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The Advantages of Modular Buildings

Modular buildings have surged in popularity in recent years, and modular construction is being used for a range of projects across the world.

Modular buildings are prefabricated buildings that are manufactured in a plant and then delivered to the customer in one or more complete sections. Units are normally built in an enclosed facility where environmental factors can’t affect construction, reducing time scale and cost. Now 98 per cent of contractors worldwide use prefabrication and modular building practices.

Why choose modular buildings? The advantages:

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Modular buildings are stronger.

Each module is designed to withstand long distance transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, modules become one integrated wall, floor and roof assembly.

Shorter build time.

Modular construction allows the foundation and the building to be built at the same time. Pre-fabrication speeds up the process, meaning that modular building can cut the time it takes for construction to be completed by around a quarter.

Seamus McCabe, Carpenter Forman at infrastructure specialists J Murphy and Sons Ltd, said: “I usually give Integra very tight deadlines to work to and they pull it out of the bag each time. The last big build was a 10 bay modular which I pushed them to do in four weeks, and they did it for me no problem.”

Quicker return on investment.

A quicker build means that the time waiting to see a return on modular buildings is minimal, resulting in lower carrying costs to customers.

It’s cheaper.

Modular construction can cut costs by 20-30 per cent. A shorter build time saves money on construction due to reduced labour costs, while less on site equipment is required due to pre-fabrication. For example, our build of the 18 bay, two storey teaching building at Ashmole Academy cost just £600,000.

We can build, whatever the weather.

Modular buildings are constructed indoors, enabling construction year round, regardless of weather conditions. Under traditional construction methods a build can last several seasons when delayed by weather conditions. The quick on site erection of modular buildings mean they are an excellent choice in changeable weather conditions. Rapid building also means that our customers see minimal disruption to their activities.

Reduced site traffic.

As most materials are delivered to us, modular construction means fewer trucks at the project site. This removes approximately 80 per cent of building construction activity from the site location reducing disruption, vehicular traffic and improving overall safety and productivity. For schools, hospitals or other active businesses, eliminating construction hazards is a huge advantage.

Less waste.

Manufacturing off site means that it makes it simpler to use lean manufacturing methods and environmental principals during construction. Pre-fabricated materials are all easier to recycle, as they haven’t been exposed to the elements.

High quality control.

In house design and production means that at Integra we can spot any challenges early, which are able to be rectified immediately.

Matthew Ashforth, Managing Director of Felixstowe-based haulage company Goldstar Transport, said: “Our new office is the second we have had from Integra and repeat business is always the best endorsement. Not being an expert in building specification I have found Integra to be helpful and understanding to all the amendments that we made during the process.  The construction was delivered on time and any defects rectified in good time before we moved in."

Modular can be beautiful.

Modular buildings have huge potential when it comes to aesthetic design, view our portfolio to see just some of the beautiful buildings we have constructed. 

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