News & Press Releases

Press Release: Portable Space take over A1 Accommodation 6th August 2008

Portable Space Limited based in Suffolk are pleased to announce that they have taken over A1 Accommodation based in Cambridgeshire with immediate effect, following the retirement of company owner Alan Morris.

Alan Morris of A1 Accommodation said “Portable Space led by Managing Director Mark Black is a growing family business and hirer of high quality portable units of all types and will continue to provide an excellent service to meet all of your hire requirements, may we take this opportunity to thank all existing and previous customers for all of your business during the last eight years, we are confident that you will continue to receive an excellent quality of service from Portable Space”. The self storage business of A1 Accommodation remains unaffected.

Portable Space are an ISO 9001:2000 and Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) audited company covering East Anglia and the South East. A wide range of steel anti-vandal and jackleg units are available from stock including offices, canteens, meeting rooms, drying rooms, toilets and storage containers. Please also contact Portable Space for single cubicle chemical toilets serviced weekly, and septic tank emptying services for bulk toilet tanks.

Portable Space Limited operate a fleet of HIAB equipped vehicles. All drivers and maintenance staff are CPCS registered for double stacking and installing portable units. These vehicles are also available for hire to move your own plant and equipment.

How do Portable Space invoice?
We raise invoices in arrears on the last Friday of the month; invoices will therefore be for either 4 or 5 week periods. For existing A1 hire customers you will receive your first Portable Space invoice at the end of August 2008 or end of September 2008 depending on the previous A1 Accommodation invoice date.

How to contact us?
Call us on the usual A1 Accommodation number 01480 810013 or 0845 3311424, please speak to Kathy Faint (Office Manager) kathy@portablespace.co.uk or Mark Black (Managing Director) mark@portablespace.co.uk for hire and transport related enquiries.

Press Release: Portable Space audited as ISO and Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) Certified June 2008

The 2012 Olympics is a great opportunity for businesses based in the Eastern region to tender and supply goods and services through the “Compete For” portal which has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Portable Space Limited, a forward thinking and growing cabin and container hire and sales company identified that in order to get its share of the Olympics work it was necessary to audit its procedures to demonstrate to contractors that it meets the high standards required for such a high profile contract.

For this reason in autumn 2007 Portable Space identified ISO 9001:2000 and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme as being the most relevant standards required of a conscientious cabin and container company.

ISO audit took place in March 2008 and Portable Space passed with flying colours. Managing Director Mark Black commented “We have passed our rigorous ISO audit with no changes to our existing systems, any organisation can work with Portable Space knowing that for the hire, sale, design, transport and maintenance of cabins and containers they are working with an experienced and professional organisation audited to the highest standards.” For more information about Portable Space and its quality systems click here.

CHAS audit took place in June 2008, this involved detailed investigation of all the Health and Safety procedures including staff training, risk assessments, method statements, staff inductions, health and safety policy and statements. After a detailed audit the systems in place required no changes to become accredited as compliant by CHAS. Managing Director Mark Black commented “CHAS is used as a benchmark by many of our customers so this will make it easier for them to deal with us knowing that we have been inspected and meet the high standards required by CHAS” For further information about the CHAS scheme please go to www.chas.gov.uk

Press release: Site Welfare facilities: water bowser and single cubicle 'Mains' toilet added to hire fleet Feb 2008

Construction site workers need adequate toilet and washing facilities, a place to warm up and eat their food and somewhere to store clothing. However, these basic requirements are often neglected. Good facilities can have a positive benefit on health and well-being and can help prevent dermatitis.

Fixed construction sites have to comply with the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996.

If you have overall control of the site, you are responsible for making sure that legal requirements for welfare are met for the site. In practice, this means the principal contractor or other person in control of the site will often either provide or arrange for common facilities for everyone. If you are an employer or are self-employed, you need to ensure that everyone working under your control is either provided with or has access to suitable welfare facilities. This will need to be agreed with the person who has overall control of the site. If work is carried out in occupied premises, eg offices, factories, etc, it may be possible to make arrangements with the client to use the permanent facilities at the premises.

Portable Space Limited have a range of portable facilities including Steel Anti-Vandal to help construction site managers meet all these requirements.

Site tow water bowser
Following recent demand Portable Space have added the site towable water bowser to their hire fleet. Managing Director Mark Black explained “Many sites do not have access to mains water for flushing toilets; we have now introduced the site tow water bowser. When the site tow bowser is used in conjunction with toilet blocks (2+1, 3+1, 4+1, 5+1) fitted with the Portable Space booster pump, sites have hot water hand washing and mains flushing toilets with minimum hassle”

The bowser can be cheaply and easily towed around on site and filled by nearby stand pipe or hydrant, or alternatively Portable Space will come and fill it up for you. Further details are available here.

Single cubicle mains toilet
The single cubicle chemical toilet has become widely used on smaller construction sites where there is not enough space for the larger toilet block, Portable Space have now introduced the mains connected single cubicle toilet as an alternative to the toilet block or chemical toilet for sites where there is mains sewage (or septic tank), water supply and electrics yet with only the space for a chemical toilet. 

Regional manager Mike Harris commented “With hot water heating and aluminium floor this toilet is compact yet meets the needs of the welfare regulations all at a very reasonable price” For further details click here

Press Release: Portable Space Limited become stockists for the Expanda range: November 2007

Portable Space Limited are pleased to announce that they are now stockists for the Expanda range of flat pack and man portable cabins and containers including Collapsible Stores, Collapsible Chemical Stores, Collapsible Shelters, Collapsible Vaults.

Mike Harris, Regional Manager said “On some sites it is not possible or safe to deliver pre-fabricated buildings by lorry mounted crane because of weak or low bridges, overhead obstructions such as electricity cables, or because of restricted site entrances and access, we have lot of demand for alternatives and the expanda range will enable us to offer just that”.  

The Portable Space Collapsible Range is a handy alternative and is light enough to be offloaded in sections from a flat bed pick up and carried by two people.  It is made up sections that are small enough to fit through small passageways.  Assembly of these Collapsible Buildings will take 2-3 people around 1-2 hours using a socket set.

The flat pack & collapsible cabin or office, 'Expandakabin' can be transported and erected in sections by hand, making it ideal for use in previously inaccessible locations.

Manufactured from fully galvanised steel (no rusting),Expandakabin has attractive smooth panelling, finished in a powder coated moss green (RAL 6005) on the outside and an off white (RAL 9002) powder coat on the inside. The unit has a guttered roof and features a double glazed u-PVC window fitted as standard.

The interior of the insulated Expandakabin is pleasantly light and airy with a durable and smart wall finish - suitable for surface mounted electrics. Once assembled the unit can be moved by crane / forklift or demounted back into it's neat flat-pack form for storage purposes.

Expandakabins can be linked side to side or end to end to provide additional space at any time after initial assembly.

It is light enough to be man handled and the components are small enough to fit through small passageways. No need for cranes, forklifts or specialist tools. Just a socket set - and you're away! (Up until now, the only alternative product was a tin shed, which offered minimal security, and even less in aesthetic appearance). Once erected, it can be lifted from its lifting eyes with a cargo on board!
ExpandaStore can be linked to another Expanda-Store unit to form large open plan areas of storage space as required (side by side and end to end).

Designed specially for the safe storage of hazardous materials. Featuring double doors for easy access, a sumped base for contained spillage and a suspended grated floor.

Great for siting in locations with limited access.
It is light enough to be man handled and the components are small enough to fit through small passageways. No need for cranes, forklifts or specialist tools. Just a socket set - and you're away!

Once erected, it can be lifted from its lifting eyes with a cargo on board!

Expandachem can be linked to another Expandachem unit to form large open plan areas of storage space as required (side by side and end to end).

This low cost, high quality product takes about 20 minutes to assemble and will keep your tools and valuables safe & secure.

The prefabricated ExpandaVault consists of an uninsulated flatpacked vault. Assembly is carried out by mounting the galvanized steel components on the ground requiring only manpower. Assembly of the building is simple, using nuts and bolts supplied.
Managing Director Mark Black said “We are delighted to have been given this dealership and as well as making these products available for sale, we will be adding them to our hire fleet across East Anglia, London and the South East”.

Press Release: New lorry delivered February 2007

Portable Space are pleased to announce the commissioning of their latest purpose built crane lorry. Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus and fitted with a crane and body by Tip and Lift of Ipswich, Suffolk. It meets the highest possible emissions status (Euro IV) and this vehicle is ready to operate inside the London Low Emission Zone when it is introduced later this year.

Portable Space are a cabin and container hire, sales and transport company and the vehicle will operate on existing contracts with a range of customers across East Anglia, London and the South East. The vehicle will also be available for contract hire for moving plant, cabins, containers and equipment.

Portable Space Managing Director, Mark Black commented “Lifting 1800kgs at over 14 metres will enable us to unload cabins without having to decouple the trailer, and make sure that we maintain our reputation of being able to deliver cabins and containers where other companies are unable to do so”. Designed specifically to their needs Portable Space have a vehicle ideally suited to the job, Mark Black added “We are now able to transport 2no 24ft units, 4no 12ft units or a single 34ft unit safely and efficiently which will ensure that we are well placed to offer customers the best possible delivery prices by carrying as many cabins to site as possible”.  For further information about the Portable Space self loading transport fleet please click here.

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