Steel frame buildings are the staple of most business parks and farms these days and their use is increasing, mainly due to the fact that they are so flexible in what use they can be put to and their cost efficiency. Many people have the wrong idea about steel frame buildings, equating them with huge, grey blocks which mar the edge of many a town, but this is far from the case these days, with many timber-clad buildings being created on a steel frame.
Quick service from planning to completion
If a business is growing fast, it is certainly bad news if any building needed to help with its progress takes ages to be ready. This is especially true if there is an urgent need for more storage of inventory but it equally well applies to something like a coffee-shop to enhance the shopping experience in a garden-centre, for instance, or a tourist attraction. Choosing a steel frame building means that new space can be up and running in very little time and most companies, for example Midbrook Steel Buildings, can see you through from first drawings to the finished product, including the important extras such as power and drainage. With no subcontractors needed, even a large project can be ready in weeks.
Perfect for community projects
Charities and other community groups often have urgent need for premises, but funds are not always available. With a steel framed building, costs are always lower than a brick equivalent but there are no corners cut – the finished product is as weather-proof and long-lasting as a brick building, so there is no feeling that the end result is in any way temporary or makeshift. Warm, dry and secure, a steel framed building is often a stronger option than a timber framed building – and of course, if a timber clad look is required, it is a simple matter to arrange.
A totally bespoke building
A steel frame building can be just exactly as the owner-to-be wants – although there are naturally a few restraints on numbers and positions of windows and doors from a stability point of view, as long as it complies with building regulations, it is possible. This is a great plus for anyone wanting to extend an existing set of buildings – no matter how long they have been there, the new ones can be built to blend in. And inside, there are so many options too, from mezzanine galleries, through one huge warehousing space to small offices. Schools are increasingly finding steel framed buildings to be the perfect solution to the perennial problem of needing more classrooms. There is no longer any need to add on with expensive and flimsy temporary buildings – a steel-framed lab wing or gym will give good service for many years and can be added to and changed internally as often as necessary, often much more easily than a brick-built building.
Security comes as standard
Some clients who consider a steel framed building have reservations regarding security, but there is no need for concern as it is easier to install really robust systems when building the project than trying to add it on to a brick building. With all kinds of doors on offer – roller-shutter, sliding and conventionally opening doors are all available and locks of the highest quality are easy to fit. Most doors come with 12 point locking and of course it is simplicity itself to add spikes, CCTV security cameras or extra barriers when the building is being erected.
Big or small – steel framed buildings come in all sizes
Not only are steel-framed buildings completely flexible in their internal layout, they also come in all sizes, from a small office to an enormous warehouse or hangar storage facility. They can have solid walls or be open-sided; they can have loads of windows or none at all; they can be metal or they can be timber-clad – in fact the only limitation to what a steel framed building ends up looking like inside and out is the imagination of the end-user. Most companies such as Midbrook Steel Buildings have very experienced teams of designers to talk clients through from start to finish, to make sure the finished product is perfect for its use and location.