Temporary Buildings for the quick, cost-effective & robust

PVC Roofed BigBox Temporary Building

We've pushed the design well beyond the standard, allowing 'more with less'.

Due to the collapse of the events industry, marquees are now widely available – but they’re designed for events and have no insulation, so would provide really basic cover but make a hot summer’s day seem tortuous, not to mention condensation and adverse storage conditions (and of course terrible for chilled applications).

The standard temporary building design with its double skin PVC roof and sandwich panel walls mitigate against this, but it's still a stretch to call it 'insulated', at least without the product enhancements we've designed in for extreme needs that need implementing quickly... although we offer an all-steel building as an ideal chilled environment, sometimes a customer doesn't have the time available for this solution, so a quick hybrid is needed.

More than a year ago we designed a setup that pushes the bounds of what’s usually possible with such technology, allowing us to maintain even a temperature of 4 degrees year round.  Details and quality are important – please contact us to discuss as we can help!

And ideal ambient storage solutions

PVC Roofed BigBox Temporary Building

For your short term or quick building needs...

A temporary building can be installed for a set period of time, e.g. during a renovation, but the reality (despite the name) is they're usually in place for many years, even decades, such is the life expectancy. Some call them semi-permanent structures simply as they outlive the perception of temporary (but we prefer to keep our definitions more distinguishable). Apart from a short lead time and quick installation, they are easily relocatable, tolerant of poor surfaces and usually don't require preparatory ground-works.

Hence the description is subjective, meaning different things to different people, e.g. simply a quick storage shed or cheap storage alternative for most businesses, whereas for councils and Planning permission 'temporary' usually means <28 days usage (or 3m sides, <200m2 & >5m from closest boundary). To us “temporary” means a lightweight structure, i.e. with a PVC roof, as opposed to the more permanent and improved performance & longevity from all-steel buildings.

We offer great long term & flexible rentals but you are always welcome to purchase, outright or spreading the payments via Lease so you own it after you’ve paid for it. You can rent first then opt to buy later and we’ll offset some of what you've already paid from the purchase price - this is not the industry standard so we recommend comparing the others' Terms before rushing in!

Lastly it’s useful to mention what they are not… you’ll see from the pictures these are not flimsy bolt-ons, so we can’t use shipping containers as walls or anchorage. We don't need foundations or even concrete, but we do pin or bolt, as deeply as structural engineering calculations specify to properly comply with Buildings Regs.

Tunnels to connect, provide truly temporary cover, even as a Planning workaround...

When you need quick, easy and movable cover...

There's a wide range of useful applications these retractable tunnels satisfy, some obvious, others less so.  There's covered transit (vehicles & forklifts to people; wet weather cover between buildings at work, transport terminals, hospitals and so many other places) and there's temporary cover; anything from vehicles to machinery and truck loading areas - a main advantage being there's a covered facility only when it's needed and retracted again when not - ideal for sites where spare space is not abundant, i.e. almost everywhere.

The tunnels work either on rails (so strong & fixed to a certain track/route) or on wheels allowing them to be moved to different locations. Either way, they are easily retracted and deployed according to needs. They are robust and yet lightweight with aluminium frames and covered in PVC but with various options (windows, doors etc), translucent, different colours, branded... The tunnels have a pantograph, concertina system that affords significant versatility. And whilst we always advocate compliance with standards & rules, prospective customers are sometimes keen to avoid going through the Planning process (yep, most 'temporary buildings' need Planning, just like a building) and if you have a retractable tunnel that's on wheels, well, it's pushed back and away when not in use, which is less than 28 days...

We'd love to hear your comments & questions or If you have a potential needs that could be solved using such a tunnel... please just get in touch with us using the contact enquiry form.

PVC Roofed BigBox Temporary Building


A temporary building has a PVC roof to keep the structure lightweight, even with steel walls, glazed windows, roller doors etc.  They are engineered to last for many years in situ, can be extended as needed and parts can be replaced individually if worn or damaged.

Aluminium Frames

Aluminium framed building.

The most well known, most tolerant of poor surfaces, quickest to install and cheapest to move - often making them the best choice, or even only choice if a decision is left to the last minute. If you search for "temporary buildings" most companies only offer these aluminium systems - whilst they are suited to many applications, they have their limitations (span/width, height, strength, security, PVC gables, internal cables, noisy in the wind and the double-edged sword of anchoring to most hard-standing yard surfaces without requiring ground works) so there are plenty of situations you should consider steel frames instead.

Steel Frames

Steel framed buildings with a PVC Roofs.

Steel Frames - are usually cheaper and stronger on a like-for-like basis (size/spec against aluminium), or allow considerably wider (at least double the maximum sizes allowed by aluminium) and taller structures, although they have a longer lead time. They can still be 'temporary' i.e. lightweight with the PVC roof, work on most poor quality hard surfaces (not usually requiring groundworks) and have other benefits such as use of the whole roof space and being quieter in strong winds. So in many cases, steel is the better choice and yet rarely considered!


A PVC roof can be double-lined (or inflated) for anti condensation and provide basic insulation, so usually most suited to ambient storage - but it isn’t always the most suitable or desirable e.g. due to poor security and they will wear out every 10-15 years, which is why we also offer a permanent all-steel solution, including the roof, for long term use and proper insulation & higher standards.


We’ve completed projects with non-standard shapes & bespoke specifications in steel, so we aren’t confined to rectangles or restrictive standards: if you really need a triangle, pentagon or rhombus we can do that!


A 60m single span x 200m x 14m eaves height "temporary" building (for bulk storage or other huge open space needs) can be available for use at a windy quay side for example, even on a tarmac surface, considerably quicker and cheaper than putting up a traditional store.


Remember when creating an indoor facility on a previously outdoor surface, that surface won’t perform like your warehouse with its purpose-designed indoor floor. Whilst not mandatory for anchorage/stability, it will usually function much better with some preparatory groundworks, e.g. perimeter drains, slope correction near doors, slightly raised pad or ring-beam to manage rainwater and provide better/easier anchorage, all of which we can help you with.


A temporary building is produced and installed relatively quickly; often just 6 weeks’ lead time (larger and steel frame structures take longer). Although the installation might seem like a proper construction process, these structures go up quickly, often within the week. In our quotes we include all plant and construction equipment necessary for the build, so you get an 'all in' price. Standards of finish, fitting and performance are discussed long in advance so customers have a clear understanding to avoid unpleasant surprises - we believe in full honesty!

The main benefit: cost and speed

Many customers choose temporary buildings because they are quick and cost effective solution. As well as providing quick onsite facilities, they usually require no ground-works; just an existing hard standing to prevent subsidence. But we also help folk understand the weaknesses - and to consider all steel buildings.

Installation of Temporary Building.

Building Options

Lack of space can adversely affect the development of your business. Big Box Buildings provide temporary, semi and permanent buildings as a lower cost, lower risk, swifter build realistic option...


Temporary buildings are popular, quick and versatile whereas our more permanent buildings will do almost anything a traditional building can be used for. We offer a full turn-key solution if required, including integration with existing buildings, ground-works, no-leak guarantee and wide range of fixtures and fittings...

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