Smart-Space, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of temporary, semipermanent and permanent buildings, has completed a sixth temporary building in thirteen months at the Maldon manufacturing site of WernerCo, the world’s largest ladder manufacturer by volume.
This latest building, a 50-metre by 20-metre aluminium-fabricated structure with composite walls and a PVC thermo roof, is fully enclosed with a roller shutter door and is used for the storage of extrusions and raw materials. The inventory can be stacked up to six metres high, which optimises the storage capacity of the building.
The Smart-Space constructions form part of a major integration project at Maldon, designed to accommodate the move of four production lines onto the site, along with larger volumes of extruded aluminium from a sister site in Vietnam and some substantial orders from several pan-European retailers.
“Increases in imported and manufactured volumes and a reduction in capacity elsewhere within the business meant we needed a much larger, flexible storage solution for extrusions, fibreglass, other raw materials and stock,” says WernerCo’s UK manufacturing engineering manager, John Darby. “Time was of the essence and we found that temporary buildings provided an ideal alternative to more permanent brick or steel-fabricated structures.”
Even though they may end up being on site for several years, hiring temporary buildings cut the time associated with planning and building regulations requirements significantly and meant that securing the required storage involved no major capital outlay or business rate implications.
“We sent a specification over to Smart-Space, had a fully-costed plan within a couple of days and the building was up within a couple of weeks of order – meaning the whole project took no more than a month from initiation to completion,” says John.
“Every installation has been either on time or early. The teams have worked very hard and have slotted into a busy operational site without any problems. Smart-Space are a pleasure to deal with and have provided us with a vital service at a time of great and positive change within our business.”
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