Market grows for Portakabin reuse


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems has invested £1.5m in new stock to meet growing demand for refurbished Portakabin buildings.

The company, which is part of the Portakabin Group, says that it now has the largest selection of previously-owned Portakabin buildings.    

Foremans has also announced that its turnover has doubled since 2011. In the past year, order value has increased by 46% and growth in the education sector is up by a record 94%.

Foremans managing director Mike Williams said: “Our approach to re-using Portakabin buildings combines all the advantages of modular construction – speed and reduced disruption – with the additional benefits of exceptional cost efficiency, lead times reduced by up to 30% compared to new modular construction, and greater sustainability to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint.”

He added that every building is thoroughly refurbished and factory finished to the customer’s requirements, including fitting new windows, wall linings, partitions, services, doors and flooring.

The refurbishment is carried out off site at one of Foremans’ two production centres, while ground works are progressed on site. The buildings can then be clad in a range of finishes – including brick and rainscreen – to complement existing facilities if required. The building can be purchased in single and multi-storey configurations and can be designed and refurbished for a wide variety of uses, including offices; teaching blocks and sixth form centres for schools; transport depots; health centres, and ancillary accommodation for hospitals.


This article was published on 4 Mar 2016 (last updated on 4 Mar 2016).

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