5 Things to Consider About Modular Construction

Modular Construction

Modular construction is not a new idea and has been used in previous examples such as the Iron Bridge, built in 1779, and the Statue of Liberty, constructed 36 years later. One of the first recorded modular homes was designed and built in the UK by Henry Manning in 1837, who used this new style for a variety of other structures throughout England.

Construction in the industry has been using modular techniques for years and uptake has been slow. However, the benefits of modular construction are now widely recognized and implemented in other industries like schools.

But it does mean you need to see things differently and it can be a bit of a challenge for any business the first time.

With our experience and knowledge, we help you realize that many of the proposed concerns may either be true misconceptions or practical considerations. One of our experts can clarify how we can address the concerns, using a bit of technical know-how.

1 – Quality 

It’s important to recognise that a modular building in not the same as a cabin. It may resemble one but it would have been built with quality materials and insulation. Cabins offer an image of cold, leaky, draughty buildings from the past which are not an accurate representation of what modular buildings are.

Our modular buildings are constructed with state-of-the-art technology to meet all regulatory standards. Foundation: Proper foundations for the building; thermal and acoustic insulation: For efficient energy use, the building is coated in thermal and acoustic insulation; watertight structures: To provide a sturdy structure, built from watertight components so your building can withstand any weather conditions. These are environmentally friendly heating and lighting options that come with high-quality windows and doors, custom interior design for your needs, exterior claddings, finishes, and landscaping

2 – Will the modular building look temporary 

We think the photo of Hartland (above) trumps that one. Modular buildings have always been designed to be re-used, reconfigured, or recycled… so there’s absolutely no need for them.

By using the right layout, finishes, and landscaping, you can have a modular building that looks just like a traditionally built permanent structure… or you could try something completely different.

3 – They all look the same 

Here, the truth is they shouldn’t and ours don’t. Actually, your options are typically only limited by individual situation and budget.

Because structural frames are a standard system, we use tried and tested solutions for everything from the roof to the floor. We believe that this makes us just as traditional as any other builder. One of the great things about custom buildings is that they can be designed to your specifications. This means you can get exactly what is right for your business and there will be little or no wastage. You also have a lot of choice in finishes, which not only helps you create something unique but gives an impression of quality.

4 – Financing a modular build

Construction is changing constantly and the days of the traditional building have disappeared. Nowadays modular buildings are considered mainstream and customers can often arrange finance for them through their own existing relationships.

A member of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB), and fully authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). One of the best things about HCP is the relationships it has with its lending partners. It’s possible to request loans up to £1 million, and the terms are excellent. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please get in touch.

5 – Think About Planning & Building Regulations

Modular buildings are subject to the same planning and building regulations as any traditionally constructed building. They’re no a ‘way around’ these regulations and you will need to go through them, but there are no additional or insurmountable hurdles in the process. Your planning challenges will be dictated by your site and the local planning environment. We’ve helped many clients with these challenges, and we now offer professional support to help you plan your project faster and less painlessly.