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Budget Building – How Used Portable Buildings Can Benefit the Public Sector

It’s a challenging time for organisations in the public sector, and with budgets getting slashed across the board, it can...

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It’s a challenging time for organisations in the public sector, and with budgets getting slashed across the board, it can be difficult to find the money to build new facilities and expand premises.

Purchasing new portable buildings creates a good, cost effective alternative to traditional buildings, but there is an even cheaper solution available to public sector organisations looking to get the most from their budgets.

In this post, we take a look at how all public sector organisations, from councils to emergency services, can benefit from reduced costs, increase flexibility and improve green credentials by investing in used portable buildings.


Perhaps the biggest benefit of investing in used portable buildings is the price – they’re the single most cost-effective way of providing additional space, and great for getting the most out of a tight budget.

Whether your department needs more office space, toilets, welfare facilities, training rooms, storage or staff rooms, a used modular building will always provide the cheapest option. To put it in perspective, the cost of a used portable building will typically be less than half that of an equivalent new portable building.

If you ever find that you don’t need a used portable building, it can also be repurposed, transported to a new place, or sold, enabling you to recoup a good percentage of your initial investment.


Often, when you need additional capacity, you need it quickly, and used portable buildings provide the quickest solution to increasing space.

Traditional buildings can take months or even years to complete, and new portable buildings take several weeks, but used portable buildings can usually be delivered to site and be ready to go within a matter of days.

Flexibility and choice

Although it can be tempting to invest in a new, bespoke portable building that’s completely made to your specifications, often, this isn’t necessary.

There are a huge number of used portable buildings available that are suitable for a full range of applications, and you’ll almost certainly be able to find an existing unit that suits your requirements exactly.

Even if you are struggling to find the right used portable building, it is often more cost effective to have an existing structure adapted than to invest in a new unit, and old buildings can almost always be repurposed to meet the changing needs of your organisation.


One of the misconceptions surrounding portable buildings is that they are a short term, temporary solution that will require replacing every decade or so.

The reality is that portable buildings can have a working lifespan of 60 years or more if looked after properly.

In this way, you can invest in a portable building that’s 10 or 20 years old in the confidence that it will continue to provide your organisation with decades of faithful service.

Green building

Used portable buildings are one of the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient ways of providing additional space. The only environmental impact caused by investing in a used portable building is the energy used to bring it to your site.

Typically this is only around 3% of the energy needed to manufacture a new portable building, and less than 0.4% of the carbon footprint caused by building a traditional structure of the same size.

At the end of their lifespan, the majority of materials used in the construction of portable buildings can be recycled or reused, keeping waste and the lifetime carbon footprint to a minimum.

How Portable Building Sales can help

At Portable Building Sales Ltd., we specialise in the sale and purchase of high quality used portable buildings for a full range of purposes.

All our used portable buildings are rigorously tested and checked to ensure that they are in good working order, and come supplied with a written warranty.

Working with public sector organisations from across the UK including councils, schools, and emergency service providers, we’ll ensure you get the right, cost-effective and long-term solution for your needs.