It is a frequent occasion in the industry to overpay for industrial building, tents or canopies. Each purpose and circumstance differs, but the list below is a good start in the right direction.
1. Be Specific about the Purpose
Being well-defined about the purpose of your building is key to costs and specifically that of ownership. A building erected in the 90s can still stay strong serving one purpose only. A “one thing” means proceduralisation is easier and settling for operators.
2. The obvious is not Obvious
As they say in ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’, “it’s only easy if you know the answers”. The five point below are the most important because they dictate size and material deployment.
- Access and egress
- Types of storage
- Handling equipment
- General usage
Make sure to know clear answers to these.
3. Servicing of the Building
This is key. The ground or slab may act as a foundation, but it will only be coincidence if it is suitable. Foundations and existing structures need to be checked for suitability, specifically:
- What is below the surface ( pipes and wires will increase your costs)
- Overhead obstructions
- What will happen to surface water
- Do you mind surface water running into the building curtilage
4. Traffic Plan
Loading, queueing, parking and one way systems can all emanate from building projects. Make sure you think it through.
5. Life Expectancy
Permanent, temporary or long-term hire have a major impact on design and type of a building. Temporary solutions will want to mount to existing surfaces to keep the costs down and frequently use percussions piles (big tent pegs). Be careful where you put them!
6. Building Protection
PVC buildings need protecting in high winds so location has to be thought through. Any steel work and floor fixings that resist corrosion are essential. Coastal conditions are particularly important and you should have your building thoroughly examined at least once a year. They move, expand and contract and this affects fixings. Carry out repairs at the first opportunity, a patch in time saves an entire canopy.
These are our top tips, but if you need more help, ask away! Here at the Hub we have engineers, professional businesses with excellent reputations and long service to the industry who will happily provide you with free advice and onsite support to help you assess project viability.