The Modular Construction Process
Our buildings are made differently from traditional bricks and mortar buildings, which are constructed on-site from scratch. Modular construction is a quick and efficient process, because the buildings are put together from prefabricated components (modules). They can be pre-made off-site before being transported to their intended location for the final stage in the construction process. These building systems have a number of advantages over traditional builds; they’re environmentally friendly, flexible, cost-effective and speedy.
What does it involve?
There are several stages to the process. Here we explain how it works, and what to expect from your modular construction project.
- As with any building, the first stage in a modular build happens on paper. The modular building is designed, taking into account the particular needs of their client. This stage will involve getting background information and requirements for the client, then getting feedback on the proposed designs, in a series of meetings and conversations. It’s often a quicker process than traditional architectural design, because pre-designed modules can be utilised and put together as “building blocks” to create a bespoke design.
- Site preparation. Once the plans have been finalised, the process can begin. While the modular components are being built, builders can get started preparing the site for the new building. This will include the demolition of any existing unwanted buildings, excavating the site, putting in drainage systems and laying foundations.
- While the site is being prepared, the modules of the new building can be built, either on- or off-site. Off-site prefabrication is a very convenient option because it allows the preparation and fabrication stages to happen concurrently, making the whole process much quicker. It is also regulated by the quality control systems in place in the factory, guaranteeing a high quality product.
- Delivery and assembly. If the modular building has been fabricated off-site, the next stage is for it to be flat-packed and transported using special trucks. Once delivered to the site, the final stage in the process can take place. Within a matter of days, the modular components are put together and the modular building is complete.
Why choose a modular build? Here are some of the many benefits of modular construction:
- It’s quick. Prefabricated components built indoors (where bad weather won’t matter) mean that the build time is significantly quicker, with on-site work only beginning when the modules are ready to assemble.
- It’s convenient. Because modular building systems can involve off-site fabrication, there’s less disruption for you.
- It’s eco-friendly. Using sustainable modular building materials is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to build.
Modular classroom construction
Modular building systems are especially suited to schools, where time and budget are both likely to be tight. In many cases, modular construction enables schools to plan the project into a single half term, with minimal impact or disruption to classes. Modular school buildings can provide valuable extra space, providing extra capacity for rising numbers of pupils, or perhaps offering specialist rooms for subjects like art and music.
Find out more
Whether you need a modular classroom or extra premises for your business, modular construction is a cost-effective choice. Contact us for a brochure or to discuss your requirements.