Modular buildings have a wide variety of applications across a broad range of industries. Let’s go over a few of the most commonly used in your sector.
What are the different uses of modular buildings?
A modular building is a pre-manufactured building that consists of sections called modules. The modular aspect of the building is regarding the method in which the sections are constructed and assembled. Modular buildings present affordable, flexible and effective solutions that tackle issues with space, time and resources during the completion of a project. Modular buildings are more strictly regulated to ensure that they are made to the same or better standard and quality than traditional buildings. Conforming to all building regulations and for projects requiring modular buildings, they are required to be featured on the applications for planning permissions unless they are planned as a construction phase of the project.
How are modular buildings constructed and assembled?
Typically, this construction happens off-site, following a pre-determined design that fits the specifications of the purpose and style of the finished product. Once completed, the prefabricated sections are transported — usually on flat-bed trucks — to the site.
The pieces are assembled at the location and depending on the size and style of the modular building, sometimes a crane is used to maneuver the sections into place. Inter-connections are used to join the sections together to create a fixed and secure structure.
Modular buildings in the public sector
The use of modular buildings in the public sector has increased in the last couple of decades, especially in education and healthcare, where space is scarce and time restrictions mean that constructing a completely new building will be too time-consuming — or the price of a new building is out of their budget. This is where modular buildings provide an effective solution.
A perfect example of modular buildings being used in schools, colleges and even universities are modular classrooms. Sometimes used as a temporary solution or even longer-term, modular classrooms are an ideal solution for accommodating growing class sizes and curriculums.
Meanwhile, modular buildings in healthcare typically take the form of decontamination units — transportable shower units that are used to remove contaminants and sterilise medical equipment used in hospitals, clinics and surgeries.
Modular buildings in the private sector
In the private sector, modular buildings are an equally popular, cost-saving alternative to traditional construction. But they’re perhaps more commonly used for their versatility. In the construction industry, for example, modular buildings have a wide application of uses, from canteens and wash facilities to onsite sleeping accommodation.
For commercial businesses, modular buildings can be so much more than an alternative to renting office space. Marketing suites provide an inviting space to showcase products and services, most notably in the automotive and property industries, doubling up as a place for the sales team to engage clients in a relaxed and professional setting.
Modular buildings in your next project…
See what we did there? At Relocatable Building Systems, we have been working in the industry for nearly 30 years and have experience working with different companies in providing them with the modular building that suits their needs perfectly. Get in touch with the team today to see how we can help you.