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Temporary Building FAQ

What is a temporary building?

Temporary buildings are structures that consist of repeated sections, or modules. These sections can be constructed at one location and then transferred to another, where they are put together to create temporary structures – a fast and efficient way of creating more space for any particular project or site.

Our temporary buildings are insulated and simulate the look and feel of a permanent structure, while they can be used for a whole host of applications, including warehousing, exhibition centres, showrooms and sports halls. Their temporary status means they can also quickly be removed and re-let elsewhere once the initial customer no longer has any need for it.

Why choose Neptunus for temporary buildings?

  • Experience: Founded in 1937, we have been providing temporary structures to our customers for more than 80 years.
  • Versatility: Our modular buildings can be used on a whole range of projects, from showrooms and supermarkets, to conference and exhibition halls, to name just a few.
  • Family-run: Neptunus is now in the third generation of the family, so you can be sure you’re dealing with a company that sticks to its core values and delivers a service with a personal touch.
  • Reliability: Safety is of paramount importance to us, which is why all of our modular buildings are manufactured to European Standard BS EN 13782.
  • Proven: We have an enviable reputation for innovation, reliability and quality as an international supplier of high-class temporary structures and buildings. Please have a look at our case studies to see previous work.

Do I need planning permission for a temporary building?

In general yes. If you’d like to know more about the regulations regarding temporary building hire, please feel free to get in touch with our expert, friendly team, who’ll be happy to talk things through.

Do building regulations apply to temporary buildings?

Yes, but Neptunus can help you with that, too. Our work on Oxford University’s Trinity College or Temporary Airport Terminal Berlin Schönefeld are fine examples of how we used all our skill and expertise to deliver the perfect solution while complying with legal requirements.

How long does it take to build a temporary building?

The answer to this question really depends on the nature of your project and the modular buildings you require. Our structures are readily available and quick to install. Subject to availability of stock we can be commencing on site within weeks of a signed contract and the maximum lead time is 13 weeks. The actual construction time required will depend on the final specification of the temporary building, the conditions on the site and any ground works required.

How long can I use a temporary structure for?

There really is no time limit – your temporary buildings can be in use for anything from just a couple of days to several weeks, months or years. We have examples of structures that have been in place for more than 10 years.

Can a temporary structure be relocated or extended?

Yes, absolutely. The beauty of our modular structures is that they can easily be expanded or moved to another site with a minimum of fuss.
For example, the same portable building was used in the neighbouring towns of Lorentzweiler and Strassen in Luxembourg, both of whom needed a temporary structure while they renovated their sports halls. After Lorentzweiler reopened their facility, the building was moved 13 kilometres down the road and rebuilt in Strassen.
Furthermore, our work with Hamstel Infants and Junior Schools showcased our ability to extend our modular buildings, increasing the space on offer to include a sports hall for the junior school as an addition to the physical education and dining hall we’d provided to the infant school.

Are temporary buildings environmentally friendly?

All of our relocatable buildings are fully reusable, complying with Energy Label A. The components and materials we use are recyclable, so you can be sure that by coming to Neptunus you’ll be gaining a great service and doing your bit for the environment.

How do I find out more about temporary buildings?

If you’d like more information on modular buildings and how we can help you create the extra space you need for your project, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our expert, professional team are always on hand to discuss your needs and find a solution that suits you.

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