Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wholesale Warehouse or Freight Distribution Depot?

Modern Temporary Buildings Give an Alternative Option
Shipping News Feature
IRELAND – Temporary buildings are a solution that many warehousemen have been grateful for, particularly in the past couple of decades as technology has improved. Whether it be as a wholesale warehouse or a freight distribution centre the semi-permanent buildings can prove an economical alternative to traditional buildings, structures that can be installed and removed almost instantly in line with demand, the only restrictions being ground space and access.

Whilst this solution has long been accepted in the UK the Irish market has been relatively untapped, until now that seems. Property broker Savills is warning of the increase in rental prices at a time that the nation is being hit by demand for storage space far outweighing supply. Until now businesses have been limited to two major alternatives, renting extra large warehousing space in anticipation of growth, a realistic option for large corporations, but out of reach for companies further down the scale, or built-to-suit warehousing, where landlords build warehouses to meet the requirements of renters, a time constraining option for businesses wishing to retain their competitive edge.

Now one regular supplier of the product, Spaciotempo, has a physical presence in the country following the appointment in January of Philip Tallon to advise clients in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. By using temporary structures, business are provided with an immediate solution and often for a lower capital cost than alternative options. Spaciotempo has already cemented strong links with Irish export businesses, having previously worked with The Tech Group and C&C Group, exporters of Bulmers cider. Spaciotempo’s temporary warehouse contributed significantly to the growth of C&C Group during the launch of its Magners brand, and enabled the business to meet a significant increase in demand for both production and warehouse space. Speaking about the benefits of temporary structures for Irish exporters, Managing Director of Spaciotempo, Scott Jameson commented:

“The use of temporary warehousing can be a key enabler for growth in the export market. The increase in the export market which Ireland has witnessed in recent years is a real success story and great news for the Irish economy, but the current situation regarding warehouse solutions is now fast becoming critical. For Ireland to sustain growth it needs to consider alternative options, current models are not sustainable in the long term. Temporary warehousing solutions are both more cost effective and quicker to install than permanent buildings, offering a viable and innovative alternative and putting control back in the hands of businesses.”

“Temporary buildings can be just as durable and feature-rich as permanent options to support businesses with their storage needs. The facility we installed for Bulmers had a double skinned air-filled PVC polyester coated roof and UPVC wall panels to assist with insulation, as well as five electric roller shutter doors and mercury lights. The beauty of this option is that temporary buildings can be installed on demand and taken away when they are no longer required, making it a more cost effective solution to XXL warehousing and rental schemes. As Ireland continues to grow through warehousing and exports, temporary structures could be the solution to its supply and demand problems. ”

Photo: The Bulmers facility allows the company to supply its busy export order book.