Cabin & Container Delivery and Installation

Working closely with the Hire and Sales divisions, the Portable Space Transport team specialises in UK-wide delivery and installation of our comprehensive range of cabins and containers on site, for business and private individuals.

The fleet comprises fourteen vehicles, eleven of which are six or eight wheel self-loading lorries, well-equipped to deliver cabins and containers in most locations.

Special cranes

Five of the lorries are fitted with special state-of-the-art cranes which have extended reach, the ability to operate 360 degrees and larger lift. These are specifically designed for delivering to restricted access sites which saves a great deal of time when setting up large site compounds and modular buildings.

The crane vehicle fleet is supported by three lorries without cranes to move containers from the ports to our headquarters for inspection and grading before storage, a quality control step not many companies offer.


As a general rule we will send a lorry capable of offloading whatever we are delivering to the side and at 90 degrees to the lorry (just clear of the stabiliser leg) as depicted in the drawings below. If your delivery location requires anything significantly different please let us know, we have larger cranes for specialist purposes and can accommodate a lot of challenging deliveries with the right vehicle including offloading in front of the cab.

  • Our lorries are capable of delivering your cabin or container to the side and at 90 degrees to the lorry, just clear of the stabiliser leg
  • Our fleet includes larger cranes for challenging situations, including offloading in front of the cab (please request a quote if this service is required)
  • Consider the size of the lorry in terms of the delivery location including height restrictions, overhead obstructions, space for turning corners and entering gates
  • Portable Space is not responsible for any damage to manhole or drain covers or surfaces (such as pavements, fields or grass) during delivery
  • In the event of our vehicle getting stuck, you will be liable for the cost of recovery and any damage that results, as well as any parking or permit costs incurred.


fig 1 – Rigid
Container and Cabin Transport with Crane Lorry
fig 2 – Rigid with Trailer
Container and Cabin Transport with Crane Lorry
fig 3 – Artic
Container and Cabin Transport with Crane Lorry
fig 4 – rigid (Flatpack Only)
Flatpack lorry

Delivery and collection questionnaire

We will work with your people to deliver accommodation or storage in a safe manner, placing it where you want it and working around inevitable site restrictions and parameters. If you have any concerns about delivery, please discuss these with us at an early stage to avoid incurring costs for abortive delivery attempts and wasted time for all those involved.

Fully-trained Portable Space drivers are equipped with PDAs linked to our office systems which contain all pre-delivery information as advised by you, record all signatures and take photographs of the unit once delivered.


The fleet of thirteen vehicles, nine of which are 6 or 8 wheel rigid vehicles and can accommodate pairs of 24ft units with trailer or a single 32ft load without. The larger of these rigid vehicles are fitted with front legs and 360 degrees operation and are also used as a flexible site crane to manage safe, smooth and efficient installs, moves or site clearances for large construction, self storage or modular building projects.

One additional rigid is designed for multi-drop kerbside deliveries of flat pack cabins and containers. Two arctic tractor units and specialist trailers support the crane fleet and move cabins and containers up to 45ft from port locations and from our manufacturing facilities to customers and depots.

The final special vehicle is an artic tractor unit designed for working solo in confined spaces or for the delivery of 40ft containers and longer cabins of upto 45ft.

On any day you may spot our hard working team in blue and white Portable Space livery vehicles from Lands End to Lossiemouth transporting Airside to Agriculture delivering cabins, containers, conversions or classrooms


As a general rule we will send a lorry capable of offloading your order to the side and at 90 degrees to the lorry (just clear of the stabiliser leg) as depicted in the drawing below. If your delivery location requires anything significantly different please let us know, we have larger cranes for specialist purposes and can accommodate a lot of challenging deliveries.

If the lorry we choose is too big it might not fit, too small and we might be able to reach the exact place you have in mind for delivery.

Please therefore bear in mind the size and weight of the lorry, remembering to look at heights and overhead obstructions such as large branches or building overhangs aswell as below you for weight limits, soft ground and weak manhole covers. Each lorry wheel can carry up to 6 tonnes so it has the ability to cause a lot of damage or delays if you do not tell us beforehand. If you are not sure please initially discuss with your sales contact and it’s your responsibility to note any concerns on your official order or with your online purchase.

On delivery day

On arrival our drivers will report to your Site Manager to agree a lifting plan before starting work and will level the container as required. Please note that if any corner needs levelling more than 200mm you will need to let us know in advance. The drivers will ensure that all doors and apertures open correctly before leaving site.

Our delivery team is trained to to carry out all necessary assessments for safe installation, using standard generic risk assessment for unloading and loading of cabins and containers by lorry mounted crane. Please refer to Health and Safety for more information about our commitment to safety or discuss with your contact in Hire or Sales who will refer to the Transport team as required.

Specialist support

For more complex installations, which may involve multiple cabins, the Transport team can draw on additional support from our specialist in-house resources.

Our Appointed Person (AP) will attend site and produce specific lift plans, together with method and risk assessments covering the whole installation as required.

For Linked Buildings and Modular Building installations and removals, the Installation team will assist the Transport team with erection of gantries, complex staircases and fitting between cabin links correctly, safely and efficiently. The installation team will then complete, snag and hand over the building quickly and efficiently so you can get on with your project work.

Delivery details

For deliveries in South East England (east of a line from Bournemouth, through Oxford up to Lincoln) typical lead-times, assuming the products are in stock, are five to ten working days. If an exact delivery date is crucial, please give as much notice as possible as the longer the lead-time, the more likely we can help meet your target day. Please note that many sites ask for deliveries at the beginning of the week so if you need a Monday or Tuesday, you will probably need to give more notice.

The compact and stackable nature of flat pack cabins, small single and double toilets means that we normally make up combined loads and deliver these extremely cost-effectively all over mainland UK. We have two very regular ‘Milk round’ routes: one through North Wales, North and West England and Scotland and another one taking in South Wales and the South West through to Cornwall.

In addition we can deliver to the Scottish and other islands, but these need to be separately quoted prices. We also have some regular deliveries to Northern Ireland so please do get in touch especially if you need a large number of flat pack or toilet units.

Challenging locations

With container deliveries, we are ideally placed to install in a range of unusual locations, using our larger cranes operated by our skilled and trained team.

If access is severely restricted, we can assist with mobile cranes and towable or flat pack accommodation to ensure you can provide suitable welfare accommodation wherever you need it.

As a company we are able to maintain high standards for prompt and reliable delivery by operating our own managed vehicles which makes the process much simpler. From time to time, we do work with other small sub-contractors which share our values and commitment to providing a first class service.

We do offer a limited external hire service, with lorries occasionally available to hire by the hour or by the day. If this is of interest, please send any enquires to  together with collection and delivery address postcodes for a quotation and availability.

Collecting from us using your own transport

If a stock item has been designated for Click & Collect you will be given an option to collect rather than pay for delivery. Only items that are fully paid for can be collected and there is usually a small collection fee. We will contact you to agree a collection date and time and you will be given safety information and details so you or your drivers can safely collect your items.

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