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Why Modular Buildings Are The Way Forward For Sport Facilities

Since 2012 Sport England has invested more than £7.5m in modular construction, commissioning a range of new changing rooms and sports facilities for sporting organisations across the country. Now, the Sports Council and Football Association have released a whopping £200m tender opportunity to the modular construction industry, which begs the question – what does modular have that traditional building doesn’t? Here’s what modular building manufacturer, Integra Buildings, has to say.

Locker room entrance in a modular sport building

Uniquely tailored to suit your needs

At Integra are more than happy to provide bespoke modular building units with any number of additional features. From common rooms with entertainment systems, to changing rooms with bespoke benches and fully air-conditioned training rooms, the opportunities are endless.

Speedy build times

A sports facility is often home to a number of different clubs and can see a range of activities taking place each week. Disruption to these activities and events costs money, so the fact that modular construction is a faster alternative to traditional building is a huge benefit.

When a traditional build takes place, extensive preparation work is carried out on site before any building work commences, which severely slows down the process. In comparison, Modular buildings are constructed off-site at the same time as site preparation is being completed, removing this problem and speeding projects up by around 50%.

Construction in any weather

Since 80% of modular construction takes place in a factory, projects are rarely delayed due to weather conditions which severely reduces the risk of building sites lying half-finished for weeks on end. Sports facilities are generally high traffic, public spaces, so the dangers of accommodating a building site for an extended period of time quickly start to mount.

Modular building construction removes this danger and has the added bonus of a secure factory space in which building materials are stored, protecting interior spaces from weather damage.

Minimal disruption

On a similar note, off-site modular construction means less building materials, transportation vehicles and workers on site, which helps sports facilities to operate as smoothly as possible whilst work is being carried out. This ensures that the local area experiences minimal disruption. Also, delivery and installation of modular buildings can take place at a pre-agreed, convenient time for all parties in order to minimise risk and disturbances.


Looking to expand your sports facilities, adapt to changes in team sizes or even change location? All of this is possible with modular buildings, which can be added onto, reduced, reconfigured and relocated with ease. Traditional builds cannot be moved and require much more time, money and added pressure to alter, providing less flexibility for expanding sports businesses.

Cost savings

Modular building manufacturers produce numerous buildings each month which allows them to benefit from economies of scale when ordering appliances and building materials in bulk, resulting in lower costs for customers. The speed in which a modular building is constructed also leads to cost savings, as a sports facility can open its doors sooner, yielding a faster return on its investment.

With lower project costs and a fast return on investment, it’s easy to see why so many sports facilities are choosing to go modular. See our previous work on modular sport facilities in our portfolio.

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