Project Description

Family Assessment Centre Modular Build

Project: Design, manufacture and install a two-storey family assessment centre at Browning House, formally opened by HRH Princess Royal

Named the Browning House Jubilee Building in recognition of their 60th anniversary, the date of this project also coincided with MPH’s 40th birthday celebrations. Established in 1972, we have extensive industry experience, providing modular buildings to all sectors of government and commerce throughout the UK.

Browning House, a registered charity, secured grant funding for the works via the Social Enterprise Investment Fund. The project timescales were extremely tight, allowing only a two-week window for MPH to initiate a meeting to discuss client requirements, submit a detailed quotation for the works package, and finalise contracts.

Will Menzies, Browning House Finance & Administration Manager, explained:

“We decided to contract MPH Building Systems for our modular building project for a number of reasons. We saw their excellent work they carried out for a local college and the straight talking and honest initial discussions were refreshing in an industry that is prone to half promises.”

Overcoming A Challenging Modular Build

Following an initial site inspection, the challenge of the project was evident. Working within the confines of an inaccessible site, at Browning House, the advantages of modular building over traditional construction methods were brought into sharp focus. Projects can be undertaken on designated sites where traditional build techniques are unfeasible by utilising flexible modular build systems.

Our fast-track off-site manufacturing processes enabled both the brick wall cladding and pitched roof to be factory fitted before delivery, controlling costs and minimising disruption on site. Furthermore, by drastically reducing the extent of the site works required, both the speed and safety of the construction enabling works were greatly improved, alongside security and access issues posed by the sensitive nature of the organisation.

Designed by our in-house CAD team, the bespoke modular building included a family playroom, kitchen, sleep room, offices, meeting and training rooms. Located within a conservation area, architectural features including a dual hipped pitched roof and facing brick finish were incorporated into the design to dovetail with the surrounding environment and satisfy the stringent requirements of the Local Authority Planning Office.

Running concurrently with the manufacturing process, the groundworks, undertaken as part of the turnkey package, commenced on-site with a two-week programme to include the foundation sub-structure, drainage works and tree protection measures.

The 355 sq metre portable building was craned in two stages in a challenging contract lift and positioned onto foundation bases. To enable installation, a boundary wall was dismantled and later reinstated. A full traffic management plan was implemented to facilitate delivery of the building, and two 100 tonne cranes were used to install the modules.

Please note. Browning House no longer operates as a family assessment centre. We believe that the site has been converted into student accommodation.

“I cannot fault the design, planning, construction, delivery or the final product. We had regular contact with MPH staff and they gave us confidence at every step of the capital project. The project was delivered on time and within our budgets. We are extremely happy with the turnkey solution that MPH have provided. I have no hesitation in recommending MPH for your future building requirements. They are a pleasure to work with.”
Will Menzies, Browning House Finance & Administration Manager