Every business is different, each with very unique spatial and facility requirements. That’s why customisation is key when choosing temporary buildings.
Temporary buildings built for purpose — Why customisation is important
Getting the right physical space for your business is crucial to everyday operations. It’s where your employees work, where resources and equipment are stored and — in many cases — a place where customers will visit.
A construction site, for example, may benefit massively from a decontamination shower or washroom. But that same unit wouldn’t necessarily be much use to a school in need of a temporary music room, or a dealership wanting to showcase their products and services. Not unless they specialised in bathroom products — and even then it would be pretty weird.
The same thing can be said for using the same unit interchangeably across the same organisation. An office unit makes for a great temporary workspace, but that’s not to say it’s an ideal environment for staff accommodation.
In short, customisation is key when it comes to implementing the right kind of temporary building for your business. In fact, customisation is key when using temporary buildings in any capacity. Not only does proper configuration ensure operational needs are met, but it also prevents unnecessary restrictions and accidents and injury.
Then there are extreme cases like those reported in the news last month; detailing the unliveable conditions some homeless families were forced to endure after container units (not configured for human habitation) were improperly being used as a temporary housing solution.
But at the same time, the news was also filled with plenty of great examples of how temporary buildings have made a positive impact on surrounding communities — from temporary aid stations to fit-for-purpose classrooms.
With all that being said, here are 3 important things to consider when choosing the right temporary building for your needs:
1. Function over form
First and foremost, you ought to be thinking about the functionality of the space you require more than anything else. Consider what you’ll be using this space for, and the layout and configuration will naturally follow.
Identifying your primary needs early in the process is incredibly important, as the supplier you’re working with will then be able to formulate a concept based around your requirements and these will materialise in the eventual end product.
At RBS, we specialise in designing and developing fit-for-purpose buildings for all kinds of businesses whose needs span a variety of industries.
2. Think about the needs of your occupants
This is probably the most important, but the most frequently overlooked. Who will be using the space — and what for?
Consider the number of people, their spatial requirements and how exactly this new building is meant to facilitate their needs (not hinder them!).
Talk to us about your staff, or better yet, include them in the early development stages so we can work towards an ideal building solution for everybody.
3. Remember your legal obligations
Going back to our point earlier, buildings not configured for habitation aren’t just unsuitable for everyday use — they’re abhorrent.
As a responsible employer, it’s your legal obligation to ensure your staff has full access to the facilities and working environments they need to ensure their welfare.
If for example, you’re requiring onsite accommodation for staff working on a large project, you need to consider their pragmatic needs as well as your obligations to provide safe, secure and habitable living conditions.