Modular works was recently granted full planning permission for a new high school building which was the first of its construction type to be given full approval. We have set a benchmark in the lifespan of modular building with our structures being given a lifespan in excess of 100 years by the local authority sustainability department reviewing the application.
We have spent many years improving our design process using the latest technologies available in the building materials sector to deliver high quality modular buildings with long lifespans. Our construction process is becoming more main stream with many large housing developers embracing the techniques which allow rapid build times. The process we use and the construction type allows architectural flexibility in designs, good size spans and rapid build times.
The design type is now approved by the council of mortgage lenders so we are seeing more housing being constructed using this building method. Recently a housing developer RG Carter has a development site approved for 40 units in the Norfolk area. Shortage of traditional building materials including bricks and blocks and the shortage of skilled workers have driven the industry to look at alternatives and embrace the latest building technologies. Latest reports also show a decreased uptake of college courses in the building industry particually in the wet trades such as bricklaying, groundworkers and plastering. This has also had a major effect on the construction industry, driving labour costs on projects to new levels which means increased hosuing prices or lower profits for developers. In some cases bricklayers are in such demand they are commanding day rates in excess of £500 per day.
Offsite construction and the use of new building techniques and materials on site will be the only way to acheive the housing levels required in the UK and keep prices stable.