Swansea University Modular Teaching Facility

Modular Buildings

Modular construction is the process of using modules manufactured in a factory environment which are transported to site and connected together to form a complete building. This method of construction has many advantages over traditional build techniques.

Advantages of Modular Offsite Construction

  • Factory manufacture means no delays due to on-site conditions like weather, ensuring a more dependable build programme
  • Factory conditions also ensure a higher quality product; workers operate in a comfortable environment where modules can be closely monitored throughout the construction process.
  • Waste, and subsequently cost, is minimised. Material supplies are easier to control and virtually all waste is recycled
  • Manufacture of the modules can begin while foundations and other preparations are made on site, significantly speeding up the build process
  • Delivery and installation of modules can be very quick, reducing the impact of construction on the site
  • Modular buildings are easier to expand and can be relocated

Many people have preconceived ideas about modular or prefabricated buildings, but are these accurate? The simple answer is no. These ideas are often based on limits that faced this method of construction which have long since been addressed. For example:

  • Modular buildings aren’t only temporary. Some modular buildings are temporary, and this method of construction does lend itself to temporary or relocatable buildings. However, modular buildings can also be built to last. If maintained correctly, you can expect a Wernick building to last for 60 years or more.
  • Modular buildings aren’t low quality. As stated above, buildings made in a controlled factory environment will generally be of higher quality than something built on site.
  • Modular buildings aren’t just unattractive boxes. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you find the common plastisol finish unappealing, there is a wide array of options that you can choose from to improve the look of your building. Real brick and timber cladding, as well as render are just three options that can be used and combined however you see fit. We can also provide pitched tiled roofs to produce a totally traditional appearance. Building interiors are also fully customisable.
  • Modular buildings don’t mean small rooms. This was the case in the past, though now it is simple to create large, open plan rooms using modular construction. These rooms are not just limited to offices, spaces like sports halls are also possible.

It is important to remember that modular buildings are subject to the same regulations as traditional buildings, and can therefore, be held to the same standard of quality, appearance and permanence.


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