Construction workers working on building site with modular construction

What is Modular Construction?

31st Jul, 2019

Modular construction is the process of building offsite in ‘modules’. This means that external factors that usually need to be considered such as weather, site conditions etc. will not impact the build and can also save on overall programme time. Buildings produced in ‘modules’ look and operate in the same way as site-built facilities, with no compromise on quality.

The Modular Construction Process

Modular construction works so that every piece is constructed to fit perfectly with the next. The result is a high-quality product that is constructed safely, efficiently and often completed in a shorter space of time.

Like conventional construction builds, there are steps involved in modular construction to ensure efficiency, durability and dependability. While the modules are in construction, prep work is being implemented at the building site. This includes foundations, ground works and structural frame to accommodate modules. Once all the individual modules have been completed offsite, they are transported and delivered to the building site and then installed.

Advantages of Modular Construction

Safety – Offsite indoor construction reduces the risk of accidents taking place on the building site

Speed – Because on-site and offsite preparation can be done at the same time, a modular construction can often benefit the programme.

Mobility – Modular construction is built to be transported to a specific location, while some types are built to be reused over again. This is particularly helpful to sectors where temporary buildings are required, or when space, time and money are an issue.

Low waste – Due to the nature of modular units in terms of consistency, the manufacturer has a good idea of the quantity of material required. Manufacturers can, therefore, use all items and materials with maximum efficiency. This not only saves money but makes modular construction more environmentally friendly.

Quality – Modular buildings are built in strict accordance with local and national regulations and codes, and go through a rigorous quality control process to ensure durability, safety, sustainability and reliability.

Types of Modular Construction

There are two types of modular construction:

Permanent Modular Construction (PMC)

Permanent modular construction is an innovative, sustainable construction delivery method using prefabricated single or multi-storey building solutions to construct and deliver module units. These units are often produced in less time, with less waste. PMC has been proven to be an efficient construction that contributes to the growth of the construction industry.

Relocatable Buildings (RB)

A relocatable building is a partially completed or completely assembled building constructed using the modular construction process. This building complies with all standard state regulations and codes.

What makes these types of constructions different is that they are designed to be reused and repurposed multiple times, and are often transported to different building sites. These buildings are commonly used for schools, clinics, sales centres, construction site offices or anywhere that requires a temporary construction. RB buildings are produced and delivered in record time and are designed to be easily relocated and very flexible. These buildings are essential when speed, temporary space and mobility are of high importance.

Modular Construction vs Traditional Construction

The benefit of modular construction is that on-site and offsite work can be done simultaneously, compared to conventional construction, which must wait for site preparation before construction can begin.

Modular construction has been gaining in popularity in recent years and is poised to influence the construction industry significantly. Thanks to the advancements in technology, the process of designing, moving and assembling these constructions are easier than ever before.

Contact Tower Eight to find out more about modular construction and how it can benefit you.