What is a temporary storage structure?

Searching for more space? Instead of spending time, effort and money either building or purchasing a permanent structure, why not choose a semi-permanent alternative? A temporary structure is not only more affordable than a permanent building, but it also offers greater flexibility and can be transported and erected almost anywhere with ease.

At Mar-Key Group, we have over four decades of experience both designing and manufacturing a wide range of reliable temporary storage structures, so you can trust that we know our thermo-inflated roofs from our loading canopies. Below, we explore which businesses could really benefit from a semi-permanent structure, the different types of temporary storage structures and why these temporary solutions can be a better option than their permanent alternatives.

What is meant by a temporary storage structure?

Put simply, a temporary storage structure refers to any sort of building that is constructed in a modular design and doesn’t require foundations. The term ‘temporary’ simply means that it can be easily dismantled, and some temporary warehouse structures can stay up for years. Depending on the type of temporary storage structure you opt for, it can have many different uses. A temporary storage structure can be used to provide sheltered workspace for employees or as an overflow storage solution, for example.

As temporary storage structures are often designed with a specific business’ requirements in mind, they can vary greatly in terms of design, specification and size. Many businesses will choose to invest in temporary storage structures during refurbishment periods or certain seasons where their business receives greater demand for their products and/or services.

Who uses temporary storage structures?

While you might immediately think of retail stores and warehouses when it comes to temporary storage structures, there’s actually no specific industry that temporary storage structures can be limited to. Instead, you’ll find that businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors will require a temporary storage structure at some point in their business plan – whether it’s foreseen or unplanned. Perhaps you need them to help you through an operational peak or as part of your long term business plan.

What are the different types of temporary storage structure?

From retail companies looking for extra storage space for arge delivered, to event organisers hosting a one-night extravaganza, there’s no limit on the types of industries searching for temporary storage structure solutions. At Mar-Key Group, we’ve divided our temporary storage structures by industry to help you discover which semi-permanent buildings are likely to meet your business requirements.

Warehouse space and storage

One of the most common uses for temporary storage structures is to create almost instant commercial storage space for warehouses. Regardless of whether this extra space is required to cover the seasonal surge in demand for a business’ products or to provide essential storage while the business’ current premises is under refurbishment, a temporary warehouse building has many uses.

Here at Mar-Key Group, our temporary warehouse space and temporary storage structures include single skin steel, single skin PVC and insulated panel structures – each boasting their own distinct advantages. Furthermore, we can also design and manufacture a whole host of temporary warehouse structures and accessories such as loading canopies, thermos-inflated roofs, and roller and access doors to ensure warehousing businesses can operate as normal.

Sports facilities

In the sporting industry, there are many different types of temporary sporting facilities that can be used while current facilities are undergoing refurbishment or maintenance. Instead of cancelling sporting events or pushing them back to a later date, these temporary sporting facilities allow dance classes, gym businesses and scheduled games to go ahead without delay.

Looking for temporary sports facilities that blow your competitors out of the water? At Mar-Key Group, we can deliver everything from temporary changing rooms and gyms to seating and tennis court covers. Not to mention, we also design sports halls that are specifically designed to accommodate courts in line with Sport England sizes as well as well-equipped dance studios boasting sprung floors, waiting areas, toilets and seating.


It’s natural for retail spaces to go through refurbishment at some stage. No matter whether the space is being rebranded or simply refreshed, it’s important to keep customers coming back. This is where temporary retail spaces (complete with eye-catching branding and colour) can help business to run smoothly, encouraging customers to stick to the same location for their weekly shop.

With a helping hand from the knowledgeable and experienced team of designers and technicians at Mar-Key Group, we can work with you to create the perfect retail space. Above all, we ensure that your all-important retail customers are still able to access your store with ease in safe and secure environment.


Suitable for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and many other elaborate celebrations, temporary venues could be the key to instantly expanding the size, number and type of bookings your current business can accommodate. Instead of losing money and being forced to turn down bookings, a temporary venue space can give your business a boost – all for a much more affordable price than a permanent extension or additional premises.

At Mar-Key Group, we offer a selection of temporary venue structures for both hire and purchase, so there’s no need to commit long-term to a semi-permanent addition to your business. Regardless of whether your temporary venue structure requires bespoke entrances, a climate-controlled environment or simply a larger space to accommodate bigger bookings, we can help.


Education facilities (such as sports halls, classrooms and canteens) are essential and can’t simply close whenever maintenance is required unless a suitable replacement facility is on hand. When an essential education structure needs to undergo substantial refurbishment, it’s therefore important to ensure a safe and secure alternative is available to fill in during this period – this is where our high-quality temporary education facilities come into play.

With dedicated support from the fantastic team at Mar-Key Group, we can design and manufacture the perfect temporary education facility for your nursery, high school or college while repairs or upgrades are being made to your current premises. Not to mention, we’ll also ensure that our conscientious team carry out these works with minimal disruption and the utmost consideration for the surrounding environment.

Film and TV

The film and TV industry may not be the first industry you think of when it comes to discussing temporary storage structures. However, you might be surprised to find out that a temporary storage structure can support film and TV crews in various ways. They can be used as costume and prop storage, sound stages and even complete film studios – there’s really no limit on how these handy structures can be utilised!

At Mar-Key Group, we can deliver a wide range of temporary storage structures for film and TV industries, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about our manufacturing and design abilities. Regardless of whether you’re looking for quick deployment, a structure that can be fully built within a matter of days, or an incredibly strong structure that can rig high loads, we’re on hand to provide expert support every step of the way.

Are temporary storage structures durable?

Designed and manufactured to be just as durable as any other traditional building solution, temporary storage structures are both safe and secure when constructed, installed and maintained appropriately. They receive full structural sign off and can be specifically designed to ensure they meet stringent building regulations.

Opting for a temporary storage structure doesn’t mean choosing an unreliable building that only lasts a few weeks. While some temporary buildings are designed to only be erected for a matter of weeks or months, many temporary storage structures can actually last anywhere between 15-20 years. Indeed, some of the temporary structures designed and manufactured by our team of in-house designers and technicians can last more than 25 years, if required.

The durability of your chosen temporary storage structure will also vary depending on the design and material. For example, temporary storage structures with panel insulation are ideal for creating a reliable, temperature-controlled environment. These structures also come complete with optimal security compared to solutions like industrial tents and single skin structures.

At Mar-Key Group, we have the ability to build on practically any surface. Do you want to erect a temporary storage structure on sand, tarmac or slopes? No problem! Our experienced team will assess the area and complete the relevant tests. Alternatively, installing a level concrete slab prior to our construction will create the perfect base for your chosen temporary storage structure and is ideal for mid to long term use.

Why choose temporary warehouses over permanent structures?

There are many reasons as to why a business might opt for a temporary storage structure over a permanent alternative. First and foremost, regardless of whether the temporary storage structure is purchased, hired or leased, it will still be considerably more affordable than building a permanent structure – ideal if you’re working with a tight budget.

Not to mention, the temporary design of these structure ensures that they can be designed and erected in a matter of weeks or even days. The purchase or build of a permanent structure, on the other hand, is likely to take months or years to complete while also being a costly process the longer any negotiations or work continues.

With a temporary storage structure in place, you can quickly overcome operational hurdles. Retail businesses, for example, would lose footfall into the shop while any refurbishment works are being carried out. However, if a temporary retail space has been erected before these works were carried out, this would help to limit disruption to the business.

Why choose Mar-Key Group’s temporary warehouse structures?

Searching for your own temporary warehouse? With over 40 years of invaluable experience both designing, manufacturing and delivering temporary structures across the UK, the talented team at Mar-Key Group know what it takes to produce exceptional temporary business spaces. From extensive semi-permanent warehouses and storage spaces to temporary event venues and more, we can cater to businesses from all kinds of industries.

A proud part of Britain’s manufacturing industry, Mar-Key Group is a member of the Made in Britain campaign and continues to champion British manufacturing. As a result, Mar-Key Group are one of the only British-based structure manufacturers that deliver full manufacturing solutions to UK businesses of all shapes and sizes.

If our dedication to supporting Britain’s manufacturing industry isn’t enough, then you’re sure to be persuaded by our exceptional customer support. Before you even commit to a quote, we ensure all our clients benefit from a free site visit. This allows our expert team to assess which temporary storage structures will work best and where, while giving you the chance to see the incredible people that drive our business forward!

On top of our free site visits and consultations, we can also provide you with planning application support by introducing you to our preferred planning consultants. Not to mention, we’re also able to carry out annual inspections that can help you to keep your temporary storage structure in prime condition for as long as it’s required, while also giving you peace of mind as a business.

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience from start to finish, we have an in-house design team that works hand in hand with our expert technicians. Regardless of whether you require a temporary warehouse or a semi-permanent structure for a one-time event, we have plenty of reliable, robust and even bespoke temporary storage structure solutions for our customers to explore.

Contact us today!

To find out more about our temporary storage structures or to discuss your specific business requirements, please feel free to get in touch with the Mar-Key Group team! If a temporary storage structure sounds like the solution to your refurbishment worries, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can provide professional advice and guidance to support you throughout your decision-making process.

You can either give us a call on 01202577111 or send us your enquiry via email to info@mar-key.com. Alternatively, you can also get in touch with us by using our convenient online contact page. Once you’ve submitted your enquiry (alongside your basic contact details), we’ll get back to your shortly to find out more about your temporary storage structure needs.