Steel Storage Building for Small Holding

The brief

Mr & Mrs Birch from Bradmoor, near Bunny in Nottinghamshire wanted a storage building for their small holding. The couple has nine acres of land and wanted to keep chickens, grow fruit crops and also keep bees.

Steel Storage Building in NottinghamshireChallenges

The building had to be produced to fit in with the surroundings and meet planning constraints. Furthermore, the timings for the project were tight as it was briefed to us at the end of January with a view to completion by May.

We worked closely with Howard Birch to provide a solution that helped to save 20% of the cost.


The scope of work was to include:

  • groundworks for the footings and concrete base
  • full construction of the building
  • brickwork
  • insulation

During this process we had to be flexible, changing the specification of the building to meet the client’s budget.

The first proposal was based on a unique design by the architect including extra design features not normally seen on a portal framed steel building such as brick pillars and timber cladding to really enhance the look and feel of the building.

However, to help meet the budget requirements of this project we worked closely with Howard Birch to achieve a realistic balance between function, form and cost.

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We looked at the whole project and how best to achieve the desired outcome, exploring many cladding options from single skin through to 120mm insulation. The outcome was a compromise of 40mm insulation and the roller doors changed from insulated to single skin, but with an electric opener to allow for quicker and easier access into the building. The aluminium windows remained.

A small dwarf wall was removed on one side and the cladding was bought down to floor level on the other, which made further savings on footing costs, without impacting the overall building performance. Four different options were looked at for the timber cladding and in order to achieve the correct look and value, a red cedar cladding was chosen to provide long-life, low maintenance product.

The overall result of these changes and compromises was a 20% reduction in cost whilst achieving the desired practical and aesthetic results.

Howard Birch, “We chose DPL because they had worked with the architects before and we also liked the quality feel to the brochure and website. DPL were very helpful in both the planning and design process, our initial meeting with Peter Lovegrove was very positive and changes were made to meet our budgetary requirements. The build process was equally positive, DPL were very flexible and nothing was too much trouble. The finished product is of a high standard and has exceeded our expectations. It has given us a flexible building, somewhere we can safely store equipment and carry on with our small holding. We would be very happy to recommend DPL because of the quality of the work, which all went very smoothly and very quickly. They may not be the cheapest but a high-quality job was carried out by a professional, hardworking team We’re very happy with it.”


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