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Building for the future with our new business development manager

Steven Docking

We have expanded our senior team with the appointment of a new national sales and business development manager, Steven Docking.

Steven joined us in January 2019, and brings a wealth of modular construction experience to the role, having previously worked with Portakabin, Qube and Wernicks.

He will be helping us to increase sales and to provide a clear focus on business development as we look to expand in the coming year. Steven will work closely with our managing director, Marcus Sutcliffe, and  commercial manager, Jason Bowker, to help drive growth.

Commenting on his appointment, Steven said: “Elite Systems is a well-established and forward-thinking company with plenty of scope – and desire – for future growth. I’m looking forward to working with a company that takes such an innovative and flexible approach to modular construction. Marcus and Jason have built a great team here and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Find out more about the Elite Systems team.

The future of modular: what’s next for schools and healthcare?

School and healthcare future

At Elite Systems, we’re passionate about finding bespoke solutions to the issues our customers face, whether that’s a simple lack of space, restricted access to a proposed development site, or short time-frames.

We’re excited to see what the industry is doing to tackle the big issues at Futurebuild, which this year the theme ‘Time for Action’. Our business development manager, Steven Docking, has looked into some of the concerns facing the education, healthcare, and housing markets.

It’s what’s inside that counts

Last month, we mentioned that primary school numbers will peak in 2019, but secondary schools and early years numbers will continue to grow for the next five or six years.

However, Steven believes that the pressures on schools are not just focused purely on numbers. In fact, many education estates managers and head teachers are increasingly looking at the quality of the teaching environment.

Steven explains: “Creating additional space for increasing pupil numbers remains a primary driver for decision-makers at schools of all levels. But more and more schools are looking to the quality of the classrooms as well as the size.

“Head teachers are doing their homework. Even where there are budget pressures in place, they are searching for solutions that can offer a good teaching environment that will create the right ambience for students and teachers alike. That can refer to everything from the presence of natural light, outdoor noise reduction, the shape of the room, and more.”

Steven sees bespoke eco classrooms as one of the best solutions to meeting these needs. The advantages of modular buildings for schools are manifold. Using modular building systems minimises disruption whilst maximising the teaching environment and providing the best possible opportunities for children’s futures.

It is possible to build modular classrooms to a very high standard. The performance of the finished classroom is built-in from the design phase by specifying key features such as triple-glazed windows and effective wall insulation.

Steven added: “For academies, energy efficiency is also an important factor. Modular classrooms can incorporate ventilation and insulation systems that regulate the indoor temperature without the need for air conditioning or heating. Schools can select eco classrooms with solar panels and solar shading to keep heat out in summer. With off-site construction, it’s possible to all but guarantee a desired performance level, which is a huge advantage.”

Healthcare and the community

According to Steven, we are on the precipice of a transformation in the way the NHS provides healthcare.

The impact of the country’s ageing population on hospitals is well understood. Healthcare trusts are looking for ways to alleviate the problem, which is why the government is making increased funds available to support social care providers in 2019. This is all part of a drive to move patients out of hospitals and back into their communities.

That’s not the only change that Steven expects to see in healthcare estates in the coming years. He continued: “From April 2019, I expect to see more focus on sustainability and transformation. NHS Trusts are looking for longer-term impacts, and trying to find ways to prevent people being hospitalised is key to that. Part of this trend is a move towards healthcare ‘hubs’ rather than traditional GP surgeries.

“These health centres act as one-stop-shops to serve the community and require a great deal more space than a general practice, with room for community care and areas dedicated to additional healthcare such as physiotherapy. Trusts want to control costs and not cause any delays or disruption to their healthcare provision, which is why I see modular construction as an ideal fit for the healthcare market in the future.”

Steven and the rest of the team will be available to discuss this issues and more at Futurebuild on stand F22 – to register for your free visitor badge, click here.  Alternatively to contact Elite Systems, click here.

The road ahead for modular construction

Modular building being lowered from a flatbed truck

Over the past 24 years, we have witnessed an off-site construction revolution, with this modern method of construction becoming recognised by more and more developers as a viable, cost-effective and speedy way to build new homes, classrooms and healthcare buildings.

There’s plenty to suggest that the demand for modular buildings will continue to grow in 2019 and beyond. In this blog, we look at some of the factors that will be driving the modular construction market in the future.

 

Cheadle Hulme School, modular reception classroom

Cheadle Hulme School, modular reception classroom

Education matters

For several years now, increasing pupil numbers and a concurrent squeeze on school budgets have seen headteachers and local authorities turn to off-site construction and modular classrooms as a solution.

Modular classrooms can create more space and offer modern facilities within a timeframe that is not achievable with traditional construction. With schools not knowing their intake numbers until springtime, schools often have need for additional classroom space or common areas at comparatively short notice, which is where a modular solution is ideal.

Modular classrooms can be manufactured off-site then craned into position and finished on-site in the school summer holidays, keeping disruption to a minimum for the school.

This year, the Department for Education predicts that primary school pupil numbers will peak, while secondary school pupil numbers will continue to grow until 2025: so we expect to see demand for modular classrooms in the years to come.

 

Fitzwilliam Hospital, Peterborough, modular extension.

Fitzwilliam Hospital, Peterborough, modular extension.

Health and hospitals

 The UK’s population is continuing to become proportionally older: it is predicted that by 2027, over a fifth of the population will be aged 65 and over.

An ageing population means more pressure on hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and with strict budgets in place for NHS Trusts, the need for additional space will continue to be a driver for modular healthcare buildings. At Elite, we have previously provided new wards and administrative space for hospitals: modular construction is not only faster than traditional build, it allows administrators to control costs – a vital factor when budgets are tight.

This year, we also expect to see an increase in the use of modular buildings for social care facilities such as care homes: in the most recent budget, Philip Hammond announced a £1 billion fund dedicated to supporting social care providers to help ease pressure on the NHS.

Creating more space for social care is essential to free up bed space in hospitals, and we expect that once again modular construction will help to provide high-quality modular buildings that will allow existing social care facilities to expand their space without disruptive on-site construction works.

 

barometer on modular building

What about the weather?

Last year, the weather was a disruptive factor for traditional construction: the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ wreaked havoc in the early part of the year, while the long hot summer made on-site conditions difficult, with temperatures soaring as high as 35 degrees Celsius in Kent.

While the Met Office isn’t predicting a second ‘Beast from the East’ for this year, conditions may well be unpredictable throughout 2019 and off-site construction will allow build programmes to stay on schedule. With the majority of the modular building completed in controlled factory conditions, the weather won’t cause delays as it would with traditional build, which will make it an attractive prospect for those who want a reliable solution.

If you want to find out how our modular housing solution could help create more space in 2019 and beyond, please contact us today.

modular housing and the homelessness crisis

Raising homelessness modular solution awareness

 

Just over a year ago, the National Audit Office announced that in March 2017 there were over 77,240 households in temporary accommodation in England. With homelessness costing the public sector an estimated £1 billion per year, the housing system is in desperate need of support.

 

A modular solution?

The Local Government Association published a detailed report entitled ‘Council Innovation and Learning in Housing Our Homeless Households’. The report included a particular focus on those councils taking innovative steps to tackle the problem, and we were very pleased to see that modular construction forms part of this.

Modular structures can be quickly assembled with a great deal of flexibility in design, with the ability to build modular homes of many different sizes and configurations. Modular construction is much faster than traditional build, which means that multiple units can be built in a fraction of the time of a bricks-and-mortar home.

Using this modern method of construction would afford local authorities a great deal of flexibility in their provision of both permanent and temporary accommodation. What’s more, the report specifically mentions the use of modular housing on undeveloped sites, including brownfield sites – and as modular homes can utilise simpler foundations, they are ideally suited to these locations.

 

Relocatable buildings

One of the specific recommendations that the LGA’s report makes is regarding re-deployable modular housing – also known as relocatable or demountable modular buildings.

In essence, what this means is structures that are manufactured in a dedicated factory and craned into place, but which can then be moved to another site should there be a requirement elsewhere, or if the original site is required for redevelopment.

As modular homes are designed to be transportable, making them relocatable is no issue – off-site specialists like us can also re-clad or otherwise alter the buildings to better match the local character of the site’s surroundings. This will assist with some of the potential stumbling blocks, such as securing planning permission.

 

In practice

Some councils are already taking action on this issue, deploying pilot schemes aimed at encouraging the development of permanent homes built for affordable rent using offsite construction.

One scheme highlighted in the LGA’s report is the innovative approach taken by Brighton and Hove City Council.  There, the local council has put out a call for potential developers to lease land with a view to delivering modular build pilot schemes in a way that – in theory – reduces the risk for all concerned.

Private rental in Brighton is expensive due to the student population in the town, which means that the local housing allowance falls short of the average rent:  modular housing is seen a solution, with several small constrained garage sites now dedicated to the development of affordable modular homes for the private rental market.

In practice, it remains to be seen whether the national government and local authorities can work together with private developers to deliver modular housing schemes that will truly make a difference to homelessness and the shortage of affordable homes for low income families.

But with its speed of construction, flexibility of design, and high quality of build, modular housing is a clear-cut part of the solution.

If you want to find out how our modular housing solution could help create more space for families in the UK please contact us today.

Modular for Life: Elite and the Environment

building exterior

In our last blog, we asked technical manager Jamie Gee to talk us through how bespoke modular buildings can help to futureproof the UK’s built environment against the warmer summers that the government’s Environmental Audit Committee expects to become a regular occurrence.

But as well as being suitable for the changing climate, modular buildings can also help to keep a building’s environmental impact to a minimum, both during the construction and installation phases and once in use too.

Jamie has once again given us his expert view on how our bespoke modular buildings can outperform their traditional counterparts.

On the factory floor

Our off-site construction methods begin paying environment dividends long before anyone crosses the threshold of their new modular home, classroom or office: the point of difference begins in the factory.

Jamie explains: “We work with architects and designers well ahead of the manufacturing stage, so if a customer is working towards a particular sustainability target or building performance objective – such as a BREEAM rating – we can ensure that this is factored into the design from the very beginning.

“Working in tightly controlled factory conditions ensures that the end product exactly matches the architects’ vision for the project, from the materials used to the finishing touches.

“With traditional construction there is a very long time from design to completion, and unfortunately some contractors do cut corners, opting for cheaper materials which can compromise the performance of the finished project. That simply does not happen with off-site construction – so what you specify is what you get.”

What’s more, as the majority of the work for modular buildings is undertaken in our factory, there are fewer deliveries required to the project site, which reduces emissions for the project overall.

But it’s once the modular building is in place that the various elements of the design and construction begin to truly show their environmental credentials.

The heat is on

One area where modular construction – in particular bespoke modular buildings – can make a big difference to carbon emissions is heating.

Jamie comments: “There are several ways that we can ensure our modular builds reduce carbon emissions. Firstly, we can guarantee that our buildings retain heat better, meaning that less power is needed to keep the home or classroom warm. We achieve this by carefully specifying insulative materials. Modern insulation has a lower thermal conductivity value, so we can achieve better u-values without having to increase the thickness of the building envelope.

“We also work to reduce air leaks which can cause heat loss in a building, so again less power is needed to keep it warm. We can address this in the design stage: we identify ‘danger zones’ which have the potential for air leaks and ensure that there are no gaps – and our off-site construction method means we can monitor these details once the building is being built.

“However, while we can mitigate the heat loss of a building, we know that the UK’s changeable climate means that buildings will require heating! Even here, we can select the heating system at the specification stage to achieve the best possible performance. As standard, we use an air source heat pump based system which can operate up to 300 per cent more efficiently than other similar systems.”

Elite’s approach to energy

As well as making the building operate efficiently, we also use renewable energy sources wherever possible.

Jamie explains: “Our most common solution, and the easiest to implement, is the use of solar PV panels, which can be mounted directly onto the roof of the finished building and connected to an inverter inside. The use of solar panels, together with our other environmental measures, means that our buildings can be entirely carbon neutral, or even (in ideal conditions) carbon negative.

“We do whatever we can to keep energy wastage and usage down: that’s why we specify certain products within the building’s design from the very beginning.

“For example, instantaneous water heaters reduce the amount of energy lost compared to energy wasted from the constant heating of stored water in a hot water boiler or cylinder storage system.

“We also specify LED light fittings as standard across all our modular buildings as they are much more efficient that fluorescent light fittings. And when combined with automatic presence detection control and automatic daylight dimming, we can achieve significant improvements in emissions.”

If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly modular home, office, classroom or healthcare building, our eco concept is the perfect example of how off-site construction can achieve the best possible performance for a building – click here to find out more, or  contact us today.

Modular for Life: Off-Site Construction Works, Whatever the Weather

Clock

The long period of warm weather this summer, when the mercury regularly soared to over 30 degrees Celsius, has led to discussions about the suitability of UK homes and workplaces for habitation during hot spells.

The government’s Environmental Audit Committee, chaired by Labour MP Mary Creagh, called for measures to be adopted to ensure that the UK’s population is sufficiently prepared for increased temperatures – including changing building regulations to prevent overheating.

We asked our technical manager Jamie Gee to talk us through how modular construction can create homes, offices and classrooms that are comfortable and liveable – no matter the weather.

Modular buildings: ready for the future

In many ways, offsite construction is better-suited to withstanding contrasting weather conditions than traditional building methods, which in recent years have tended towards making buildings as airtight as possible. And older buildings, which traditionally prioritised natural light with the use of large windows, can be too cold in winter and very warm in summer.

Jamie explained: “If we are going to regularly experience warmer summers and cool winters, our modular buildings need to be able to perform well in both conditions. Modular buildings are better suited to meet the changing needs of the UK population as there is lots of flexibility in the design and construction of these modern buildings.

“For example, if building regulations do change in response to the government’s recommendations, homes and classrooms that are currently being built using traditional methods will find themselves lagging behind the regulations.

“But off-site construction is a much quicker and more controlled process: it takes us just a few weeks to finish a modular home, and we can make tweaks to the design up to the point that the structure leaves our factory. In fact, even once we have fully installed our modular buildings, there is the option of revisiting the project at a later date to add extra elements such as solar shading or making changes to the cladding, which could improve the building’s performance.”

Achieving thermal comfort in modular buildings

What’s more, Jamie stressed the ease of improving thermal comfort in modular classrooms, healthcare facilities, offices and even homes compared to traditionally built structures.

Jamie continued: “We can improve the comfort of living and workspaces by replacing the air within the building with fresh air, and that means carefully designing the modular building’s ventilation system. Wherever possible, we use a natural or hybrid ventilation system, which means that we give careful consideration to the positioning of the openings on the external leaves and in particular whether we can achieve a cross-flow of air.

“We also use solar shading to minimise overheating, and we would work with our customers to ensure that the modular home or classroom is positioned in an optimal spot for shading and where the glazing is positioned on the walls and roof.

“Where it is difficult or impractical for a building to be fully in the shade, we would make recommendations about artificial shadings – for example, the addition of a brise soleil, the inclusion of solar reactive glazing, or even something as simple as including blinds in the final design.”

Jamie also advised that in areas that are likely to suffer solar overheating – in particular for multi-occupant spaces, such as modular healthcare units or modular classrooms – it is possible to specify an air conditioning system that would improve comfort within the building. This is much easier to incorporate into a modular building than it is to retrofit an existing traditionally-built structure with air-con.

Health and safety and hot weather

Hot weather isn’t just an issue for the end-user of a building though: during this summer’s hot spell, the NHS identified those who do physical activity, such as labourers, as being most at risk of suffering health issues because of the heat.

This is much more of a concern for on-site construction workers, who would have to spend hours working outdoors, whatever the weather. The Federation of Master Builders has highlighted this as a particular concern, and has advice on how construction workers can stay safe in hot weather.

But modular construction happens in carefully controlled factory conditions, which makes it much safer for those producing the buildings too.

To find out more about how our bespoke modular homes, classrooms and healthcare facilities can help to ensure that the UK is prepared for the future, contact us today.

Modern Method of Construction – With a Long History

Modern methods of construction, with a long history

Modular construction is often referred to as a modern method of construction: but that can be a misleading term.

For example, Elite Systems has been installing modular buildings for more than 30 years and we believe that it’s our heritage that sets us apart from the competition.

The term ‘modern method of construction’ is useful to distinguish modular construction from more traditional bricks-and-mortar building methods, which is much slower and more subject to the vagaries of on-site conditions, be that the weather or the quality of the ground.

But are we in danger of losing sight of modular construction’s proven track record in delivering robust solutions that can stand the test of time?

Our side of the modular story

We first started creating modular buildings back in 1991, but to fully appreciate the expertise in the business, we have to go back even further to when AS System Building Services – version 1.0 of Elite Systems – was founded, over 30 years ago.

Unlike Elite Systems, this earlier iteration of the company didn’t have the capability to provide a full turnkey off-site construction solution: it was strictly focused on the installation and maintenance of modular buildings.

Fulfilling this role gave Tony Sutcliffe, founder and chairman of Elite Systems, a key insight into the modular construction industry and persuaded him to found the company as it exists today. Since 1991 Elite Systems has specialised in the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke modular buildings.

Yet even today, modular construction is seen as something new and unproven, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, once in use, well-made modular structures should look and feel as sturdy and attractive as a traditional building.

Modular building myth busting

Our expertise in this sector means that we are well-placed not only to offer bespoke off-site construction solutions, but to dispel some of the more persistent myths about modular offices, homes, hospital buildings or classrooms.

  1. Modular buildings aren’t built to last

When well-designed and well-constructed, modular buildings will last for many years to come. In fact, they often remain fit for purpose longer than traditional buildings due to the flexibility of the method of construction.

We can easily convert a temporary building to a permanent, and buildings can be re-clad or even reconfigure to meet a planning condition or updated building regulations. Modular buildings can even be relocated if necessary, making them a solid investment for the future.

  1. Modular construction is an unproven method that will fade away in favour of traditional build

In fact, modular construction has been around for over 70 years, and was initially driven by the need to quickly rebuild homes after the Second World War. However, these ‘prefabricated’ homes were often of lower quality than traditional build and weren’t built to last. As materials and methods have improved, so has the quality of modular buildings to the point that they can be indistinguishable from their traditionally-built counterparts.

At Elite, we’ve worked hard to apply our experience and knowledge to develop modular buildings that meet or exceed the requirements of building regulations, and that create a pleasant environment for the end user.

  1. Everyone is jumping on the modular construction bandwagon

Not everyone – Elite Systems has been doing this for over 30 years. That’s almost half the time that modular construction has existed as a discipline. We’re not new to this, and we’re not jumping on the bandwagon. We’ve built our business and our reputation on creating bespoke modular solutions for a wide variety of uses and sectors, and we’re proud to now be taking that expertise into modular housing too.

To find out more about how we can create a modular solution for you, why not contact us today?

Through the Keyhole of our Modular Show House

Modular house

Back in January 2018, we announced that we would be moving into the housing sector: bringing our principles of creating comfortable, high-quality bespoke modular buildings to the residential market.

Our goal is to provide a low-cost but superior housing product that would meet the needs of local authorities and housing developers alike, and would be especially well suited to providing affordable housing on smaller plots or schemes.

Modular house - side view

We’ve had a great deal of interest in our unique approach, but we know that for some potential customers, seeing is believing. That’s why we’ve taken the unusual step of developing a full-scale show house to give our customers the opportunity to experience our modular home for themselves.

As well as inviting customers to take a tour, we want to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what the house comprises for our blog readers too.

Step inside our show house

Forget any preconceived notions you may have about wobbly prefabricated homes: our show house is designed to be every bit as welcoming and well-built as a traditional bricks and mortar home.

With a total floorplate of 730 sq ft, the show house offers plenty of space for modern family life. The ground floor comprises a welcoming lounge and open plan kitchen and dining area, with a convenient downstairs W/C.

Modular house - bottom floor

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms: the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, with the family bathroom also on this floor.

The house is designed to cater for an average sized family, but the flexibility of our manufacturing system means that our modular homes can be larger or smaller as required: we can fit each home to the specific dimensions of a particular plot if needed, and as the homes aren’t ‘off the shelf’, we can vary the configuration and size of rooms too.

Modular house - top floor

Under the surface

Liveability is a major factor in housing design, and while the appearance and feel of the rooms is an essential component of this, what lies below the surface is equally important.

All of our modular homes are built around a steel and timber hybrid frame, which offers a sturdy basis which can be reconfigured to match the size of any plot. PIR insulation helps to control energy usage and reduces heat loss from the property.

Modular house - closeups

Our modular homes can be clad and finished to match the aesthetic of a wider scheme or to meet the planning conditions for a particular area, but we wanted to demonstrate the look and feel of the home, which is why we opted for attractive cedar cladding and brick for the show house’s exterior walls, with lightweight yet strong Colorcoat Urban® system used for the building’s roof.

How did we do it?

We wanted our show house to be an example of how we can provide a bespoke modular housing solution, and manufacturing this single property has given us greater insight into the processes and requirements of creating a typical three-bedroom family home.

From design to completion, this property took around eight to nine weeks to finish, including around four weeks’ design time, three weeks for manufacturing and a further two weeks to install and finish at the site.

Modular house - upshot

However, the process is designed to be scaleable, and creating multiple units would bring time savings as the design, built and fit-out processes would run concurrently on different properties.

We believe that our bespoke modular solution is part of the answer to the UK’s housing shortage, and the show house is a sign of our commitment to and belief in our off-site construction systems.

If you want to find out how our modular show house and how we can create a solution for you, contact us today.

Hear All About Out Bespoke Modular Homes at Housing 2018

Housing 2018 on 26th - 27th June at Manchester Central

Earlier this year we revealed our bespoke modular housing solution for the first time – and now we’re bringing our modular homes offering to Housing 2018.

Billing itself as ‘Europe’s largest housing event’, the three day exhibition is set to attract over 10,000 visitors including 97 per cent of the largest housing associations, so we expect that our unique off-site solution will once again garner a lot of attention.

The conference, organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing, takes place at Manchester Central from 26-28 June 2018.

Visitors to our stand, G44, can meet our expert team – including the people who design, develop and manufacture our modular houses – to learn more about the prototype we have created and how we think it fits into local authorities’ plans to meet the demand for low-cost, high quality homes.

We believe that our bespoke modular homes offer a much-needed solution for low-cost or social housing providers, offering a speedy and flexible solution the ongoing affordable housing shortage.

Our bespoke approach to means that there is plenty of scope for flexibility in design: we can manufacture single units or mews-style homes with a range of roofing and cladding options. Unlike volumetric manufacturers or large-scale developers, we can achieve competitive costs even for smaller developments where the requirement is for a handful of homes.

Anyone interested in discussing how our unique approach can work for their housing projects should contact us at info@elitesystemsgb.co.uk to make an appointment at Housing 2018, or simply visit stand G44 to talk to our team

Can Modular Housing Unlock the Potential of Brownfield Land?

Brownfield survey

Earlier this year, the Campaign to Protect Rural England published a report on the potential of brownfield land for housing in England.

With the country facing a significant housing shortfall, the report contends that unlocking the potential of brownfield sites is key to both solving the housing crisis and securing the future of green belt land.

The government also believes in the potential of brownfield land: the Department for Communities and Local Government produced a report in 2012 – the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – which set out the government’s planning policies for England.

This document named encouraging the effective use of land by reusing land that has been previously developed – that is, brownfield land – as a core planning principle, and encourages local planning authorities to proactively set targets for the use of brownfield in meeting housing demand.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England’s report supports this: its key finding is the assertion that there are suitable brownfield sites available for over a million homes in England – and that many of these sites are in places that people really want to live.

But the section that particularly sparked our interest was the point that if more local authorities considered smaller sites – those that would deliver 10 houses or fewer – this would free up space for an additional 220,000 new homes. We believe that modular housing is the key to unlocking the potential of these brownfield sites.

Why not Brownfield land?

Brownfield land is the catch-all term for areas within towns and cities that were previously used for industry, and where new buildings can be constructed.

As city living becomes more popular, particularly with young people, and as local authorities undertake large-scale regeneration programmes, these can become attractive areas in which to live and are ripe for redevelopment – and perfect for higher-density building, such as mews-style properties.

However, brownfield land can present barriers to redevelopment, especially where the land is contaminated or the quality of the land is poor.

This is where modular housing presents the ideal solution: the groundworks required for modular homes are less complex than required for traditional build, meaning that sites which might be out of the question for brick-and-mortar properties can still be used for housing.

What’s more, as brownfield sites are usually located in cities and towns, local authorities may be put off redeveloping due to disruption or access issues.  But off-site construction – where most of the building is manufactured in a factory setting – means that the works on-site are kept to a minimum, often a programme of just a few weeks to install the houses, connect to utilities and apply the finishing touches.

And access is no issue: at Elite, we’re used to working around tricky spaces, often craning modular units into place over existing buildings or walls.

Sustainable solutions

As well as listing a preference for using brownfield sites, the NPPF has identified supporting the transition to a low carbon future and encouraging the use of renewable resources.

Off-site construction has proven sustainability benefits, from the use of renewable materials such as PEFC or FSC-certified timber to the reduced number of deliveries to site.

There is also plenty of scope for introducing ‘green’ elements into the modular house itself, from triple-glazed windows, triple-layered wall insulation, solar PV roof panels to generate electricity and rainwater harvesting systems.

Our flexible approach to design means we can meet the planning regulations required by different local authorities: there are no ‘off the shelf’ modular housing products at Elite, and our bespoke service allows us to meet any brief.

With an abundance of brownfield sites available, and with modular construction offering the ideal solution to many of the potential issues associated with these sites, we believe that bespoke modular housing can play a significant part in alleviating the housing shortage in England and the rest of the UK.

If you want to find out how our eco classroom or modular housing solution could create more space for you, please contact us today.