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    Why modular buildings are great for expanding schools

    Did you know that we’re part of a wider collaboration of businesses? In fact, one of our sister businesses, Thurston Building Systems, is the industry leader when it comes to portable, modular and temporary building solutions. A leading supplier of pre-fabricated buildings, Thurston is a leading provider of premium quality modular and portable buildings for use in every industry and market sector, including health, education, transport, construction, defence, and telecommunications. Their specialist portable buildings range is designed to meet a wide variety of requirements. Here’s a blog post about why modular buildings are great for expanding schools, courtesy of one of the experts over at Thurston.

    It’s pretty clear for all to see at the moment: Schools are over-crowded, underfunded and generally not performing that well. It’s evident that things need to change soon so that schools can go on to succeed again.

    Expanding the schools to begin to solve this issue is the first step. This would obviously solve the issues relating to overcrowding, therefore helping the students to improve their performance in education. Unfortunately, schools simply cannot afford to do this: with budgets constantly shrinking, expanding schools isn’t as easy as it sounds. Expansions, regrettably, don’t come cheap or without issue. However, there might be one way in which schools can expand, despite their tight budgets.

    So, how can we solve this issue so that schools can get back to focussing on what they’re good at and offer a good education to students? One method of expanding a school – despite the unenviable budgets – is modular buildings.

    Despite many schools being unaware of this option, there’s plenty of reasons why they should consider it before it’s too late for them in terms of budgets getting cut further. So, here’s why modular buildings are the best, perhaps the only, option for expanding schools.

    Quick construction

    Construction at schools is a trouble. One of the biggest issues when you’re trying to complete any construction around children is that you have to try and do it when they’re not around. This is because it’s important to make sure that children are safe; especially young school children who might do something that’s inadvertently stupid. This means that it ends up taking far too long for the changes to be complete. For example, if you can only complete construction on weekends and school holidays, construction can be taking months. Whilst this is shocking enough, it’s worth considering how much costs would be with this kind of construction timetable.

    With modular buildings, creation is much quicker than traditional masonry constructions. This is because the resources are much more malleable, they can be constructed off site and the foundations required for the buildings are much simpler.

    This importantly means that the construction can be finished in half the time, if not less. This saves cash with construction expenses, but it also means that the result of the funds put into structure will be realised much sooner.


    As we mentioned in the first paragraph of this article, seemingly never-ending cuts to budgets, the cost of construction isn’t something that education providers can afford. As you’re probably aware, there’s more crucial things for education suppliers to spend money on; for example, staff wages and necessary equipment.

    Arguably the best thing about modular buildings is that they’re much cheaper, and therefore more affordable, to build and maintain then their traditional masonry counterparts. This means that schools and other education suppliers with miniscule budgets can still tackle overcrowding by funding an expansion.


    One of the best characteristics of modular buildings is that you have much more flexibility to modify your buildings. For example, if you have a particularly big class, it is very simple to expand one of the modular constructions. In the same way, if you have a particularly small class, it is also simple to modify a modular building to make it smaller. Reconfiguring layout, shape and size is simple so that you can always have control over what you require.