Modular construction (aka volumetric construction) significantly reduces time on site, but it may not be the right choice for every project. The pro’s and con’s of modular construction must be understood so that the designer can establish whether this is the correct solution for the project.
Significant time saving on-site
Work carried out on-site is more about connecting the plumbing/electrics of each module together and installing the façade.
Reduced safety risks
The majority of work is carried out at floor level within factory conditions.
Benefits of LSF
Cost effective solution
Significant savings can be made due to the repetitive nature of the build along with the reduced on-site requirements (e.g. length of time you need to have a crane on-site) and shorter timeframe required to insure the build stage.
Reduced overall build time
As the building frame, fabric and in some circumstances the contents can be installed while demolition/groundworks are being carried out, overall construction time can be significantly reduced.
• Final design is required before modules can be constructed.
• Using a podium structure – great for putting a modular building on top of a retail unit or shopping centre.
• Cranes are always required for all modular projects.
• Site access – is there room to lift (via a crane) the modules to the footprint of the building.
• As with all LSF systems, early discussions with a modular manufacturer is crucial to the success and cost-effectiveness of the build.
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