For many people, modular buildings are just a temporary solution to get from A to B. From building site offices to temporary classrooms; there are dozens of ways that temporary modular buildings are utilised every day. If you’re looking for something a little more creative, opting for a permanent modular building that’s all your own could be the ideal solution. Here are some creative ways modular buildings can be used beyond the usual:
Thanks to the sturdy, waterproof nature of modular buildings, they can be the ideal addition to a more extensive garden as an office or summer house. Simple to install and easy to customise with anything from metal roofing to hanging lights or a sliding door, you can recycle a modular building into something that can be used by the family for years to come. In fact, with a little bit of creative inspiration and some wood cladding, you can create something like this summer cottage by Danish architectural firm Lykke + Nielsen.
For an even more dramatic transformation, and a few wooden palettes, a purchased modular building can become a fantastic way to both grow plants and store garden equipment, thanks to vertical ‘living walls’. With just a few power tools and some plants, you can create a living and breathing vertical garden area, with extra storage and shelving within. Sound unbelievable? This DIY by Decoist shows how it can be done.
Home Schooling and Nursery Classrooms
Modular buildings are already used across the UK as a solution to educational space, and a dedicated learning space at home can not only encourage those small brains, it can give them their own quiet, distraction-free area for self-taught learning. With all amenities, including water and electric, available for these modular buildings, creating a space for learning with chalkboard paint, shelving and working space would be a simple task. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Confessions of a Homeschooler shows precisely what you can do with some imagination and a trip to IKEA.
Feeling inspired? If you’re looking for modular building sales to adapt your modular project, then we can help. Contact us today for more information on the units we sell to help you make the best choice for your needs.
Posted on 14th Nov 2017 09:22:26 by Micheala.Martin
If your school or education centre is utilising modular buildings to fulfil extra space requirements, improve classroom quality or provide temporary cover, then it can be difficult to see past the plain-featured walls and simple design to something that’s inspiring and exciting for students. On the contrary, modular cabins can be a fantastic blank slate for education settings, to get pupils involved in learning and develop new skills. Here are some ideas to customise your cabins in unique and exciting ways.
For a great, temporary way to get your students involved in decoration, design and project work, use blackboard wallpaper. This is a simple, yet fantastic way to turn every wall in your cabin into a work of art and let your pupils get their hands dirty. When you’re done for the day, simply wipe off the walls in preparation for the next set of lessons, or even peel off sections of wallpaper for a fully versatile classroom experience.
Use your cabin as a ‘wind down’ room, rather than a traditional classroom; this is a fantastic way to encourage both mindfulness and quiet reflection in a busy school day. Fill your modular buildings with books, comfortable seating areas and individual areas for calm learning and development. Your students will appreciate the safe space in which to relax and it is sure to improve education and overall behaviour, as well as encouraging study and quiet learning.
For schools with additional needs, or for younger students, a simple sensory play area is a fantastic way to use modular buildings, for anything from pure play to motor development. Additional space for traditional growth, as well as help for those students who need it, can greatly enhance the school day for younger pupils and encourage the development of skills.
Looking for hire modular units for use within your school or educational setting? Contact us today to discuss how we can support the learning and development of children at your facility by providing you with the tools to enhance your students’ school day with just a few easy customisations that can have fantastic results.
Posted on 7th Nov 2017 11:24:19 by Micheala.Martin
On our blog, we’ve taken a look at the more usual uses for modular building hire; from classrooms through to on-site storage, there are many different reasons to think about adding modular buildings to your site. But beyond the basics, there are so many other versatile uses for modular buildings that can make them the ideal solution to countless problems. Here are just a few ways you can get creative with modular designs:
Modular buildings can be the perfect option to use for temporary structures within both education and professional settings, and for displaying items such as art - the blank canvas of a modular unit can make sure your eyes are drawn to precisely the right place. By using modular systems, you can make art more accessible, and allow it to stay on display for longer without taking up valuable space that has other requirements. When your show is done, the units can be removed - a fully versatile display location.
For outdoor areas, such as pools, lakes, parks and more, having a secure location to store your possessions can be key to a great day out. By utilising a vandal-proof unit in combination with lockers inside (even charger lockers for phones), you can create a place where visitors will know that all their items are safe and secure - allowing them to enjoy their day without worry.
Modular building hire can work fantastically for more active environments, but they’re also ideal for the storage of valuable or otherwise sentimental items such as furniture or ornaments during a renovation or redecoration of your home. These secure units keep your valuables safe and close to hand, without them being in the way of workers, builders or decorators. And of course, your garden can be back to normal in no time thanks to the easy removal of units post-work.
What do you think about our alternative uses for modular buildings? If you have a unique use for our modular units, contact us today. We love to hear new ideas and help you discover what units are best for your requirements - no matter how out there they are.
Posted on 20th Oct 2017 10:11:40 by Micheala.Martin
Whether you need to buy or hire a modular building, it’s essential to choose your supplier with care. Here are some of the vital aspects to consider.
Meeting Your Needs
Modular buildings come in all shapes and sizes and have varying uses, so choose a supplier who can meet your exact requirements or specifications, offering customisation, where necessary. If you need a modular building for classroom use, or as a laboratory, for example, source a supplier who has experience of serving these needs. Equally, if security is a top priority, look for a supplier who can offer anti-vandal cabins.
Fit in With Your Timeframe
Perhaps you only require modular building hire for a short period of time, or maybe you’re looking for something more permanent. Once you know how long you need your building for, find out if a supplier is able to fit in with your timeframe. Are they able to deliver the modular building on time, providing a quick installation, and easy removal once it’s no longer needed?
Cost is a vital factor when choosing a modular building supplier, but don’t just be tempted to go for the cheapest option, particularly if you require a long-term solution. This might not equate with a good-quality structure! Look for a supplier who offers a range of modular buildings to suit your budget, and bear in mind that purchasing or hiring a pre-used, high-quality building is preferable to getting a brand-new one made from poor workmanship.
Pick a modular building supplier that boasts superior credentials. Find out what qualifications or accreditation a supplier has, and if they’ve gained any awards or merits for their work. Customer testimonials or reviews are always worth a read, as you get an impartial opinion from those who’ve already used their services. As well as a good reputation, consider factors such as excellent customer service and sourcing buildings that are sustainable and eco-friendly - this shows that a supplier takes environmental concerns seriously.
For quality modular building hire or sales, contact us today.
Posted on 17th Oct 2017 09:25:38 by Micheala.Martin
For many schools and education settings, the process of updating your current buildings to meet your requirements efficiently and with a low-cost outcome is an uphill struggle. With many school buildings created in the 70s, or even before, there’s a lot of room for ongoing issues or hidden problems that can be a headache for any school, especially where students and classes can be easily disrupted. There’s a lot to say for these old classrooms, which are steeped in years of history and teaching, but in many cases, are just not efficient - or green - enough for modern demands.
Modular buildings are everywhere you look - from construction sites to the healthcare industry, modular units provide a valuable low-cost and energy-efficient location with many different uses. Whereas the development or conversion of a classroom within an existing building may involve vast amounts of prep work, from asbestos testing through to complex planning around school holidays, modular units provide a resource that’s immediately suitable, flexible and modern to help your students continue their education in an appropriate setting.
Adaptable To Your Needs
One of the great advantages of going modular is how flexible the units are - providing you with a blank shell to stamp your school’s ideals and personality onto, from flexible learning classrooms through to mindfulness rooms and offices for staff and administration. With so much freedom, it’s easy to meet the exact educational needs of your pupils and provide additional resources and support with the extra money saved from choosing to not remodel internal structures.
Flexible Learning - Greener Outcome
Not only are modular buildings environmentally-friendly with the lack of building and upheaval required for installation, they’re also fully recyclable. To surpass your environmental commitments, choose used and recycled buildings that can be adapted to your needs rather than opting for a brand-new fabrication. This will save you time on installation and will give you more freedom to increase your facilities.
Interested in developing your education setting with our low-cost, reliable modular units? We’re just a phone call or email away. Contact us today and discover the freedom modular buildings can give your school.
Posted on 20th Sep 2017 09:22:52 by Micheala.Martin
If you are setting up a construction site in a remote area you may want to consider using modular building hire to provide temporary onsite accommodation for your workers. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring portable buildings?
Advantages of Modular Building Hire for Construction Sites
Portable buildings are perfect for providing temporary accommodation for workers on remote construction sites. The buildings are totally lockable and secure and will withstand the onslaught of pretty much any extreme of weather, leaving your workforce safe and comfortable. Having all your workers living on site means that as a supervisor you won’t be worrying about guys arriving late or not at all for their shifts.
Sharing on-site accommodation is great for building camaraderie and morale too; a happy workforce means a more productive workforce, and that’s great news for your business. For longer term temporary contracts, hiring temporary accommodation can work out much more cost-effective than bussing workers to an out of town site every day. Portable buildings do not require a foundation, meaning that you can have one set up pretty much anywhere you need one on your site.
Disadvantages of Modular Building Hire for Construction Sites
Despite all of their advantages, there are a few cons attached to hiring portable modular buildings for your construction site. Because portable buildings do not require a foundation, they can sometimes be affected by the movement of the ground during freezes and subsequent thaws, or on sites where excavation and mining work is taking place. If the buildings settle or rock, the doors might not close properly, leaving the building insecure when it isn’t occupied.
Smaller buildings may need to be tied down to keep them in place if your construction site is in an area that is affected by very high winds. Tie down can be achieved by placing earth anchors around the building and your hire company will do this for you.
Portable modular building hire can be a very useful option if you want to provide temporary accommodation or storage space on your construction site. For more information and guidance on choosing the right portable hire building for your needs, contact our helpful team today.
Posted on 8th Sep 2017 14:22:59 by Micheala.Martin
There are more than just financial benefits to the use of modular buildings, because the impact on the environment can be dramatically decreased.
As time passes, we are constantly feeling the effects of human activity on the planet, and so comes the constant need for new and sustainable solutions, especially in construction. The industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of materials every year, meaning it is the nation’s biggest consumer of resources. In more recent years, we are becoming conscious of our techniques and the need to save money, and save our planet.
Taking these factors into consideration, how green are modular buildings and what affect are they having on eco-conscious manufacturing and construction?
Modular construction is one of the main areas of construction which are taking a different approach; that of an environmental approach. They are incorporating eco-friendly building materials as a key part of the process. The focus on using prefabricated builds reduces the overall waste production.
Another reason for the drastic waste reduction is down to the fact that the buildings are constructed in a controlled environment instead of a traditional on-site project. Instead of creating obsolete waste which is usually sent off to a landfill, in modular construction this can be collected and reused for another purpose. Not only can the waste be recycled but the materials it consists of are an eco-friendlier alternative, such as FSC approved timber and sustainably sourced timber.
As you may or may not know, modular buildings are assembled and completed in a factory, which means a lot less people are needed on site in comparison to a traditional construction site. When you consider factors such as building material deliveries, site machinery and a large amount of staff, this is noise pollution on an extreme level in conventional construction, however with modular construction this is all avoided.
Besides the environmental benefits of noise pollution, it also means less likeliness of complaints, which means a more harmonious build, which can be especially important when building in a community.
Due to the fact that modular buildings are prefabricated, the sections are much easier to dissemble if needed, and can be easily relocated. If a building has become disused and is ruin down then the sections of the building can easily be taken apart and reused, making sure no part goes to waste.
If modular buildings became the norm, we would instantly reduce the need for fresh and raw materials for any new project.
In the UK, it is estimated that we need to build 300,000 new homes every year in order to solve the housing crisis, and with modular construction enabling us to lift entire floors or rooms out of existing building in order to easily reuse and rebuild, this could be a huge asset.
Many modular building companies, such as Excel Modular work in a controlled environment, meaning that the amount of energy which is poured into a conventional construction site is much more than that of a modular construction process.
Most of the parts used for the process are built in an assembly line type process, meaning the amount of time spend on building individual parts and the time needed to assemble the individual parts on site is significantly reduces.
The efficiency of this is one of the major contributing factors to its reduced energy consumption. In modular buildings, everything from the bathroom tiles to the plumbing is integrated in this way, from the production in the assembly line off-site. Overall, this reducing assembly time, minuses waste material and provides an overall consistent level of quality throughout all the processes.
As we see the demand for sustainability rise, we could see alternative methods of construction stepping into the limelight. With their ultra-green thinking, their green benefits and their impressive industry carbon footprint, this relatively new and forward-thinking technique should be considered.
If you would like any more information regarding our modular buildings, you can get in touch with our team here at Excel Modular. We would be more than happy to discuss your requirements or even discuss further how modular buildings can benefit you, your business and your eco-sustainability.
Posted on 21st Aug 2017 13:42:02 by Micheala.Martin
Modular buildings have been providing quick and efficient solutions for businesses for many years, from the health sector to the educational sector. Having well-equipped classrooms for children is something that will continuously be required, however, with school budgets potentially not covering all expenses, finding affordable solutions is vital.
For important subjects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it can be even more difficult to provide a laboratory for students with current construction costs.
Why is STEM So Important?
These subjects are vital for the growth and sustainability of the world, and it’s important to engage young children in them as early as possible. Both technological and scientific innovations are increasingly more important in the modern world, and STEM skills are needed to succeed in a society more and more focused on technology.
Some students may think that STEM subjects are difficult to understand and work towards arts instead. The STEM field is still seen to have a gender imbalance towards a higher amount of men, and engaging young girls with the subjects will provide an increased opportunity to balance the genders.
How to Address Negative Perceptions of STEM
Schools should address any negatives about the STEM field, to excite students into studying the subjects. Showcasing STEM from an early age with a positive view is the first step, drawing in both male and female students.
Providing them with a challenging environment in which they can learn and practice can help to conquer obstacles and master challenges. Having STEM subjects and everything that comes along with them to learn accessible to all students may be a challenge with a lower budget, but modular buildings can help.
How Modular Buildings Can Help
Bespoke modular buildings can contain all the needed facilities for a well-rounded approach to every STEM subject. You will be able to have a space that you can easily move and relocate with high-quality equipment. Lending these easy-to-move laboratories to other schools could also inspire them to invest in their own STEM modular buildings.
As modular buildings can be customised to your requirements, your school can easily have modular classrooms suited for a practical approach to learning and teaching. With windows, temperature control, and many other functions that also include bathrooms if needed, modular buildings provide the ideal solution to STEM needs in the educational sector.
Should you have any questions about our modular building sales, you can get in touch with our friendly and expert team on. Here at Excel Modular Buildings, we are proud to support the educational sector with high-quality modular buildings that help to teach younger generations and motivate them into pursuing further education.
Posted on 11th Aug 2017 15:07:30 by Micheala.Martin
Construction is one of the main factors in our constantly evolving and adapting economy, and without the workers and construction methods, we wouldn’t be able to marvel in the many uses of buildings.
When it comes to construction, it is even more important than ever today that we are aware of our energy usage, and how environmentally sustainable we are. Factors such as transport, machinery and tools can add up to a big price tag and a whole lot of damage to our environment. So, what are a few ways you can keep energy down in the construction industry through transport? Is modular construction the way to do it?
One of the biggest costs of construction can be the transportation costs. Transferring materials, workers and any other requirements can certainly rack up a cost, especially on a big project.
The Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology states that:
“Construction is possibly one of the most cost orientated industries in any economy. In general, construction cost estimates are based on a straight ‘take off’ of the quantities required. All further ‘other’ costs in the form of overhead, profit, labour and wastage are consolidated into the cost of the materials.”
“Consequently, a significant proportion of the ‘other’ costs associated with materials purchases must be in the form of transportation from the point of extraction and / or production to the point of consumption.”
Fuel Usage and the Environment
Construction transport accounts for 13% of the fuel used in the UK, which ultimately makes it a key target to reduce. Companies have started to consider solutions, with methods such as monitoring and controlling site transport through certain schemes, but here are a few other ways:
Consider transportation costs in the design process
Consider group transportation
For materials, use local or close-by suppliers
Partner with contractors and suppliers for reduced waste transport
Use offsite construction via modular construction
Road vehicle pollution can have a detrimental effect on the environment as it causes acidification and low-level ozone, which can both have negative effects on the human health.
Take into consideration the possible congestion of transport to and from the construction site, which can incur extra energy and financial losses.
Building Materials and People
Building materials can be a huge cost for construction. Bricks and other materials rack up a price tag, but with modular constriction or usage of other suitable materials, it can be significantly decreased.
The transportation of goods and materials is one of the biggest finances and can be decreased by following a few possible points:
Use alternative building materials
Pair with a local supplier who might supply a deal
Transport in bigger loads
Energy efficient technology
Transport can affect not only the energy and cost usage in construction, but it can also affect the people on the workforce, as well as effecting the community surrounding the site. It is key to address the main health and safety points and noise pollution that can be caused.
By using off-site construction and transport solutions, you can address the above issues as well as:
Improve image and community relations with the client
Fewer accidents on site and in the area
A more productive workforce
Modular Buildings as a Solution
Modular buildings can be a great way to reduce costs and energy on a construction site, as the construction takes place off-site and the buildings are then transported to the site. This means no separate transportation trips with materials and no use of extra tools onto the construction site. It can also cause little to no disruption to the surrounding areas.
Modular buildings are a versatile solution for many construction requirements and, with fast installation time and quick, easy removal, they are perfect for keeping costs down. As an innovative new way of construction, you can still provide a high standard of construction while doing your bit for the environment and keeping costs low and ROI high.
Posted on 18th Jul 2017 13:22:43 by Micheala.Martin
Contrary to popular belief, modular buildings don’t need to be boringly functional. With modern day technology and design, you can customise a modular building exactly to your specifications. Not sure where to start? Here’s a few ideas:
When ordering your modular building, you can decide on the kind of floor plan you’d like. Think about the function of your building and choose a floor plan based on this; for example, if you will often have visitors, consider having a separate reception area next to the building’s entrance.
Your modular building should be in keeping with your business’s image, so think about the colour you’d like it to be and what material the exterior walls should be made from. Also consider window placement and whether you’d like shutters. Our standard external finish is Plastisol steel but we can also offer options such as timber cladding, stenni, brick slip, Trespa panels, Kingspan or even render. The options are endless.
Modular buildings typically come with flat roofs, but if you’re wanting a more traditional look why not have a pitched roof with decra roof tiles.
With the interior of a modular building, your choices are endless. Whether you want an office, kitchen or bathroom included in your building, it can be done. You choose exactly the kind of furnishings and interior design you would like, ensuring that your modular building meets all your needs. Your walls can be in your company’s brand colours, vinyl flooring could be installed for easy cleaning, whiteboards can be fixed to walls for training or brainstorming sessions and many electrical sockets could be installed at key points. For the modern, environmentally friendly business, installing energy efficient features is an excellent option to keep your bills low and your green credentials strong.
Modular Buildings from the Best
If you want to enjoy all the benefits of a fully customised module building, Excel Modular Buildings can help. We provide flexible modular buildings and containers for a wide range of purposes. Contact us now to find out more, or find us on Facebook and Twitter to see our updates.
Posted on 4th Jul 2017 08:34:45 by Micheala.Martin