Modular construction in the UK has experienced rapid growth over the past few years. In the last decade, UK consumer expenditure on building materials has more than quadrupled to a level not seen since the early seventies when there was a significant build up in non-conforming construction. Modular manufacturing has provided a significant breakthrough in the way that construction is carried out in the UK. While it is true that modular assembly has had limited impact on the building cycle, it has provided a range of benefits, especially for those in the building industry.
Modular Construction In The UK: What Needs To Be Done?
Modular construction in the UK has enjoyed considerable success because the manufacturer has been able to leverage its technological edge and experience. Some of the major benefits of modular construction include: the ability to design and manufacture to individual requirements, lower costs, savings in man hours, increased productivity, flexibility of materials and production cycles and the ability to use individual components from the outset, meaning that assembly line fabrication is unnecessary. Europe accounts for a high proportion of UK modular components with a much higher share going to Scandinavia where up to 80% of new homes are manufactured on-site.
Modular buildings have been an important part of the UK home development market since the seventies when they were first used in conjunction with the manufacture of motor-carried vans for short distance deliveries. Modular construction in the UK first developed in the areas of council housing where homes were being re-developed to high standards of design. These developments included both studio apartments and multi-storey buildings. Over the past few decades, both the quality of modular build and their cost-effectiveness have improved and these developments are increasingly used for housing provision.…