What Is Modular Construction?

Modular construction is the process of constructing a building off-site, in modules.

These buildings consist of repetitive pieces (or modules) that, once constructed together, create the framework and finished modular building. The modules are delivered to their intended site, and once fully installed together, the building is ready to be used.

The History Of Modular Construction

The first documented prefabricated home was created in the 1830s by London carpenter John Manning for his son, who was moving from England to Australia. Manning built a prefabricated house in pieces, then shipped it to the Land Down Under for easy assembly.

Since then, the rise of the world’s ever-increasing interest in sustainability and eco-friendly products and processes has meant that modular construction shows no signs of slowing down (more on that soon!).

The Benefits Of Modular Construction

There are so many benefits of modular construction, from reduced costs to tailored solutions and more!

A Cost-Effective Choice

Since modular construction is completed on a massive scale within large workshops or factories, the larger trained workforce can produce more volume faster than on-site construction crews. Which delivers a lower cost. This efficiency and labour cost savings can save money on the project.

Increased Sustainability

It’s no secret that global warming and climate change pose huge problems and threats to our planet. With that said, many of us are, therefore, looking for ways to help do our bit.

As a sustainable form of construction, modular buildings offer a unique approach to recycling. By reconfiguring used buildings, we can breathe new life into existing structures, preserving the embodied energy from the original manufacturing phase and significantly reducing the use of materials.

Modules are designed to be dismantled, relocated or recycled at any stage during their lifespan; this approach is integral to the build process, removing the requirement for demolition.

Tailored Solution

Modular buildings can be fully tailored to the needs of the individual. With the right care, expertise, and attention to detail, a bespoke solution with unique properties and finishes can be built.

Complete Flexibility

Due to being constructed off-site, owners have complete flexibility over the building, as it can be continuously moved from site to site as required, without the need to pay for an entirely new building every time.

How Is A Modular Building Installed?

Believe it or not, there are probably more steps than you think when it comes to installing a modular building:

  1. Each section of the modular building arrives on-site.
  2. The first modular building section is prepped for the crane – in this step, the protective transport sheets are removed, and the transport vehicle is moved into position.
  3. The crane is now ready to lift the modular building to its designated location.
  4. Pre-laid foundation pads will have already been installed by this step, and so the crane places the modular building onto them.
  5. The loading process is repeated, and the next section is transported and placed onto the foundation pads.
  6. This cycle continues until all of the sections have been transported and placed.
  7. Once the above steps have been completed and the crane has done its job, it’s time to start the installation of the building. This is where all the necessary internal work, final touches and decorating begins.
  8. The modular building has been effectively installed.
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What Industries Are Modular Buildings Suitable For?

While just about any industry can benefit from modular buildings, there are some sectors where one can really improve processes as well as spacing and cost issues.

Healthcare

The main benefit of modular buildings in healthcare settings is the speed at which they can be built. The scale and pace at which COVID-19 spread was a huge shock for many of us, and hospitals quickly felt the strain.

Modular buildings can be erected quickly and efficiently on site. Because it eliminates the frustrations of traditional on-site construction, this approach offers an unrivalled build time from order to completion and ensures performance to meet guaranteed deadlines.

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Office Buildings

As businesses grow, often it’s not feasible to use traditional building methods for expanding existing office space.

Modular office buildings offer the versatility of use for expansion and change as organisations develop. Buildings can be extended or relocated with impressive project timescales and cost savings.

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Education

In an educational setting, it’s essential that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum to facilitate a healthy learning environment.

Since modular buildings are constructed off-site, there’s not only much less disruption on-site, but the whole process is much safer for staff and students as a result of minimum on-site work.

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The Future Of Modular Construction

Ultimately, the ease-of-build and cost-saving nature of modular construction mean that the chances of the industry slowing down are slim. As the world looks to move to a much more sustainable future, the concept of a building that can be transported and reused in a different location provides eco-friendly benefits such as waste reduction that are difficult to ignore.

If you’d like to find out more about our bespoke modular buildings for a range of industries, contact us today for a chat with our friendly team of experts.

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