Rubb Buildings Ltd designs and manufactures high quality, relocatable and permanent engineered fabric tensioned buildings.

The Rubb Difference

The fabric building experts at Rubb have listened to direct requests from clients over the years to provide a portfolio of unique solutions, which ensure our fabric structures, hangars and shelters meet customers' and end users' direct requirements.

Rubb Advantages

  • More than 40 years’ experience
  • We offer a 20 year warranty
  • Post-fabrication, hot dip galvanized steel frames for optimal corrosion resistance
  • PVC tensioned membranes, proven to last
  • Foundation options and quick construction
  • Always code compliant to the most recent standards
  • Easily relocatable
  • Superior fire performance for improved safety and longevity
  • Low maintenance and low energy costs

Explore our market sectors

A Rubb fabric building can be used for many applications. Highlights include our ground-breaking military hangars, sunshades, shelters, warehouses and workshops. Rubb also provides custom designed specialist sports buildings and storage buildings for a variety of sectors including aviation, ports, emergency relief, energy, construction, bulk storage and environmental (waste and recycling).

  • narrow body mro hangar


    Rubb temporary and permanent, custom designed aircraft hangars for storage, maintenance, repair and overhaul.

    Find out more about Aviation
  • port material storage


    Rubb has many storage warehouse options and solutions to help companies increase storage capacity to optimise their growth.

    Find out more about Storage
  • Sport

    Train whatever the weather with a custom designed sports facility. Rubb sports buildings provide organisations with a competitive edge

    Find out more about Sport
  • Military jet hangar


    Rubb can supply custom designed military buildings to suit all types of defence activities in the UK and abroad.

    Find out more about Military
  • storage warehouse belfast harbour


    Rubb port warehouses offer bulk storage solutions. Structures can be custom designed to meet a variety of bulk handling methods.

    Find out more about Ports
  • Barrier blasting facilities


    Rubb’s industrial facilities offer flexible and cost effective protective solutions for manufacturing, industrial blasting and painting

    Find out more about Industrial
  • Rubb waste recycling warehouse

    Waste & Recycling

    Rubb waste management buildings and recycling facilities are specifically designed to help you meet recycling and environmental goal

    Find out more about Waste & Recycling
  • Rubb salt storage barn

    Salt Barns

    Rubb salt and sand storage barns can be designed to accommodate conveyors and other processing methods.

    Find out more about Salt Barns
  • Biomass pellet storage facility


    Rubb custom designed facilities provide the ideal building solution for biomass material processing, bulk handling and storage.

    Find out more about Biomass
  • Environmental tank covers


    Rubb provide environmental protection structures to prevent airborne dust and odour pollution, to prevent algae growth.

    Find out more about Environmental
  • Harland Wolff offshore building


    Rubb ship and offshore manufacturing buildings and movable covers are used to protect fabrication work in shipyards

    Find out more about Marine
  • WFP relief shelter

    Emergency Relief

    Rubb emergency relief shelters can be easily transported and rapidly constructed to provide support in worldwide emergency situations

    Find out more about Emergency Relief
  • Rubb construction team


    Rubb construction teams work on projects at the manufacturing stage and then on to site to erect the structures.

    Find out more about Construction
  • SAFC wood cladded and PVC building

    Custom Fabric Buildings

    Rubb custom designed facilities provide the ideal building solution to suit unique or specialist requirements.

    Find out more about Custom Fabric Buildings

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Design | Manufacture | Construct

All Rubb tensile fabric buildings are designed and manufactured at our UK plant in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. The company was founded in 1977 and has a proud history of delivering innovative and quality fabric structures to a wide range of clients.


Rubb produces fabric structures of the highest quality. This is the benchmark for every element of the Rubb process. Rubb Buildings Ltd's engineered fabric structures are strong, durable, flexible, relocatable and easy to maintain. Whether you require a temporary or permanent fabric buildings, these multi-use facilities are always a cost-effective investment.

We are dedicated to meeting our customers’ requirements and work with them to continually improve the products and services that we provide. Rubb maintains an effective and efficient Quality Management System based on the requirements of ISO 9001, with emphasis on quality management principles including a strong customer focus and continual improvement.


Our service engineers and technicians are experts in the production of steel and aluminium framed, PVC fabric clad, tensile structures, with more than forty years of experience. Rubb Buildings works closely with clients throughout the process, from design and materials engineering to manufacturing, site work and installation.

As part of our ongoing customer care, Rubb also provides full assessments of existing structures. Our services include replacement parts and spares, refurbishment, dismantle and relocation if required. Our experienced technical team is also available to train your staff in the construction, maintenance and dismantling of Rubb products.

Questions to ask

Thinking about investing in a tensile structure? Before you buy, learn the answers to Rubb's frequently asked questions.

Why Rubb?

The Rubb Difference. What makes Rubb stand out as the number one provider of fabric buildings?

Why Fabric?

Why choose a fabric structure over traditional steel-clad metal buildings or wooden framed buildings?

Design Advantages

The design, production and construction experts at Rubb have listened to direct requests from our customers to provide a check list of essential criteria, which ensure our fabric buildings meet clients' and end users' needs.

Design Criteria

The building framework will consist of structural steelwork and will be designed for the prevailing weather conditions of the proposed site location. The building and cladding will be structurally analyzed using appropriate non-linear techniques.

Superior Structural Frame

The backbone of a Rubb building is a well-engineered structural framing system, with the best corrosion protection system in the industry. The steel is hot dip galvanized after the welding process to provide a low maintenance building. All steel components are hot dip galvanized to BS EN ISO 1461:1999

High-Quality Membrane

Rubb uses high-strength, heavy-weight, coated architectural membranes from proven suppliers. Many structures are still in use 40 years after installation.

Code Compliance

Rubb buildings are designed for site specific, full code-compliance with respect to wind and snow loads.

Environmental Control

The membrane cladding of a Rubb building is sealed to provide a weather-tight shell. The buildings can be insulated, heated or air-conditioned as required. Rubb structures are uniquely suited for use as dehumidified facilities.

Suitable for Difficult Sites

The flexible membrane and steel frame design of a Rubb building allows installation on uneven or sloping sites. The buildings will also accept moderate differential settlement of the foundations.

Fire Safety Features

PVC-coated polyester membrane will not propagate flame or sustain combustion when exposed to a fire. The structure is self-venting, allowing heat and smoke to escape.

Low Maintenance / Low Costs

Our high-quality membrane materials and post-production galvanized welded frames deliver durability over time, making the cost of maintaining Rubb buildings more economical compared to conventional structures.

Reduced Time On-Site

Our established supply chain streamlines coordination of delivery and installation. Pre-fabricated elements and the ability to construct our buildings in a variety of weather conditions speeds up the construction process.

Comprehensive Long-Term Service

Rubb personnel are on hand to provide help and support, from initial contact to quotation, installation and beyond. Rubb’s commitment to customer service continues after project completion and forms the basis for long-term customer satisfaction.

Latest News & Media

Stay up to date with the latest project news and events from Rubb UK.

Rubb new service department
Rubb at your service with new specialist department

Rubb at your service with new specialist department

Rubb has created a new service and maintenance department to support clients and help enhance the life-cycle value

Rubb 40 years projects
Rubb 40 year project highlights timeline

Rubb 40 year project highlights timeline

Take a look back over the past 40 years of Rubb UK. Explore project highlights and turning points in the company’s history

Rubb UK 40 years old
Rubb ready to build on 40 years of experience

Rubb ready to build on 40 years of experience

40 Years Old: Rubb Buildings Ltd has firm foundations in the North East’s manufacturing history since 1977

boots warehouse re-sheet
35 year old Boots warehouse is looking brand new

35 year old Boots warehouse is looking brand new

Rubb has returned to Beeston in Nottingham to re-sheet a 35 year old storage building for Boots UK Ltd.

Rapid project deployment for Eurotunnel
Rapid project deployment for Eurotunnel

Rapid project deployment for Eurotunnel

The Channel Tunnel Group needed a sunshade car port facility to form part of its infrastructure development at UK Terminal

MRO Europe 2017 – MRO Aviation Event

MRO Europe 2017 – MRO Aviation Event

Explore Rubb cost effective alternative MRO hangar solutions at MRO Europe 2017 stand 1716.

npas aircraft hangar doncaster
Hangar in place to support NPAS at Doncaster

Hangar in place to support NPAS at Doncaster

A bespoke new air base featuring a Rubb aircraft hangar is taking shape for the National Police Air Service, Doncaster.

Phill Watson retires after 32 years
Rubb ‘right-hand man’ retires after 32 years

Rubb ‘right-hand man’ retires after 32 years

A dedicated manufacturing supervisor has retired after more than three decades working at Rubb Buildings Ltd.

What our customers are saying

With more than 40 years' experience of designing, manufacturing and constructing custom fabric buildings, we have built up relationships with high profile clients across the globe.

"NHV UK are very impressed with Rubb’s professionalism, service and quality product, and would have no hesitation in using them for similar projects in the future."

Colin Hancy
Commercial Manager NHV UK

"The key advantage for Barrier in working with Rubb is their ability to engineer practical, cost effective solutions and deliver them within very tight project timescales."

Ken McLean
Barrier Ltd Project Manager

"The quality of the workmanship was impeccable and visits to site from design engineers and directors assisted in a smooth program of works, to budget and on time."

Chris McNally
Maintenance Operations Manager