Portakabin Hire announces £22m investment in new fleet

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Portakabin Hire has announced a £22 million investment in new modular buildings available for hire. This is in response to the rising demand for accommodation for interim use in both the commercial and public sectors and will make the Group’s hire fleet among the newest in the UK. It will also give customers the benefit of even shorter lead times.

The £10 million first phase of the investment has already been completed and included £3 million for new double classrooms which are already helping schools and LEAs to address the urgent shortfall in teaching accommodation for primary education across the UK. The second phase of new modular buildings will be manufactured and in stock before the end of this year.

Commenting on the initiative, Robert Snook, Director and General Manager of Portakabin Hire said, “We have ambitious plans to grow the business and our continued investment in new buildings is central to that and will help us meet the increased demand for interim accommodation solutions across the UK.”

“This latest investment will enable us to offer an even better quality hire fleet that is the most modern in the UK. Our customers will also benefit from faster lead times for buildings for short-term use and with no front loading of costs to pay for manufacturing. We offer a flat rate hire cost so our customers have no capital outlay, allowing buildings to be funded cost effectively out of revenue budgets.”

In addition to the fleet expansion,Portakabin has an ongoing programme of investment in its Hire Centre estate. This will enable it to service the needs of local organisations and businesses more effectively, and the requirements of major projects nationwide. New initiatives include a new Hire Centre in Coventry, the relocation of the Crawley Hire Centre to a much larger site at Lingfield as well as new covered workshops and stores buildings in Merseyside and in Oldham. 

With the widest Hire and Visitor Centre network in the UK, Portakabin Hire is well placed to meet the most challenging timescales – 80 per cent of its buildingsare delivered within 14 days and some within just 24 hours. 

The business also commits to visiting every customer within 24 hours of initial contact if requested, to providing a 24-hour service, seven days a week and to completing every project on time and on budget.

Portakabin Hire can deliver both specially-designed projects and standardised accommodation solutions, on sites with restricted or difficult access, with much less disruption than site-based construction and with less impact on the environment. Applications are diverse and include open plan office accommodation, security buildings, canteens, training suites, schools, shower and changing rooms, health clinics and decant ward buildings.

These facilities can be supplied and installed just days from receipt of order complete with energy-efficient comfort heating and cooling, heat recovery ventilation, specialist furniture and fittings, security and fire prevention systems, integrated data communications, access ramps, and entrance canopies. Modular buildings can also be clad, andeasily extended, reconfigured or relocated to meet an organisation’s changing needs.

For further information about modular buildings for interim and emergency applications, visit www.portanews.co.uk, email [email protected] or call 0845 401 0010

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