European market expansion for Portakabin
York-headquartered modular building expert, Portakabin, has launched a brand new product for the European market, following a major investment in its UK manufacturing facility.
Alta® buildings have been specifically designed for the European hire market and to meet demand – particularly in the healthcare and education sectors – for spacious and energy-efficient temporary buildings.
They provide 6 m long x 3 metre wide modules, which can be assembled into multi-storey buildings which either stand-alone, or are linked to existing buildings to create fully integrated installations, which can accommodate ten to 1,000 people.
Steve Newell, design and engineering director for Portakabin in the UK, said: “Alta means high which is a great reflection of the taller, more spacious and airy spaces created by the design.
“We already have an extensive suite of highly successful buildings in Europe, however, working closely with our colleagues in France, we’ve created a solution to meet the growing demand for premium, spacious and energy-efficient temporary buildings on the continent.
“Our new product completes this, offering the most extensive range of modular buildings in Europe.
“The result is that we have created a factory fit for the future, combining the very latest technology with the very best people and this was all done – to the highest safety standards – during a pandemic.
“These new manufacturing techniques can be adapted so that our Alta buildings can be replicated across Europe, allowing for further expansion across France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.”
The new Portakabin manufacturing facility at York has already created 30 new jobs in the UK and 15 in France, with further recruitment planned with continued growth and increased manufacturing output.