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The Many Applications of Portable Cabins

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The Many Applications of Portable Cabins


Our modern, spacious and highly versatile portable cabins are chosen by commercial businesses, industrial companies, healthcare organisations and educational institutions in Hull, East Yorkshire and across the UK. Portable cabins can be used for all kinds of purposes, from offices and sales suites to classrooms and storage spaces, making them an ideal solution with an affordable price tag.


New and used portable cabins available

Portable Building Sales makes choosing portable cabins a very easy process, as we have new and used models available for immediate delivery. Available in a wide range of sizes, styles and colours, as well as the option to be designed around your precise specifications, we make choosing portable cabins a fast and stress-free experience.


Installation is quick and easy

Having a new building constructed in the traditional way means a lot of noise, dust, mud and disruption as well as multiple health and safety considerations. Portable cabins are different, as you simply choose the type you’d like and we install it in the agreed location very quickly. Whether you’re in a rush or simply don’t want to deal with major disturbance to the flow of your site, portable cabins offer a quick and easy alternative.


Designed around your exact needs

We mentioned at the start of this blog that portable cabins are chosen for all kinds of uses but we thought it would be beneficial to expand on this unique selling point. Whether you need a dedicated space for desks and computer equipment, a welfare facility, a kitchen or canteen, a secure storage unit, toilet and shower facilities, a cycle hub, a training room or a learning environment, portable cabins can be designed to perfectly accommodate your precise needs.


Portable cabins are strong and secure

We only manufacture and stock the very best portable cabins that are designed to modern standards. This means that your portable cabin will be strong, sturdy, secure, warm, comfortable and weather-resistant, not to mention built to comply with all current building regulations.


Save money with portable buildings

Price is always a factor when it comes to upgrading commercial, industrial, educational and healthcare facilities, which is why we strongly recommend considering portable cabins. Forget about hiring architects and multiple contractors, as we design, manufacture, supply, transport and install your portable cabin as a single service.

Available for a highly competitive price, you may be amazed by how much money you can save compared to traditional construction. Whether you put that extra cash aside or use it to upgrade to a larger portable cabin is entirely up to you.


Portable cabins are also available to hire

If you only need the extra space for a limited time, many of our portable cabins are also available to hire for an affordable weekly fee. This gives you the freedom to expand your site on a temporary basis, such as during peak seasons or as a short-term fix whilst a traditional building is being erected elsewhere on your premises.


Ask us about portable cabins

Portable cabins offer a fast, convenient, versatile and cost-effective alternative to traditional construction. To find out more, get in touch today on 01482 656590 or use our contact form.

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Why Choose Modular Classrooms?

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If your school, college, university or training facility is in need of extra space, modular classrooms are a wise decision. In this blog we’re explaining why you should definitely consider modular buildings in place of traditional construction the next time you need to add new learning environments to your grounds.


Modular classrooms are versatile

The beauty of modular classrooms is that they can be used for all kinds of subjects and applications. Whether it’s a classic arrangement with desks and storage space, an open-plan learning space for more active subjects such as drama, a comprehensive science lab, a hands-on workshop or an airy creative setting, modular classrooms can accommodate your exact requirements to a tee.


Super-fast installation

We appreciate that time is of the essence, especially when you take into account curriculums and term dates. That’s why we strongly recommend modular classrooms, as they’re designed and manufactured in our factory and then simply installed by our engineers on your site. This removes multiple processes from being carried out on your premises and ensures that your modular classrooms can be in place very quickly, with minimal disruption and noise.


Save money with modular classrooms

Budgets can be hard to stick to, especially when construction is involved. With this in mind, you’ll be pleased to hear that modular classrooms are very affordable due to numerous factors. Aside from not having to hire an architect, we provide a reliable turnkey service that involves us designing, manufacturing, supplying and installing your modular buildings. This cuts out the middleman and ensures that your money goes further, bringing complete peace of mind.


Modular classrooms are cleaner

Another benefit that many people don’t know about is that due to our modular classrooms being manufactured in a specialist facility, the end result brings better air quality than traditional construction. This is because there’s no opportunity for moisture to become trapped in the walls, ceiling and floor, which prevents damp and mould from forming further down the line. As a result, your modular classroom will have exceptional air quality, which is great news for the health and wellbeing of staff and students alike.


Go green with modular classrooms

We’re sure that environmental responsibility will be high on your list of priorities and the same goes for us. By having modular classrooms installed, you’re opting for a greener approach to construction. Thanks to your classrooms being manufactured in our factory, any waste materials are gathered for repurposing or recycling where possible, rather than simply being sent to landfill. This makes modular classrooms a highly sustainable alternative to the traditional construction route that creates a lot of waste.

In addition, due to modular classrooms being lightweight and easy to transport, our carbon emissions remain low compared to heavier vehicles carrying bricks and cement. The combination of these two factors makes modular construction an excellent choice if you want your supply chain to have as little impact on the planet as possible.


Ask us about modular classrooms

We’re ready to help you choose the perfect modular classrooms for your school, college, university or adult training centre. To find out more, please contact our team of modular building experts on 01482 656590 or use our contact form.

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Should I buy or rent a modular building?

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The first step in choosing modular building construction is now out of the way. However, there are many more decisions before the project can be handed over to the professionals.


Should I Hire or Buy a Modular Building?

When you choose to opt for the modular building style of construction, you need to decide what is best for your project and whether you hire a modular building or buy one. Thankfully, if you choose to hire your modular construction, there is always the option to purchase during your lease. Hiring is an excellent option for projects which have an end time, and thankfully, many leases are flexible to extend the length of a lease.


How do I determine my requirements?

As modular buildings grow in desirability, more companies choose this quick and cost-effective construction method. Here are some questions to consider when designing and visualising the size and look of your modular building.


Why do I want a modular building? – Are you looking for a temporary or permanent workshop? Perhaps you are looking to expand your storage area due to increased business.


How long do I need this space? – If you only need the space for a few months, with a clear deadline or end in place, hiring could be a great option. On the other hand, if you can see a steady increase in business and the need to expand becoming ever prevalent, then a more permanent option may be best for you. Alternatively, you could be concerned about seasonal success, in which hiring to buy could also be an option.


Why should I rent a modular building?

Hiring a modular building is more popular than buying the structure outright and is a good option if you do not know how long you will need this expansion or if you have short term needs. Many common reasons to rent are:

  • A response to peak seasonal activity
  • A place to work whilst carrying out a refurbishment on main buildings
  • Safe storage of product
  • A temporary office or sales area

Hiring a modular building allows you to control your expenses and investments in line with changes to your circumstances. Portable Building Sales support you throughout your project development. Our team of experts can analyse your needs and provide the best options.


Should I buy a modular building?

Long term projects could benefit from purchasing a modular building for a long term solution or permanent expansion. Modular buildings can blend seamlessly with older, more traditional structures, making them an excellent option for cost-effective development. Many common reasons to buy are:

  • New production or packaging lines to facilitate greater demand
  • More space after company growth and success
  • A safe place to store products or backlog

Whilst renting may be more popular, buying outright can be more profitable in the long run. This is because a new modular building makes it easier to add value to your business whilst being less expensive than a brick-and-mortar building.

If you have any questions about buying or renting a modular building, we recommend contacting us at 01482 656590 or email contact@portablebuildingsales.co.uk

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Modular vs Traditional Buildings

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For many generations, the UK has embraced the normality of brick-and-mortar construction. Other forms of construction have been primarily shunned; however, with developing technology, changing needs and new generational ideas, there has been an opening for a new construction method to take the top spot. Modular buildings have come forward to solve our decreasing budgets and increasing needs for affordable living, energy efficiency and speed. The UK government has recognised the importance of modular buildings in the construction industry and has provided a £3bn funding framework to push modular buildings toward being the new norm. Both modular and traditional projects start the same in their construction journey. However, once the facilities are ready to break ground, the two quickly become dramatically different in their approach.


What is a modular building?

Modular construction is the process that uses prefabricated parts which are assembled in a factory using volumetric construction. Modular buildings are transported to the building site either entirely or primarily complete. This process is consistent and quality-controlled under the watchful eye of factory standards and production line speeds. As a result, when a modular building arrives on-site, it is usually 95% complete.


What is traditional construction?

Traditional construction is where the primary structure is constructed entirely or mainly on the construction site. This method, also known as stick-built, is the conventional way of building that has been used for generations as the primary construction method for new buildings. 


Cost differences between modular buildings and traditional construction

Modular buildings are more affordable than traditional construction; shorter build times and reduced design and planning changes significantly influence project costs. Furthermore, as building a modular structure is done in a factory at an optimised production rate, there is no dead time like with traditional construction projects where you must wait for the arrival of materials.

Modular buildings can be paid for in various ways, secured through a framework or private. Many modular building companies also offer a leasing agreement. These flexible lending options have proven very popular in the commercial and public sector, as it means the modular building can be returned once its purpose is complete. As you can expect, this is not possible for traditional buildings.

With the government’s guidance, the above financing options link with the £3bn DfE offsite framework. This framework, which is free of charge, is available to Local authorities, diocese, and academy trusts.


Environmental impacts of modular buildings compared to traditional construction.

  • Health and safety risks are minimised in a factory-based manufacturing environment thanks to the regulations in place for factory floors. 
  • Waste is minimised to reduce the project’s carbon footprint; possible as fewer people are travelling to the site and modules are produced directly to spec using computer-aided manufacturing. This meticulous attention and planning mean that only the needed materials are supplied.
  • Impact on the community is significantly reduced as construction work does not cause noise pollution, traffic, or diversions.
  • Modular buildings can be recycled and reused and, when constructed, using modern standards, benefiting from energy-efficient and airtight design and high-quality products.


The time associated with modular buildings

Modular buildings are famously faster than traditional construction. For example, factory production makes modular construction 50% faster than conventional construction, with 66% of firms that currently use modular buildings having reduced schedules, and 35% experience decreases of four weeks or more.


Schedule of a modular building construction

  • Day 1– Grading and site preparations are carried out, and foundation construction begins.
  • Day 10– Workers start building the modules. The construction for modules begins in the factory simultaneously as the foundations are prepared on-site, meaning weather has almost no impact on the schedule.
  • Day 40:Foundations are completed, and workers can start shipping modules. Modules are shipped 95% completed and include interior and exterior finishes, electrical, plumbing and flooring.
  • Day 45– Staff start setting the modules. Modular buildings are treated as traditional in this instance and must follow code regulations.
  • Day 65 – Interior and exterior finishes are completed. 
  • Day 80– Site clean-up and landscaping are completed. 
  • Day 90– It is the grand opening of your modular building. Once completed, modular construction can look no different to a traditional building.
  • Day 115 – Open for business for 25 days.
  • Day 135– Open for business for 45 days.
  • Day 155– open for business 65 days
  • Day 170– open for business 80 days
  • Day 180– 90 days of return on investment. With up to 50% of time savings over traditional constructions and an average consumption rate of 180 days, modular buildings can accelerate your return on your modular building investment.


The time associated with traditional construction

The term traditional is used to describe linear construction methods. This method requires every step to be completed before the next step can begin, which can cause time delays if teams are not correctly aligned. In addition, traditional construction is impacted heavily by weather, with weather damage and inconsistent labour yield affecting the overall speed and quality of the build. Since all construction takes place on the site, the building schedule is dependent on weather conditions, not staffing shifts.

  • Day 1 – Grading and site preparations start, and foundation construction begins.
  • Day 40 – Foundations are completed.
  • Day 45 – Framing begins.
  • Day 65 – Roofing, siding and insulation are installed.
  • Day 80 – Windows and doors are installed.
  • Day 90 – Rough electrical and plumbing is started.
  • Day 115 – Interior and exterior finishes are completed.
  • Day 135 – Electrical and plumbing finishes are completed..
  • Day 155 – Finishes to trim and touch-ups.
  • Day 170 – Site clean-up and landscaping.
  • Day 180 – Grand opening.


Some overlooked considerations of modular buildings

Access – when planning a modular construction, access must be considered initially. This consideration is because access is needed to allow for the delivery of large modules.

Changes – While the modular building process can be much faster, traditional construction methods allow later design changes.

Rigorous planning – design, approvals, site preparation, and development apply to both construction methods, but modular buildings must be planned and signed off early to allow for a smooth project.


Whilst it may be unlikely that modular buildings will surpass traditional construction in the coming years, there is a threat. With the increasing focus on reducing carbon footprints and using renewable energy in construction, modular buildings can provide many more solutions than their linear predecessor. So we mustn’t think of modular buildings as the market leader through aggressive takeover or the only future resolution but as one of the solutions to our many growing issues in society. If you decide between a modular building or a traditional building for your next project, contact us, and we can help guide you through more of the ins and outs of choosing modular buildings. You can call us at 01482 656590 or email us at contact@portablebuildingsales.co.uk. 



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Modular Construction in the Education Sector

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Schools are constantly in need of funding for new developments to keep up with the demands and needs of children’s learning. Schools have an enormous impact on people and help shape how generational society will form and act in the future. Therefore, it is essential to give them the best possible chance of success. However, with increasing funding shortages, many schools can find it challenging to accommodate increased class spaces, let alone updated facilities.

Modular buildings in the education sector provide a cost-effective and flexible solution to their ever-changing and growing needs. Avoid overcrowding with a modular classroom. Expansion is the first step in preventing overcrowding improving Ofsted ratings and pupil performance. Without compromising on space, style or building time, modular buildings allow for a well-managed project that sticks to budget. Modular classrooms don’t experience the same issues as traditional schools construction projects, such as delays and unforeseen climbing costs.

Every child is unique, and many times we see schools that are ill-equipped to deal with students’ individual needs. This is particularly the case for those with specific needs or disabilities. Portable Building Sales is exceptionally qualified to provide schools with modular classrooms with specialist facilities to cater to disabilities and learning difficulties. As each school has unique focuses, it is crucial to choose a modular classroom supplier that can cater to the individual needs of your students.

You can read about our past projects in specialist school facilities in our Kingsley Special Autistic Facility.

It is crucial to know just how much modular classrooms have revolutionised how we view classroom construction. So when investigating your expansion options, do not overlook the great benefits they could give you over traditional, expensive, and timely construction:

Maintenance – Our modular classrooms are built offsite and 90% completed in our Yorkshire factory. Buildings are kept high quality on the production line. No structure leaves the factory without passing rigorous testing. This ease of production keeps costs down and ensures faster manufacturing and repairs and adjustments are made quickly. 

Sustainability – By choosing your modular classroom, you are reducing wastage and enabling a building to be reused as something else. Offsite construction allows for the clean and stress-free development of your building too. Having the building built in a factory cuts down on emissions caused by disrupted traffic and congregations at a centralised construction site with lots of big lorries delivering supplies daily. Many of these supplies on traditional building sites go to waste. Still, with modular classrooms, only the needed amount is ever used.

Flexibility – Portable Building Sales can install and remove the building if you decide to sell your modular classroom. Modular classrooms are built in a fraction of the time traditional buildings are constructed, making it easier to stick to deadlines and hit important dates such as the start of school years.

Budget – Modular classrooms are a cost-effective option. With every year bringing further restrictions to the available funding to the education sector, managers must explore unconventional and alternative construction methods. We keep costs low by manufacturing all our buildings in our Yorkshire-based factory, improving efficiency and sustainability.

Low disruption – Flexibility is imperative with predicted secondary school population increases forecasted at over 7% by 2026. Schools need to have measures to accommodate the extra students. Portable Building Sales can deliver and install modular classrooms during school holidays or weekends to ensure minimal disruption to the running of your school.

As classrooms are proven to impact children’s learning, it is vital to provide a stimulating environment for education. Modular classrooms offer bright, airy spaces with purpose-built facilities to accommodate student needs. In addition, modular buildings are built with modern specifications and safety standards, using only the best materials for energy efficiency.

Portable Building Supplies is an experienced provider to the education sector. We are committed to quality and are dedicated to upholding strong values in quality, efficiency, support, variety, and experience. When you are exploring your options to develop your school infrastructure and expand to accommodate increasing student quotas, you are worried about the cost of classrooms and how such projects could fit into your project. In that case, modular classrooms will be an excellent option for you. Contact Portable Building Sales with your project’s needs at contact@portablebuildingsales.co.uk or 01482 656590. We can be sure to provide you with helpful information and project planning insights.


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Modular School Buildings & The Education Sector

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Educational buildings made from modular buildings are the newest and latest development in the construction industry for reducing cost and being more sustainable. Modular classrooms offer many benefits over their traditional counterparts, which were likely constructed several decades ago when needs and infrastructure were very different. No longer are modular buildings simple a shipping container or a basic office erected in a construction site, today they offer state of the art technology, design and development and are used in many of the greatest property development projects of the 21st century.

Modular buildings are significant for several industries, particularly the education sector. You could expect to see a modular building in any of the following settings:

  • Nursery
  • School
  • College
  • University
  • Educational Facility

In an industry currently fighting for funding, modular buildings offer an affordable way to expand and cater to student needs safely efficiently. By being able to either buy or hire modular buildings, the school can take the lead on their own plans and goals. The buildings have a quick manufacture turn around, whether they are being renovated or built from scratch. As they are so quick to build, this means less disruption for your students during the installation process and can even be completed during school holidays.

“In the fast-paced environment that we currently live in, why should people have to wait longer to get what they need? Schools are running out of space and don’t have the funding or time to provide a traditional building – Modular construction reduces the time spent on-site by 50%. In addition, modular buildings are built in controlled environments where outside elements have no control meaning any delays in build time.”

Did you know that many modern classrooms are modular buildings? A classroom can be fitted with many different components to make it perfect for your needs:

  • a heating system and electricity for lights, projectors, tools, charging stations, computers, and all other standard needs for average workers and students.
  • a science lab
  • a homeroom
  • gymnasiums for physical education
  • locker rooms for after matches, equipped with changing rooms, showers, and bathrooms

In todays construction industry, developers are searching for ways to make building more sustainable and better for the environment. Modular buildings have proven to be the way forward, as they can be constantly recycled, reused and renovated to fit the needs of their new purpose. A school can easily decide they need to change their standard classroom into a science lab and have the changes made over the course of a summer holiday, ready for the new school year to begin. The guidelines in which modular buildings are made ensure they are created with sustainable materials and are well insulated, meaning they do not waste heat or energy. Could a fully sustainable education system be in the industries near future?

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The Great Benefits of Jackleg Cabins

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If you have been looking for a temporary space for your company, such as an office, classroom or booth during an event, construction work is going on, or you need the extra space, then Jackleg cabins may be your perfect solution. Jackleg cabins are great for those looking for a short-term solution that is functional and portable but as accommodating as a full structure. 

A new building is not only costly but timely and complex – especially if you are only looking for a short-term solution. Jackleg cabins are named after the metal legs used on the cabin’s base. These legs mean that the cabin can be located on uneven surfaces without the need for foundational work. They can even be stacked on top of each other. As jackleg cabins can be stacked on top of each other, this allows for multi-storey units, which provides a bespoke structure to the client’s needs without wasting time on traditional methods.

Jackleg Cabins are Flexible

Jackleg cabins offer great flexibility. Offices, classrooms, pop up kiosks, and first aid facilities can be built quickly and easily. In addition, many jackleg cabins can be modified with an extensive range of optional extras and design choices, as far as kitchen space, worktops and more which makes them suitable for many different situations.

Jackleg Cabins are Portable

Whilst this may seem obvious, it is particularly true with Jackleg cabins. The ease of freely transporting this building is one of its most significant benefits. They can be installed on sites with uneven ground, so no matter where you need to relocate, the structure will be perfectly fine, and you don’t have to worry about it not fitting. If you only require an installation for a short time, it does not always make financial sense to construct an even surface to place a portable building. Jackleg cabins are the perfect solution to this.

Jackleg Cabins are Fast to Install

Thanks to their ease of installation, Jackleg cabins are a great choice. They can be installed very quickly on-site and require little effort. In addition, as they do not need foundations, the components can be rapidly manufactured and arrive on-site entirely constructed promptly.

Jackleg Cabins are Cost-Effective

These portable buildings are incredibly cost-effective. They are produced off-site in factories that keep manufacturing costs low and transported to the site when installed. Constructing a brick building from scratch on your site would be much more expensive and timelier. Some companies hire a used jackleg cabin to reduce costs further. With portable buildings, many different factors can enable you to make impressive savings.

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Modular Office Building for Ceetek Chemicals

Ceetek Chemicals contacted us in early 2021 looking for a new office building. They were looking to expand and upgrade...

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Ceetek Chemicals contacted us in early 2021 looking for a new office building. They were looking to expand and upgrade the business given the success they had been having. They had purchased a new warehouse and site located near Shrewsbury and required a new office facility to be installed linking it to the new warehouse.


Following discussions around their requirements, we produced the attached building design for them. The building provided welfare and canteen space for their warehouse staff and office facilities for sales and management employees.

Our tender was successful, and we were awarded the contract to supply.

Ceetek Chemicals undertook the groundworks for the project, and they came across numerous issues completing the civils around their new site. This led to them having to delay the building installation from August 2021 to October 2021. Despite this, we stored their building free of charge until they were ready.

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2021 was a great year, here it is in Review

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What a challenging but successful year for our company.

Throughout the year, there has been a shortage of materials across the board. Every component we use to manufacture and refurbish buildings has been in short supply either throughout the year or at some point during it. Shortages have come because of Brexit, COVID-19, and the massive demand for materials from commercial and domestic sectors.

The price of raw materials has also been a challenge. Material prices have constantly increased over the last 18 months, with some materials rising by over 100 %.

However, despite this, we have continued our yearly increase in the sale of portable building buildings. We have even increased the sale of new and refurbished modular constructions from the previous year.

We were awarded a ½ million pound contract at Manchester Airport and continued our fantastic relationship with the education sector by supplying numerous schools and nurseries with buildings.


1. Many cabin installations throughout the month start the new year well. 

2. Some double stacked cabins for an aggregates company near Loughborough at a large quarry. 

3. Finished the installation of a brand new timber-clad nursery building for a school in Newcastle.


1. New timber-clad modular building for a nursery at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

2. Install a cabin complex for a timber company in Northumberland, offices, canteen, first aid room, toilets. 

3. First long-distance trip of the year, new modular office building for a transport company in Aberdeen. 


1. Supplied a fully refurbished pre-owned building for a local flying club at Humberside Airport who had lost their original structure to fire. 

2. Fully refurbished pre-owned building for the air ambulance In Leicester to be used as their new base.

3. Continued relationships with existing customers with orders for new buildings received and undertaken.


1. Saw a number of timber clad buildings supplied across the country:
a. Cathedral School – Chelmsford – a small one to one tutor room for a teacher and student.

b. Nigel Belcher Turfing – company in Maidstone – extending offices to house further sales staff.

c. Two new classroom buildings for a specialist school in Loughborough

d. All Saints School – Dorset – extra space for small learning groups.

2. Supplied buildings for the Ambulance service to be used as office space at a number of their depots.


1. Two members of staff become approved site managers after a week of training – Paul Boulonois and Steve Ellerington!

2. Site Manager Steve turned 40, been at the company 13 years.


1. Busy month for cabin deliveries with multiple cabins been delivered to new and existing customers.

2. A number of refurbishment jobs start in the yard getting ready for a busy summer of deliveries.


• Start of the ‘Silly Season’ with the start of the school holidays. A number of school buildings to be delivered and existing buildings removed from the site.
• Removed buildings from various places, Grimsby, Suffolk, Sunderland, Edinburgh.
• St Joseph’s install – Newport, Wales – 2 no. new classroom buildings. 


• Mark Stewart install – Fully refurbished modular building – New Head Office.

• New hire building for St Clare’s school in Derby.


• Swanmore – New classroom space for the school alongside the pre-owned building above.

• Bideford College – New classroom facilities for a school in Bideford, Devon.


• VOG – New mixed-gender toilet facilities for a school in Barry, Wales procured by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. 

• Cool Solutions – Existing customer in Hull. Extension of their existing office building that we provided 5 years ago.


• Rhinox – New office building for a local company in North Newbold.

• MQP – New welfare facility for an existing customer in Loughborough.



• Multiple buildings going out in the final month of the year, one last big push before the Christmas Break.

• Projects in December
o East Surrey Hospital – New office and admin facilities
o Aviagen – new welfare facilities for a chicken hatchery in Strafford-upon-Avon
o VMS – New depot office for a logistics company in Scotland
o Christ College – New six classroom building for a school in Sunderland

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Benefits of Portable Buildings for Education

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Modular buildings have been popular with schools, colleges, universities and training facilities for decades, yet the quality of modern modular buildings is a far cry from the outdated image you may have in mind. This article by Portable Buildings Sales looks at why portable buildings are perfect for the education sector and the types of benefits that they will bring to your campus.


Truly adaptable learning spaces

No matter what you need adding to your site, a modular building will provide the perfect solution. From general classrooms for English and Maths to laboratories for Science lessons, workshops for D&T and catering facilities for Food & Nutrition courses, there’s no limit to what a modular building can accommodate.

Modular buildings can even be designed as bathrooms, changing rooms and shower units, making them a great addition to your school gym.


Flexible lifetime

Many educational organisations choose modular buildings as a long-term solution, as they’re built to last and can be modified according to changing needs. However, they also make an excellent temporary arrangement, such as when the main building of a school, college or university is being renovated.

Similarly, modular buildings can be used as a temporary or long-term school library, meeting room, storage area or staff room. They also make brilliant cycle hubs.


Bespoke design

New modular buildings can be designed to your exact specifications. For example, the size, layout, appearance, accessibility features and the integration of furniture and other fixtures are all aspects that can be shaped to fit your needs.


Speed of installation

Modular buildings are manufactured in a factory-controlled setting and then simply installed on your campus. This means that the need to store materials, equipment and vehicles on your schoolgrounds for weeks on end is removed entirely, plus the modular buildings are fitted in place in a fraction of the time compared to traditional construction.

This also results in minimal noise, mess and disruption on your premises, allowing your educators to inspire the next generation and removing a range of health and safety risks for anyone accessing the site.


Modular buildings are cost-effective

We understand that you need to look after your annual budget, so you’ll be pleased to hear that new and used modular buildings are much more affordable than hiring an architect and multiple contractors. In a nutshell, you get the same great results for a much smaller fee.


Better air quality

Thanks to modular buildings being designed and manufactured in a specialist facility, moisture doesn’t get trapped inside the structure. Traditional construction is different, as damp can settle into the building whilst it’s being erected, which can sometimes lead to poor air quality. Cleaner air is great for everyone’s health and wellbeing, especially staff and students with respiratory problems such as asthma.


Find out more

If you’re interested in new or used modular buildings for your school, college or university, please contact Portable Building Sales on 01482 656590 or use our contact form.

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The Pros and Cons of Modular Construction

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Modular construction is chosen by businesses and organisations across every sector due to its many benefits. To give you an unbiased idea of how modular construction works, the team at Portable Buildings Sales has put together a list of both the advantages and disadvantages that come with choosing the modular approach.


Advantage: Speed of installation

Modular construction is by far the faster option, as the buildings are manufactured in a factory and simply need to be installed on your site. Studies show that modular construction is 30-60% faster than the traditional construction route.


Advantage: Convenience

Due to your modular building being manufactured off-site, there’s no need to store construction materials, equipment and vehicles on your premises for days, weeks or even months on end. This saves space and makes it a hassle-free process.


Advantage: Less waste

For businesses that are looking to meet ambitious green targets, modular construction is definitely the best choice. Only the materials required are transported to your site and virtually zero waste is created whilst the modular building is being installed. In addition, the vast majority of waste created in the factory is recycled or repurposed, making it an environmentally friendly solution.


Advantage: Versatility

New modular buildings are designed with the user’s exact requirements and preferences in mind. Whether you need a new office, sales suite, classroom, changing rooms, catering facility, bike hub or even a shower unit, modular buildings can be designed to suit a wide range of purposes.


Advantage: Weather doesn’t cause delays

As well as being faster in general, modular construction is virtually unaffected by adverse weather conditions. This is because the modules arrive on your site pre-fitted, which means that they simply need to be installed by the team. The time associated with organising plumbing, electrical sockets, lighting, flooring and fixtures is removed from the equation.


Disadvantage: Size

Due to modular buildings being transported to your site, there is a limitation in terms of size. For instance, if you’re looking for a very large building to be added to your premises, the traditional construction route may be the best option.

That being said, many businesses, healthcare providers and educational organisations opt for purchasing multiple modular buildings, which can be designed to create a larger complex of new offices, meetings rooms and teaching spaces.


Disadvantage: Stigma

Despite modern modular buildings being of exceptional quality, adaptability and design, there’s still a stigma attached to them. The idea of the 1970s prefab leaps to mind, which is a far cry from the types of modular buildings available today.

Whilst this disadvantage is minor, it can sometimes make your internal planning process a little clunkier if some people raise concerns over choosing modular buildings in place of traditional construction.


Find out more

If you’re interested in new or used modular buildings for your commercial premises, please contact Portable Building Sales on 01482 656590 or use our contact form.

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Portable Building Sales Record Year 2021

Despite the current difficulties with the materials and the UK supply chain, 2021 has been another record year for Portable...

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Despite the current difficulties with the materials and the UK supply chain, 2021 has been another record year for Portable Buildings.

The pandemic has undoubtedly caused a lot of issues for the construction industry regarding obtaining materials and the UK supply chain. Furthermore, the change in trade deals regarding Brexit and the European Union has ensured shortages. Concerning this, 2021 has been another record year for Portable Building Sales.

With the world discovering just how effective modular construction is for both business growth, affordability and sustainability, there has been a boom in demand for both modular and portable buildings. The past 18 months have proven to the industry the benefits of modular buildings, and demand has grown. The government has backed modular buildings as a new method of sustainable construction. Proven by time and experience, their construction is more environmentally friendly than the building of traditional brick and mortar structures. This sustainable element to modular buildings has been at the forefront of commercial minds as we seek to tackle climate change.

This is the 5th year in a row that we have increased the sales of Portable Buildings, which is a record-breaking increase in business. Customers have purchased our buildings all over the UK. They have been delivered as far up as Aberdeen and down to Penzance and across the channel to Jersey. Our portable buildings were hired by many customers and companies, proving the effectiveness in sustainability across the industry.

We are grateful for the fruitful year 2021 has given us and look forward to the new opportunities of 2022.

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Modular Buildings Around The World

Modular buildings are automatically assumed to be unstylish, outdated, and dreary constructions stuck on the side of a traditional build....

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Modular buildings are automatically assumed to be unstylish, outdated, and dreary constructions stuck on the side of a traditional build. However, not many people realise that many of our modern-day skyscrapers and fashionably styled new builds are built from modular buildings, or affectionately known as shipping containers, as they resemble a shipping container from the outside.

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Japan – The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Japan is synonymous with a modular living culture. Many people know the “gimmick” in the east of pod hotels or very small apartments. However, this is a one-off or novel experience when the art of modular living has been in Japanese culture for generations. The Nakagin Capsule Tower comprises many small modular homes in a small space, stacked together to create a unique looking building. The outside of this building can give away the age, but the rooms are clean and modernised inside.

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B2, Brooklyn, USA – Structural engineering and the ability to precisely create modular containers in a factory offsite enabled the creation of this precisely shaped, triangular apartment complex. This building was originally an experiment to see if modular buildings could make a living in a big city more affordable and sustainable. It was created 18 months short of the average construction project for tower blocks. In addition, the apartments were priced below the market rate to achieve affordability, making B2 a blueprint for tackling overpricing in cities.

Updated: Construction Stops on the B2 BKLYN High-Rise at Atlantic Yards | Architect Magazine

Wuhan Hospital, China – When the Covid 19 virus hit, obviously Wuhan was hit first, and bad. China responded quickly and decided Wuhan needed a hospital building to address the natural disaster outbreak appropriately. They chose to use modular construction to create a fully functioning hospital and could do this in just ten days.

Wuhan Coronavirus: Inside New Hospital Panic-Built to Contain Outbreak

George Road, Croydon, UK – This residential complex is currently under construction and will be the world’s tallest modular building when completed. It is part of Croydon’s rejuvenation scheme, aiming to bring more revenue to the area and make it a more pleasant place to live and work. This has made the buildings exempt from the usual environmental impact assessment conducted on most structures, thanks to modular construction. In addition, by having the building segments created offsite and in a factory, they have minimised wastage and the disturbance caused by conventional buildings; these lower both the environmental impact and disruption to the surrounding areas.

George Street, Croydon - Tide Construction

Nest Toolkit, LA – This is another example of the modern and innovative way a modular building can improve and revolutionise the way we work, live, and think about buildings and construction regarding economics, environment, and social factors. A company in LA has been developing affordable prefabricated living units that can easily be rearranged and customised into different ways to fit the user’s needs. Providing affordable housing for the homeless helps them find social purpose and actively seek further aid to improve their situation, allowing them to integrate back into everyday society easier.

Brooks + Scarpa Design a Toolkit for Affordable Housing | ArchDaily

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The Benefits of Purchasing a Used Modular Building

You can save money by investing in a used modular building rather than a brand-new building. We’re always adding used...

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You can save money by investing in a used modular building rather than a brand-new building. We’re always adding used modular buildings to our stock, this is from external purchasing or buildings returning from their fixed hire agreements.

Some people may have some concerns when it comes to a building that has been in use, however at Portable Building Sales we can guarantee quality when it comes the buildings we stock. All our used modular buildings go through a rigorous testing and quality assurance process to ensure that they are watertight, structurally sound, and ready to perform for your business in the real world. For extra peace of mind, our used modular buildings come with a 12-month warranty which is valid for the date of installation.

You can browse our range of used modular buildings that we currently have in stock by clicking here. If you can’t find something to suit your business listed, we’re constantly receiving new used stock, so it is still worth getting in touch.  You can contact a member of our expert team on 01482 656590. Alternatively, you can fill out an enquiry form found at the top right of our website and we will be in touch.

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We Buy Surplus Modular Buildings

Do you no longer require the use of your modular building? Is it just sitting there gathering dust? Not to...

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Do you no longer require the use of your modular building? Is it just sitting there gathering dust? Not to worry, you can sell your building to Portable Building Sales to recoup some of the money from your investment.

At Portable Building Sales, we are always looking for high quality modular buildings of all sizes and styles to purchase. Selling your modular building has never been easier as we provide a hassle-free service and removal service which minimizes disruption to your business. Our expert team handle the disassembly, removal and transport of your building and ensure the job is completed in accordance to the latest H&S and CDM regulations.

When purchasing a modular building, we offer a free site visit and inspection. Once inspected and evaluated, we will then give you a no-obligation, guaranteed fixed price purchase offer. If you accept our offer – we will pay a deposit and then full payment will be made before removal.

If you are interested in benefiting from our modular building buying service, you can enquire today by calling our buying team on 01482 656590. Alternatively, you can fill out one of our enquiry forms with your details and a member of our team will contact you as soon as they can.

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What are Modular Buildings?

A modular building is a prefabricated building which is made up of individual repeated sections called modules. These modular components...

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A modular building is a prefabricated building which is made up of individual repeated sections called modules. These modular components are manufactured off site in factories and then assembled on site in a variety of arrangements.

Why are Modular Buildings Popular?

Modular buildings initially gained popularity after the second world war when there was a need for the rapid construction of buildings. This is due to the bomb-damaged buildings which needed to be replaced and to accommodate soldiers returning from war.

As of recent, the popularity of modular buildings has increased as with recognition that newer renditions of these buildings can be aesthetically pleasing and achieve a very high build quality which is long lasting, sustainable and that represents excellent value for money.

What are The Advantages of Modular Buildings?

There are many advantages of using modular construction over traditional building practice which include:

  • Increased speed of supply and installation
  • Reduced cost
  • Reduced time on site and disruption to site
  • Reduced labour costs
  • Potential to deconstruct for relocation, reuse or resale.

Modular at Portable Building Sales

At Portable Building Sales, we are proud to able to supply a wide range of new and used high quality modular buildings for sale and for hire.  With a huge range of sizes, styles and layouts available, we have a modular building to suit your business’ needs.

You can browse our collection of modular buildings by clicking here.

For professional help with finding the perfect building, call one of our experts today on 01482 656590 or email contact@portablebuildingsales.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you.