Almost 60 years of supporting businesses – Portakabin was ready to help

Posted on 3 Aug 2020 by The Manufacturer

Portakabin is the UK’s best-known manufacturer and supplier of modular buildings. In addition to providing stunning permanent buildings for every part of society, Portakabin also has a long history of supporting manufacturing businesses in times of crisis.

Crucially, some of the benefits of the modular approach, namely the speed of delivery and the safety and lack of disruption during installation, have become even more valuable to struggling manufacturing businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Being on time and on budget – a Portakabin core promise – has never mattered more.

The nationwide coverage offered by Portakabin with more than 50 visitor centres, gives manufacturers a local point of contact that understands their particular needs.

It’s backed up by the reach of a national company which is particularly useful for companies that have multiple sites across the country and want the same high standards of products and services everywhere.

As requirements change during the current crisis, having the flexibility to fit-out and adapt buildings to cater for social distancing and staff segregation, as well as the addition of signage or Perspex screening has been vital.

And with so many other new operational issues for businesses to deal with the advantage of being able to rely on our ability to manage every aspect of the project from planning permission to installation and delivery has taken some of the pressure off too.

Benefits of a single, self-contained, transportable building

When a quick answer to extra rooms is required, the ease and space advantages of a single, self-contained, transportable building – that can be swiftly and safely installed in-line with government Covid-secure guidelines – are easy to recognise.

In the case of Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s leading frozen meals delivery service, when they faced the disastrous consequences of a fire it looked as if the business would have been unable to operate.

After a Saturday morning call to their local Portakabin Visitor Centre in Crieff their immediate requirements for office space, WC facilities and basic kitchen facilities were in place within 48 hours.

As Douglas Lamont a Director at the company says: “The service from Portakabin was tremendous. As a result of what they were able to do for us so quickly and efficiently we didn’t lose a single day of trading.”

And there is no compromise on quality either as Totally Wicked discovered when they needed more space for e-liquid production.

Their Portakabin off-site solution has enabled the company to increase capacity to more than 10 million bottles of premium quality e-liquid every year.

As Stuart Mercer, Operations Director at Totally Wicked comments: “This is a cutting-edge facility. We are now ideally placed to take the business to the next level, increasing production in a very clean, modern environment.”

If you’d like to know more about how Portakabin could help you now or in the future click the link below to arrange for one of our modular building experts to get in touch and discuss your options: