1. Get in touch

First, you’ll need to get in touch to discuss your requirements, by calling 01482 656590. Before you call, ask yourself the following:

  • What will you be using the building for?
  • Where will you be positioning the building?
  • How many people do you need to accommodate?
  • Which facilities do you need?
  • Which areas do you want within the building?
  • When do you need the building?
  • What kinds of foundations and groundwork are required?
  • Are you looking to buy or hire?

2. Specification and quotation

Once we’ve discussed your requirements, you’ll receive a free, no obligation proposal, including:

  • A layout diagram that includes all the areas and facilities you require
  • An elevation drawing to show you what the building will look like
  • A full specification of the building
  • A fixed-price quotation

3. Confirmation and site survey

If you’re happy with our proposal, we will arrange for a free site survey to assess the location and examine the access to ensure that the installation can go ahead.

As part of this survey, we’ll also explain the installation process, and go through all our health & safety procedures, before answering any questions you might have.

4. Planning permission

In some cases, you’ll need planning permission to proceed with the installation of your modular building. We will help you to apply for it by providing:

  • All drawings and building specifications free of charge
  • Advice on building regulation issues to support your application

The planning permission application process typically takes between 6 and 8 weeks. Once you’ve received planning permission, you’ll let us know, and we can arrange for a suitable delivery and installation date.

5. Delivery and installation

Once we’ve agreed a date, you can leave the rest to us. We will:

  • Manage all the transportation and delivery
  • Supply all the cranes installation equipment
  • Provide expert installation teams
  • Deliver and install your building professionally, safely, on time and to the agreed costs

Absolutely – all our buildings are supplied with a warranty, and we are committed to providing a first class aftersales service to all our customers.

We supply a comprehensive variety of new and used modular and portable buildings, in a full range of sizes and configurations.

Yes – we can provide you with a full, end-to-end service, from planning right through to final installation, including the creation of any foundations or ground works.

Absolutely – we’re happy to buy back any modular or portable building we supply, as long as it’s in good working order.

Why are there so many terms to describe modular and portable buildings?

We don’t know, but we do understand that it can all get a bit confusing! Here is a list of some common industry terminology:

Modular building

modular building is a pre-fabricated, transportable building that consists of any number of different ‘modules’ (sections), which all fit together. Modular buildings can be single storey, two storey and multi storey structures.

Portable Building

The term portable building is fairly ambiguous. Strictly, it should be used to describe self-contained jackleg cabins, but some people refer to modular buildings as portable buildings.

Jackleg Cabins

jackleg cabin is a self-contained, transportable that comes in sizes from 8′ x 9′ to 60′ x 12′. It gets its name from the ‘jacklegs’ – adjustable supports on either side of the cabin that enable the building to be positioned on uneven ground. The words ‘self-contained’ mean that the single building module has its own electrics and doesn’t rely on other modules.

Relocatable Building

A relocatable building is a portable building. It is a term used to describe any pre-fabricated building that can be transported.

Temporary Building

Temporary building is a description used for both cabins and modular buildings that are to be used on a temporary basis. Many hire fleet providers describe their buildings as temporary.

Volumetric Building

A volumetric building is a pre-fabricated modular building.

Prefabricated Building

A prefabricated building is one that is manufactured in a factory and then transported to the customer’s site. Portable buildings and modular buildings are both prefabricated.


‘Mobile’ and ‘mobile classroom‘ are terms used by the Education sector to describe a wide range of different portable buildings and modular classroom buildings.

Portakabin Building

Many people use the word Portakabin to describe any building. However, the word “Portakabin” is a registered trademark and the name of the York based company that manufactures Portakabin products. These include the previously manufactured Portakabin Duplex building, the Portakabin Ultima range, and the Portakabin Pacemaker and Portakabin Pullman buildings. Although we sometimes have pre-owned Portakabin products in stock, only Portakabin provide new manufactured Portakabin products.

If you require a newly manufactured, genuine Portakabin product, then you should contact Portakabin.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, or want further advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of our expert team today on 01482 656590 or email your questions to contact@portablebuildingsales.co.uk.

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