Modular buildings have come a long way in recent years. Constructed from steel-framed modules that are then connected to each other and delivered fully-fitted on-site, they are now being used in a variety of ways, from hospitals and schools to office buildings and events buildings. The idea of them as characterless boxes that lack design and imagination is long gone and they are becoming known as a cost-effective, more efficient alternative to traditionally built buildings. But why are they becoming so popular? What is it about modular construction that beats traditional construction methods?
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For a start, modular building systems can be constructed much faster. Anyone who has ever undertaken a building project knows the time it can take to find a reputable contractor and often, once you have found one, you then have to negotiate a mutually agreeable time frame which can be dependant on situations that are out of a contractor’s control, for example, bad weather or unforeseen problems on-site. Modular construction takes place in an off-site factory and each stage of the process is carried out by qualified workmen and is strictly inspected. There is no need for sub-contractors. Materials are stored in safe, dry conditions and as they are used in a controlled environment there is less waste, which in turn means less impact on the environment as well as less cost. The off-site method also means that several stages of work can be carried out at the same time and the destination site can be prepared while off-site work takes place.
Off-site construction also means less disruption on-site. Traditional building sites can be noisy and dangerous with increased traffic. This is why modular construction is ideal for healthcare buildings and schools; in fact anywhere that needs to continue to be active while having construction work done. This less invasive form of construction is also good for inner city areas where space and money are tight and new buildings need to be extended as economically as possible with the minimum amount of disruption to neighbouring buildings. As the bulk of the work takes place under cover, the construction is less likely to be hampered by unpredictable circumstances such as the weather, or even on-site vandalism.
Reduced costs, waste and labour mean that there is more room in the budget for quality design, furnishings and appliances and with a variety of interior and exterior finishes to choose from there is still room for individuality. Modern design can now be available for everybody. These buildings can also be fitted with the latest energy saving technology, for example, energy efficient lighting and thermal insulation, making them an environmentally friendly choice too. Modular buildings are also flexible. They can be constructed to any size or requirement and are relocatable. They can also be made smaller or bigger, or just reconfigured, depending on your changing needs, making them more economical in the long term too.
Costing less than a traditionally built building, producing less waste and causing less disruption, as well as taking less time to build, it’s no wonder that modular buildings are becoming more popular. There is no limit, anything that can be built traditionally can be built as modular too with no compromise on quality or design. Strict quality standards and flexibility of use and design mean that in these times of heightened awareness of environmental issues and the increased need to work within financial constraints, modular construction beats traditional methods every time. Find out more at www.portakabin.co.uk