The UK is facing a demand for more buildings to meet housing and business needs as well as schooling and other sectors. Challenges within the construction industry means it’s becoming harder to meet these growing requirements while still maintaining high standards. Modern modular construction offers a solution – providing flexible, affordable and superior finishes for a wide range of uses.
What is modular construction?
If you haven’t seen or experienced any modern modular buildings, you might associate them with the prefab buildings of the 50s. But the cutting-edge properties delivered today through modular construction couldn’t be further from those temporary rows of identical houses. Today’s prefabricated homes and buildings can be designed with each customer’s exact needs in mind and constructed to be long lasting.
A modular building is simply a property that has sectional modules that are prefabricated and can be configured to seamlessly join together to create a building that meets precise specifications. The process and design method of modular construction means it’s becoming an increasingly attractive option for a huge range of projects.
The benefits of modular construction
If you’re looking to start a construction project and are weighing up your options, modular builds have plenty of benefits to deliver both immediately and years down the line. From the initial design phase right through to expanding your property in the future if necessary, modular construction could provide the solution you need.
- Flexibility – When it comes to design, modular construction provides a lot of scope. The flexibility of the process means the method can be used to construct the perfect family home to a modern office space. The innovative, attractive design can be tailored to suit every client, ensuring that they meet a variety of blueprints and concepts.
- Consistent quality – The modules that will come together will all be created in a single place. This process ensures that quality is consistent throughout and when you pick a reputable provider, you know that everything delivered will meet high standards. At Elliott, we offer extensive warranties and an ongoing commitment, so you can rest assured that every aspect of your build will be of high quality.
- Fast delivery – Need a solution that delivers fast? The way that modular buildings are constructed means that they can be completed far quicker than traditional building methods. Depending on the size and design of your project the components can be ready to be delivered to site in a matter of weeks.
- Minimise disruption – As the bulk of the work on a modular building is conducted offsite, the disruption to you is kept to a minimum. The modular construction process is transforming the industry’s operations. All the completed components will be delivered before onsite construction begins, speeding up the build times.
- Cost savings – The process of modular construction means that businesses delivering the service make savings and these can be passed on to customers. What’s more, the minimised time of onsite construction can make it a more cost-effective option too. It’s a win-win solution, delivering a high-quality build at an affordable cost when compared to the traditional methods of building.
- Sustainability – Modular buildings can benefit the environment too. Through using sustainable materials, reducing life cycle costing, and reducing waste, modular construction practices can be far more sustainable than alternatives. Want to learn more about our sustainability credentials? You can view them here.
- Longevity – The original prefab home might have been designed as a temporary solution but today’s modular buildings are built with longevity in mind. Our designs are constructed to last in excess of 60 years, ensuring your modular property continues to service your needs for decades after construction.
- Scalable – If you’ve got growth plans, a modular construction process is ideal. Unlike traditional building methods, it’s simple, quick, and effective to adapt your building over time. Modular construction means you can grow your floor space and reconfigure the design to perfectly suit your changing needs.
How can modular construction be used?
The flexibility that modular construction provides means there’s a huge scope for the process to be used on a range of projects – delivering all the benefits of modular builds to a variety of customers.
Just some of the applications that modular construction can be used for include:
- School and educational facilities
- Healthcare buildings
- Housing and onsite accommodation
- Office space
- Retail units
- Housing utilities
- Sports and leisure facilities
Delivering value for money
Why are modular construction methods able to deliver value for money? Well, the process of construction for modular buildings is often far shorter than those built using other methods. It not only means that your project can be completed quicker but delivers a cost-effective solution, all without compromising on quality.
Modular construction mostly takes place in a factory setting, meaning there is a reduced need for onsite labour – delivering you even more value for money and providing you with further cost-savings. The combination of quick turnaround and a lower cost for the actual materials means that those with buildings in mind could stand to make substantial cost savings by looking into modular construction.
The amount that you can expect to save on your building project varies depending on size, design, and a range of other factors. But you can anticipate savings of between 10% and 50%. On average, Elliott customers save up to X by choosing modular construction.
What happens on site for a modular build?
When you choose modular construction, most of the work takes place offsite with just the final phase occurring at your build location. This is why minimal disruption occurs for this build type, a major benefit for some projects, especially if you’re still using the site during the build process.
Depending on your build you may need some construction before your modules arrives, such as excavation, foundation construction, and site drainage. Even if extensive groundwork needs to be undertaken, modular construction provides a far quicker turnaround as onsite and offsite work can occur simultaneously.
Once your site is prepared your modules can be delivered. The building installation process is relatively quick with each of the separate building components being seamed together before utility connections are made and you can get started on the interior finishes.
Take a look at our Modular Buildings section to find out more about our processes and solutions.