Why Modular Buildings Are No Longer Second Best For Schools

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Schools and colleges have long relied on the use of portable and modular buildings to provide extra temporary classroom space. At one time, they were seen as a necessary evil, prone to being cold and draughty in winter and too hot in summer. Portable buildings of the past were generally also rather ugly and an eyesore on the school campus.

However, none of the above applies to modern portable and modular buildings. They are no longer basic prefabricated shells, but constructed to high standards of quality and energy efficiency. They are available in a range of cladding systems depending on your needs, and can be double or triple glazed with UPVC or steel fascias.

The appearance of the building can be customised to ensure that it fits in well with the surrounding environment. Most modular buildings are available in a wide range of finishes and colours with an option for extra windows, sliding doors and extra energy efficient features such as solar panels.

Furthermore, modern portable buildings are designed to last, with rot-proof materials that require very little maintenance to keep them in good condition. Compared with traditional bricks and mortar buildings, they are easy and cost effective to run. For this reason, thousands of schools and colleges are now using modular buildings on a permanent basis.

Modular buildings can be installed without the lengthy and stressful construction process of a traditional on-site brick building. For busy educational institutions, this is a huge bonus to avoid disruption to student’s education and to minimise health and safety risks.

The other huge advantage of modular classrooms is that they are highly flexible spaces, and can easily be adapted to other uses, including laboratories, staff rooms, canteens, or storage spaces. They can even be relocated to different sites or sold on when no longer needed.

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