RDS adapts to COVID-19 testing and social distancing facilities

Rubb’s RDS (Rapid Deployment Shelter) has been designed for quick, flexible and easy construction using a small workforce, without the aid of mechanical handling equipment.

While originally designed for use as part of defence and emergency field infrastructure, the durable and easily adaptable nature of the RDS has proven popular across many of Rubb’s sectors.

Specifically, the RDS has seen a lot of adoption in challenging and remote locations, as they provide a quick, easy, and effective solution for practical and comfortable facilities.

To protect against the high wind loads of the Shetland Islands, oil and gas industry service provider Petrofac ordered several RDS structures for the site. The welfare shelters were quickly and easily erected, and provided some much-needed respite for their workers from the harsh weather.

Meanwhile, Aker Solutions utilised an RDS in an even more remote locationoffshore. Installed on an oil rig off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, the 9.1m span x 12.6m long RDS utilises Rubb’s Thermohall® insulated cladding system to protect workers from the elements.

While typically reserved for inhospitable climates, the RDS is now an excellent candidate for use in more typical situations due to our current unprecedented times. The flexible nature of the RDS has made it an ideal solution for pop-up facilities, ranging from additional office space to safe and secure COVID-19 testing facilities.

Two such instances can be seen below in these concept images.

Break Room


COVID-19 Testing Facility

Other uses include car ports, containment facilities, additional office or sheltered work spaces and helping adapt existing outdoor spaces for social distancingall while protecting people from the elements.

More information about Rubb’s adaptable RDS structures can be found here.