The company originally specified the 10 x 20 x 5.2 metre, aluminium framed building on a three month rental contract at its headquarters in the West Midlands, which acts as the centre for all aspects of the European business operation. The structure was chosen to provide a secure storage and workshop facility for the refurbishment of one of its customer’s high-specification telecommunications HGVs – which effectively serves as an emergency mobile telephone exchange.
However, once complete, Operations Planning and Supply Chain Development Manager, David Macready realised that the building could be put to further use protecting components from the recent inclement weather and subsequently extended the terms. When the next of Fujitsu’s five specialist HGVs requires refurbishment work, the building will revert to its original purpose.
David Macready said: “We have specified Spaciotempo temporary structures before for storage purposes, so this deal was a natural evolution of the relationship when we had a new requirement. The flexibility of the Spaciotempo offering has enabled us to overcome space constraints on site and allowed us to meet our stringent need for security. Despite being a temporary building, it provides decent working conditions, protected from the elements and is totally secure. Featuring a roller shutter door, access is only enabled via key entry and due to the lack of groundworks we have been able to position the building in the confined space between trees and existing landscaped areas, in full view of our security cameras.
“Furthermore, when the original project was completed, a predicted upturn in a separate business area resulted in the need for a warm, dry storage area. The versatility of the building meant it was equally able to fulfil this role. With the first project funding the initial outlay, this is an extremely cost effective ongoing solution for us.”
Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, part of the worldwide Fujitsu Group, is a leading supplier of next generation telecommunications technology and services across 95 countries globally, to network operators and service providers. It specialises in providing integrated end-to-end access network solutions – from initial design, development and manufacture through to network implementation, support, operation and ongoing management.
Fujitsu’s technology is installed in telephone exchanges and commercial premises, delivering broadband services to millions of homes and businesses. In the UK alone, Fujitsu’s technology accounts for over 8 million lines of DSL broadband, and is the largest supplier of broadband access solutions. Employing more than 700 people, the West Midlands site encompasses Carrier Networks and Services, plus Alternative Carrier Business, as well as Operations, R&D, Sales & Marketing, Administration and Legal & Commercial.
One of the leading providers of temporary buildings, Spaciotempo, offers off-the-shelf and bespoke solutions for companies with temporary structure requirements. The inherent strength of the buildings – built to BS standards – is gained from the aluminium box profile frame which provides snow and wind loadings that are equivalent to permanent structures. The roof, manufactured from the most durable PVC coated polyester, is flame retardant.
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