Within every industry, myths will be told, and this includes modular buildings, however, some are more believing than others. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the misconceptions people have when it comes to modular construction, in order to set them straight.
Myth 1: Modular Construction Doesn’t Save Time
A lot of people believe that, because modular buildings are constructed in a factory and get shipped to a client’s location before being assembled, modular construction is a long process. In fact, the opposite is true.
Modular buildings can reduce construction time by a huge amount. Any work at the factory is undertaken at the same time as site work, which means that nobody is left waiting around for the foundations to be laid. It’s also worth considering that, with factory work, there are no weather-related delays. All in all, modular buildings can actually save you a great deal of time and effort.
Myth 2: They Are Bad For the Environment
Modular construction is, in fact, much better for the environment than some other construction methods. With less space needed when it comes to on-site assembly and less construction supplies required, it results in reduced local waste and a smaller impact on the environment. It’s also worth bearing in mind that modular buildings can be refurbished, reconfigured or even relocated, making them suitable for future use, all of which saves on materials in the long run.
Myth 3: Modular Buildings Are Only Useful for Temporary Housing
Nothing could be further from the truth. Modular buildings are ideal for companies of all shapes and sizes and can be used in many different ways.
For example, they’re perfect for the education industry. If your school or college has construction planned, modular buildings allow you to quickly adjust and house students temporarily. Ultimately, if businesses and organisations require something permanent, temporary, or both, modular buildings can provide the perfect solution.
To find out more information about how modular buildings can benefit you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Excel Modular Buildings and speak to one of our friendly team members today.
Posted on 29th Dec 2017 10:54:58 by Micheala.Martin
When it comes to performing well on the field, state-of-the-art facilities make all the difference. Despite this, many sports clubhouses are sorely lacking in even basic heating, changing rooms, power or running water.
The question remains: why are so many organisations settling for second-best when they could be in the premier league as far as facilities are concerned, with an environmentally-friendly sports clubhouse? With starting prices for modular building sales at their lowest ever, there’s never been a better time to consider going modular.
Modern Modular Facilities
Modular construction techniques have come on a long way in recent years, and today’s modular clubhouses offer everything a sporting organisation could possibly want. Some of the most popular features requested by sports clubs who opt for a modular building include:
• Changing rooms
• Locker rooms
• Solar power capability
• IT connectivity/broadband
• Laundry connectivity
The real beauty of a modular building is that it is fully customisable and can be created precisely to specification. While not all clubs will want all of the features mentioned above, some may want all of them and more. By working with clients every step of the way during the design and construction process, Excel Modular’s clubhouses and cabins are unique to every single project.
Energy Efficient Modular Buildings
The cost of heating a building in the winter months is often known to be a drain on the budget, particularly for grass-roots sports clubs who don’t have much in the way of funding to begin with – but that’s where modular buildings come in.
Modular sports club houses are designed with heat retention in mind, using specially engineered materials and structural systems that are pre-insulated. These sustainable materials are very easily maintained at little cost, and are designed to take everything the UK climate can throw at them.
With optional solar panels, electricity costs can be kept low, and some organisations even manage to generate money by selling excess electricity back to the national grid – a viable proposition for clubhouses which are only used during the weekend, for example.
At Excel Modular Buildings, we provide modular solutions for a variety of uses across a gamut of industries. For more information on what we supply or what we do, simply get in touch on 01482 488664 and our team will be happy to provide you with the information you require.
Posted on 18th Dec 2017 10:22:01 by Micheala.Martin
Here at Excel Modular, helping businesses to improve their on-site security is one of our specialisms. Offering temporary site accommodation that’s intended to keep your goods and property safe, we know just how to deter would-be criminals from taking what is yours and causing damage.
That’s why we’ve written this article to share what we know. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the risks and stay safe, here’s what we suggest…
1. Install CCTV
One of the simplest and most effective ways to discourage criminals from breaking into your premises and taking what they wish is to show them that the risk of being caught far outweighs the potential reward, which is why installing CCTV is so helpful. The thought of being caught on camera will deter most potential perpetrators, making it well worth the cost of installation.
2. Erect Signs
It’s not enough to have CCTV – burglars also need to know that it’s there in order for it to be effective. This is why we suggest erecting signs to inform them of its presence. True or not, you might also wish to put up other warnings stating that there are guard dogs on-site or security staff present (whether or not this is true), as well as messages informing them that no goods or valuables are left behind at the end of your working day. If the reward is too small to justify the risk, this is an effective deterrent all by itself.
3. Use Anti-Vandal Cabins
As we’ve already mentioned, one of the best ways to put off potential perpetrators is by convincing them that the risk of breaking into your property outweighs the reward, so the harder you can make it enter your accommodation, the better. This is something that we can help you with. Offering specially created anti-vandal cabins, we can deliver heavy duty doors and window shutters to make forced entry near on impossible so that any equipment or tools you store inside of them will still be exactly where you left them morning.
To learn more about our products and how they could help you, contact us today.
Posted on 15th Dec 2017 11:27:05 by Micheala.Martin
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