One of the biggest advantages offered by steel frame buildings is their inherent adaptability. They can be constructed and fitted out in whatever way meets the needs of the business, then, as the needs of the business change, extended, adapted, or refitted differently. Little else is as adaptable as steel buildings.
And this adaptability is essential. Many people in the UK change not just their employer, but their job or profession, several times over the course of their working lives. They do this in response to the changing demands of the job market and the economy. Anyone lacking the adaptability to make these, sometimes sweeping, changes, will be left behind, surplus to requirements.
And it’s the same with a business. As the demands of the marketplace and the economy change, a business needs to be able to change with it, or else be left behind.
When it came to photography, Kodak used to dominate the domestic market. They had it all sewn up, from cameras, to film, to processing. However, they failed to appreciate the changes being driven by new technology and to adapt, to take advantage of them. The business filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Perhaps the biggest irony in this is that they were the first firm to develop a digital camera – in the Seventies – but they failed to develop it in order to protect their film sales!
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As businesses respond to changes and adapt to stay relevant and necessary, the chances are they will also need to change their premises, to suit. This might mean, for example, that a building once used for production is now used for storage, or a place used purely for storage now needs to accommodate office space.
In the case of traditionally constructed buildings, this can be a real headache. In the case of steel frame buildings, it’s much more manageable. It’s so easy to, for example, put up an internal wall and then change the layout and usage of one area of a steel building; or add a new building to an existing structure, to extend it; or even to strip out the internal fittings entirely and start again with a new design. Also, if a building used to store items that aren’t sensitive to temperature suddenly needs to be able to be heated or cooled, you can add insulation, heating and air conditioning. Adding new doors and windows is equally straightforward.
As with all buildings, regardless of construction type, changes in use must fall within permitted development – if you’re unsure, speak to our experts about planning regulations that could impact your intended changes.
It seems clear that, both as individuals and as businesses, we need to first be alert to change and then able to adapt, to take advantage of it. And, as we are all subject to the vagaries of a changing marketplace, it’s a huge advantage if elements of that adaptability are built in.