Air Liquide UK

Building Use


Project Duration

12 weeks

Procurement Method


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Project Features

  • Open-plan and cellular offices
  • Reception area
  • Meeting room
  • Kitchen
  • Stairway
  • Lift
  1. The Requirements

    Air Liquide UK, one of the world’s leading suppliers and distributors of industrial and medical gases, needed a new office building to accommodate staff relocating to Coleshill, near Birmingham, from another site.

  2. The Solution

    Portakabin was chosen to provide a building constructed using its Portakabin Design and Build solution. This off-site modular option reduced the impact of construction work on site and prevented disruption to Air Liquide’s operations in adjacent buildings. The 630m2 office building was designed with built-in flexibility to accommodate a third storey to meet the company’s future expansion requirements. The use of off-site construction ensured the building was ready in good time for the planned relocation. In fact, the new offices were completed just three months after work began start on site – and a month ahead of schedule.

    Terry Humphrey of Air Liquide UK, says: “The fact that the building was delivered four weeks ahead of schedule was brilliant. We were already working to a tight programme so early completion was excellent. The cranage was carried out over a weekend as Coleshill is such a busy site. There was no disruption whatsoever to our operations and the installation process went very smoothly, despite working in the depths of winter.”

    The new air-conditioned building comprises both open-plan and cellular offices, a reception area, meeting room, kitchen, stairway and lift. It features a pitched roof and brickwork cladding to give the appearance of a traditionally constructed building.

Portakabin performed very well throughout. The team was helpful, knowledgeable and kept us informed at all times. The building looks good and has been well received. Overall, the service was first class.

Terry Humphrey, Air Liquide UK

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