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Additional office space within a factory

Office space in a factory as part of expansion

Organisation : Bendalls Engineering

Building Use : Offices, Manufacturing

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Carlisle

Requirement :

Following a business acquisition, Bendalls Engineering had a need for a self-contained office building as an alternative to constructing new accommodation. This would be located on a steel platform inside its factory in Carlisle.

Bendalls Engineering manufactures precision machine components for the oil and gas, petrochemical, nuclear, renewable energy, and automotive industries, both in the UK and for export. 

This expanding engineering company was established in 1894 in Cumbria as a family business specialising in steel fabrication. In the 1920s Bendalls manufactured body panels for Donald Campbell’s historic Bluebird machines which broke both land and water speed world records.

Solution :

Foremans supplied a second hand 34ft single Portakabin building for the Bendalls project to provide a dedicated office for the General Manager of the new business and its administration. This was felt to be a more cost-effective solution than a newly manufactured building.

The Advantages of Second Hand Portakabin Buildings

Single modular buildings are the ideal solution for a business wishing to expand whilst keeping overheads to a minimum – an important requirement in challenging economic conditions.

Pre-owned Portakabin buildings from Foremans are available for sale and range in size from 10ft to 60ft long, providing a fast and highly cost-effective alternative to new. Applications include buildings for staff, office or storage space. 

All the buildings, which were manufactured by Portakabin – the UK market leader – are easy to site and install with low foundation costs. Foremans’ stocks also meet a full range of finishes, standards and budget requirements.

“The difference in cost between new manufacture and a second hand Foremans building was considerable. However, having visited Foremans centre in East Yorkshire and seen a lot of buildings at first hand, we felt there was little difference in the quality. The buildings we looked at had hardly been used and were in very good condition – just what we needed. The Foremans team was very accommodating throughout and nothing was too much trouble. The building was ready on time – it is a good quality office and we are very happy with it.”

Norman Addison, Managing Director at Bendalls Engineering


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