Planning & Building A Workshop
Workshops come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One of the reasons for that is that they are used for such a wide variety of purposes – there's no one perfect design, just as there isn't just one ideal type of business. However, just as every business, whatever its purpose, needs planning, budgeting and marketing, there are certain things all workshops need, no matter what they will ultimately be used for.
Arguably the first thing to take into account is size, and no matter how much you think you'll need, it's never a bad idea to build a bit bigger if you have the space. Alongside that is location and access. Does your workshop need to be near to your existing premises? Will customers require access? What kinds of things will you need to get inside the workshop – and back out again?
If you're building a carpentry workshop, you need to be able to get materials delivered close to the door and then get them inside the building. You also need to get finished products, which may be sizeable and heavy, back out again. That means good access roads and high, wide doors, to allow passage of machinery, materials and goods.
Joiner's shops get very dusty. Heavy machines such as lathes and table saws may benefit from being on wheeled bases, to allow for easier cleaning. You might also consider a dust extraction system – and be sure to have some fire blankets and extinguishers handy.
If you're a mechanic, whether your focus is tyre sales and fitting, auto repairs or MOTs, your customers need to be able to access your workshop, and that may include them driving their vehicle inside. Make sure there's plenty of room for that, and also for you and your staff to move around the vehicle, to work on it.
Whatever the workshop will be used for, you will need good lighting. That can be provided by windows, skylights or electric lighting – or, more likely, some combination of those things. You'll also need ample power sockets, not least to avoid having cables trailing across the floor.
The environment needs to be comfortable to work in, so heating and air-conditioning should be considered.
A further consideration is storage. Woodworking shops need space for materials of all sizes, from sheets of plywood or MDF, to dowels and screws, to glues and varnishes. Auto workshops need space for a wide variety of parts. You will also need storage for a range of tools, some large, some small. Think pegboards on walls, drawers, cabinets, and rolling storage for tools that need to be moved between work areas. And you will need workspace. That might mean an inspection pit, vehicle bays, workbenches, or island units.
All of these things ideally need to be planned in advance. Yes, you can retrofit, but it's easier, and far less disruptive, to start off with what you need in place.
Contact Us About Planning and Building Your Workshop
If you are thinking about building a workshop of any size or type, a steel building is the ideal option. They are versatile and adaptable, and we can help you with the planning process, to make sure everything is taken into account. Give us a call to see how we can help you get your ideal workshop, one that works for you, your staff and your customers.