Modular Construction: Why it’s so brilliant
When everything is so expensive in construction, an often-overlooked method of cutting costs is modular construction. So, what are modular constructions, what can be made and why are they so great? We’re going to answer these questions now!
What’s modular construction?
Modular buildings are pre-assembled buildings, created from multiple sections known as modules. It differs from other methods of construction as the module sections are not constructed on site; this is one of the reasons why construction is cheaper than on a standard basis. Modules are then delivered to the site of use, with construction then concluded at the site. 60-90% of the construction is conducted offsite in a controlled environment such as a factory. Onsite, modules can take anything from a few hours to days to assemble into the final result that you’re looking for.
Modules can be placed side-by-side, end-to-end or stacked. The variety of combinations that are possible mean that there’s lots of customisation when it comes to configuration and style of the end result.
Modular buildings can be a short-term solution but also a long-term option. This means that even for a long-term option, you can have a cheaper alternative to traditional construction if you’re on a tight budget as most people are.
What can be made?
Due to the nature of modular construction, the modules can really become anything that you want to create. However, generally they are created for a range of uses such as education. Here’s a few examples of what modules are often used for.
Education buildings: education buildings are often constructed using modules. This is because schools have to stick to budgets but year upon year they never quite know how many students they’re going to have. This can often leave them in need of emergency space. Fortunately, modular construction means that they can stick to their budget whilst adjusting their space at will. Not only is modular construction cheaper than the traditional option, it’s also quicker, meaning that schools can have a modular building in no time at all.
Portable offices: If somebody is in a role where they know their office is going to have to move a lot, such as working in construction, modular construction is the perfect option for them as they can take their office with them when they have to move. This means that they don’t have to get to new space as they’re taking their existing space with them.
Why are modular constructions great?
Well, they offer a lot of choices to whomever they’re being constructed for at an excellent price. This means that people can stick to budgets whilst still getting what they require for potentially half the price (if not cheaper) of a traditional construction.
The fact that modular constructions can be added to, taken away from and moved is also an excellent quality. It means that if you need more space, you can easily have it. Need less space? That’s an option too. Need to move to a new site? Your modular construction allows for that!