Modular Projects – Stage by Stage

While a finished modular building might be indistinguishable from one built on site, modular efficiency comes from taking a different route to get to the finished product. So, how does the process differ?

Strategic Definition

This stage is practicallyunchanged whether the project is on or off site, but for clients still labouring under outdated perceptions of modular, now might be a good time to assess how modular can meet the aims of the project.

For example, when assessing the business case for a building, your client might want to consider that modular is not only more cost effective, but quicker to complete, improving their return on investment.

If the client has big aspirations for the sustainability of the project, they may be interested to know that modular construction produces less wastes and has a much smaller environmental impact. On a related note, building quality and performance requirements are more easily met with precision building techniques enabled by a factory environment.

Preparation & Brief

This stage is also relatively unchanged. Whether you’re proposing an on-site solution or an offsite one, your primary goal is still producing a design that responds to your client’s needs.

On a traditional construction project appointing contractors is still a distant task, on a modular project, it’s at this stage that you need to approach providers. By engaging with providers early, you ensure the viability of a modular approach to your project and reduce the risk of duplicating design work. Concept sketches and ideas are fine, but as soon as you want to put a dimension on a drawing, you need to speak with a modular contractor.

Concept & Developed Designs

When working with a modular provider to develop a design, you might be surprised how little you compromise, if at all. It’s much better to push the envelope with your design, then have your modular provider present you with the options.

Unless you’re very well versed in modular construction, it’s likely that your provider will be able to make small tweaks that have a big impact on efficiency. This could be something as simple as changing a lintel or moving a door, but the time or cost benefits could be substantial.

Ultimately though, the design choices are still very much in your hands; it is up to you to decide where to make trade-offs between rigid adherence to your design and process efficiency.

Technical Design

This is where your modular provider will need to take the proverbial reins. They’ll know their product intimately, and know how far it can be modified to achieve the project aims.

The conclusion of this stage should be a design freeze. 100% commitment to a finished design means maximum efficiency during manufacturing and production processes; where offsite construction derives most of its benefits.

Construction, Handover & Close Out, and In Use

Depending on your relationship with your provider, you’ll already have a good picture of how your building will be manufactured.

Progress in the factory is easily quantifiable, so monitoring is more straightforward. Once the building is sited the on site process is very similar, though it may feel like the programme has skipped ahead compared to a traditional building.

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