About us

Rubb started making engineered fabric structures in Norway in 1968 and has gone on to become a world leader in the design, manufacture, and delivery of fabric building solutions.

Rubb Buildings Ltd manufactures prefabricated, portable structures, relocatable buildings, shelters, hangars and custom facilities to suit individual client requirements.

Rubb provides temporary, semi-permanent and permanent solutions for a wide range of sectors including military, aviation, environmental, general industry, sport, bulk storage, ports, marine, construction, energy, and architectural.


  • Bespoke designs and flexibility to suit client needs
  • Minimal foundation requirements
  • Quick delivery and erection time
  • Extendable and relocatable to suit changing circumstances
  • More than 45 years of experience and expertise in the field

Rubb provides a well-engineered steel or aluminium frame and a PVC coated polyester fabric cover which is tensioned over the frame to provide a tight fitting shell. Variations include provisions for alternative materials, such as steel cladding.

Rubb structures are available in single spans of 3m to over 100m by any length. Standard module lengths vary from 3m to 5m. Multi-span options are also available to cater for even bigger facilities.

Rubb has earned a reputation for tackling difficult and unique projects. We have developed substantial structures that can be moved on wheels or rails or even lifted around a project site in fully erected form. We offer a strong commitment to code and standards compliance.

Our customers’ needs are paramount from quotation to installation, project completion, and beyond.



The Rubb name hails from a small village on the west coast of Norway: Rubbestadnesset. In 1903, Haldor Haldorsen developed Norway’s first combustion engine, known as the Rubb motor.


Rubb is founded

Haldor’s son, Finn Haldorsen, carried the Rubb name forward and established marine engine specialists Rubb Motor AS in 1966.



The first building

Finn’s company started making tarps and bags from PVC fabric, and in 1968 it made the first Rubb building. Paying homage to the company’s coastal heritage, the trident of Neptune was chosen as Rubb’s logo.


Rubb UK

After the successful introduction of fabric buildings in Norway, Finn set out to expand overseas. In 1977, with the help of then Managing Director Bill Wood, Rubb UK was founded in Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, where we are still located today.

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