre high gantry using a 100-tonne crane.

What happens if I have a problem with my building?

You should contact your local Hire Centre team on 0845 355 3443 who will provide ongoing support after your site building is delivered. They will act quickly to remedy any problems you may have.

How long can I hire a site building for?

You can hire Portakabin Site Accommodation site buildings for any length of time, giving you the flexibility to keep your building for as long as you need it. A member of your local Hire Centre team will be happy to advise you on the options available.

How are Portakabin Site Accommodation buildings delivered?

We will make all arrangements for the delivery of your buildings and installation will be carried out in line with strict health and safety guidelines. Site cabins are transported by lorry and craned into position. All buildings have, as standard, provision for low-level lifting which supports The Work at Height Regulations 2005 to avoid the increased hazards associated with working at height. Galvanised steel ladder brackets also provide enhanced safety during roof access. Forklift sleeves allow for safer lifting of container units, which are equivalent to 061 and have legs for stacking (but note container units are not manufactured by Portakabin Site Accommodation).

What preparations do I need to make before delivery?

You will need to keep access to the site completely clear of obstructions, allowing enough space for the vehicle delivering the building. Suitable foundations or a level hard-standing area must be available to accommodate the building. Portakabin Site Accommodation can advise you on these matters during a site inspection.

What type of foundations will my Portakabin Site Accommodation building require?

Portakabin Site Accommodation buildings are quickly and easily sited. The need for pad foundations is dependant on site conditions, total weight of the building and the imposed loads. Advice on foundation loads and positions can be given by Portakabin Site Accommodation staff.

What are your buildings made from?

Portakabin Site Accommodation buildings are manufactured using robust all-steel construction methods and are constructed with a steel outer wall, steel roof and galvanised steel floor frame. The walls are injected with foam insulation to give them a high thermal efficiency. This method of construction provides you with a building that requires very little maintenance and offers a high degree of comfort, all year round. Full technical specifications are available for all our buildings to provide more comprehensive information.

What is the electrical specification of the buildings?

Portakabin Site Accommodation site accommodation is designed to meet relevant parts of BS7671 Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (IEE regulations, 17th edition). All buildings are electrically tested under the MPBA (Modular Products and Building Association) Electrical Pre-Delivery Inspection and Test, supported by the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA). More information on electrical loading information is available on request.

Can buildings be fitted out with the furniture that I require?

Yes, a comprehensive choice of robust, easy-clean furniture is available to hire to fully equip your site buildings.  We can supply and install all the furniture and fittings you need to equip your buildings ready for immediate use – whether you need desks, chairs and filing cabinets for your site offices, or tables, lockers and workbenches for your canteens and changing rooms. You can even hire optional extras such as fridges and microwave ovens for mess rooms, and soap dispensers and towel racks for toilet and shower facilities.

What is the Customer Charter and on-time delivery promise?

Our Customer Charter outlines the minimum standards you can expect when hiring site accommodation from Portakabin Site Accommodation. This includes iron-clad delivery dates, comprehensive quotations with no hidden costs, local service by local people, and a modern fleet, manufactured in house, that meets the latest health, safety and environmental standards

Our unique on time delivery pledge promises to provide a week’s free hire in the unlikely event our site accommodation is ever not delivered on the agreed contract date. Click here for more information about the Customer Charter and to download your free copy.

What features help to enhance the security of my building?

All buildings are manufactured to provide exceptional levels of anti-vandal security. Robust steel construction offers protection against fire, extreme weather and accidental damage and a high-security heavy-gauge steel door with a 10-point locking system offers further protection against theft and vandalism. Externally mounted window shutters incorporate secure spring-loaded retaining bolts and anti-jemmy features to prevent break-ins.

Does Portakabin Site Accommodation have a parent company?

Yes, Portakabin Site Accommodation is a member of the Shepherd Group, one of the leading, family-owned private construction businesses in the UK with more than 115 years of experience, a turnover in excess of £600m and more than 3,200 employees worldwide. What’s more, Shepherd Group has a D&B credit score rating of 1, putting it in the top 15% of UK companies with an extremely low probability of business failure – which means Portakabin Site Accommodation is here to stay.

How can choosing the right site accommodation help compliance with the Considerate Constructors Scheme?

Choosing our site buildings can go a long way in helping you achieve a high score in the Code of Considerate Practice, as they incorporate a number of design features that will help your site comply – including energy-saving options, high-quality showers, built-in safety systems and full-flushing toilets for male and female visitors. To find out more about how Portakabin Site Accommodation can help you achieve the highest scores in the Considerate Constructors Scheme you can request our free checklist guide which outlines 12 ways in which our site accommodation can help you to comply by contacting your local Hire Centre on 0845 355 3443.

Does Portakabin Site Accommodation have any independent accreditations?

Yes, Portakabin Site Accommodation and its buildings have been independently accredited and approved by a host of prestigious industry and government bodies, assuring you that they meet or exceed the highest standards. This includes certification to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System). In addition, Portakabin Site Accommodation also has a four-year framework agreement with the Government Procurement Service for the supply of modular buildings to the public sector

Are there any energy-saving building options available?

Yes, the Konstructa Energy-Saver and the Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus high-performance buildings are energy-efficient, economical to run and save energy and water – minimising their impact on the environment. This can help you to reduce your energy use by up to 76% compared to a traditional site cabin – cutting your carbon emissions by up to 3.5 tonnes per year and reducing running costs by up to 87%. We also provide the UK market’s first site office be A-rated for energy efficiency.

Are there corporate branding options to represent my company on site?

Yes, our clean, smart white buildings give you the perfect blank canvas on which to display your corporate identity. The exterior of your buildings can be customised in many ways to suit your corporate image, and we can apply vinyl logos, colour-match the building support legs or even paint entire buildings in your corporate colours.

What building options are available?

A variety of predefined solutions are available in an array of sizes for convenience and speed of delivery, including site offices, toilet and shower units, changing and drying rooms, canteens and mess rooms, and containers. For more complex construction sites, Portakabin Site Accommodation also has the flexibility to customise internal layouts and provide combination units to suit specific needs.

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