Modular buildings are an economical, environmentally friendly and resource effective method of construction. With almost unlimited custom design options, the creative possibilities offered by prefabricated buildings are huge.
As demand from the commercial sector for permanent, temporary and long-term facilities develops rapidly, it’s no wonder increasing numbers of businesses and organisations are turning to modular buildings for their construction projects.
Here are just a few of the ways in which modular buildings are being harnessed by particular sectors:
Whether a business requires a short-term or fixed location, modular construction is undoubtedly the best all-round choice for a new office build. Options for a floor plan are virtually unlimited, so the only constraint is the area within which to build.
Units can be customised to reflect the individual company branding and colour scheme, whilst the interior can be optimised for eco-performance and light distribution. The result? A pleasant and productive workplace for staff, clients and customers.
The design and development of sporting facilities requires robust construction and resilient architectural features. From small units for changing rooms and storage, to large prefabs for indoor sports, sports facilities must stand up to wear and tear. Modular construction allows for the rapid development of visually attractive, low maintenance sports units that are safe and secure for both players and spectators.
Modular buildings remove around 80% of construction activity from the site location, so the reduction of site disruption, vehicular traffic and hazardous machinery is a tremendous advantage to a hospital or healthcare trust, as well as the staff and patients on-site. Furthermore, the potential savings through energy efficiency and reductions in building costs provide a welcome respite for the NHS budget during challenging times for the organisation.
Most people would think of a chemical porta-loo when external toilet facilities are mentioned. However many events managers, construction site workers and private party hosts are discovering the luxury that modular designed toilet blocks offer. Built with size constraints in mind, with a long life cycle and cleanliness rivalling that of your home bathroom, modular construction is thankfully making chemical toilets a thing of the past.
Prefabricating staff areas on construction sites helps to maximise on-site space, whilst providing dry and safe temporary accommodation for workers. Steel corrosion-resistant units can be stacked and raised up to provide parking underneath, with anti-vandal design to increase site security. What’s more, the overall design lends itself to future relocation, ensuring that the utility of the unit lasts beyond the particular project.
Modular building construction companies offer levels of design sophistication that rival most conventional counterparts. When taking into consideration the current emphasis placed on sustainability, it’s easy to see why prefabricated buildings are becoming increasingly popular.
Long gone are the days when modular buildings were considered to be ugly, basic trailers on a construction site. From simple designs for temporary needs, to impressive spaces for business and recreational activities, prefabs are available in all shapes and sizes.
This article is written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam with useful information from Thurston Group. Kelly is an award winning freelance copywriter, you can follow her on Twitter @KellyGGrassam.