5 Reasons Modular Construction is Increasing in Popularity
Once believed to be a second-rate construction method, the first modular building was produced in 1958 and has since seen an incredible advancement in design and production. Formerly described as a simple, two or four module structure, modular building is now more complex in design with the help of Computer-Assisted Design programmes and modern factory settings.
We can see from building trends that modular construction is gaining popularity most likely due to the reduced time and money it takes to construct, as seen with the new Google headquarters and the new 24-storeys tower in Plymouth by Elements Europe.
Why is modular building increasing in use and acceptance?
- Faster return on investment: Construction companies can save considerable amount of time on a project meaning the build can meet its functionality and generate ROI quicker.
- Better cost saving: As the build is more predictable and less site-intensive there is less chance of extended on-site time and therefore labour costs are reduced. There are also less weather related delays as the modules are created inside.
- Environmentally friendly construction process: Since the modules are produced off-site less waste material and resources are created and used during the actual construction process.
- Flexibility: You can continually add to a modular building, including creating high rise.
- Improved reputation: Building materials and techniques have improved as technology progresses.
Simon Underwood, Managing Director at Elements Europe, told building.co.uk:
“In recent months we have seen an increasing demand for high rise schemes looking to use modular solutions. Our clients demand high quality, faster build programmes and cost certainty. We have the capacity and capability to deliver in a better way than traditional construction.”