06 Feb Growing Industries and Modular Buildings
Modular construction brings a wide range of benefits, and here are some industries that gain considerable advantage from these.
Education facilities focus largely on providing an optimum learning environment to students. The benefits of modular construction here are gained from the speed of construction, which minimises disruption to the education calendar, the reduction in site traffic, making the campus a safer and quieter place to be, and the cost savings, which are very important to underfunded schools.
To reduce pollution and land costs, many industrial sites are kept well away from major cities. This means that conventional construction methods can be very expensive as vehicles have to travel long distances, often on poor roads, to reach the site. However, modular construction involves the bulk of the manufacturing taking place in factories, which are often near their suppliers. Apart from site preparation, the only site traffic is when the modules are brought to the site (almost fully complete) and installed. In addition, the flexibility of semi-permanent units makes industrial facilities much more adaptable and therefore competitive.
Government departments often have to be very careful with their budgeting, and the significant cost savings associated with modular construction help to keep spending down. As well as this, utility facilities such as water pumping stations and electricity substations have no need to be internally well-decorated or stylish, and traditionally-built buildings often fail to provide a quality solution that is cost effective and utilitarian while looking good on the outside.
The retail industry is fiercely competitive and companies must make sure new projects do not disrupt existing operations, which would reduce profits. Construction work must be completed quickly, so that a return can be gained from the new building as soon as possible. And, in addition, facilities must be flexible so that the company can keep up with market trends. Modular buildings more than meet all these criteria. Also, major retail brands love the way they can be more extensively customised, making it easier to create a design that reflects the company it represents.
Many health services are committed to reducing waiting times and overcrowding but the only way to do this is by expanding their buildings. With severe health service funding problems, it is becoming more and more obvious that the only way to go is modular. This would also provide the flexibility needed to cater for the unique requirements of health facilities.
Modular Buildings seem an ideal solution as they dramatically reduce construction time (in most cases 50% – 70% less time!) and increase ROI. It’s an inescapable fact that organisations all over the world have made the inevitable decision that modular is the way to go, as they can still enjoy the same luxury and comfort of a normal build in much less time with less money being spent and a lot more flexibility than a traditional structured building.