Whilst temporary structures and semi-permanent buildings are designed differently than their permanent counterparts - focusing more on lightweight materials with minimal permanent foundations - there is very little that temporary buildings cannot do. Though we cannot build a temporary Burj Khalifa tower, the point of difference really comes down to the ability to deliver modern looking complete buildings with permanent quality finish in previously unthinkable short timeframes with a modular, flexible systemised approach. Losberger De Boer has built schools, shops, warehouses, aircraft hangers, airport terminals, museums and even a prison.
In the Middle East and around the world, we are seeing a move away from traditional “tents” as temporary structures and an increasing demand for more sophisticated, permanent-look structures. Long-term users rarely want to see standard A-frame tents these days. Instead, inspirational semi-permanent buildings are expected, with floor-to-ceiling glazing, clear roof sails, curves, mezzanine floors, and even double and triple storey buildings with balconies. There is an ever-increasing demand for high specification and design-led temporary or semi-permanent facilities and this is expected to continue through to Expo 2020, where some of the most innovative and unique temporary structures that the world has to offer will be unveiled.
Clients from a range of industries are drawn to the semi-permanent building solution, where it makes sense to have a working facility up and running quickly (in weeks instead of years) or where it needs to be moveable later on. There is no reason why semi-permanent buildings only need to be used for the short term. Semi-permanent structures have been in daily use around the region, some for nearly 10 years now, which demonstrates their durability.
A major advantage of semi-permanent buildings is the rapid build-times with construction often being able to be completed within weeks or months, instead of the usual one to two year timeframe for permanent builds. Temporary structures have often been referred to as “growth enablers” for this reason: A business can immediately start making revenue on a project right away.
Sustainability is a key feature of the temporary structure solution, as they can be dismantled and reused in a new location, as and when business conditions change. Given most models are already manufactured, choosing to use these structures is a zero carbon choice compared to a new building. The latest insulated structures show a 40% decrease in use of power for HVAC compared to more traditional temporary structures, thus driving substantial economic and environmental benefits for customers.
Recently, Losberger De Boer Middle East won the contract to build a high-specification semi-permanent exhibition hall at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) located close to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. At 6,500sqm useable space, the King Abdullah Exhibition Centre will be one of the largest temporary structures to be built in the region.