MPBA out in Force at Education Estates 2021 at Manchester Central

By MPBA in Industry News

Despite common misperceptions, modular is not new – the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) was founded in 1938 when the end of the war saw the UK construction industry shaken by major shortages of skilled labour and building materials.

Chief Executive of the MPBA Jackie Maginnis, commented: “Advanced volumetric modular technology is now far removed from the ‘prefabs’ of yesteryear and the MPBA is proud to play a major role in this transition.

“Modular approaches are now acknowledged as revolutionising the construction industry, particularly in the education sector. Making up 60-70% of the offsite market, modular solutions arguably form a modern method of construction that is experiencing an entirely different growth trend to that of panelised offsite approaches. The surge in demand for modular technology goes hand-in-hand with an increase in investment which in turn drives innovation.”

Education buildings are critically important. The physical and social environment in which students and staff spend a high proportion of their time has profound effects on their physical, emotional and mental health as well as affecting their attainment. For most education providers however creating new spaces is not a straightforward task – there are many practical and financial constraints to consider.

Members of the MPBA will be out in force at Education Estates. Delegates will be able to relax and network in their lounge area and gain valuable information. The MPBA encourage those involved in specifying, designing and constructing schools, colleges and universities to come along and meet the technical team to find out not only about the speed, quality and sustainability benefits but also how a modular approach can overcome many practical and financial constraints.

Jackie Maginnis continued: “As the construction industry starts to emerge from this pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a more rapid and sustainable building programmes, where the focus is on quality and delivering education facilities that are fit for the future. To assist the MPBA has launched a new Training Centre and education programmes where young and mature students can learn key skills relevant to the industry.”

The facility, which is located in Coventry, West Midlands – offers a comfortable environment for knowledge share away from the pressures of the workplace. The Training Centre provides the MPBA with the ability to deliver a consistent high level of informative technical and best practice programmes for members.

Come and meet the Team

The MPBA will be available in the Education Estates lounge area and Technical Chair Andy King will also be chairing the session ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ in the seminar Schools theatre. MPBA members Premier Modular, TG Escapes, Polyroof Products, McAvoy Group, Fordingbridge, Portakabin, The Qube, Twinfix and Wernick Group – will be exhibiting at the event.

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