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UK Plant Guide 2010 - Temporary Buildings Contribute to the Construction Market

posted: 8th Apr 2010

Over 70 years ago the requirement for site accommodation became more in demand, the Modular & Portable Industry has grown and prospered during that time In many cases our products are first on site and last to be removed.

There is an old saying 'from little acorns grow' - this you could say applies to an industry that has grown from timber shiplap buildings in the early years to today with modern methods of construction and manufacture.

Companies during this time were then mainly involved in the manufacture of buildings with floor, walls and roof sections prefabricated from timber and suitable for easy erection on site.

We still have some of those companies trading today having changed with the new requirements and demands.

There are thousands of temporary buildings in use today and continue to perform their function is a tribute to a largely unsung industry.

During the years we have seen the type of buildings change from all timber to a combination of timber and steel and to totally steel shells with steel interior walls or frames clad with a variety of materials and finishes, From timber shiplap buildings we have moved forward to complete prefabricated pods, with wall tiling completed.

Not only are the buildings used for operational activities they also can be the types of buildings that are erected as the main development.

On site accommodation has moved from the ever-popular single modular more commonly know as a cabin used as individual offices to, buildings that replicated a fully functional office complex.

Single cabins are still readily available and alongside steel security containers are a must in today's environment.

With modern design and technology it can be difficult to identify prefabricated building from the exterior-many are clad and roofed with conventional building bricks and slate and there has been a growing trend by architects to give serious consideration to prefabricated buildings.

The availability of longer life, relatively maintenance free finishes, and the ever increasing emphasis on quality control by manufacturers, this has further enhanced the preferences to use prefabricated buildings.

Buildings of two, three or four storey heights with conventional pitched roofs and an external cavity wall construction of brickwork or stone have over the years been supplied into the market place. It is a known fact that system buildings have all the attributes of permanent structures with the additional advantages such as speed of construction and factory level quality control.

It is probably fair to say that historically that prefabricated buildings have had more than there fair share of criticism levelled at them. Considered by many to be a poor substitute to the 'real thing' a classic example being classrooms that have over the years proven themselves and many still in use by local authorities.

Today in a market potentially worth in excess of a billion pounds, modular and portable buildings continue to fill a requirement to the industry is no stranger to off site construction - it is what we do and will continue to develop new ideas and technology.

With the growing demand in 1938 the industry started its own trade association which still operates today, currently operating under the banner of The Modular & Portable Building Association, celebrating 70 years of success during 2008.

Article written by Jackie Maginnis for www.ukplantguide.com